Excerpt from the StarLust™ Book
Foreword by Paul Shaffer,
Late Show with David Letterman
Show business is everything that you’ve always heard it to be—all the fluff, the fantasies, and even the hard falls into oblivion. I’ve been in the entertainment industry a long time, from Broadway and television to music and movies. I’ve worked in TV since 1975 and have spent the last 26 years with David Letterman. Through it all, I’ve watched talent come and go, the starlets and “one-hit wonders.” I’ve witnessed something even more remarkable, however, something that isn’t usually discussed in the trade papers and tabloids because it’s too hard to pin down exactly when it happens, too difficult to paint in the garish colors the media uses to sell celebrity.
It’s almost impossible to put what I’m talking about into one neatly packaged phrase, but if I had to, I would call it the cycle of celebrity. And it goes something like this: there are many talented people in this world, but certain: some people have talent, some have longevity, and some have both.
Jesse belongs in the latter camp. He seems to have that knack for reinventing and repackaging himself, for coming up with something innovative. He’s incredibly talented and a fantastically unique musician, but as you’ll find out from this book, he’s also definitely experienced all of show business, the highs, the lows, the lies, and the joys.
While his book is an autobiography, if you read closely, you’ll find that it is also a cautionary tale about what it is like to be a celebrity. It gives you an idea of what you may run into emotionally, financially, psychologically, and spiritually. Being a “star” affects all the dynamics of life, and Jesse takes you through all of it by sharing his own experiences.