Perhaps some wanna-be talent scout tried to sell you headshots from a shopping mall booth. He said it was easy if you give him $1,000.
Maybe your mother spoke endearingly of you at church bake sales, saying you "had talent" after performing the piano recital to an applauding, gray-haired crowd.
My 18-year-old cousin, Glen, was approached in a Riverside, CA, mall by a "talent scout," who told him he has "it." Maybe my little cousin does have it, but no fast-talking, mall junkie scout will be the one who decides. The scout wants Glen's money, not to see him in a movie.
Those two words, and a prayer, are what you really need to become a power celebrity, finds Howard University research. However, there are notable differences between men and women rising up to "star" status. The better brawn the man, the greater his chance of being Tom Cruise's replacement in the top 100 best-known men. The smarter the woman, the greater her chances of replacing Condoleezza Rice, or Brittney Spears. Rosie O'Donnell is smarter than those two women combined.
A positive change for women; gone are those days where platinum blond and a pair of good legs was all she needed to walk into MGM. Here to stay are the feisty broads like O'Donnell. She morphed from a sweet chic in the early 1990s, to outspoken children's advocate in single 2000s. Her image has grown more powerful, and she is one of the most respected women of fame in the United States, according to Howard University. Madonna, known for her outspoken views has even backed down against her dislike for President George W Bush. What made Madonna tight-lipped suddenly?
But the respect earned by O'Donnell is rare, and reserved for those few celebrities who take up a cause outside of their career. Popularity has increased for Susan Sarandon, Ed Asner, and Sean Penn as a result of their denouncing George W Bush's threats against Iraq.
Rice's old picnic grounds at Stanford University hosted a panel on "What Makes a Celebrity," during their national Think Again seminars in 2002, and agreed that while Hollywood grows more stars than palm trees, the moral quality of today's stars has waned considerably since the more glamorous period of the sliver screen. Unlike the superstars of Paramount, RKO, and Warner Bros, in the 1940s, celebrities today number in the hundreds of thousands, and trouble with substance abuse, spousal abuse, palimony, have quadrupled during the past four decades among what we consider to be the top 200 notable stars of film. Have they just ran out of luck?
There is something greater than looks or luck, that makes a celebrity. The celeb him or herself must desire fame. Not to say people with big egos become famous, actually they become bores. Excessive wealth will also launch you into stardom, especially if you are an attractive egomaniac. Spiced with something called the "mysterious quality," says Mal Fletcher of EDGES, who is no more or less a celebrity than I, we agree someone can indeed become a star with votes. Politicians are more mysterious than Matt Damon or Ben Affleck, and if you ask the elected elite, they believe they are [the] chosen stars. But politicans believe a lot, much of which isn't true. Wealth aids the politician more than looks, luck, or intellect.
In the United States, the average House of Representative campaign ran between $675,000-$850,000 in year 2002, which is more than the starving actor makes. The range topped at $6M for a single campaign, or about the size of Tom Cruise's movie role. Losers spent between $250,000-$350,000 to walk away without a seat or fame. Governor races typically averaged between $5M-$10M. Let us face it, who has enough cash wasting away to bid entry-level politics?
Abraham Lincoln rose to political fame from the ashes of poverty. But that was during another time -- prior to television, prior to colored magazines, prior to anyone's interest in discussing what makes one a celebrity. Perhaps Lincoln today would never make it past his home state. He wasn't attractive or brawny, like Damon or Affleck, and from all accounts did not have an ego; he was in fact shy. Perhaps he was lucky, or perhaps he had star quality.