Every year, thousands of people decide to chase the dream of becoming a movie star. And every year,
thousands of people let that dream die.
Becoming a movie star is no small feat. Yet at the same time, it's not impossible either. It is simply hard. Hollywood is very demanding, and those who aren't willing to dedicate themselves wholeheartedly to it will be chewed up and spit out with all the others who couldn't hack it.
But for those who commit themselves to chasing movie stardom until their dying day, there are many rewards that potentially await them. Some find that pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. Others spend their lives in cinematic purgatory, always playing the same small tiny bit parts and wondering how they came up short.
A wise someone once said that "life's not fair", and that has been a mantra for those who have been unwilling to put in the effort to drag themselves out of the muck for centuries. The truth is that life's not unfair either. There is vast opportunity out there, and the fact of the matter is that those who are courageous and who are willing to put in the work for it will prosper.
Take Brad Pitt, for example.
In 1982, young Brad Pitt graduated from high school at the age of 18. His whole life was already laid out for him.
He would attend the University of Missouri, he would major in journalism (with a focus on advertising), he would graduate,
get himself a decent marketing job, and work for the next 40 years until he retired. And that's just what he set out to do.
However, somewhere along the way, Mr. Pitt seems to have lost sight of his goals. For in 1986, when he was a mere 2 credits shy of graduating and making his family proud, he made the seemingly irrational decision to drop out of college and ran off to Hollywood.
Now prior to this, Brad had never expressed any interest in acting. Aside from a play he once performed in with his fraternity, Sigma Chi, no one knew of any passion for drama that he might have possessed.
That spring, Brad packed his bags, hopped into his car, and with just $325.25 in his pockets, he headed for California. He had virtually no acting experience and zero training, but he decided that he simply loved movies so much that he just couldn't settle for a normal life.
When he finally reached Los Angeles, he moved into a flat in North Hollywood with eight other guys. They had no furniture and no beds to sleep in. Just a sleeping bag for each of them, a TV, a stereo, and a toaster oven.
To pay their bills, the guys would go to a place called the Job Factory where people would employ day laborers to do odd jobs. You think waiting tables is bad? Brad's jobs included moving refrigerators, selling cigarettes, and once, he had to dress up as a giant chicken and stand out on Sunset Blvd in 100° weather for El Pollo Loco.
After getting an agent, Brad started booking small jobs like his stint on the sit-com Head Of The Class and an episode of Growing Pains. He also booked other roles on TV shows like Another World and Dallas. However, as you'll read later, it's not so simple as just graduating from guest spots on TV to movie stardom. So how did he do it?
Well, like any other beginner actor, he started his movie career doing extra work as a background "actor". And after a year, he started booking roles like the guest spots mentioned above and roles in small independent films like Cutting Class and The Dark Side of the Sun.
Two years later, he got an audition for an upcoming movie called Thelma & Louise. He played only a supporting role in this movie (a small-time thief named J.D.), but upon its release, Brad was exposed to a whole new world.
It would be this role that would get the attention of bigger more powerful agencies that might want to sign him. It was that role that would make him known to big time filmmakers and their casting directors. And just a few months later, he got the lead in his first big hit, A River Runs Through It.
With the credit of headlining a major studio film, Brad Pitt's salary sky-rocketed from $6,000, which he was paid for Thelma & Louise, to $500,000, which he was paid for Kalifornia, a film that was released 11 months after the huge success of A River Runs Through It.
At this point, you might have called him a movie star. He had the fame from his hit movie, he was making more money in a couple of months than 95% of everyone makes in a year, but it's at that point that the difference between real movie stars and those who got lucky get sorted out.
Actors don't become movie stars just because they're in movies. It takes the decisions of
three different groups of people: filmmakers, agents and the public.
There are plenty of actors who've been in numerous movies who can't grasp the love of the public and just as many actors who've found the public's interest but not that of the Hollywood elite.
To be a movie star is to be useful. Producers and studios need to be able to use you to actually increase their profits and the chances for their films to be picked up by theaters. If you can't provide this service, then you're of no value to them.
Agencies need to be sure that if they sign you, you're going to help bring in revenue from your movies. If you can't book anything, then they have no use for you either.
There are countless stories of actors who shot to stardom by starring in a surprise hit movie, but then their careers went no where. Why is this?
￼ Because fame does not translate into bankability, and it certainly doesn't make you a movie star.
At the position that Brad Pitt was in when A River Runs Through It was released, 95% of actors would've made one of the following mistakes to ruin their careers and throw away their new advantage.
Some would've gone on "sabbatical", vacationing away the money they'd earned, returning to find that they've gone cold and that no one wants to work with them anymore.
Some would have exercised their new fame to party their way through Hollywood until their famous name got dragged through the mud following drunken tirades and embarrassing photographs.
Others have ended up wasting their new position as a fledgling star simply by choosing to honor their "artistic integrity" by acting in movies that were destined to be seen by no one and thusly earn no money.
What Brad Pitt did, on the other hand, was take his new success and continue to reinvest it in movies with the capacity for greatness. In 1994, he played the lead role opposite Tom Cruise in Interview With The Vampire, which turned out to be the first blockbuster of his career.
The result? More movie offers and a pay increase to $4 million which he was paid the following year for the movie Se7en. And when that movie opened huge, he was upgraded to $10 million, and was solidified as a true Hollywood A-lister.
This is what it really means to be a movie star. Unfortunately, the vast majority of actors and actresses out there don't know it, and they will probably never find out.
The Hollywood players don't have time to hold your hand and teach you the ways the industry works. They sort out the ones with real potential from the horde of wannabes, toss them into the mill, and hope that a shiny new star will form.
What you'll discover with CelebSystem is how to become a part of that small handful chosen from the herd of wannabes, how to make all the right moves to get ahead, and most importantly, how to maintain your star status once you've achieved it.
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