5 Steps to Becoming Famous

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So you've decided--you want to become famous! Fame certainly has its perks, and you'll find there are many paths to get to fame. One of the best ones is to develop a talent. Then, you can market yourself and that talent to the world, building your base and making you famous. Keep in mind that it often takes a lot of work to become and stay famous, so if you're not willing to work hard, this path may not be the one for you. Plus, even if you work your hardest, you may still not become famous, as it takes an element of luck, as well.


Finding a Path to Fame

  1. Decide how famous you want to be.Fame comes at many different levels. For instance, you could be famous in your school or workplace. You could be famous in your hometown or your state. Alternatively, you could go for ultimate fame and attempt to be famous around the world. Each of these has its own unique pros and cons, so it's up to you to decide how much fame you want.
  2. Create a unique solution to a problem.Think about the problems in your life and in the world around you. If you can come up with a unique solution or a unique invention, you may become famous for it.
    • For example, Marie Curie became famous as a scientist and inventor of the X-ray.
    • Think about problems in your life. Maybe you're always late, or you hate having to hunt around for your shoes everyday. What solutions could you come up with to help yourself and others with these problems?
  3. Stand out from other people.Sometimes, you'll get noticed for just being yourself, if you have a unique way of doing things or a unique way of looking at the world. The key is to go your own way and be just who you are. You shouldn't change how you do things just because you do them in a unique or odd way.
    • Break away from stereotypes. If you love to skateboard, find your own unique tricks. Instead of going for a typical "skater" look, find your own flair.
  4. Audition for a .Another way people become famous is by going on reality shows. You don't necessarily need a talent to get on a reality show, though in some cases, you'll need one, such as with singing shows. Look on the shows' websites to find out where and when you can audition.
    • Generally, it helps to be enthusiastic when you audition, particularly about the show.
    • Keep in mind, on reality competition shows, the judges may be tough or mean. Don't take it too personally, though. It's a part of the show
  5. Be generous in a unique way.While this may seem counter-intuitive, some people become famous by doing something for other people in a really unusual way. It could be making a large donation, but you could also just raise money in some way that's out of the ordinary.
    • For instance, one man, Si Burgher had famously long eyebrows, nearly 3 inches (7.6 cm)! When friends suggested he let people shave them off to raise money for charity, he agreed and became famous in his hometown of Bloomfield, Indiana.
    • For example, you could make it your goal to bake and sell a million brownies to raise money for a cause.
  6. Work on a world record.Another way you might become famous is by breaking a world record. Read through the world records, and figure out if you could work on one to break.
    • Keep in mind, your world record will likely need to be verified by a Guinness Book of World Record's official. Plus, to truly get famous this way, you need to pick a record that people care about, rather than just any record.
  7. Post a silly video.In a social media-driven world, you can win 5 minutes of fame by posting a goofy video that takes the internet by storm. It doesn't have to be anything terribly difficult. It just has to be engaging and entertaining. It can involve something as simple as your cat doing something funny.
    • You might post a video of you playing a funny song on your instrument, or doing something funny in a public place. Get creative, and make sure you're having fun! If you're enjoying yourself, your audience is more likely to like the video!

Growing a Talent

  1. Pick a talent.If you're naturally talented at something, that's a good place to start. However, the talent you pick should also be something you enjoy. You're going to spend many, many hours working on this talent, so if you don't enjoy it, you're going to be miserable. Plus, people can tell when passion drives your talent or skill, and it will be easier to become famous.
    • Think about artistic careers like music, acting, writing, or painting. Keep in mind, though, you'll have to sell yourself in any of these fields and build a name for yourself.
    • We associate careers in the arts, such as actors and musicians, with fame, but any public figure qualifies as famous. Politicians, football coaches, local business owners, and even meteorologists are recognizable in the grocery store.
  2. Learn from the best.Whatever talent you're trying to develop, you'll do better if you learn from others' expertise. That can mean taking classes in your field, finding a mentor, watching tutorials online, or reading books from the library. You can even do all of the above. Let others help you on your way.
  3. Practice, practice, practice.While there's some argument over whether you can make yourself a genius at something through practice, there's no doubt that practice makes you better. One magic number for how much time you have to put in is 10,000 hours. While you don't need to sit down and clock that, it should make you realize the amount of time building a talent takes.
    • For instance, if you put in 5 hours a week, it would take you 2,000 weeks or approximately 38 years to become an expert in an area. On the other hand, if you're able to put in 40 hours a week, you could become an expert in a little fewer than 5 years.
  4. Remind yourself a talent is really a skill.If you just believe what you have is pure talent, then you're not likely to get better at it. Any place you fall short, you'll think, "Well, I just don't have enough talent." However, if you think of it as a skill, then you have the mindset that you can get better at it.
    • When you find yourself thinking, "I'm just not very good at this," think this instead: "I just need to work harder to learn this part of my skill."

Branding Yourself

  1. Shape what you want the world to see.Personal brands rely on building a certain persona. It should rely on aspects of your character that are already there, but you don't necessarily want to or need to show your whole self to the world. Instead, you want to focus on what makes your brand unique.
    • Think of celebrities you know that have built a persona for themselves. For instance, chefs like Rachel Ray and Guy Fieri have built their brands around a particular persona. Other examples include bloggers like Joy the Baker or The Pioneer Woman or YouTubers like Hannah Hart or The Fine Brothers.
  2. Market yourself on social media.In the digital age, social media is the main way of getting your name out there. You can make posts or videos, as well as blog or take photographs to help build your brand. Your content should show who you are while also offering something to the user; you want to give them a reason to keep coming back.
    • For instance, if you're trying to market your talent, put out videos where people can see your talent in action, such as you singing. On the other hand, you can focus on how-to, where you help people do what you do.
  3. Build up your base by encouraging people to follow you.Putting content out in the world is great, but it's going out into the void if you don't have any followers. Ask your friends to follow you and to get their friends to follow you. You can also network by commenting on, liking, and sharing others' content.
    • There is a difference between spamming people by giving follows for follows and encouraging people to follow. Saying "Follow me for a BFF (Best Fan Forever)" is spam, but saying "Follow me for some good content" is not. Spamming people to gain more followers or subscribers by following or subscribing to them is prohibited on most sites.
  4. Focus your brand by curating your social media.If you're already on social media, focusing your brand may mean taking down things that don't fall in line with the image you're trying to portray. On the other side of the coin, think about new stuff that you post. Each post or photo you put out there should serve to reinforce your brand image.
  5. Move outward to traditional media.If you've built up a brand for yourself, try pushing outward. Contact producers of local shows, particularly if you have something you want to push, such as a new book. Keep in mind, many shows will say "no," so don't be afraid to try more than one.
    • It's best to start smaller and work your way up. Most national shows prefer you have some local air time before they give you a chance.
    • Be realistic in your aims and avoid "carpet-bombing" marketing campaigns of yourself.Hip-hop publications probably aren't interested in interviewing your bluegrass band, and you're unlikely to get invited back to the wine festival with your craft beers.
  6. Don't be afraid to fail.Have confidence that you and your brand are worthy of fame. You have to put yourself out there to succeed. Risk sending your book to the publisher or booking a gig at a big festival. If you're dedicated to your craft and to creating the best work you can, you'll succeed eventually.
    • However, you can't just fail and try the same thing over and over again. You must learn from your mistakes and get better the next time. For instance, if you're writing a novel that gets rejected 20 times, you may need to take it apart and start again.

Community Q&A

  • Question
    I would like to become a singer, but my parents can't afford a music teacher. What should I do?
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    Community Answer
    Teach yourself and enjoy the fact that this can create a more unique style and sound. Find free music lessons on YouTube.
  • Question
    I would like to be a singer, but I'm a kid. What can I do?
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    Community Answer
    Join your school's choir, watch videos on YouTube, and talk to your parents about it. If they let you take singing classes, great; if not, keep trying to learn on your own. Once you feel confident (and get parental consent), post videos on YouTube and ask people for feedback. Lots of young singers get their start this way.
  • Question
    I can sing really well, but I'm afraid of putting myself out there for people to hear. What should I do?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Practice a lot at home in front of your siblings and parents. Once you feel more comfortable in front of them, you can do a small concert for your friends. Start with a small audience, and grow from there.
  • Question
    Can I be famous just by helping people, such as the poor or those suffering from cancer?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Of course! It would sort of be like starting an organization. If you are lucky, you could even be asked by the media to create an advert for people to help you in this. You should not help people just for the sake of fame, however; your desire to help should come from your heart and conscience.
  • Question
    How do I release music albums if I want to be a famous singer?
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    Community Answer
    Start playing local shows, get attention and be well known. Then, try to make connections with people who work in a record label so that they know you. Ask them if they think you're ready for an album and follow their advice from there.
  • Question
    Can I be famous if I'm a kid?
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    Community Answer
    The most fun way to become famous as a kid is to film yourself doing something cool and post it online (with your parent's permission).
  • Question
    How can I be famous when I am a little shy?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    Many famous people describe themselves as shy. Try performing in front of family and friends whom you know will support you. Each time you perform, add a few more audience members until you are comfortable performing in front of a big group.
  • Question
    How can I become famous for singing?
    wikiHow Contributor
    Community Answer
    You could join a televised singing or talent competition, or post an online video of yourself singing. With both of these options, you stand a pretty good chance of being noticed, but don't be discouraged if you don't immediately become famous.
  • Question
    How do you find auditions?
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    Community Answer
    Finding auditions mostly takes networking with your acting teachers, other personal contacts, and social media. There are even websites where you can sign up to receive casting calls in your area, but take care to avoid scams.
  • Question
    How can I get an acting job in the United States if I live in another country?
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    Search online for casting calls that you can apply to by video. Once you get a job offer, apply for an O-1 visa.
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The best way to become famous is to dedicate yourself to something you love or a problem you’re passionate about solving. Practice your skill and push yourself to do things differently than everyone else. Post pictures and clips of yourself on social media and ask your friends to follow you—and get everyone they know to do the same! Send your work to local newspapers and channels, or even auditioning for a TV talent show. Step out of your comfort zone and don’t be afraid to fail!

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