Welcome to the Dr Morning Glory Show

As the music fades out the face of an over-friendly host fills the TV screen. The moment of self glorification has arrived - wait, is that a guest in the corner?

Sadaf Fayyaz September 17, 2010
As the opening music fades out the face of an over-friendly host fills the screen.

Dr. Morning Glory: Hello! Welcome to the  show. I hope all of you are doing great! Today we have a fabulous celebrity guest with us. He has been a model, painter, singer, writer and has also been working as a social activist for the past few years.


Welcome to the show! All our viewers are dying to hear more about you. So let’s start! How did you start modeling?

Random Celebrity X: Actually, I was never a model. In fact...

Dr. Morning Glory: Oh? Never? I thought you were. Didn’t you talk about some modeling assignments recently? Modeling is a very challenging profession. Models need to take care of their looks and weight. The industry demands that they be healthy and the fashion world demands they be slim. They have to maintain a balance. Some models gain weight during their days off because of  unhealthy eating habits. When they do they are dropped from important modeling assignments. They must maintain a strict check on their weight through diet and exercise. These days there is an increasing trend of being ‘size zero’ among models, that makes them anorexic and pale. These health disorders are harmful as they could be life-threatening! What has your experience in the modeling industry been like?

X: Well, I just tweeted that I will model for a company...

Dr. Morning Glory: Exactly! So, that’s what your modeling career is all about? I guess Twitter and other social networks are the best places to discuss upcoming projects and assignments.  Lots of celebrities are making accounts on twitter and other social networks. That way fans come to know a lot about them. You can also stay in touch with your fans via a short status. However, most of these accounts are fakes and have been created by fans who impersonate celebrities. Despite these issues social networks are the best place in cyber world for self-promotion. Plus there is also an issue regarding settings. There should be a system in each social network that can help people to understand the difference between fake and original profiles. Don't you think? Anyway, a reliable source has informed us that you were not paid for your last job! Is that true?

X: I want to clarify that…

Dr. Morning Glory:That sounds pathetic! Your statements prove that companies don’t pay much. This is shocking! A dilemma of the nation! Celebrities, like us, work hard so hard to provide entertainment to public and yet we are treated badly. We get nothing - nothing - in return! Our hard work is never gets rewarded. In the end, no one remembers. Nations who forget about their celebrities and legends simply can not progress. Most of them are even underrated by public. What a tragedy! Anyway, when did you enter the field?

X: Oh! It was almost eight years when I…

Dr. Morning Glory: That’s right! I know I saw you on television for the first time about eight years ago. But I was not asking about the time. What I was asking about was when you first got struck by inspiration -  the feeling that is associated for every artist. The feeling that comes to mind when doing something great and achieving something wonderful. When did you feel the desire to enter this glamorous field? After all, it is a big decision and mostly parents don’t allow their kids to enter this field. Rather they pressure children to join medicine or engineering. I am sure that you must have gone through all this. This is how art gets wasted in our country! I think parents should support their children in becoming what they want to be instead of forcing them to choose professions of their own choice. Art gets wasted when parents don’t let their children join any photography club, art academy or music school. And talent gets neglected like this. Were you parents like this too?

X: My family was very supportive and cooperative…

Dr. Morning Glory: I so agree with you! Without a family’s support and help no one can succeed in our profession. To enter show business, family and friends have to be cooperative. They must know your nature, needs and requirements as well. They must learn how to cooperate and support you. If you are going for a shoot and no one realizes how important it is then you can never be successful! The biggest support for celebrities comes from their spouses and friends. So tell us, who has been your lifeline?

X: Well,  my biggest inspiration in life comes from…

Dr. Morning Glory: Oh my god we have a live call! Wait? No we don't. So you were saying that one must be inspired in order to be successful. Everything in the world derives its inspiration from different sources. Some derive it from nature, some from other human beings and some from tragedy. This varies from person to person.  Art, literature, poetry, photography, music, philosophy, nothing happens without inspiration. Art is useless without any true inspiration and depth. But inspiration is not enough - there must be passion as well. Passion along with inspiration makes a good combination. However to be honest, I am surprised by the long list of things that inspire you. Don't you get tired? Also, inspiration is reflected in an artist’s works. It is like a mirror. Oops! Did you say something?

X: I just coughed...

Dr. Morning Glory: I see. How interesting. Now let’s move on to your writing career.  In your stories you have used word “I” a lot. This “I” culture in writings shows the narcissist attitude in celebrities. And some celebrities tend to show this less considerate kind of attitude at times. It becomes a part of their nature. Some psychologists draw a wide distinction between narcissism and high self-esteem. I am sure people know the difference between the two. Unfortunately, a common man may not be able to judge the difference between the two. For celebrities, a moderate amount of self esteem and self worth is important. Self esteem that is dangerously low or high can create a problem. People with low self esteem show less confidence and courage. There must be a balance.

X: I just wrote a few simple stories…

Dr. Morning Glory: Sounds great! There you have it! Isn't he modest? This simplicity shows how humble and down to earth you are - an attitude that most people lack these days. At times, simplicity is depicted as being naïve and plain, which is wrong. Being too humble can be a problem too these days though. One must throw a tantrum or show little attitude, otherwise people may start taking you for granted and start expecting a lot from you. Their expectations will just keep on increasing!

Oh no! We are already out time! Its time to bid you all farewell but first I have to than X for sharing his experiences and thoughts on our show. It was great getting to know more about your career and inspirations. Join me next time for another in depth interview with another celebrity!
Sadaf Fayyaz A freelance journalist, photographer, blogger and writer's take on life, culture, media and everything else.
The views expressed by the writer and the reader comments do not necassarily reflect the views and policies of the Express Tribune.


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