THE PLACE OF VISION IN THE MAKING OF STARS
The Place Of Vision In The Making Of A Star
By Pastor Dennis Eruata
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Who/What is a Star? ……………………………………………………………………………………..
What is the making of a Star? ………………………………………………………………………….
What is Vision? ………………………………………………………………………………………………….
The place of Vision in the making of a Star…………………………………………………
Who/What is a Star?
Star symbolizes something/someone of great importance. It speaks of a public figure or a famous personality. Star is a shining element from birth.
Even Jesus had a star at the time of His birth.
Star is a word that could be used in association with other words to bring out new, superlative meaning. Such words include Super-star, Mega-star, Global-star, Movie-star etc.
A celestial body that generates light and other radiant energy and consists of a mass of gas held together by its own gravity. A star is a luminous sphere of plasma held together by its own gravity. The nearest star to Earth is the Sun. Other stars are visible from Earth during the night, appearing as a multitude of fixed luminous points in the sky due to their immense distance from Earth.
Most stars are between 1 billion and 10 billion years old. Some stars may even be close to 13.8 billion years old—the observed age of the universe. The oldest star yet discovered, HD 140283, nicknamed Methuselah star, is an estimated 14.46 ± 0.8 billion years old. (Due to the uncertainty in the value, this age for the star does not conflict with the age of the Universe, determined by the Planck satellite as 13.799 ± 0.021).
The more massive the star, the shorter its lifespan, primarily because massive stars have greater pressure on their cores, causing them to burn hydrogen more rapidly. The most massive stars last an average of a few million years, while stars of minimum mass (red dwarfs) burn their fuel very slowly and can last tens to hundreds of billions of years.
A movie star
A movie star (also known as a film star and cinema star) is a celebrity who is well-known, or famous, for his or her starring, or leading, roles in motion pictures. The term may also apply to an actor or actress who is recognized as a marketable commodity and whose name is used to promote a movie in trailers and posters. The most widely known, prominent or successful actors are sometimes called “superstars” by writers and journalists.
Celebrity Celebrity is fame and public attention in the media, usually applied to a person, or group of people (celebrity couple, family etc.), or occasionally, to animals or fictional entities. Celebrity status is often associated with wealth (commonly referred to as fame and fortune) and fame can often provide opportunities to make money.
Successful careers in sports and entertainment are commonly associated with celebrity status, political leaders often become celebrities. People may also become celebrities due to media attention for their lifestyle, wealth, or controversial actions, or for their connection to a famous person.
What Is The Making Of A Star?
The making of something refers to the following:
To cause to exist or happen; bring about; create; to bring into existence by shaping, modifying or putting together material; construct: to form by assembling individuals or constituents; to change from one form or function to another; to cause to be or become
The making of a movie includes deleted scenes due to mistakes which the actor has to retake before it becomes perfect. In the same vein, the making of a star includes some injuries, mistakes, faults, disappointments, down-moments, agonies etc.
In summary, a Star never makes it on a platter of gold. He has some price to pay.
What is Vision?
- the faculty or state of being able to see;
- the ability to think about or plan the future with imagination or wisdom;
- an experience in which a personage, thing, or event appears vividly or credibly to the mind, although not actually present, often under the influence of a divine or other agency;
an idea or mental image of something; an experience in which you see things that do not exist physically, when your mind is affected powerfully by something such as deep religious thought or drugs or mental illness.
in business, vision is foresight – the capacity to envisage future market trends and plan accordingly
“Vision is knowing who you are, where you’re going and what will guide your journey.”
It is the art of seeing what is invisible to others.
The only thing worse than being blind is having sight but no vision – Helen Keller
- Who you are – is your purpose
- Where you’re going – is your picture of the future
- What will guide your journey – are your values
Purpose is your reason for existence. John 18:37
Picture of the future is a results-oriented picture of where you are going and what it will look like when your purpose is fulfilled. It’s not something vague, like being the best or number one, but something you can clearly visualize.
Values are the guidelines for daily behavior and decision-making. When choosing values, it is important to ask “what values are needed to support my life’s purpose?”
Why is it important to include all three elements?
- When you are aware of and intentional about your purpose, you operate in a bigger framework and are able to answer the question, “What’s next?”
- When you consciously act from your values, you treat others and yourself with respect and create an environment that will support your efforts.
- When you see a picture of your potential, the tremendous power of mental imagery increases your likelihood of achieving it.
Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision, the people perish.” And, MLK, Jr. saying, “I have a dream” He did not say, “I have a plan.” I recently came upon this great quote: “The distance between your dreams and reality is called action.” Bystanders do not turn a vision into reality.
The Place of Vision in the making of a Star
What will Vision do for you?
- It will take you to the top. You will stand before kings. Dan 1: Pro 18:16
- It will attract you to vision-filled and visionless people
- It will put you in trouble
How to tap into Vision that works
- Remain steadfast in your faith
- Obey God’s laws
- Put your trust in God
- Don’t handle your prayer life with levity (Daniel 6:10)
- Avoid laziness. Dan 6:19
- Strife to develop your mental capability. Dan 1: 4. God gave us brain so that we don’t disturb Him all the time
- Be studious. Dan 9:2
- Integrity/Honesty. Dan 6:4
- Select your intimate friends. Dan 1:6 After all, friendship is by choice not by force
- Shun selfishness. Dan 2:49
- Be purpose-driven. Dan 1:8
- Be correctable
- Learn patience
- Programme yourself to last
- Never give up
Go for it!
How to Become a Celebrity
These days, it is a lot easier to become a celebrity. Social media makes it easier and faster to connect with large groups of people. Getting to celebrity status, however, takes time and commitment. It won’t happen overnight, but there are few ways to make it more likely to happen.
Part 1 of 3: Setting the Stage
Choose your type of celebrity. There are lots of different kinds of celebrities from singers and actors to bloggers, fiction writers, humanitarians, models, or, even, chefs. To become a celebrity, you have to pick an area to become a celebrity in. Simply ‘being a celebrity’ isn’t going to get you very far, as it is too vague a goal to work towards.
- It’s also good to decide whether you’re looking for that 15 minutes of fame or whether you want your celebrity to be a lifelong endeavor. The former is easier to accomplish, but won’t give you much lasting power. The latter takes time and effort to accomplish, but will last much longer.
Practice. If you’re wanting to be a celebrity at something, you’re going to have to work at it until you’re at a level that makes people want to invest in you. While it’s true that celebrities aren’t always the best at what they do, they still tend to be good at it, whether it’s acting, singing, writing, or cooking.
- Put in 1 hour every day at your chosen field. This will help get you focused on your creative endeavor and keep you focused towards your goal, which is having people know you and your work.
Be creative. There is a lot of the same old same old out there, and it is true that copy cats can become well known (think the many copy cats of books like Twilight or Harry Potter), but it’s the original product that is remembered the best.
- This means, you can use the work of others as a jumping off place. You’ll need to add your own flare, or individuality to what you’re presenting. For example: if you want to write a vampire novel, that’s great! But instead of copying the Anne Rice or Twilight formula of pretty immortal vampires, come up with something unusual about your vampires, something that readers will be intrigued by and remember.
- Being creative basically means having something that people will remember, because it stands out. Of course, this can backfire if you’re too focused on complete originality (there is no such thing), but you should tease out what specific and original thing you have to offer, because that will help when you’re selling your project.
Locate people who can help you. Part of becoming a celebrity is about who you know and who is helping you achieve your goal. This doesn’t necessarily mean befriending a celebrity, but it is good to find someone in the industry to act as a sort of mentor, to help you avoid pitfalls.
- You’ll want to hire, or at least speak with a marketing professional, since a lot of getting famous comes through marketing yourself and you’ll want, if possible, to have an expert’s opinion on how best to market yourself.
- You really will want to acquire a mentor of some sort, someone who has experience with the area in which you’re interested in becoming a celebrity. For example: if you’re wanting to become a published (and celebrity) author, seek advice from other writers.
- Look around your city or town and see if there are others who are going for the same goal and work to help one another out.
Develop your image. This is a version of you, since you don’t want to pretend to be someone else, but a more idealized version of you. It’s the person who you’ll be publicly and which you’ll capitalize on when you’re marketing yourself.
- Basically, there are two different people in this equation. There’s the real you, which is fallible, imperfect and then there’s the idealized you (which is the one that you’re going to be selling). The idealized you is perfect, amazing and awesome.
- The times when you need to use this image are when you’re selling yourself and your product (book, singing, cooking, etc.) to others, whether it’s the general public or a publisher or music producers. Just remember, the idealized you only needs to be on for a short period of time, and then you can go back to being your usual self.
This is the big one, because if you can’t market yourself you’re not going to be a celebrity. People who make celebrity status are the ones who create an image and then know how to effectively sell that image to whatever industry they want to be part of, as well as to the general public.
- Explain why you’re unique. Part of marketing yourself is to show why people should be interested in you. What is it about your work and your presence that people should like
- Be persistent. Marketing yourself means being visible and being visible means you have to keep marketing yourself. For example: if your book keep getting rejected from publishers, submit things (like short stories) to literary magazines to get writing credits that will help your writer’s image.
- Before you can go on big media circuits, you’ll need to set yourself up on local t.v. and radio, so that people will be able to see that you’re a good person to interview and that you are providing interesting and unique product. When you’ve gotten yourself set up in whatever it is you want to become a celebrity in, contact your local news outlets and let them know what you’re doing. Again, be persistent. If they aren’t immediately interested, keep doing what you’re doing and keep letting them know what you’re up to.
Use social media. Social media and the Internet have helped a lot of people gain some amount of celebrity (or notoriety) and so it’s definitely an avenue you want to consider when you’re attempting to become a celebrity. While it’s probably not best to rely on social media alone, it can definitely help.
- One of the most important aspects of social media is having a constant internet presence. Set up a website that showcases your talents. Get on YouTube and create a vlog. Become part of the Tumbler and Twitter communities. You can talk about things other than your talent (and should because otherwise people will lose interest). You want to create an interest in you, so make sure you’re using the idealized you, because you are still marketing yourself in these interactions.
- Look at people who have achieved fame through social media (especially through YouTube) and consider what they did and how they did it. Justin Bieber is one of the most obvious ones, as he was discovered through his YouTube videos, but again it was perseverance and talent (he does have musical talent) that helped cement what he created by putting himself out there.
- Another example could be John Green who does YouTube videos back and forth with his brother Hank Green, but who has also become a bestselling author. He created the groundwork to delve into writing because he already had a following and had already, in a sense, proved that his image was marketable. Proving yourself marketable through social media, can greatly help your marketability in the long-term.
Develop a relationship with other celebrities. A good way to break into a field is to have someone who is already a success in that. It isn’t easy to just ‘make friends’ with a celebrity, since a ton of people are already trying that.
- Approach them in a public setting, if you can. For actors, or writers, there are workshops and panels that they sit on for events that you can attend and meet them. You can also connect with a lot of celebrities through social media, where you can ask them for advice.
- Sometimes it’s good if you have a moment with them to ask for tips on how they got to where they are. Many people are happy to share their advice and their experiences with someone who is interested.
Part 3 of 3: Maintaining Celebrity Status
Keep innovating your ideas. One you’ve achieved your celebrity status, you’ll want to keep a hold of it. A good way to do that is to change things up. Experiment with different ideas and options.
- Do more than one thing. If you’re a singer, for example, try out dancing or modeling or acting. Branch out into comedy. Utilize these things in your music.
Maintain a good relationship with your fans. Your fans are the ones who got you to the place you’re at, through their own devotion to you and by passing the word about you along to other people. Treat them with respect. Thank them in interviews and in person.
- Consider occasionally releasing something free for them (a free story download, or a free song).
- If someone (especially a fan) offers criticism of whatever you’re doing, don’t get angry at them. Instead, if it’s abusive, respond appropriately by blocking them or having the authorities deal with them (this can mean something like the admins on Twitter, etc; it doesn’t necessarily mean the police), and if it’s not abusive, respectfully engage the person to find out where they are coming from.
Use your status positively. If you’ve become a celebrity it means that a lot of people are watching you and learning from you and taking what you say as the gospel. There’s a lot of responsibility that comes with making that sort of impression on a large group of people.
- Organize and participate in fundraisers for good causes (ending hunger, making sure everyone has access to health care and clean water, ending slavery, and sex trafficking). Give money to these causes
- Raise awareness for these issues through social media and through your own work.
- Have as many connections as possible, including other celebrities.
- Start a web show or create a magazine for your city or community.
- Always stay positive and never give up.