However this week, "Scotty" Cam's public persona virtually fell aside after his unlucky protection when requested concerning the particulars of his controversial $ 350,000 live performance with the Morrison authorities to turn out to be a "racing ambassador."
He was not doing himself any favors when he informed Sky Information anchor Annelise Nielsen that his taxpayer-funded wage was not "his enterprise," after questions on whether or not we’re actually getting a superb return on "our" funding in Cam.
The "it's none of your online business" remark quickly spilled over into the media and fell like a ton of bricks, particularly on social media, the place the common-or-garden "Bondi chippy" was chosen because the profitable outcast.
Such a cloak is difficult to shake, particularly if different celeb experiences like ex's spectacular demise Kitchen grasp Choose George Calombaris is a sign. I approached Cam to see if he needed to replicate on latest occasions. He declined.
It was revealed throughout a Senate estimates listening to that Cam had already pocketed about $ 145,000 in change for capturing three quick movies, making 4 posts on Instagram and Fb, in addition to posting on a nationwide engagement heart racing web site.
That's the sort of cash that Kim Kardashian's likes are making on social media, quite than "only a Bondi chippy," as Cam described himself when he gained the Gold Logie in 2014.
In actual fact, first-year woodworking apprentices earn between $ 15 and $ 22 an hour.
Cam has 12 different faculty visits scheduled for the rest of her 15-month contract, which began final October.
He was significantly defensive when requested if his contract represented "good worth".
"That’s the worth of the model and the profile that the federal government considers handy to pay me," he informed Sky Information on Tuesday. "I’ve a excessive profile and the federal government needed to make use of that."
Cam appears to be effectively versed within the worth of his personal model, as are those that have paid him giant sums to whip his merchandise.
When employed for the Miter 10 live performance in 2011, the promoting government accountable for the deal, Artistic Oasis Managing Director David Stretch stated: "Together with his pedigree within the discipline and his heat and down-to-earth character, Scott Cam was the selection. excellent. "
And but the hero of the working class for hundreds of thousands of Australians is something however actually, identical to their posh residence on Chapel Street in posh Vaucluse is something however Wrestle Road.
Cam has cultivated his jerk picture for a few years, always referring to himself as the common-or-garden tradie who simply obtained fortunate when "a man named Stuie Clark got here to me on the pub" and adjusted his life by placing it on tv.
"Nevertheless, I’ve by no means overlooked the place I got here from. On daily basis I’m grateful for the alternatives which have come my approach," Cam mirrored after successful the Golden Logie. "I nonetheless wish to maintain the instruments."
Cam's associates say he signed up for the taxpayer-funded profession ambassador live performance just because he was "a passionate advocate" for folks to commerce as an alternative of simply go to school.
"You don't want the cash," as one in all them informed me this week. "He did it as a result of he believes in initiative and in making folks be taught."
Abilities Minister Michaelia Money made a valiant however clumsy try and defend Cam's appointment, although her argument that Cam is a job mannequin appears irrelevant to the overwhelming majority of traditions that may by no means make it to Logies, not to mention they’ll have a live performance on tv.
"[We are] utilizing his profile and particularly his story, what occurred when he left faculty, what he did along with his studying, how he went on to have totally different careers, run a small enterprise, make use of folks and turn out to be the profitable family title that he’s. Money stated.
"Truly, it's the affect he had then of attracting folks and elevating consciousness."
There are various celebrities who imagine in worthy causes and elevating consciousness, and plenty of of them are very completely happy to assist such initiatives with out cost.
As a Twitter commentator wrote: "Think about if Angelina Jolie took a examine from the United Nations to turn out to be your 'goodwill ambassador'."
Andrew Hornery is a Sydney senior journalist and personal columnist for The Sydney Morning Herald.