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How to Become Famous

Updated on April 3, 2011

How They - and You - can Become Famous

Follow the Fate of these Stars:
How They – and You – can Become Famous!

In the age of TMZ, Perez Hilton, paparazzis and the Internet, a lot of people can get their 15 minutes of fame for no reason at all. For some, it's a case of being in the exact right place at the right time. For others, a hint of a scandal in the air or getting involved in a controversy is enough for them to shoot to fame.

A Glimpse at the Beginnings of Stars & How they Became Famous

However, if you want to get known for something – rather than people needing reminder as to why you became famous in the first place, it pays to have a popular Hollywood celebrity's life to pattern your own rise to fame after.

For this, let's take a look at the lives of some famous Hollywood celebs and what their humble beginnings are before the paparazzis started chasing after them:

  • Halle Berry

She's been a Bond girl, took her top off for the action film "Swordfish", won an Oscar award for "Monster's Ball" and played the sultry character of Storm in the X-Men films series. These are just some of the credentials of Hollywood hottie, brains-and-beauty and now-mom Halle Berry.

Born Maria Halle Berry on August 14, 1966, Berry is a native of Cleveland Ohio who started being active in the limelight way back in 1989. A graduate of Bedford High School, Berry worked in the children's section of a department store.
Berry started joining beauty pageants when she enrolled at a community college and in 1985, she won the Miss Teen All-American title. A year later, she placed first runner-up in the Miss USA pageant. During the interview portion of the competition, she said that she hoped to become an entertainer or have something to do with the media. On that same year, she became the first African-American to enter the Miss World pageant where she placed sixth.

Over the next few years, Berry had to face the challenge of being diagnosed with diabetes mellitus type 1. However, she did not let this prevent her from pursuing a career when she dabbled in modelling and acting. Her first major acting gig was for the television series "Living Dolls", then went on to work in "Knots Landing".
To kick off her Hollywood film career, Berry got cast in Spike Lee's "Jungle Fever" which was followed by hits like "Strictly Business". For the HBO film "Introducing Dorothy Dandridge", Berry won several awards and she finally had her big moment in 2001 when she won an Academy Award for her role as Leticia Musgrove in "Monster's Ball". Meanwhile, she earned her official Hollywood's sexiest status when she channelled Ursula Andress in the James Bond film "Die Another Day" where she starred opposite Daniel Craig. She's also popularly known by the younger generation as Storm in the X-men film series.


Carrie Underwood

Hailing from Checotah, Oklahoma, 27-year old Carrie Marie Underwood is now one of the most famous American Idol alumnus and country singer/superstar. As a kid, Underwood only used to perform at talent shows in her town, at local events and was about to sign a contract for Capitol Records in 1996 but was cancelled due to a management change.

Her big break came when she auditioned in the summer of 2004 for American Idol in St. Louis, Missouri. After singing the 80s hit "Could've Been" by Tiffany, judge Simon Cowell dubbed her as one of the favourites to win the competition. The British judge's words might have proven to be truthful, because she later on reached the finals to beat Bo Bice.
After grabbing the American Idol title in May of 2005, Underwood shot to fame in the country music scene, breaking the record of any other AI alum with songs like "Jesus Take the Wheel", "I'll Stand By You" and a slew of other country hits. She was signed under 19 Recordings/Artista Records when she recorded "Inside Your Heaven" which debuted as a bestselling song with sales of more than 170,000. She also became the first country music artist to ever debut at number one on the Top 100 since Lonestar released "Amazed" in the year 2000.


Cameron Diaz

A true-blue blonde and bubbly Californian, Cameron Michelle Diaz was born on August 30, 1972. The now 37-year old actress began her modelling career from 1988 to 1993, after which she had a successful career in Hollywood.
Diaz started out as a 16-year old model for top modelling agency Elite Model Management. For several years, she worked under Calvin Klein and Levi's labels, and even graced the cover of Seventeen magazine. When she was 21, Diaz auditioned for the Jim Carrey film "The Mask" despite not having any acting experience. It became one of the highest-grossing films of 1994, and even earned her several acting nominations. Following the success of "The Mask", Diaz acted in several independent, low-budge films. Her box office break came when she starred with Hollywood sweetheart Julia Roberts in "My Best Friend's Wedding", which was followed up with the hit "There's Something About Mary" where she already played the female lead.

Diaz was also part of the three-lady cast of "Charlie's Angels" and she later earned acting nominations for her work in the Tom Cruise-starrer "Vanilla Sky". For kids, Cameron Diaz became famous for voicing Princess Fiona in the Shrek films and her latest hit is the action/comedy "Knight and Day" where she again starred opposite Tom Cruise.

Kim Kardashian

Finally, there's the now 29-year old California native Kimberly Noel Kardashian. The most famous among the Kardashian sisters, Kim is dubbed as an entrepreneur, actress, model, socialite, celebutante and reality television personality. Her most famous stints include the reality television show "Keeping Up with the Kardashians", "Dancing with the Stars" and a famous sex tape with former boyfriend Ray J.

Kim's first acting break came on the TV series "Beyond the Break", which was followed by the 2008 disaster film spoof "Disaster Movie". She also had a guest stint in the hit comedy series "How I Met Your Mother".

So What Do I Need to Do to Become Famous?

After learning about how some of the most famous Hollywood celebs got their claim to fame, how are you supposed to have your turn in the limelight? Here are a few ideas:

  • Find celebrities to hang out with.

Before Kim Kardashian shot to fame, she first hung out with then-famous friends like Paris Hilton, Nicky Hilton and Nicole Richie. So if you want to have a clip at TMZ, hang out with famous people if you know any.

  • Flaunt your assets – Kim Kardashian does this soooo well.

Again, using Kim Kardashian as an example, it definitely pays to flaunt your ass-sets. You can only do this if you have a nice large ass-set. I think you understand where I'm coming from and boy does she have a nice one.

  • Harness the power of social networking sites.

Kim Kardashian used to have a MySpace page. But now, you can either have a Facebook or a Twitter account, and have as many friends/followers as you can.

  • When you're famous enough, have your own reality TV show.

Lastly, when you have already become a household name, consider having your very own reality TV show. If former unknowns like the Kardashians did it, why can't you? There's also the Gosselins whose own hit reality TV shows can be used as an example.

As you can see, there are plenty of things that you can do to become famous. In today's age where the world easily becomes a-Twitter with celeb scandals and not-so-famous people having their own claims to fame – it has become quite easy to have your share in the limelight and enjoy your fame while it lasts.


Now, if you would like to take the first step into becoming a famous Hollywood celebrity, it pays to sign-up and join talent search sites like MJTalentSearch is a website whose inspiration lies with the late King of Pop Michael Jackson. MJTalentSearch looks for talented individuals who can model, sing, act and dance.

If you wish to sign up with them, simply visit MJTalentSearch, upload your photos, show proof of your talent and promote yourself as someone who's worthy of being in the limelight!


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      angela 6 years ago

      this really does not tell how we OTHER PEOPLE can become famous

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      Timera 6 years ago

      Hi like one of my dreams was to becom a singer an i alway hoped,that some one would make my dreams come come true

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      celebritie 7 years ago

      To me you bring up some good points on ways to become famous and I would like to add that another really good way to have your name in lights is not about "who you know" but "Who knows you"!

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      giavonna 7 years ago

      hi i want to become famous all my life the best thing im good at is singing im really great also my grades are very good as well. i always wanted to become famous since i was 5. so thank u very much