In addition are the studios, networks and record labels that are signing their so-called big checks. These people are then forced to shoot their next film or TV show that will be promoted shamelessly to exhaustion on a 12-hour-a-day schedule rife with press junkets and talk shows. It is as though they are indentured servants to the studios and directors and suffer for their art.
For example, when it's 20 degrees out and the director says "get back in the water for the 20th take," in you go. When they are told to jump, they say, "how high?" There is no room for diva-dom on set. After all, most celebs are insecure people pleasers. (Me too, who doesn't want to be appreciated and acknowledged for their hard work?) And if they are given perks, why not listen to those devilish voices of managers and publicists who constantly over inflate the fragile ego of their talented clients?
Let's face it, we all hear about the rumors of extravagant demands — Evian baths, white furniture in the dressing room, hundreds of orchids. Only a handful of the biggest stars like Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez, Whitney Houston or Michael Jackson can get away with these extravagant and eccentric demands. So many of these outrageous requests are being demanded by their management— the aiders and abettors, as I call them) and the stars don't even know about the preposterous requests being made in their name.
More often then not, the "team" uses these requests to show how they fought for you when in fact all they are doing is fighting and ruining their reputation just to justify and hold onto their own job. Without the overexaggerated power of their celeb clients, these managers would be nothing. The sad reality is of the numerous times actors, sports figure and singers have to face rejection and keep on going till the next big break, hearing all the while, "you're too old, too fat, too young."
You're either getting your ass kissed or your heart torn out. Perhaps some multimillion-dollar company is haggling over a few dollars in your salary because, once again, not every entertainer is making money like the cast of "Friends" or Julia Roberts. Her character, Anna Scott, says in the film "Notting Hill," "The fame thing isn't really real. In a few years I'll just look like someone who used to be famous."
That unsettling thought would drive any celeb worth their wait in press clippings to go just a little crazy.