How to Become Famous As a Child

Two Methods:Doing What You LoveDoing Something Outrageous

A few children become famous because they're born to famous parents. Fortunately, that's not the only way to become famous! If you are talented, smart and ambitious, there are ways you can use these skills to become famous.

Method 1
Doing What You Love

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    Enter a contest. Contests are one of the main ways that people can become famous. There are writing contests, dance contests, beauty pageants and more. Look for contests that will allow you to show your talents.
    • Get familiar with the contests that are well-respected in your field. Some contests are just money-makers for the sponsors who put them on. If a contest isn't well-respected by professionals in your field, you won't get famous.[1]
    • Always do your best in a contest. Even if you don't feel like it's a good one, it will be good practice for your next time.
    • If you don't win your contest, don't quit trying. The judge's personality and the kind of competition there is that day all impact the results of any contest.
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    Try a reality show. Shows such as American Idol, The Voice, or other well-known competitions are great ways to become famous. Auditions for these shows are held in locations all over the country.[2]
    • Remember that competition for these shows is very tough! You'll find yourself in line with literally thousands of other children, all dreaming of becoming famous.
    • Part of these shows includes the judges being mean to the contestants. Be prepared to be ridiculed, no matter how talented you are.
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    Get an agent. Look at the professional journals and magazines, such as Backstage Callsheet. This lists all the talent agencies in Los Angeles and New York. Look for the ones who represent famous children, and contact them for representation.[3]
    • Remember, no quality agent will sign you without your parents' consent if you are younger than 18. Never follow an agent's direction without consulting with a responsible adult.
    • Always be honest in representing yourself to potential agents. If you don't look anything like your photograph, no agent will sign you.
    • Never lie about your age if you're under 18.
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    Prepare to spend money. Every contest costs money to enter. You'll have to have the best gear you can afford for your talent or sport, which may be expensive. You'll need to dress well, and look good. While you can save money by learning to do some things yourself - like sewing your own outfits, or shopping in thrift stores - there are certain inevitable costs associated with becoming famous.[4]
    • Talk to people who might be willing to support you financially.
    • Look for scholarship opportunities in your area of interest.
    • Consider trying a crowdfunding site, such as Go Fund Me, to help raise money for your endeavor.
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    Go where the action is. It is easier to become a famous singer, if you're already living in Nashville. If you're in Los Angeles, it will be easier to break into show business. If you are in an area where other famous people are already, it will be easier for you to become famous.[5]
    • Use the connections you have. Talk to everyone you know about your talent, and follow up on suggestions for meeting others.
    • Attend events whenever you can which are part of your talent or area of skill, even if you're not on stage.
    • Be supportive of others who are trying to get famous. After all, that person may end up helping you!
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    Know your community. If you really want to be famous, you'll need to know everything you can about your talent area. Find the people who are famous in your field, and follow everything they do. Can you imitate them, or improve upon what they're doing? What were they doing when they were kids?[6]
    • Follow your role models on social media. Learn more about the things they do, the places they go, and their routines of daily work and life.
    • If you pay attention, you'll likely learn that nobody is perfect. Even the most famous people make mistakes. Learn from their mistakes, and try not to repeat them.
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    Be persistent. Everyone can be famous, but most people aren't. This isn't always because they're not talented, but because they decide that other things in their life are more important than being famous. If you truly want to be famous, you'll have to be persistent.[7]
    • If one agency turns you down, move on to the next one.
    • Most people lose more contests than they win. Keep entering contests and your chances automatically improve.
    • Don't get distracted. If you're serious about your career and getting famous, you don't have time for getting involved in petty quarrels with classmates, siblings or neighbors. Stay focused, and your chances for success increase.

Method 2
Doing Something Outrageous

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    Brainstorm ideas. Look on You Tube to see what videos are "Most Viewed" or "Most Subscribed." This will give you a chance to see what other kids are doing, and help with ideas about things you might do.[8]
    • Look for things you can do better than the kids in the video.
    • Think about if you can make alterations to something other people are doing to make it better, or more outrageous.
    • Talk to your friends and family for ideas. Maybe you can do something together with them. After all, even the most famous singer has a band and backup singers to help. You don't have to do this alone.
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    Make a video. You'll need to have videos to show people what you've done. This involves getting a video camera, and learning to record, edit and upload to the internet. Make sure the video has good sound quality. If it doesn't, consider adding music soundtrack.[9]
    • One video might be enough, or you might need to make several.
    • Make your video more interesting by adding cool effects like animation or stop-motion.
    • If you wouldn't be interested in watching your video, other people won't either. Be entertaining, funny, and friendly.
    • Don't break the law to do your idea, or your video won't be allowed on social media.
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    Market yourself. Make yourself a website, a video channel, and get active on social media. Don't stick just to the most popular social networks, but seek out trendy new social networks.[10]
    • Don't share your personal phone number, home address or other personal information about where people can find you on these websites. Not only is this unsafe, but it makes you seem less popular.
    • Make sure that everything about you online supports the idea of yourself you're trying to market. For example, if you're trying to become famous for gymnastics, make sure that people get to see you doing a lot of gymnastics, not getting drunk at a party.
    • Seek out other people on social media. Twitter is a great medium for marketing yourself directly to other famous people. Don't overdo it though, or you'll be a pest. It's a fine line between promotion and spam.
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    Be prepared for fame to pass. There is a well-known expression by the artist Andy Warhol: "In the future, everyone will be world-famous for 15 minutes." Being famous isn't always a long-lasting thing. It might only last a day or two, or it might last for several weeks or more.[11]
    • Learn from other famous people. What do they do, once they're no longer as famous as they once were? Find the role models who live the life that seems good to you.
    • You might notice that being famous is not so easy. Constant attention may seem like a good thing, but it can be exhausting. Depending on what kind of celebrity you are, you'll have different constraints on your activities, what you do and the way you present yourself. Once fame passes, you won't have to worry about this as much.
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    Check with your family. If you become famous, this will impact your family. You want to make sure that they will continue to support you. Being part of your family will always last longer than being famous. This is true for the most famous celebrities, and it's also true for you.[12]
    • Your family might help you with ideas. They might have noticed skills and talents you have, and help you think of ways to market them.
    • If you need help with transportation or paying for things, your parents might help with this.
    • If you're under 18, your parents might need to sign certain permissions for you. It will be good to have them on board beforehand, so that you're not busy explaining things to them at the last minute.


  • Don't let yourself be taken advantage of by a scam artist or pervert. Child pornography is a huge business, but it's illegal. It won't make you famous.
  • Never go to auditions, performances, get agents, or managers without your parents' permission.
  • Remember that once something is online, anyone can see it for the rest of your life. Don't put things online that you'll be embarrassed about when you're older.

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