In 2004, the viewing public met Lauren Conrad on MTV’s docu-drama “Laguna Beach.” As the main protagonist, Lauren Conrad, or LC as she was known in the upscale high school community, drew viewers in her life of boys, drama, and decisions. As Lauren grew, she allowed the cameras to follow as she filmed the hit series “The Hills.” Though the cameras captured moments that were heartbreaking for the young starlet, it catapulted her into the mogul that she has become. Leaving the world of reality television, Lauren Conrad has done what many past reality contestants dream to; gain acceptance in the business world as more than just a reality star.
Though she is a television star, fashion designer, and New York Times Bestseller, Conrad continues to find inspiration from her past to pen her fictional book series. Banking off of her own personal experiences, Lauren Conrad has penned the wildly successful “L.A. Candy” Series, and has brought the controversial Madison Parker character from “LA Candy,” into her own world in “The Fame Game.” The book debuted at #1 on the New York Times Bestseller’s list and has already generated positive reviews from multiple book reviewing sites, and the drama within the pages are guaranteed to keep the reader turning the pages in anticipation.
In my interview with Lauren, as she ends her successful book tour, we discuss her newest novel, “The Fame Game,” life after reality television, and why having money doesn’t make you an instant success.
Kendra Koger: Explain a little bit about your book and your protagonist.
Lauren Conrad: Madison Parker loves the spotlight and she’ll stop at nothing to get it. She is full of creative ways to get ahead in “The Fame Game.”
KK: I’ve read that you’ve stated that there are many people who try to create their own publicity, how many of these exploits in the book are drawn up from things that you’ve witnessed?
LC: Living in Hollywood you can find people like that at every turn; people that call the press. I know everyone asks “do people really do that?” Sadly they do – but it makes for good material for the book.
KK: Was there a struggle in having the public embrace you in a different media outlet, outside of reality television?
LC: At first becoming an author and even a designer was something that frightened me. I didn’t know how my fans would respond and if they would embrace the change. With fashion it was easier as I always planned to be a designer and that was what I studied and interned for. As an author I think they needed to wait and actually read the books for themselves. But I am glad they liked them.
KK: Do you ever feel tempted to go back to doing reality television?
LC: Not really. It was a wonderful thing to do at the time.
KK: What would you say helps you to excel in the medium of writing?
LC: Being a good observer is a great tool to have as a writer; just taking the world in.
KK: You’re typically known for your pleasant demeanor, would you say that has helped you along the way or do you feel like it can be a hindrance?
LC: You cannot change who you are so I always suggest staying true to that.
KK: So many people go on reality television and then get pegged for only being a reality star, why do you think some people get stuck in that manner?
LC: People label you the way they know you best. There is nothing wrong with that.
KK: Were you cognitive of the setbacks that can accompany reality stars, and purposely made sure that your demeanor was very marketable for your ventures after the show?
LC: At the time, no; I was young and really just let my life play out for the cameras.
KK: How important was your family to your success?
LC: They are the most important factor in it. They taught me so much and keep me grounded at all times.
KK: With viewers who were familiar with your family’s social status on “Laguna Beach,” do you find that people think that you might have had an easier in due to your family’s social and financial status?
LC: Being comfortable and stable always helps, but I know many people with a lot of money who aren’t happy and aren’t successful. Your life is what you make of it.