The cult of celebrity is one of the phenomena of the modern world. It’s everywhere – and in the 21st century, reality TV stars, social media influencers and YouTube heroes have joined actors and singers in the definition of what constitutes fame.
Without becoming really good at acting, appearing on Love Island or setting up a popular internet video channel, there’s little you can do to live the celeb lifestyle.
Sure, if you have lots of money in the bank then you can rub shoulders with the rich and famous and live whatever lifestyle you want. However, if you’re more like us, then there are a few different ways you can live and feel like a celebrity.
Holiday like Ariana Grande
You might think that all celebrities jet off to Dubai or some exclusive Caribbean island on their holidays – not Dangerous Woman singer Ariana Grande. In December 2017 the singing sensation took a break with the late Mac Miller to head off to Mountain Village in Colorado.
The pair booked somewhere to stay through Airbnb and kept social media followers intrigued with their stories of mountain hiking and skiing expeditions. If you live in the US you can get to Colorado quite easily, but if you’re based in the UK you might want to have a look at the Scottish Highlands or the French Alps depending on your budget.
When you get their don your fuzzy yellow jacket and keep your followers up to date with adorable pictures of your accommodation and exhilarating videos of your outdoor pursuits.
Change your name
One of the first things that celebrities do is change their name to something more ‘jazzy’, and you can do the same. If your name’s Linda Smith then go back to the drawing board and pick a new name – something that eschews your glamorous alter ego.
If you ever get tired of that name you can always change it again, just like Kanye West did recently when he implored his fans to refer to him simply as ‘Ye’.
So what are you waiting for, Linda? Get your name changed now. It’s free, simple and easy – unless you want to formally update it for your passport or driving licence, and even then it’s only £60. Totally worth it.
Convert to Buddhism
Brokeback Mountain and Jarhead star Jake Gyllenhaal was raised by a Jewish family, and even spent his Bah Mitzvah volunteering at a local homeless center to show his gratitude for his privileged lifestyle.
However, when he grew up he studied Buddhism at Columbia University and took the decision to convert to the religion of peace and wellbeing. Other celebrity Buddhists include Orlando Bloom, Keanu Reeves and Uma Thurman – so if you’re considering becoming one yourself, you’d be in good company.
If you want to make a more radical religious switch, look no further than Tom Cruise, who is without doubt the world’s most popular Scientologist.
Release a single
You might think that you have to be musically gifted to release a single, but Katie Price – AKA Jordan – proved that assertion wrong in 2006, 2010 and 2017 when she released ‘A Whole New World,’ ‘Free to Love Again’ and ‘I Got U’ respectively.
Unsurprisingly, the single didn’t propel Katie to musical fame – but it did manage to raise her profile. Despite never charting higher than 61 in the UK official charts, Katie’s musical exploits were the talk of the country.
You know what they say, right? There’s no such thing as bad publicity. And if you do manage to produce a vaguely tuneful song, who knows, you could end up representing your country at Eurovision.
Give your child an unusual name
There’s something about being a celebrity parent that makes people want to name their new born baby something cool and whacky. David Beckham perhaps kick-started the trend when he called his first son Brooklyn – reportedly as that’s where the child was conceived.
Or you could go down the route of Chris Martin and name your child after your favorite fruit, Apple. Here’s a list of some of the craziest baby names picked by celebrities:
- Moroccan: Mariah Carey
- Pilot Inspektor: Jason Lee
- Moxie Crimefighter: Penn Jillette
- Diva Thin Muffin Pigeen: Frank Zappa
- Blue Ivy: Beyonce and Jay Z
- Huckleberry: Bear Grylls
- Maple: Jason Bateman
- North: Kim Kardashian and Kanye West
- Sunday: Nicole Kidman
Hit the gym and highlight your progress to your followers
There are only two rules when it comes to going to the gym. First, buy the most fashionable gym gear you can afford. Second, spend all your time in the gym uploading videos to your Insta story.
There’s nothing a celebrity loves more than posting a picture of themselves on Instagram along with a caption about how you can achieve anything if you ‘reach for the stars’ or ‘go hard or go home’. Remember to top up on your fake tan and makeup before posting the picture and don’t be afraid to Photoshop if your body doesn’t look quite as ‘on fleek’ as you want.
If you can’t make it, fake it
It really doesn’t matter if you have zero talent or you’ve never been on TV before, if you want to become a celebrity you can. All you have to do is believe in yourself – and tell the odd lie.
Earlier this year, Africa-born Australian Nelly Yoa took to TV screens Down Under to give his opinions on trouble caused by African gangs in Victoria. The reason he was asked to give his opinions was because he was a famous footballer – or so everyone thought. Nelly also told viewers that he was a community outreach officer for gangs, drawing on his experiences in gangs back in 2011. Further to this, he took to social media to tell his followers about his role as brand ambassador for American Express. Since these revelations, all football clubs that Yoa claimed to have been involved in have claimed his allegations were false.
Several people have spoken out to say that he was never in a gang and does not work as a community outreach officer. And American Express have described him a disgruntled former employee and sent him a cease & desist letter for his comments about being a brand ambassador.
Nelly Yoa allegedly faked it instead of making it and now he’s appeared on several TV shows, had an article published on the front page of a leading newspaper and (arguably) become famous.
So if you want to skip all the other tips in the article, just fake it like Nelly and you could become a celeb in not time.