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I want to be famous! What can I do?

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I want to be famous. I’m not sure what my talent is but I really want to give it a try. Any tips for getting things started?

OK, first I need to state the obvious… who doesn’t want to be famous? That being said the next thing that needs to be addressed is what you want to be famous for. Do you want to be a famous inventor? Scientist? Politician? Philanthropist? I’m guessing that these jobs won’t bring you the type of fame you seek. I’m thinking that the fame you want is the flashy glitzy type of fame that is broadly referred to as “stardom.” If it is stardom you seek and you don’t have any talent that you are aware of then I’m sorry to be the bearer of bad news but you really do have your work cut out for you.

With the exception of Paris Hilton, people don’t really build a career out of just being famous. There are hundreds of thousands of working actors, athletes, musicians and models who have careers in these fields but who are unknowns. They are not famous even though they have successful careers in the entertainment and fashion industries. Being in these professions does not guarantee fame; they do not go hand in hand. Just because you work hard to succeed as an actor or athlete or musician or model does not mean you will find fame. You have to stand out from the crowd, you have to have something special about you, a spark if you will and, perhaps most importantly, you have to be very lucky.

So if your goal in pursuing any or all of these careers is fame then brace yourself for disappointment. While fame MAY happen it is not a guaranteed part of succeeding in these careers. People who pursue these careers often have a passion for them, a deep love of music or the theatre for instance, that keeps them going when things get tough. Without this passion I doubt you would put up with the struggle. The pro-sports, entertainment and fashion industries are ruthlessly competitive. It can be difficult to get your foot in a door let alone on a red carpet. Talent aside, without a deep devotion to your craft success, with or without fame, is unlikely.

Now that you’ve been fairly warned we can talk about what you need to do if you really want to follow this dream. First, find your talent. Are you good at a sport? Are you outgoing and confident in front of a crowd? Can you act? Can you sing? Do you play an instrument? Are you exceptionally photogenic? Find whatever it is that lets you shine and run with it. If you can sing take voice lessons. If you can act, join a theatre group. If you’re a good athlete get a trainer and enroll in sport specific camps and workshops. If you’re pretty make sure you’re photogenic - they aren’t always the same thing - and get some test shots done then find a reputable agent. Pursue you dream and don’t be put off by set backs, criticisms or rejections. These things are natural and normal parts of these professions and you need to be braced and ready to deal with them. Good luck in following your star!

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Mike Hardcastle
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