|Name: Clay Aiken||Find on Amazon India: Link|
|Nationality: American||Find on Amazon: Link|
I know that I’ve got big ears and a big forehead and that my hair sticks up. But I’m happy with myself. I’m not necessarily trying to win a beauty pageant here.
I know this is going to sound cheesy and like I’m trying to be Miss America, but the most important responsibility a celebrity has is to set an example and be a role model.
I mean, that’s kind of what this business is about in some ways. You’re trying to make everybody like you. But you can’t do that. You can’t force everybody – anybody to like you if they’re just not willing to do it.
I kind of had my life planned out for me. I’d be married at some point, have, you know, 1.5 children, and be a principal possibly one day. But I think that that was kind of my problem. I allowed myself to plan out my life and didn’t let provident direction guide my life.
I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act.
I could have a degree in music and come on the show, and Simon could still say ‘You stink’.
I think I probably hoped for it a little bit, but I’m not an optimist. I’m a realist… or maybe even a pessimist.
I thought about that the other day after I went to the grocery store and had to sign fifteen autographs before leaving. On one hand, it’s just so flattering. On the other hand, sometimes it would be nice to get the bread and leave, you know?
I sometimes think I might be autistic because I like to know – I need to know – my beginnings and my ends. I don’t have to be in control of it, but I need to know what’s going on.
I got rid of my glasses and they changed my hair. That’s really all they did. They went shopping for me, so the clothes are different too. It wasn’t like Extreme Makeover where I got a nose job or anything.
I decided to study special education and fell in love with working with individuals with autism. That’s what I planned to do with my life.
I auditioned just for fun.
But I was going to be a teacher my entire life, so I wasn’t counting on money to much.
And I think that when I finally decided to let go and let God and allow that to happen, I became a lot more successful than I could have done if I had planned it all myself.
And I don’t think that success can be measured by how many TV shows you’re on.
Actually, I don’t hate cats, I’m just kind of afraid of them.
I want to make sure that no matter how long I go through this, I don’t fall into the trap of changing and modifying how I do things that aren’t a positive example. I want to remain somebody that the entire family can listen to or watch.
I’m really not that special. Really, I’m not. I was on a big TV show, but it was just a TV show.
I did get a degree in special education.
Well, there are certain words and emotions I don’t want kids hearing, and I’m not changing because they think it’s going to sell better. This is going to sound horrible, but I got 12 million votes doing what I did.
I went to school for special education. I always assumed when I had the opportunity I would love to try and help kids with disabilities.
While everyone I work with may not share my beliefs, I have been surrounded by nothing but support.
Well, fortunately we found out that the runner-up our particular year was going to get a record contract also. So it was kind of a – it was bitter sweet but it was an opportunity.
If my career detour from special education to singing has done one thing, it has afforded me the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of others.
Well, financially it’s a little bit better. But it’s better than than when I was a teacher. But I kind of – it’s allowed me to buy a house. And I’ve been able to help my mother with some stuff and my brother. So, that’s nice.
There are stars out there who would die to have this much exposure.
The greatest glory never comes from falling, but from rising each time you fall.
My mother taught me that we all have the power to achieve our dreams. What I lacked was the courage.
You know, I think I’m a stronger person for realizing that you can’t make everybody love you.
It’s important that I make a difference in some way. It’s not necessarily how I make a difference, but I want to make sure that I do.
It’s a whole team of people working 24 hours around the clock to make me look like this.
It doesn’t really matter to me how I make a difference, I just wanna make sure that I do.
In my ideal world, no child would suffer. Charitable instincts would prevail. There would be global acceptance of all different types of people.
I’m religious. I think this is something God had planned for me.
I was on TV for almost sixteen weeks during American Idol. It’s at the point now where it’s old.
I’m being trained to shake the bon-bon appropriately.
It’s not the money. It’s not the fame. It’s the influence.