Then there were Kathy's siblings -- or as their parents called them, "not-Kathys."
"My parents focused all of their energies on me ... One sister never fails to remind me how her college fund was spent on my voice lessons. My brother still refers to me as 'the traitor' because they all had part-time jobs to contribute to the family income in the hopes of a big payoff. At least one positive came from this: My brother and sisters are all very close now ... united in their hatred of me."
Seriously, it's like somebody watched a Lifetime family movie about the Jackson family and thought it was a how-to guide.
The Whole Experience Made Me Stronger
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After Kathy turned down her recording deal, she was alone for the first time in her life. Making it on her own wasn't easy, but often the best things for us are also the hardest to do. Case in point: eating vegetables more than once a month.
A more relevant case in point: "I had to find sofas to sleep on. I had to work as a telemarketer. I handed out flyers and T-shirts for store openings. I did everything I could to get money. I saved and saved and saved. I ate nothing but rice, I bummed rides, I walked ... Eventually, I bought the shittiest car ever. And I'm sure everyone thinks they had a shitty car, but no, not ... no. This thing was only held together with hope and prayer." And yet being able to buy a car made Kathy happier than any gig she ever had, because this was the first thing she got that she wanted.
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The radio didn't work, either. Just the way she liked it.
Kathy sums it all up: "I continued saving and put myself through college with no financial aid, while working full-time ... Then I met a kick-ass guy who married me for some reason. (Sucka!) I have the best life now, with a family that is AMAZING. My kids are really cool, but I'll never let them pursue a music career. However, I'd say there are good things about living the stage life at a young age. I'm not at all shy. I can public-speak like a boss. I'm also not easily starstruck. I've hung out with some celebrities, and they mostly suck as much as everyone else. Plus, my kids think my singing voice is beautiful. So thank you for that, Dad."
Then she continues: "On the downside: rape, emotional abuse, eating disorders ..."
Cezary Jan Strusiewicz is a Cracked columnist, interviewer, and editor. Contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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