With the 2013 Grammys fresh in our minds and the untimely death of Whitney Houston not so far behind us, it's interesting to look at the music community. When Whitney died hundreds of stars had words of support for Whitney and her family. People were shocked and saddened. There was a definite hole in the community.
Houston obviously had her problems with drugs and other substances, and professional help was needed, but where were all the people in the community for her when she was in trouble? When Whitney was down and feeling the need to get high, did she have friends and colleagues readily available to help pick her up?
It is always a giant shame when we have to praise celebrities after their untimely deaths. Whether you're a celebrity or not, we all need a little support to get through this life. If people care about you and see you going down the wrong path, they don't just leave, they don't give up on you, they extend their hand and say, “I'm here.”
Hollywood is notorious for “fake friendships” but all words can't be empty forms of support, they mean something. Look at your own circle of friends. If you were to become famous, how would they react? If you were in trouble would they try and help you, or would they disappear from your life? If they did disappear, it doesn't mean they're bad people, it just means they aren't part of your core support system.
Make sure you have at least one person in your life whom you can thank on stage in your big moment, and more importantly, be that person wants you to make it to the stage.