Justin A.G. is the amazing singer/songwriter and entertainment professor. He has proven himself as an artist with 4 incredible albums which include “Life Goes On,” “Here’s to You, Here’s to Me,”No Escape” and “Hear the Rock…Feel the Roll.”
Following His Passion
Justin A.G. is also known as his alter ego which is that of Justin Giordano who is an entertainment professor. Celebify.com has taken an interest in him because he is an example of a man of education who practices what he preaches artistically. Even with his high workload as a professor, Justin has been able to manage a second career as a musician, both performing gigs and creating albums. This is his passion.
We are also celebrating Justin’s new website at JustinAG.com. At the time of this report Justin A.G.’s new site is in its infancy, but we are certain it will continue to grow just as Justin is evolving as an artist.
Sorry folks there’s no dove of peace here. Today we’re going to explore the dark side of celebifying yourself. Before we get into the downside of increasing your visibility, let’s talk about how things have changed technologically.
The Transformation to the Digital World
The very young didn’t experience the changeover to digital. Those of us who are older, did. And look at what has happened. Most of us are carrying mobile phones and some of us are big users of all that social media has to offer.
Point and Shoot…Yourself
An important component of why people go social is because of the selfie. Due to the fact that selfies exist and are easy to create, many individuals are being sucked into the vortex of celebify. In this instance to celebify one’s self.
Two Tales, How do They Differ?
And then there’s the story which that person develops and puts out there all that they are. Living the dream, or at least wanting it to be perceived that way. The social media story versus the real story.
Now the Next Step
One can only guess about the reality of a self aggrandizing individual. But many of them could be on their way for an uncomfortable experience to say the least.
The Rise of the Monster in Human Form
We’re talking about cyber stalkers. Who knows what motivates them. Often, they themselves don’t even know why they are driven to do what they do to others. The goals is to humiliate and terrorize the individual. The more celebified you become, the more you become a target. This is the dark side. Are you celebifying yourself? Are you ready for what comes with it?
The word we used to describe John Yianni Stamas’ eclectic career as an ArtisticPreneur was “Kaleidoscopic.” You can see Stamas’ bio here at ArtisticPreneur.com that includes a mention of the Celebify.com incident of us using the term Kaleidoscopic. As of the time of us writing of this blog entry, ArtisticPreneur.com is a website that is still very much in its infancy with very little content there yet. Maybe why ArtisticPreneur.com reacted so negatively to the use of the term Kaleidoscopic. Perhaps they want us to wait until the site is full built for us to give our feedback.
ArtististicPreneur.com Shoots Back
ArtisticPreneur.com let us know on no uncertain terms that what we wrote in the now deleted posted in which we described John’s career being called Kaleidoscopic, was not a good move from their point of view.
A Debate Launches
An unexpected debate was launched with participants including ArtisticPreneur collective members and even some of the fans. It was generally agreed upon by both groups that because J.Y.S.’s bio was nearly 2,000 words long that an apt description would be that John’s career was “Extensive.”
Virtually no one seemed to think that calling it Kaleidoscopic made any sense at all. Sorry guys if we offended anyone, it’s just that we thought that Kaleidoscopic was a word that could be interchangeable with “Multifacted.” And we think that most would agree that John’s background is multifaceted.
Here’s a statement we found online regarding the collective of artists known as ArtisticPreneurs:
“ArtisticPreneur.com is a collective of artists and creative business owners who impact their communities in positive ways. A lot of folks just like you are discovering the ArtisticPreneur website and are deciding to become members of the ArtisticPreneurs Club due to the resulting benefits to you which include you having more confidence to pursue your ARTISTIC and entrePRENEUR goals (hence ARTISTICPRENEUR) that you used to only dream of but now are doing so due to you having access to free or low cost positive community building tools which simultaneously assist you in making a difference in your community both locally and around the world.”
Seeking the Trainers but Having to Make Due with a Student
So we went to the ArtisticPreneur pros located at, where else, ArtisticPreneur.com. We didn’t hear back from them soon enough for this post’s deadline therefore we had to improvise a little bit and contacted a friend of Celebify.com whose name has been withheld by this person’s request. When we asked this person why they wanted to withhold their name, they said because the folks at ArtisticPreneueur.com might get angry at them for revealing trade secrets.
State of Being: ArtisticPreneur
The desire for secrecy of course only increased our curiousity in regards to the top secret transformational process of going from being an artist of any kind or a small business owner to becoming a full fledged ArtisticPreneur. From this point on we will refer to our interviewee as “Sam,” because that can be either a woman or man’s name. We asked Sam to describe what being an ArtisticPreneur means exactly.
Sam answered with:
“A quick definition of “ArtisticPreneur” is that it can be a lot like you, that is if you’re the kind person who combines your ARTISTIC side with your entrePRENUR side hence you are an ARTISTICPRENEUR.”
The Top 10?
Is that all there is to it we wondered. Sam said no, of course not, there are many aspects to being an ArtisticPreneur including learning how to work the 10 Digital Marketing Tools. Oh no we said, you can stop right there. So this is going to be some kind of sales pitch for acquiring from ArtistPreneur.com some kind of Digital Marketing kit? But Sam, in a very serious fashion, gave us the head turning back and forth meaning “No.”
You Have a Choice
Sam went on to explain that one always had the option to have their digital tools custom made by ArtisticPreneur but it was by no means the aim of their program. Sam told us that ArtisticPreneur.com actually encouraged members to make their own set of Digital Marketing Tools because therefore they would be able to do all the monthly updates themselves such as adding content to their websites.
Is it a Cult?
The main thing we got out of Sam which only intrigued us more was the it wasn’t about the Digital Marketing Tools but rather what you did with them and your psychological state of mind. You had to rid yourself of self doubt or at least get it somewhat under control. Again we took a step back asking if this was like one of these cults disguised as a self help process where ultimately what they were trying to do was to get you to constantly purchase upgrades to become “all seeing” or something?
Meeting Your Expectations
At this point Sam laughed and gave us an example of something that had worked for her/him. Sam told us that the way ArtisticPreneurship works is that you do monthly campaigns. Each campaign has a goal. The way you measure the effectiveness of a particular campaign is by how closely it meets expectations.
Sam Talks About Goal Setting
“But of course…” Sam told us “You have to be careful with your goal seeking and set goals that are actually attainable. In other words you don’t have to knock yourself out. Because the beauty of it is that a series of small goals piling up on each other each and every month can result in a big win.”
Sam’s Big Win
Sam’s most recent big win was starting to get sales of her/his digital media download products. Sam told us that at first no one was biting. Therefore Sam figured out that the description of the product was probably not focused enough for her/his audience. Therefore Sam put herself/himself into the head of the customer, client and fan exploring what her/his her problem was and how Sam’s product might solve it. Sam said that the exercise lead to making sales online.
The Deadline Cut Things Short
Unfortunately we had to cut things short with Sam because our blog posting deadline was going to occur in less than 10 minutes, so we did our best to spell check and uploaded the post that you’re reading right now. We thanked Sam and she/he walked off into the distance. What had we learned from the mysterious Sam? That maybe ArtisticPreneur.com was on to something. Something that we all know to be true but rarely practice it. Something that getting on the track to becoming an ArtisticPreneur can help guide you with: a series of little wins can result in a big win!
No cost blog publicity is something that can be available to you if you have a securely hosted (SSL) blog or website as well as are an expert of some kind whose knowledge would be of interest to an ArtisticPreneur audience consisting of small business owners and artists of all kinds.
If I Get the Thumbs Up, Where Will I Appear as a Guest Blogger or Person Interviewed?
Your guest blogging opportunity or interview would be in one of our client or project blogs. If accepted, we will select a blog for you that is relevant to the subject matter you are discussing.
How do I Submit My Proposal to You?
The best way to get the ball rolling is to email to us your proposal that includes the topic you want to cover as well as why you are uniquely qualified to talk about this area. Please also include a breakdown of some of the bullet points you’d cover.
If you’re pursuing a creative path and are not an ArtisticPreneur, you will not survive in the modern age. Remember, one of the definitions of insanity is doing the same thing again and again and expecting a different result. Today can be the day that you leave all that behind and become a doer who always utilizes the most recent strategies when it comes to digital marketing success. Our friends at ArtisticPreneur are doing a great job of helping ArtisticPreneurs promote themselves as seen here. Now here are other ways to celebify yourself!
Fun Times on Your Way to the Top
If you’re an ArtisticPreneur and in the market to become famous, you might find this blog entry interesting. As usual, we warn you that you becoming well known is something that you do at your own risk. We’re not responsible if you make the big time and then have the revelation that your life before endless kudos was much more simple and enjoyable etc. etc.
But given all that, we here at Celebify.com decided to open ourselves up to others to figure out the most effective way to get to get the paparazzi to stalk you, the ArtisticPreneur, and make your life miserable (as per the paparazzi’s job description). Our concept, given the name of this post, was to show you how to celebify yourself in just a few easy steps.
Do WikiHow Sub Steps Count as Steps?
One of the first systems to get your ArtisticPreneur image onto a cereal box (and all that goes with it) was from our friends at WikiHow. Although their visibility increasing technique was ultimately 12 steps in all (which is pretty long), to simplify the ascent process for the average person to “make it” (quickly and without losing too much sleep), was to break the steps down into substeps.
And these substeps are only a few steps in length. With the WikiHow Method there are three distinct phases to a life where you’d better always be dressed well, plus be in makeup, because someone could snap a picture of you looking disheveled and end up on the front page of a magazine.
Here are the three overall steps of the WikiHow methodology First you become famous. Second you maintain your fame. And finally third you use your fame for the good of the world.
Needless to say you can do good things for the world without being a celebrity, but if you’re like a lot of people you might enjoy having the cameras on you as you “selflessly” give of yourself. It’s really up to you.
Below is a paragraph from the WikiHow article that we found to be a little off putting. They actually use the following phrase in regards gaining a life under the spotlight: “It won’t happen overnight.” What the heck? It won’t happen overnight?! Really? We don’t know about you but as ArtisticPreneurs ourselves we find that very demotivating, especially if you want adoration from the public in a heartbeat. Here’s the paragraph:
“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.”
Can Quora in a Flash Get You the Limelight You Deserve?!
We’re kind of bummed by the notion that receiving acclaim might not be lickety split. Therefore we headed over to Quora. You know Quora. It’s the site for which “expert” ArtisticPreneurs answer questions. Someone had posted the inquiry: “How does one become a celebrity?”
The first answer to the question of how to climb your way to the top was:
“You gotta have very monies for this one.”
We gotta have “very monies?” That’s a downer. We don’t want to spend our “very monies” to attain stardom.
Okay so that wasn’t satisfactory. Let’s move onto the next Quora answer. Oops, just looked at it and didn’t approve of it. It was 8 steps long and sounded awfully complicated. No quick fix as an ArtisticPreneur to getting your laurels here. Therefore we’re just going to put up the first 3 steps so that you’ll get the basic idea:
1. Increase your network. Make as many friends as possible, use social media, throw parties, join a club etc.
2. On a prearranged day, ask them to gather at one point (try to reach 1000+ numbers) and march through the streets of your city with an agenda (legalize marijuana as example). Grab some media attention by using some harsh words against anything or anyone (it does not matter).
3. Once you have a little attention from local people go for a second rally this time a little bigger (3000+ people).
The Idiot’s Guide to Becoming Famous with Minimal Effort
Step 1.) Do something incredibly stupid and obnoxious to attract attention to yourself
Don’t be afraid to think outside the box here. This can be in the form of a video, stunt, hoax, or just good old-fashioned vandalism. Keep in mind that as a culture we have become somewhat desensitized to people doing stupid things from years of watching people do stupid things, so try to think big.
Step 2.) Be sure to record your act of stupidity and publish it on YouTube.
Remember that recording and documenting your act of idiocy is not optional here. These days if you don’t capture something on video, you might as well go back to live in your primitive cave of obscurity.
Okay, so those are the first two steps to garnering your much desired eminence as an ArtisticPreneur!
Now that we’ve found for you, your easy peasy Skinny Artist path to glory and exaltation in less than four steps, we could end here and say that we’ve kept our promise to live up to the name of this blog entry which is: “How to Celebify Yourself in Just a Few Easy Steps.”
But we know better than that. There will inevitably be some of you who are not going to be comfortable with the antics necessary to pull off the Skinny Artist’s plan for immortality. We also anticipate that certain members of our Celebify audience will be worried that the Skinny Artist approach may make you the “wrong kind of popular.” You might just become prominent for being notorious, rather than becoming illustrious with majesty.
But ladies and gentlemen, that is a discussion for another time where instead of having the title of “How to Celebify Yourself in Just a Few Easy Steps” we might call the new pursuit something along the lines of “How to Celebify Yourself in Just a Few Easy Steps and Still Be on the Radar for an Oscar or at least a Platinum PIA!”
Sayonara and best wishes for getting your recognition!
Whether or not you “celebify yourself” can be an important question to answer. It can mean the difference between you getting new customers or not getting new customers. And if you DO choose to celebify, the manner in which you do so may need to tread a fine line.
Celebify Yourself with a Blog
That’s part of the reason why we created the website Celebify.com. It’s a site that has been around for several years but only recently became a blog. In fact, speaking of blogs, having your own blog can be a great way to celebify yourself, that is if you want to celebify yourself.
HTML Becomes WordPress
Case in point we recently migrated our alliance of 27 html websites to WordPress Blogs featuring guest bloggers and interviewees on topics such as how to get new customers. We are also providers of web designing, digital marketing and blogging services. So it’s safe to say we err on the side of “to celebify.”
Can You Be Too Self Promotional?
What are the reasons “to NOT celebify?” Some reasons are given in the “About” section of Celebify.com. You see, not everyone agrees that to celebify is a good thing. There are those who look down on it. In other words they dislike the proverbial “being too self promotional.”
The Secret to How You Celebify
But the good news is that there is a secret to how you celebify, if you choose to celebify. As can be seen with the powers that be, it seems that the best way to celebify yourself is to make it clear that there is something in it for the audience that is beholden to your choice to celebify.
The Importance of Providing a Solution
If you must celebify then explain to your target demographic how you are providing a solution for them. It could be that you are offering them an entertaining experience (such as a movie to save them from boredom) or even a business problem solved – such as showing them how to get more customers.
Is Success Relative?
How nice it would be to just be accepted for who you are with every human being finding acceptance in this way. Unfortunately the expression “if you don’t tell them, they don’t know” holds true much of the time as a tool for “success,” with success being a relative concept.
How to Celebify to Maintain Your Fame
That’s why many celebrities are quick to celebify themselves every chance they get. They have to continually inform the masses that they are celebrities and reassert this status based on their latest project. In America we live in a celebrity obsessed culture. And many citizens now even mimic celebrities and regularly celebify themselves with selfies on social media. This topic is deconstructed in more detail in the “About” section of Celebify.com.
One of the Downsides of Being Well Known
Interestingly enough, on the flip side some people are actually less interested in folks who celebify themselves. There are those who make it a big point to look down on individuals who celebify their lives. Though, the irony sometimes with those who decide to celebify themselves to the extreme is that these very same people who couldn’t seem to get enough fame, then lament that they can’t live their life without the press bothering them.
To Celebify or Not to Celebify?
It would be great if we all could just be nice to each other regardless of whether we are “pro celebify” or “con celebify.” In the final analysis the team of Celebify.com believes that it is critical to realize that you have a choice. And yes, if you choose to celebify yourself it does come with certain headaches. But to NOT celebify has its issues too. In the end it’s really up to you in terms of what you gain or lose if you do/don’t celebify. So, will you celebify?
A question we get asked sometimes is “Can I celebify my business without having to celebify my life?” Yes. This is possible. But as the amount of online businesses skyrocket it is getting harder and harder to not “put a face” to the business. The logic is that if you put yourself out there as the representative of your business people are more apt to trust becoming a customer. People trust people. But wonder if you don’t want to celebify your life? One option is to get a mascot or spokesperson for your product or service. This takes the emphasis off of you. How about if you are a person who has a business and wants to celebify both your business and yourself? Welcome, you are right on time.