Essay 4 – Entertainers are paid too much money

GT Writing Task 2 (Essay Writing) Sample # 4

You should spend about 40 minutes on this task.

Write about the following topic:

Some people feel that entertainers (e.g. film stars, pop musicians or sports stars) are paid too much money.

Do you agree or disagree?

Which other types of jobs should be highly paid?

Give reasons for your answer and include any relevant examples from your own knowledge or experience.

Write at least 250 words.


Model Answer 1: (Neutral Opinion)
Many celebrities who are in movies, music and sports are highly paid but those who are yet to come into the limelight struggle to make a living from their career. Incredibly high payment to successful celebrities is quite justified to many, but irrational according to others. There is no denying that actors like Brad Pitt, footballers like Cristiano Ronaldo and musicians like Bryan Adams earn an exorbitant amount for their roles and I feel that doctors, journalists, professors, researchers and policemen should be highly paid as well.

Famous celebrities are profoundly compensated for their performance and this is often manifold higher than the income of other professionals. However, this is not true for all who are in the entertainment or sports industry. Actors, sports professionals, musicians, writers and similar artists have to struggle a lot to get their desired success and not all can reach that point. For instance, when we find it quite alluring summing up the yearly earning of Lionel Messi, the football sensation from Argentina, we forget to think about thousands of others who never made it to the national team. They are not even paid moderately by the Sports Federation. Thus only successful stars earn extravagant sum.

Doctors and journalists, in my opinion, deserve a high salary for their invaluable contribution to the society. While doctors cure our diseases, journalists work as our guide to a better society. Besides these two professionals, educators, researchers, and policemen should be offered better remuneration. Professors and researchers help create an enlightened generation and we can sleep in peace as we know that someone is guarding us. Thus these people should be rewarded for the jobs they do for us.

To conclude, famous entertainers are highly paid but not all can become famous to earn that amount of money. Some other professionals who constantly work for the betterment of all should also be paid adequately.


Model Answer 2: (Agree)
The entertainment world is a glamorous arena and successful performers make a substantial amount. While average people struggle to make a decent living, movie stars, sports personnel, singers and movie makers have a pile of money. To many, entertainers receive an exorbitant amount and they suggest that people who contribute to make the world a better place, like teachers, police, social workers, scientists, artists and so on should be rewarded with better remuneration.

To begin with, the money a popular sportsman make from a single sporting event is higher than the average salary a teacher earn in several years. One of the reasons for this discrimination is the artificial fence that surrounds the entertainment world. For instance, Leonardo DiCaprio, a renowned actor, earned over $50 million for the movie Inception and the money is still pouring in. Hundreds of border security guards in combination would never be paid this much money in their entire life.

Since people love to spend their budget on entertainment and advertisers offer an exorbitant amount to hire a star, money is never a problem for professionals in the entertainment world. However, when a talented screenwriter, a rural sports coach or a writer whose book is adapted to make a movie are poorly paid, the discrimination becomes obvious. I believe that teachers, researchers, talented artists, writers, journalists, police and doctors should be highly paid as well. Their contribution is silently shaping the world we live in for good and we should not let them starve.

To conclude, undeniably entertainers are paid an excessive amount of money and there should be a justification for their remuneration, especially in this year of recession and depression. People who work directly to make our society a better place should be highly paid as well.

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