One of the biggest misconceptions that fans often make about musicians is that because they have recorded a CD and have a song or two out on the radio, they must be wealthy. OR at least significantly better off than other people. Jeff Bates recently ran into that epiphany and told a great story about it.
Over on his MySpace blog entitled “whaaaat?” Jeff Bates goes on to discuss how MySpace had created new ‘categories’ for people to place friends and contacts into and somehow, Jeff was grouped into the “Rich Celebrities” list. Now, the funny thing is, especially when reading the blog, is that he’s not rich. In fact, very few entertainers are what people would classify as ‘rich.’ He works for a paycheck just the way the “average” person does, hell it’s that work ethic that kept him afloat after losing his record deal with RCA.
I won’t paste the whole blog but here’s a particularly funny excerpt from his blog (something I’ve experienced as well):
"Tom!!!" (Jeff Bates' financial advisor)
"Tom...when were you gonna tell me?"
"Who IS this? Tell you WHAT?"
"This is Jeff BATES!!! WHen were you going to tell me I'm RICH!?"
"TOM!!!!!! It says right here on myspace.....that I'm rich! I'm in the rich celebrity category..."
I hear silence on the other end of the line then a little laughter....then a LOT of laughter....,
"What's so funny Tom?"
"Jeff....you are NOT rich!"
"What do you mean? But it says it right here and..."
"YOU ARE NOT RICH!"
I was puzzled, "What do you mean?"
"You are NOT rich! I just checked your account yesterday before I went home and you are $36.73 overDRAWN in your checking account!!"
"Whaaaaat?!?!? It can't be...!
"Jeff...you are NOT rich! Please make a deposit today to cover your overdraft!"
The whole blog post is worth reading. So click Jeff's album cover below to read the rest of the blog (Note: you must be a MySpace member to read it).