How to be a Famous Artist*
*not to be taken seriously
- Make a movie/book/poem/painting/song.
- Make sure that this art draws on your history of childhood abuse and trauma.
- Your art should offend at least one group of people (preferably older people.)
- Have at least one type of mental illness.
- One word: drugs.
- Another word: alcohol.
- Get married at least three times. One of the marriages must be an alopement, preferably to the best friend of one of your exes.
- Make sure that there are rumors circulating about your alleged homosexual affairs. This will get you into college textbooks and posthumous documentaries.
- Have a unique and easily recognizable “look,” so that young hipsters will emblazon images of your face on their t-shirts long after you’re gone.
- Most importantly: die young and tragically. Suicide is highly fame-inducing, especially if it’s by some ironic fashion and at the age of 27. Also acceptable: accidental drug overdose, tuberculosis and assassination.
- Have someone start conspiracy theories after your death.
Sit back and enjoy your fame!
Note that this list is not a guarantee of fame and adoration. For example, Elvis fullfilled several of the requirements, such as offending older people, having a "look," battling substance abuse, dying young and tragically, and conspiracy theories about his death are widely known. Although famous, today he is considered an icon of kitsch instead of cool, and hipsters do not wear his face on their t-shirts. I call this "the Elvis Paradox."
Which of the above do you intend to put into action today?* Do you have any additions to the list, or any theories as to why Elvis is not considered hip?