Ever looked at say a Hollyweird photo of a given actor/actress?
There is a lot of lighting and makeup involved.
Ever see a celebrity sans those things? They often look quite different. Things are clearer in the light of day.
I'm not saying you shouldn't put your best foot forward. I'm getting new headshots myself lol. Whatever it takes to sell the product, so I can get my message across eventually.
And there is nothing wrong with taking care of yourself. Maybe you can't afford some classy spa, I can't, but trying to live a healthier life is worth a shot and it can be done cheaply and effectively.
I'm not here to talk the ins and outs of such things. I figure people can find there way with a little common sense and homework.
I'm interested in what's behind the hoopla, what dwells under the mask, past the fence.
If what makes you tick is off, negative, then the best acting in the world won't hide it, at least for long.
I've said it before and am likely to say it often that what my Great Grandma said is true. 'It's who you are not what you are.' You can't run from yourself forever.
All you have to do is look at public office, where the opposite is the norm. Just like the star/actor who is told they are great so much they begin to believe it, these mokes take themselves way too seriously. It's a big price to pay.
Sic transit gloria mundi or loosely translated, fame is fleeting, should be conveyed to them all every day. Perhaps Memento mori is more appropos. It means 'remember you must die', in other words you are not a god.
Another phrase might be closer to what the slave would whisper to the triumphing general. 'Respice post te! Hominem te memento!': 'Look behind you! Remember that you are but a man!', as noted by Tertullian in his Apologeticus.
It's our duty to make this clear.
And it's imperative we realize it for ourselves. Where else do you start but at home?
And it is wise for us to watch our backs.