He said that he discovered fame is an addiction and was ashamed of succumbing to it by always trying to create a headline.
Well-Being Australia chairman, Mark Tronson, says that Dickson's admission that he was a headline-seeker and had an addiction to fame was honest and it represents a great truth about celebrity in any area of endeavour.
Chasing fame and headline celebrity status becomes part of the system for people who wish to move along this career path. Somehow they need to get their names in lights to ensure they get their next career move, acting gig or television role.
Over twenty years ago, M V Tronson himself initiated an Entertainment Ministry seeking to serve people in this industry who are constantly under pressure. Like anybody who takes on a pastoral role, those who engaged in entertainment ministry needed a good ear and an ability to show empathy in any situation, as sometimes entertainers, who behind their screen persona may be serious people, needed to do 'silly things' at the whim of an agent so as to maintain a profile.
Such issues as 'being silly in public' are always in the minds of those in the entertainment industry, and sometimes their teenage children want to be as far away from them in public as possible.
Mark Tronson remarked that this is common with teenage children of any family with a public persona, such as a pastor's kids or a politician's kids. Often there are tensions and difficulties at home, unless there is a very open and caring discussion within the family so that these things are discussed with understanding; or a strong-minded spouse or relative who protects the children from these most awkward life dramas that involve the family member who is in the public eye.
Although the most public of celebrities are those who are successful and have a permanent (often very high) income, the huge successes put them in danger of the equally huge fall from grace if things go horribly wrong. This downside can affect the family even more than the person in the limelight, when the entire world gets to hear about it. It can get very nasty and humiliating.
Imagine the drama for the children of whatever age. Imagine how they react to the taunts of their school mates. It is indeed true that the children in such families suffer for their parents many indiscretions
For those within the circle of fame, whether it be entertainment, politics, sport or anything else, when the chips are down their private life is aired in every newspaper, or radio or TV news. However, worst of all is the exposure in the glossy magazine that sits at doctor's waiting room for years on end. For families of the famous, broad shoulders need to become part of their armoury.
Mark Tronson knows from experience that pastoral ministry to these families needs to be very thoughtfully and prayerfully offered. The 'star' needs pastoral care, but the other family members are also hurting deep down and require very discreet ministry and ongoing care.