Monday, September 12, 2005

Six degrees of fame

I'm sure you are all aware of the game, Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon. If not...well, where have you been living for the past twenty years? I'll refrain from going into it here.

But, I recently came to realize I like to play a completely different version of this. Six degrees of fame. Essentially, how close to fame are you, personally?

The closest I came for a long time was four degrees. I have a brother. (Actually, I have five brothers, but who's counting?) He is a vocal instructor. He was trained under Seth Riggs. Seth isn't, himself, really famous, unless you are talking the world of vocal instructors. But, Seth is responsible for teaching famous persons including the likes of Whitney Houston and Michael Jackson. So, that's four. Michael Jackson, Seth Riggs, Eric Bruner, then me.

Then, a few years later, I was able to move that up. My brother (a different one, not the vocal instructor) started working for Dr. James Dobson. Now, not in every circle is he famous, but he is certainly well-known. So, that's three. Through my brother. James Dobson, Kurt Bruner, then me.

Next, I was able to move to two. My brother (the one who works for Dobson) has published several books, and, just a couple years ago, hit the Christian bestseller list for his books Finding God in the Lord of the Rings (co-authored by Jim Ware) and Inklings of God. On top of that, he would guest-host the radio program for Dr. Dobson on occasion. Soon, I found people would know about Kurt Bruner, and find it surprising I was his brother. (Hmm. I guess I don't seem like the type who could have a brother who is semi-famous.) So, that's two. Kurt Bruner, then me.

In the past two years, I have been able to reaffirm my status of two degrees. I've come to know many published authors. (Some famous, others, not yet famous.)

At this point, I have nowhere to go except to become famous myself. And that's where my current work-in-progress comes in. When it is published (or, if I'm published, I suppose...but I'm full of hope), then I might just move that up to one. Me!

I'm not there yet. And, there is certainly the possibility I will never get there. Frankly, I'm not really looking for fame. I hate the spotlight. When I sing in church, I prefer to hide in the hallways to avoid people coming up to me. Yet, I really want to see my novel published.

In the meantime, I have two degrees of fame. What about you?


Melanie Lynne Hauser said...

I sat in the same section as Sara Jessica Parker and Anne Bancroft, at a preview of The Producers, once. And once I saw the guy who played Grizzly Adams at an airport.

That's about it for me!

RyanBruner said...

Well, Melanie, I don't even remember what the guy who played Grizzly Adams looked like. Which makes me wonder if I've had brushes with fame far more often than I realize. Maybe that guy in the grocery store was none other than the inventor of the Swiffer! I mean, how cool would that be?

Rebecca del RIo said...

I was on a plane with Dan Blocker once.
Also am friends with a "famous writer" of latin american magical realism, who shall remain unnamed. With my relationship to her, I have one degree of separation from a whole host of notorious people, include Che Guevara. Has this helped me any? No. But her friendship has been invaluable. :-)
BTW, Ryan, good to see you blogging along. Once Mike finishes my website (if I ever get around to helping him) I'll join the ranks of the "Opinionated without an Audience." :-)

RyanBruner said...

Rebecca...good point about the fame being of any help. I'll admit, the same is true here. Knowing anyone famous really hasn't benefited me in any way thus far in any way other than at a personal level. But, that is enough. And, that is probably the most important thing, anyhow. Am I right?

Still...I can't wait until I can say, "Hey, I know Melanie Hauser personally." And the response back is, "Really? Wow! Let's publisher your book, then!"