Inside the World of Celebrities, Vocal Coaching and the Secrets to Success
What does it take to become a celebrity in today’s world, and how does it feel to live within the glittering, yet demanding realm of fame?
The term ‘celebrity’ is often ascribed to individuals from the world of film, television, and music — people whose renown has catapulted them to the spotlight, earning them coveted spots in TV interviews, magazine features, and even unexpected recognition from strangers on the street.
My journey into the world of fame was an unexpected yet fascinating one. I emerged as a leading vocal coach on Pop Idol, appearing on ITV every Friday night, providing critiques, and setting expectations for the ensuing Saturday night spectacle. This led to numerous interviews and guest appearances on various shows, a rather obsessive stalker from my stint as a judge on BBC shows, and the rewarding opportunity to be on camera in Los Angeles.
Despite the unusual path to fame, being referred to as a “celebrity vocal coach” and “The UK’s Vocal Whizz” was something that filled me with pride. Interestingly, I would never have believed that a vocal coach could attain celebrity status until it happened to me years ago.
At the outset of my career, the notion of a vocal coach on camera was quite novel. Despite this, I managed to earn more than some of the performers themselves. The question then arises — why was this the case? The answer lies in my approach.
Simply put, I viewed it as a business and not merely as a pathway to celebrity status or fame. My love for music and creativity was unquestionably fundamental, but I also recognized that if I wanted this as my primary profession, it needed to be a business that I was ready to nurture, develop and fearlessly embark upon.
Fast forward to today, the landscape has evolved dramatically. People across diverse fields have gained celebrity status, demonstrating that you too can attain this in your unique field. However, it’s crucial not to get caught up in the allure of quick fame or the titles of “celebrity” or “influencer”. These are distractions that can ultimately hinder success.
With this in mind, here are my secrets to success:
My secrets to success:
- Preserve Trust: Never exploit your A-List client’s fame to promote your own business. While this might offer short-term benefits, it creates a trust deficit with your clients and their teams. Instead, seek their permission before sharing anything publicly related to them.
- Show Vulnerability: Being open about both your strengths and weaknesses with your A-list clients can foster a safe space for open conversations.
- Adapt to the Demands: Embrace unconventional work hours, both on and off-camera. Understand that this is not a typical 9-to-5 job.
- Expand the Brand: Be a part of growing and developing the brand you’re associated with.
- Develop Your Presence: Your reputation is as good as your last client’s experience. Learn and adapt from any mistakes, and don’t shy away from apologising when necessary.
- Customise Your Approach: Each client is unique. Thus, the lessons learnt should be tailored to create a unique approach for every client.
- Maintain Integrity: Uphold honesty and integrity even in the face of jealousy or hostility. These qualities will keep you centred and grounded.
In conclusion, existing in the world of celebrities necessitates an understanding that it is a demanding profession with unconventional working hours, numerous highs and lows, and a constant need to recharge and refuel. Yet, it also offers the chance to build lifelong friendships with those who will stand by you through it all. Always remain honest