Do you need money? Then be a celebrity

Are you looking for a legitimate way to make money? Maybe you want some extra spending money. Or perhaps you need the money to pay bills. Either way, getting paid for being a celebrity can be a fun and lucrative way to earn that extra cash. In fact, there’s quite a lot of...

Are you looking for a legitimate way to make money? Maybe you want some extra spending money. Or perhaps you need the money to pay bills. Either way, getting paid for being a celebrity can be a fun and lucrative way to earn that extra cash. In fact, there’s quite a lot of...

There are many different suggestions of becoming rich; you can either get employed or start a church among others but the best way is to be a celebrity.

In Rwanda a number of artists are flourishing and have many of ways of earning a living. Erick Sendeli an artist from Remera who was once a soldier decided to join the music industry in 1995 and produced his first song ‘Hu—ura Neibizongera’ a song that attracted the attention of a number of individuals who in turn became his fans.

In 2002, he produced ‘Nakashe’ which earned him a lot of fame in Rwanda. Erick has since continued to produce songs that are very contextual and up to date. Just as any other artist in the world, Erick’s sole purpose in singing is to earn a living and he does this through a number of ways “to get fame and earn a living, I first ensure that I have a great number of fans, I always accomplish this by visiting them in their various residential places using my car everyday.

Another way is to perform often, every month I produce at least a Cd”. Among his achievements is the tour to Europe where he performed and gained a lot of fame. His future plan is to move throughout East Africa and through singing get them to learn Kinyarwanda as a way of promoting harmony and coexistence.

Miss Jojo, as one of the famous Rwandan artists has a number of ways to earn a living; she asserts “I always make money from my music performances, selling my materials like cd’s, posters, T-shirts and making public appearances”.

The business of being a celebrity is simple. First, you get rich and famous using your most primal talent: Beyonce sings.

Ryan Seacrest hosts. Glenn Beck talks (or weeps) into a microphone or television camera. Then, once you’re firmly entrenched in the pop-culture dialogue, you use your fame to diversify your revenue stream and become a one-man (or woman) brand.

Beyonce begins acting in movies. Ryan Seacrest endorses Coca-Cola. Glenn Beck writes a few books. Celebrities must find as many ways as possible to sell their brands. I don’t think you can be a celebrity in today’s world... without being ubiquitous, “Nothing’s big enough anymore.”

These three particular celebrities make money in different ways; Beck has built a flourishing entertainment empire based on his insight and personality. He has made A$29 million in the past 12 months.  The most profitable arm of his operation is his syndicated radio show, The Glenn Beck Program, which earns him A$12.5 million per year.

He also hosts The Glenn Beck Program on Fox News every weeknight and has earned A$2.5 million in the last year for his work on CNN and Fox. He’s further parlayed his exposure into speeches and appearances (A$3.8 million), book sales (A$6.3 million) and revenue from advertising and merchandise sales on Glennbeck.com (A$3.8 million).

Ranked No. 4 on this year’s Celebrity 100 with earnings of A$110 million.

Beyonce has also created an incredibly valuable brand that milks consumers for their disposable dollars in myriad ways. She reaped A$19 million from her fashion lines, Dereon and House of Dereon. She earned A$17.7 million from a combination of concert ticket and merchandise sales.

As a songwriter and recording artist, she pulled in A$36.7 million from album sales and publishing royalties. She earned another A$25 million lending her likeness to marketing campaigns by Armani, Nintendo, and L’Oreal, among others.

Ryan Seacrest can’t sing, act or dance - but that hasn’t stopped him from becoming the hardest-working man in Hollywood. He banked A$48 million last year hosting American Idol, a top 40 radio countdown, E! News and other red-carpet events, plus ABC’s New Year’s Eve special.

In addition to his lucrative deals with both ClearChannel Radio and the Comcast Entertainment Group, he develops and produces TV shows, including E’s Keeping up with the Kardashians and NBC’s Momma’s Boys.

He’s also got endorsement deals with Procter & Gamble and Coca-Cola.

Athletes commonly supplement their performance salaries and winnings with endorsements and appearance income. Race car driver Jeff Gordon has had a headline-making career for more than 10 years and remains today one of the highest-paid athletes in terms of endorsements and product licensing.

Ranked 63rd on the 2009 Celebrity 100 with A$38 million in earnings, Gordon makes only one-third of that take from driving a car. His catalog of endorsement deals with EA Sports, Pepsi and others, plus winnings, adds A$25 million to his bottom line.

Each artist makes money in a way considered best to him or her, the more they become famous the more money they make. If you haven’t discovered your talent do so and remember, chance is always powerful.

Let your hook always be cast; in the pool where you least expect it, there will be a fish.

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