If you haven’t read my previous post highlighting my “credentials” and thoughts on the subject of working in Hollywood and being famous, I recommend you check it out here: HOW PEOPLE BECOME FAMOUS – MY HOLLYWOOD EXPERIENCE
If you’re ready to learn my take on how to be famous, read on:
STEP 1. DON’T HAVE “BEING FAMOUS” AS A GOAL
I’m not just trying to deter you from being famous. I want you to understand that being famous is something that happens as a natural result of a certain level of success. Without that success, you just have notoriety, and I doubt that’s what you’re actually looking for.
You can be successful, very successful, without being famous. I know a lot of entertainers in Hollywood who live amazing lives solely on commercials and voice overs. They are not famous, but they are successful in that they get to do what they love to do and be paid for it.
But if you really want to be famous, you first have to be successful at something. You need to make your goal being successful at whatever it is you want to be famous for.
STEP 2. DECIDE ON A TALENT OR TALENTS
Everyone who is famous has a talent. Even Kim Kardashian knows style and marketing, and of course how to show off how much money she has. You need to decide on a talent if you want to be famous.
If you’re thinking of getting into acting, singing or dancing, consider doing or at least learning all three. This is called a triple-threat in Hollywood, and often people who want to be singers will start out as actors or vice versa.
Your talent should be something you love to do. It doesn’t have to be something you’re great at if you’re willing to work at it. I was not a great singer as a child, major pitch issues, but I turned it into a bit of a career after a lot of vocal coaching.
Pick what you want your talent to be, or try out a few talents to decide what it is you want to do.
If your’e having trouble with this step, try making a list of all your favorite famous people and what they do. Do you like to do any of those things?
Pick something, but make sure it’s something you can be passionate about doing for a long time.
STEP 3. CREATE A LOOK
“The Complete Package,” is a Hollywood term that is used to indicate that someone has the looks and the talent, and perhaps an x-factor (some unknown quality that makes them likable or draws you in).
While the idea of what a celebrity is supposed to look like has definitely changed and broadened, with more fat and non-white industry people being hired, the idea of The Complete Package has remained the same and it’s what entertainment industry casting agents and producers are looking for. These days you don’t have to be a certain weight or be particularly gorgeous to be famous, although it unfortunately still does help.
I personally do not promote changing the things about you that make you, you. You don’t want to get rich and famous by being someone else because then you’ll just be stuck being NOT YOU forever. But maybe you are like Gwen or Christina, and you just want to be perpetually blonde and have to wear a lot of make-up for the rest of your life. That’s okay, too. Just make sure it represents YOU.
People want a role model. They want someone who they can strive to be like. They don’t want to be the fat person sitting on the couch eating cookies and breaking out, so that’s not what you want to represent. If that’s all you want to be, you are likely not going to ever be famous unless it’s through reality television.
If you are not naturally beautiful, by industry standards (everyone is truly beautiful to someone), then enhancing your character is what you want to focus on in this category. You need to have a look that represents you and your audience.
Think about who you want to have following you. Who do you want to speak to and appeal to?
Create a look for yourself that represents what your audience would want, that also shows who you really are.
Try different looks while looking in the mirror to see if that helps inspire something.
You have to be happy with how you look, or at least be willing to see your photo everywhere. Your look needs to be something you are really comfortable with. If you’re not naturally comfortable with yourself, change your look, or change your point of view and stop being so judgemental.
STEP 4. FIND A CLASS OR TEACHER
Perhaps you think you already know everything about your talent. Let me tell you, I know Academy Award nominees who still go to acting class. Whether you’re just learning or honing your craft, you need a class or a teacher, and preferably a good one.
Depending on what your decided “talent” is, you may be able to take online classes, at least at the beginning. Eventually you will need and want live coaching. You need someone to watch and critique you and give you tips on improving. For example, Christina Aguilera has a great online course, but eventually you need someone to listen to you sing and make sure you’re doing it right.
If you’re already taking classes and/or lessons, ensure you haven’t plateaued and that you’re continuing to learn and improve. There are always better teachers and classes out there, or you can ask your teacher to push you more. Tell them your goals and see what they can offer to help.
Remember to be humble and take the advice you should, but also remember some advice comes in the form of opinion and isn’t always accurate. You can always get a second opinion or try out different teachers and classes until you find one that really helps you grow.
STEP 5. PRACTICE MAKES PERFECT
It’s not a joke or a cute little saying. If you want to be famous for something, you have to be REALLY GOOD AT IT.
I’m sure you’ve heard Rome wasn’t built in a day. Neither were Kim K’s abs.
You should be practicing every single day – no fail.
STEP 6. NETWORKING IS KEY – PROMOTE YOURSELF
Start researching who it is you should be promoting yourself to in your area, and how people in your field are promoting themselves. Chances are, you’re not the first person to be famous for whatever it is you’ve chosen to do.
If you are lucky enough to live in a city like Los Angeles, or even Denver, Las Vegas, or any really big city that has its own industry, you will probably find all sorts of career managers or groups you can work with for your talent. Dig through Yelp and Google and find out who those people are.
If you live in a smaller town that doesn’t have any local networking possibilities, move or travel to the nearest big city that does. I mean, do you want this or not? Actually, these days, online networking is pretty fabulous. Find some groups or blogs online where people go for help with your particular career.
Follow and friend everyone, because all the people you can get to follow you back will be there to see your first video or promotion.
Whatever you do, get your name out there and start with EVERY PERSON YOU TALK TO DAILY.
If you’re not naturally a narcissist, and don’t want to just sell sweatshirts with your face on on them, you will find promoting yourself to be a difficult thing to do.
You have to get comfortable with people knowing your name and all about what you do. Don’t be obnoxious, but find ways to naturally promote your talent. Talk about a recent class or job you did, an idea you had, and make sure it’s memorable. Take every opportunity you have to display your talent, show a portfolio (even if it’s on your phone), and generally promote yourself.
I used to go to every single audition for X-factor and the Voice that I could, and network with other people auditioning. If someone seemed good or got through, I’d connect with them on Facebook and Instagram. That was years ago and I now have personal connections with some pretty awesome, and well-known artists.
I followed their careers on social media and I learned from what they did to get there. I didn’t take advantage of it personally, but if you want to be a successful person you have to connect up with successful people.
Find a group of like-minded people, who have similar talents, and meet as many as you can. See what advice they can offer and go ahead and give some of your own advice. Be confident. Know who you are and how you want to represent yourself. If necessary, practice it in advance by talking in a mirror.
If you don’t have something like a competition show audition about to happen in your area, Try Meetup.com. You can look for groups that already exist for your talent, or you can start a meet-up to get together the type of people you want. I promise you, you are not the only person in your city who wants to do what you do and be famous for it.
STEP 7. TAKE EVERY OPPORTUNITY NO MATTER THE COST – OR RATHER, DON’T
Well, you can do that if your goal is just to have your blip of fame. But I wouldn’t recommend it.
By taking every opportunity thrown at you, you will increase your chances of becoming famous. But you have to realize, everything you do represents who you are. You are only going to grow to the degree you can promote things that your audience wants to be a part of.
Your fans are going to be the biggest and most important part of being famous.
Don’t do something just for publicity or because the offer sounds good. Really look at it and decide if it’s something that represents you and what you want for your audience.
Don’t allow yourself to be exploited or taken advantage of.
In the long run, it’s your life and you have to live it. Don’t do something you will regret forever. Don’t give anyone the power to make you do something you don’t want to do. It’s okay to sing a song you don’t love because you know it will make your fans happy. That’s something you can get over. But if your song is promoting beating your wife, consider if that’s something you really want to be a part of.
Make good choices, but beyond that, take every opportunity you come across to promote yourself.
EXAMPLE: Use social media to your advantage by promoting every little good or bad thing you do.
Make a list of things you do daily or weekly that pertain to your talent and start sharing them on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram. (If you don’t have these accounts set up, WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?) Work up to sharing something every single day on each social media channel.
At some point you may want to learn how to add YouTube in there. A lot of famous people have their own YouTube Channels.
STEP 8. (THIS ONE IS MY FAVORITE) DO SOMETHING ELSE
I honestly believe that, by sharing my experiences on this subject in my previous post, I can possibly help someone avoid a really bad decision, like moving to Hollywood or living out of your car to play guitar. You don’t need fame to have significant impact in this world. You really don’t. Do what you have a passion to do and the money and fame will come to those who work hardest. But don’t suffer for your hard work thinking you have some amazing odds.
As I’ve said before, your odds of being successfully famous are in the range of winning the Powerball Jackpot. Go buy a ticket, it’s so much cheaper.
If you do decide that this is what you are going to do, then go for it. But you’re going to need a side-income, and you probably would prefer not to wait tables. I have a better idea.
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MOST FAMOUS PEOPLE HAVE A WEBSITE DEDICATED TO THEMSELVES.
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