Aretha Franklin gave a telling an informative interview on CNN on Whitney Houston’s death on Sunday night. Aretha Franklin was Whitney’s Godmother and early on helped to shape and guide her career. She was a close friend to Whitney’s mom, Cissy Houston as well. She talked about the pitfalls of being an overnight star and the pressures of stardom that come with it. Aretha felt that Whitney was turning the corner on the difficulties that she had encountered. However Aretha shed light on the pressures of stardom and gave heartfelt advice to those in the entertainment or in the public eye. She said her father, Rev. C.L. Franklin once told her that you must prepare yourself for the time when the music stops, the accolades go away, and someone younger than you enters the spotlight and perhaps takes it away from you. That day will come. Her advice was to prepare yourself for it, and be prepared for life after stardom.
That is insightful and practical advice that not only applies to those in the entertainment industry, but also in major league sports, and other fields. Athletes as well must prepare themselves for the day when they cannot as high, run as fast, shoot better, pass better than the next person. There is definitely an up and coming younger person that commands the spotlight and suddenly the fame and fortune is gone. Those in the public eye must be able to deal with these changes. Aretha Franklin has withstood the test of time and continues to be an icon in the music industry despite her age, her fame continues.