I have some celebrity friends and I’ve been able to work with (or for) several celebrities and I have found that while there may be no ‘School of Celebrity‘, somehow, all celebs know certain key things!
10) ‘Celebrity’ is not a job
Celebrities understand that being a ‘celeb’ is not in itself a job. That’s why they actually have jobs like being professional singers, actors, dancers, designers, models and so on. The celebrity sometimes comes with the job…
9) Unless you’re a Khadarshian
In which case, being a celeb IS a job. A full time one
8) So never forget your day job
Sometimes you do your job so well (or so notoriously) that you become popular and a celebrity. That’s not the time to forget your craft. Celebs never forget the ‘job’ itself, and they keep working on their craft.
7) Famzing is an (essential) art
Celebs actually famz just as much as the next guy. With them, it just comes across as one celeb shouting out another. Truth is, when celebs are tweeting shout outs or putting up pictures on instagram, they are celeb famzing.
6)Hustle Hustle Hustle Hard
Celebs are the biggest hustlers out there. You may think because they’ve ‘made’ it, they can afford to chill but no. Celebrities are forever networking, pitching, and planning. The other word for celeb should be ‘hustler’.
5)Everything they do should move the brand forward
Event appearances? It’s for the brand. Cameo in a music video? For the brand. Social media engagement? The brand. Interviews? You guessed it- the brand! Celebrities are focused on moving their brand forward.
4)Till they become human and succumb to being human
In the midst of all that glamour and celebrity is something people miss- celebs are human too. So they will make mistakes and sometimes act the fool.
3) There are no permanent enemies (nor friends); just permanent interests
Ah, the golden rule. Celebs know that friendship is relative. They master the art of air kisses and quick hugs, and co-operation as opposed to competition.
2)Everything you say will be used against you
This may be part of the ‘Miranda Rights’ read in movies that we have crammed, but for celebrities, it is sadly true. Jokes will be misconstrued (sometimes deliberately) and there will be fall outs. It’s why celebs used to be quiet and let their publicists speak. Until there was social media.
1) Social Media is powerful… And is the enemy
Used well and possibly indirectly, social media is great for a celebrity. They can give out information, find out how their fans feel, and (pretend to) connect with their fans.
Used when angry, drunk, high, or with some people, when just being themselves, social media becomes the enemy. Be it rants, posting pictures they shouldn’t or tweet fights, celebrities home and abroad have been bitten badly by their love of social media.
But hey, if number 1 seems dangerous, remember Rule 0- ‘no publicity is bad publicity even when it is bad publicity’