Rising Celebrities of 2014
How To Become Celebrity Artist
By Michelle Lee
So you want to be a celebrity Makeup Artist or Hair Stylist? There are a lot of artists with the same dream and achieving this goal might seem like an impossible feat. Most “A list” celebrities already have their “go to person” for hair and makeup. Yes, it’s possible that someone will have a falling out with their artist. The stars could align and you very well end up at the right place at right time. It’s not completely out of the question that you end up working with Nicole Kidman, but you have a stronger chance of getting your foot in the door with a rising star.
So how do you know who the next “it girl or guy” might be? You might start out by paying attention to the career beginnings of today’s current young celebrities. It may seem like someone just became an over night sensation, but if you pay close attention, you might notice that many of today’s Hollywood powerhouses like Christian Bale were originally unknown child actors. A lot of today’s top 100 young celebrities like Mila Kunis, Jennifer Lawrence, or Channing Tatum got their start either in commercials, television, or bit parts in movies. Stars like Justin Timberlake and Christina Aguilera got their start on The Mickey Mouse Club. In fact, many major recording industry performers’ careers like Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez were jumped-started by Disney.
My best advice is to start paying attention to what televisions shows are hot in today’s world. Should you work with an unknown actor, keep in mind they might become tomorrow’s big star. Both Jennifer Aniston & Katherine Heigl made to transition from television to film after their shows reached the height of their popularity. Singing competitions like “American Idol” and “The Voice” have thrust into spotlight recording artists like Kelly Clarkson and Danielle Bradbery. There are obscure Youtube artists like Justin Bieber who have become huge stars.
So what are the trends and who are the rising stars of 2014? According to Entertainment Weekly the next “A Listers” will be:
- Gugu Mbatha-Raw, a British Actress know for roles like “Dr. Who” & “Touch”
- Lo-Fang, a L.A. singer, producer, and multi-instrumentalist
- Cole Horibe, known from “So You Think You Can Dance” & now becoming hot in the Kung Fu world
- John Mulaney, comedian with a pending show on Fox
- Rohan Chand, child star know for roles in “Bad Words” & “Lone Survivor”
- Margo Seibert, known for the role of Adrian in the new “Rocky” musical
- Sam Underwood, know role on “Homeland” & Fox’s “The Following”
- Jhene Aiko, R&B-tinged Recording Artist
- Jack O’Connell, a British actor known for roles in “300” & “300: Rise of An Empire”
- Angel Olsen, Recording Artist known for single, “Forgiven/Forgotten”
The new television stars to watch for according to Us Weekly are:
- Tracy Spiridakos, Appearing as Charlie Mathison in J.J. Abrams' sci fi drama Revolution
- Andrew Rannels, Best known as Elder Price in Broadway's The Book of Mormon, Rannells also appeared as Hannah's gay ex-boyfriend on HBO's Girls. And most recently, The New Normal.
- Dakota Johnson, The daughter of Don Johnson and Melanie Griffith appears on FOX's Ben and Kate as Kate Fox
- Stephen Amell, Canadian actor Amell made a splash in his home country on the TV series Rent-a-Goalie and has had roles on The Vampire Diaries
- Jordana Spiro, Starring for four seasons on TBS' My Boys, Spiro appeared in roles on Dexter, Cold Case, and CSI: NY before landing her current gig on FOX's The Mob Doctor.
- Taylor Kinney, Vampire Diaries alum Kinney -- known of late as Lady Gaga's on-again, off-again boyfriend -- will suit up as one of the leads on Dick Wolf's Chicago Fire this fall.
- Mamie Gummer, Meryl Streep's daughter -- who married actor Ben Walker in 2011 -- will follow her successful stint on ABC's Off the Map with this fall's role on another medical show, Emily Owens, M.D.
- Zach Cregger, As the creator of New York City comedy show The Whitest Kids U'Know, Guys With Kids' Cregger made his feature film debut in the Drake Bell-Nick Zano flick College in 2008.
And just a few teen/child stars to keep on your radar:
- Ariel Winter, known for Alex Dunphy in "Modern Family"
- Bella Thorn, known for As Ruthy Spivey in "My Own Worst Enemy"
- Birdy, singer/ songwriter Debut album "Birdy"
- Chandler Rigs, As Carl Grimes in "The Walking Dead
- Chief Keef, Rapper known for Single "I Don't Like"
- Chole Moretz, As Chelsea Lutz in "The Amityville Horror"
- Danielle Bradbery, Winner of The Voice season four
- Dakota Goyo, As Max Kenton in "Real Steel"
- Elle Fanning, As Jamie in "Daddy Day Care"
- Cody Simpson, Pop/R&B singer, songwriter Debut EP "4 U"
Now that you know who to look out for, you might be wondering how to get in touch with these artists. When approaching a recording artist usually their manager is the best person to contact. When approaching a celebrity, you will most likely be contacting their publicist. Publications like IMDB and Who Represents are great resources for finding out the correct person to approach. Before approaching a new artist, make sure you have a body of work in your book that is celebrity friendly. This means your book should have “on-trend” red carpet appropriate makeup and not over the top avant guard styles or creature effects. You should have magazine quality photos, editorials tears, and pictures from the red carpet when possible. So keep your eyes peeled for new talent, do your research, and keep your portfolios up to date. Once you have done these things, you are ready to start building your celebrity client base. But remember the bottom line is that you will be often chosen to work with a particular artist because you are a good personality match. Your talent is very important but personality is a huge factor. Remember you can pursue them but ultimately they will choose you.