11. How to Be Famous

First, not to discourage anyone, but are you really sure you want to be famous? First consider the following nearly universal drawbacks of fame:


Stalkers. Famous people can be an easy target for obsessive fans and people who live vicariously through the lives of others. This is a chance that all famous people know they are taking.

Lack of trust in your relationships. Once you are famous, you may never be able to fully trust people again because it is quite possible or even probable that they may be around you purely because you are famous.

Jealousy. People may seem to hate you for no reason, especially online where bashing celebrities is many people’s favorite past-time.

Hangers-on. You will constantly have people approaching you whether it is just to meet you, get your autograph, take a picture, hang out with you to try to become famous themselves, etc.

Viewed under magnifying glass. Imagine you make a small mistake in your life as your life is now. Now imagine that mistake broadcast to the entire world and everyone you know will find out about it. This could include divorce, saying something inadvertently offensive, or anything else you might be able to imagine. News travels fast in the celebrity world and people love gossip.

No Privacy. This one is pretty obvious but still important to consider. It could get very annoying that you will all but give up your privacy. Paparazzi, publicists, agents, producers, everyone will want a piece of you and a piece of the pie. It can get very tiring!

With that said, HOWEVER, obviously fame has its perks!


The pros include wealth, often extreme wealth beyond your wildest dreams! No worries about bills, debts, cars, fine homes, all of it is the finest and most luxurious in the world. How fabulous!

People will go crazy over you. This is the ultimate in ego satisfaction! You will receive special treatment more often than not, no matter where you go or what you do. Despite all your wealth, you can expect regular “freebies” for most of your favorite products and services. In addition, your fans will look up to you and you will have an influence over people that you never had before.

Sooooooo, if you still want to be famous after considering the pros and cons, there are many resources available to help you along in your search.


Here are some ideas to get you started:

Be the absolute best at something, almost anything will do as long as you are the best. In theory you can also do the reverse and be truly awful at something, just humiliate your way into the book of world records or become known on a reality TV show for how awful you are. This type of fame tends to be more fleeting but for a while you will enjoy being recognized just for being terrible at something if you are in the right place at the right time and you are bad enough. With that said, most people would rather achieve fame for an actual talent, so if you have something close to one, hone it until you can proudly say you are one of the best and then show it off whenever and wherever you can!

Be the first to achieve something major and great. This could be anything from curing a disease to inventing a very useful item that finds its way into homes everywhere.

Be generous. Overly so if you can afford to. People will seek you out simply for donations and you will be admired for your selflessness. Just make sure you hire a publicist to let everyone know how kind you are!

Networking with who you know and getting to know more people. Become a “people person” and network, network, network! Surely there is someone at least moderately famous in your area. Can you approach them somehow? Is there a service they may need or anything you can provide? For free perhaps? Sometimes people become famous by association with someone who is already famous and the payoff will come as the connections gradually expand to other famous people and opportunities.

Become an actor. Auditions are easy to come, by and you can start on any level. If you are good, you may get a role in something! A similar but somewhat obvious idea is to try modeling if you are lucky enough to be young and beautiful.

Volunteer. At the right places of course! Try to snag an internship at a movie company or a record label. Assist an agent, publicist, or producer. The possibilities are endless as everyone loves free labor!

Believe in yourself. You will never become famous or indeed succeed at anything if you don’t believe it is possible first. The more confidence you have, the more that will show and it will help you become famous when you meet the right people to help along the way.

Write a book. If you can write a bestseller and sell the movie rights, you will almost certainly become famous as a result!

Are you funny? Become a comedian. Lots of comedians are famous even if they aren’t that funny.

Do you like politics? Get involved! Run for a local government position and see where it leads you. Politicians are famous.

Do you like sports? Get involved! Try out for local teams. Or work with sports stars in any capacity and you can become famous by your association with them.

Find an agent. Whether you are an athlete, actor, musician, writer, inventor, performer, or almost anything else, chances are you will need someone to help you make the right contacts and take the right steps. This is where an agent in your particular niche can become an extremely valuable helper! Even if you start with a lesser known agent and work your way up to a more influential one, having an agent will almost always expose you to better opportunities than you could find on your own.

Are you talented at something? Anything at all? Determine what your highest and best talent is and build on it as much as humanly possible. Hire a publicist if you can afford to to get the word out about how talented you are at your particular talent. And post yourself on YouTube performing your particular talent. Send the link everywhere you can, whether in your signature line at forums, on Facebook, etc. Do this wherever and whenever you can.

Marry someone famous. This may sound easier said than done, but remember the more famous people you can hang out with, the greater the likelihood that you will end up dating or marrying one of them. To achieve this, you may have to relocate to a city where there are a lot of famous people, such as Los Angeles, CA or New York, NY. Use the gyms that celebrities use, eat at restaurants where they eat, shop where they shop, visit bars and clubs where they party, etc. If you can’t afford to go to the same places celebrities visit, then get a job there and the celebrities will literally come to you!

Persist. Above all, and whatever you do, don’t quit. Very few people become famous “overnight” and most worked years to get to where they are today. If you quit, you will not become famous.

Above all, do NOT be too pushy or desperate as people can see this and it will turn off almost, everyone!