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** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E19AFishCalledSelma "A Fish Called Selma"]], [[CareerResurrection former has-been actor]] Troy [=McClure=] opts out of a plum part in a [=McBain=] movie to star in an obvious vanity production titled ''The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel'' that's being funded by [[BitingTheHandHumor 20th Century Fox]].

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** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E19AFishCalledSelma "A Fish Called Selma"]], [[CareerResurrection former has-been actor]] Troy [=McClure=] opts out of a plum part in a [=McBain=] movie to star in an obvious vanity production titled ''The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel'' that's being funded by [[BitingTheHandHumor 20th Century Fox]]. [[AuthorExistenceFailure Real-life issues aside]], the fact that it's Troy's last appearance in the show that isn't in InUniverse StockFootage implies that his career went way beyond [[CreatorKiller crashing and burning]] as a result.


* ''Film/{{SOB}}'' features director Felix Farmer, that after going insane over the first act of the plot becuase his most recent movie ''Night Wind'' looks like a trainwreck in the making, suddenly gets the idea to recut and reshoot the film to make it a soft-core porn. ExecutiveMeddling forces him to purchase the film's footage and fund the reshooting with his own money, and then it becomes a battle between him and said executives when they decide the new version of the film looks promising enough to purchase it back so they can lock him out of the editing process.

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* ''Film/{{SOB}}'' features director Felix Farmer, that who after going insane over the first act of the plot becuase because his most recent movie ''Night Wind'' looks like a trainwreck train wreck in the making, suddenly gets the idea to recut and reshoot the film to make it a soft-core porn. ExecutiveMeddling forces him to purchase the film's footage and fund the reshooting with his own money, and then it becomes a battle between him and said executives when they decide the new version of the film looks promising enough to purchase it back so they can lock him out of the editing process.


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* In ''VideoGame/DinkSmallwood'' mod ''Malachi the Jerk'' the Dungeon of Pointlessness is a vanity project designed by architect Desmond Jablonsky. His purpose was to create the least-useful structure in the world, and he succeeded to such a point that building it ''warped reality'' inside of it.
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* ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'': Carson Clay Pictures Present [[Creator/WillemDafoe Carson Clay]] in a [[RuleOfThree Carson Clay]] Production of a [[RunningGag Carson Clay]] Film: ''Playback Time''. Which consists of long, drawn-out shots of Clay as a broken-hearted cop trying to go on with his life, accompanied by sad backgroud music and his InnerMonologue. Mr Bean's friend Sabine, an aspiring actress, was hoping it would be her StarMakingRole, but Clay is so focused on himself that her scene was cut down to ''seven seconds'', three of which are her walking away from the camera. [[spoiler:Until Bean splices in footage of himself and Sabine on their journey to Cannes. This leads to Clay being praised for his unique artistic choices; he evidently decides to [[SureLetsGoWithThat just go with it]].]]

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* ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'': Carson Clay Pictures Present [[Creator/WillemDafoe Carson Clay]] in a [[RuleOfThree Carson Clay]] Production of a [[RunningGag Carson Clay]] Film: ''Playback Time''. Which consists of long, drawn-out shots of Clay as a broken-hearted cop trying to go on with his life, accompanied by sad backgroud background music and his InnerMonologue. Mr Bean's friend Sabine, an aspiring actress, was hoping it would be her StarMakingRole, but Clay is so focused on himself that her scene was cut down to ''seven seconds'', three of which are her walking away from the camera. [[spoiler:Until Bean splices in footage of himself and Sabine on their journey to Cannes. This leads to Clay being praised for his unique artistic choices; he evidently decides to [[SureLetsGoWithThat just go with it]].]]


* The film ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' revolves around an attempt from a has-been actor (played by MichaelKeaton) to create and act on a vanity Broadway show (with the hope of this being a CareerResurrection), and the increasing nightmare of dealing with multiple issues, including prima-donna supporting cast, his own sanity slipping away, and a StrawCritic that has sworn to hate and destroy the show ''[[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch even though it hasn't even opened yet]]''.

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* The film ''Film/{{Birdman}}'' revolves around an attempt from a has-been actor (played by MichaelKeaton) Creator/MichaelKeaton) to create and act on a vanity Broadway show (with the hope of this being a CareerResurrection), and the increasing nightmare of dealing with multiple issues, including prima-donna supporting cast, his own sanity slipping away, and a StrawCritic that has sworn to hate and destroy the show ''[[ComplainingAboutShowsYouDontWatch even though it hasn't even opened yet]]''.


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* ''Film/MrBeansHoliday'': Carson Clay Pictures Present [[Creator/WillemDafoe Carson Clay]] in a [[RuleOfThree Carson Clay]] Production of a [[RunningGag Carson Clay]] Film: ''Playback Time''. Which consists of long, drawn-out shots of Clay as a broken-hearted cop trying to go on with his life, accompanied by sad backgroud music and his InnerMonologue. Mr Bean's friend Sabine, an aspiring actress, was hoping it would be her StarMakingRole, but Clay is so focused on himself that her scene was cut down to ''seven seconds'', three of which are her walking away from the camera. [[spoiler:Until Bean splices in footage of himself and Sabine on their journey to Cannes. This leads to Clay being praised for his unique artistic choices; he evidently decides to [[SureLetsGoWithThat just go with it]].]]


* The 2017 Chinese military action movie ''Sky Hunter'' served as a major vanity film for lead actor Li Chen, as he was also the movie's director, his first time directing any movie. His fianceé Fan Bingbing also got a dose of this as she plays the movie's leading lady, but as she was already an A-list Chinese superstar, most of the "vanity" benefit went to Li. As a matter of fact, Fan's role in the movie was [[https://entertainment.toggle.sg/en/entertainment/asianbuzz/photos/all-for-love-fan-bingbing-takes-on-movie-role-without-being-paid-9112452 for free]] at his request!

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* The 2017 Chinese military action movie ''Sky Hunter'' served as a major vanity film for lead actor Li Chen, as he was also the movie's director, his first time directing any movie. His fianceé Fan Bingbing also got a dose of this as she plays the movie's leading lady, but as she was already an A-list Chinese superstar, most of the "vanity" benefit went to Li. As a matter of fact, Fan's role in the movie was [[https://entertainment.toggle.sg/en/entertainment/asianbuzz/photos/all-for-love-fan-bingbing-takes-on-movie-role-without-being-paid-9112452 for free]] at his request!


Vanity [[https://dleell.com/small-projects-ideas/ Projects]] (or Vanity Productions) are those creative works that are ostensibly showcases for someone's talents as an actor, director, writer, singer, and/or composer but fail miserably to achieve their goal. The usual image associated with a Vanity Project is of [[GiftedlyBad a severely untalented performer]] with [[SmallNameBigEgo an out-of-control ego]] squandering the equivalent of a small nation's annual GNP on a laughable attempt to make some sort of [[LeFilmArtistique DEEEEEEEEP artistic statement]].

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Vanity [[https://dleell.com/small-projects-ideas/ Projects]] Projects (or Vanity Productions) are those creative works that are ostensibly showcases for someone's talents as an actor, director, writer, singer, and/or composer but fail miserably to achieve their goal. The usual image associated with a Vanity Project is of [[GiftedlyBad a severely untalented performer]] with [[SmallNameBigEgo an out-of-control ego]] squandering the equivalent of a small nation's annual GNP on a laughable attempt to make some sort of [[LeFilmArtistique DEEEEEEEEP artistic statement]].


Vanity Projects (or Vanity Productions) are those creative works that are ostensibly showcases for someone's talents as an actor, director, writer, singer, and/or composer but fail miserably to achieve their goal. The usual image associated with a Vanity Project is of [[GiftedlyBad a severely untalented performer]] with [[SmallNameBigEgo an out-of-control ego]] squandering the equivalent of a small nation's annual GNP on a laughable attempt to make some sort of [[LeFilmArtistique DEEEEEEEEP artistic statement]].

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Vanity Projects [[https://dleell.com/small-projects-ideas/ Projects]] (or Vanity Productions) are those creative works that are ostensibly showcases for someone's talents as an actor, director, writer, singer, and/or composer but fail miserably to achieve their goal. The usual image associated with a Vanity Project is of [[GiftedlyBad a severely untalented performer]] with [[SmallNameBigEgo an out-of-control ego]] squandering the equivalent of a small nation's annual GNP on a laughable attempt to make some sort of [[LeFilmArtistique DEEEEEEEEP artistic statement]].


** In "A Fish Called Selma," [[CareerResurrection former has-been actor]] Troy [=McClure=] opts out of a plum part in a [=McBain=] movie to star in an obvious vanity production titled ''The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel'' that's being funded by [[BitingTheHandHumor 20th Century Fox]].

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** In [[Recap/TheSimpsonsS7E19AFishCalledSelma "A Fish Called Selma," Selma"]], [[CareerResurrection former has-been actor]] Troy [=McClure=] opts out of a plum part in a [=McBain=] movie to star in an obvious vanity production titled ''The Contrabulous Fabtraption of Professor Horatio Hufnagel'' that's being funded by [[BitingTheHandHumor 20th Century Fox]].


* In 2010, [[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]] desperately wanted to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', so he took to YouTube with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PkQRh3QXA a demo video, in which he basically puts on his own version of SNL]], complete with an opening monologue, sketches, ''Weekend Update'', and more; during his closing remarks, the end titles roll, and ''every single credit you can think of'' is given to him (Executive Producer: Cookie Monster, Producer: Cookie Monster, etc.) [[note]]Although he never did get to host, the following season, Cookie Monster was featured alongside Jeff Bridges for a holiday number.[[/note]]

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* In 2010, [[Series/SesameStreet Cookie Monster]] desperately wanted to host ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'', so he took to YouTube Website/YouTube with [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C-PkQRh3QXA a demo video, in which he basically puts on his own version of SNL]], complete with an opening monologue, sketches, ''Weekend Update'', and more; during his closing remarks, the end titles roll, and ''every single credit you can think of'' is given to him (Executive Producer: Cookie Monster, Producer: Cookie Monster, etc.) [[note]]Although he never did get to host, the following season, Cookie Monster was featured alongside Jeff Bridges for a holiday number.[[/note]]

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* Discussed by [[WebVideo/FoldingIdeas Dan Olsen]] in a [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AIr9GeVzHRw livestream about the creative process.]]
-->"Pet projects will kill you. Pet projects will put you in your grave. Murder your pet projects. One in every ten pet projects is actually worth the effort that you put into it and the others probably deserve to either be rushed out and abandoned if not taken out behind the shed and shot. Most of the ideas that we get fixated on as pet projects are not nearly as good as we think they are."


->"''It carries the stink of the [[AuteurLicense auteur]]. A pet project. Something that was made for the designer's sake rather than the player's."''

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->"''It carries the stink of the [[AuteurLicense auteur]].auteur. A pet project. Something that was made for the designer's sake rather than the player's."''


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* The ''WesternAnimation/S''WesternAnimation/StevenUniverse'': Steven and Jamie are asked by Mayor Dewey to put on a [[PeriodPiece historical play]] he wrote about his ancestor William Dewey, who founded Beach City. It soon becomes apparent that the play is a Vanity Project that strokes Dewey's ego and portrays William as a GodModeSue. When it premieres, the first thing Dewey does is use it to ([[CasanovaWannabe unsuccessfully]]) flirt with Pearl, indicating that he only wrote it to score a date. Steven and Jamie have to totally rewrite it to make it watchable.

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* ''Film/WelcomeToMe'' is centered on a mentally ill woman who wins the lottery and uses the money to create a surreal TV show centered entirely about herself.

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* ''Film/WelcomeToMe'' is centered on a mentally ill woman who wins the lottery and uses the money to create a surreal TV show centered entirely about herself.

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