I am formerly somewhat of a minor celebrity. I'm no Michael Jordan or Brad Pitt, but probably 5 - 10% of you here from the US would have some familiarity with me.
As my time in the spotlight has mostly faded the past few years, so has my income stream. I used to make decent money (although not as much as you might think), but I was horrible at saving because I stupidly thought my success would last forever.
Needless to say, I've needed to start a new career as a regular Joe in a regular job. I've always had a side interest in computers, so I got an entry level job in IT. I'm actually enjoying the job and it feels surprisingly good to be doing regular work. Definitely a lot different.
My main problem is this: I have no idea how to navigate the corporate world, especially being somewhat famous. I'm used to working in a setting where everybody was either famous, or used to working with famous people. Now things can get just plain awkward in my job.
Here are a few examples:
My team is "star struck". In my interview a few months ago, they all sat with their mouths wide open. They asked me no questions at all, but just instantly gave me the job.
I have no idea what I'm doing. I'm constantly making mistakes, but everybody keeps covering for me. My boss yells a lot and is really harsh with everybody, but is super nice to me all the time (even though I'm clearly not doing a good job).
At least once a week, I get invited to some teammate's personal BBQ or fun event. I'd like to make friends, but this is just weird and I feel like coworkers are trying to somehow show me off to their friends.
People will randomly stop me in the office (I work in a huge office with a ton of people) and shout "OMG!!! It's actually <my name>!!!" Today I got mobbed by a group who wanted selfies with me while I was heading to my boss's office to try to explain why I didn't get anything for the past week.
My life as a minor celebrity is over and I want to move on and work as a regular person, but this is proving to be surprisingly difficult. What can I do to remain professional and try to get people to forget my somewhat famous background?