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The dream of fame - countless people dream it, but only for a few does it actually come true. But when exactly are you considered famous? And how did the internet and social media change the way people get famous?

A life of fame doesn't just happen on the theater stage. Social media offer new opportunities.

Photo: Karsten Socher

Some fame is short-lived, some famous personalities go down in history. "While in the past it was mainly the aristocrats in a monarchy who were famous because of their descent and their class, in modern society, fame has above all to do with achievement," explains sociologist Prof. Dr. Hermann Strasser, who has written several papers on this subject. When someone is considered famous, he defines as follows: “First, the celebrity is recognized by more people than he knows himself. Second, celebrities can be seen everywhere, on all channels and in all columns of the press, ”says the sociologist. "Third, celebrities try to affirm their status through a social stance in order to meet public expectations."

Being able to assess one's own abilities

Hermann Strasser

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There is no recipe for getting famous. Even if casting shows like to suggest that. You can achieve fame in almost all areas: for example as an entrepreneur, show star, opera singer, scientist, tennis professional or top model. According to Hermann Strasser, being famous means two things: to be celebrated and to stand out. “This is why we also speak of 'celebrities', the celebrated, and the celebrities because they stand out, as the Latin word 'prominere' suggests.” But not always prominence is to be equated with great or even international fame. “So-called C celebrities are often only known for a short time, sometimes their awareness is registered rather negatively. Examples are appearances in casting shows or spouses or ex-partners of A celebrities. "

A study by the German Body Care and Detergent Association (IKW) says that around 30 percent of 14 to 21 year olds want to become famous. Nevertheless, career advisor Michael Wenzler from the Employment Agency in Esslingen does not hear this wish for the future too often. “Fame as an explicit professional goal is rarely mentioned. However, a number of high school graduates would like to become successful in the fields of sport, music, drama, dance or on the Internet and earn money there - and of course gain fame.

As a rule, the high school graduates could assess their own abilities and the situation in general very well. "Like a footballer who signed up for a regional club at the age of 18 and is aware that if he is not discovered in the next one or two years, his football career will probably not change," explains the consultant. “Still, it's important to try. I would therefore not advise against such a goal from the start. One should realize, however, that there is a long way to get there that only a few make. "

Influencer - the new celebrities

Jörg-Michael Wenzler

Photo: private

In recent years, social networks have created a new type of celebrity, the so-called “influencer”. "Influencers are now more popular with children and young people than athletes or actors," says Hermann Strasser. They often earn their money with advertising deals and collaborations with companies. They benefit from a modern image and an increase in sales that the influencers bring them. “Actually nothing new when we think of the advertising contracts for top athletes that have been circulating for decades. The influencers are also made famous by their fans. The number of clicks becomes an opinion, the opinion maker becomes an influencer, and the influencer becomes power. No wonder that more and more young people are even citing bloggers or influencers as their career aspirations. "

The main thing is to get famous, no matter what? The career counselor considers this to be unrealistic. According to Michael Wenzler, without prior knowledge or experience in a certain area it is extremely difficult to gain recognition. “Almost all successful actors, directors or influencers started small. With a drama group at school, an amateur theater group or with short films on YouTube. ”Appropriate training is also useful for professions such as musicians or actors. “However, it is not easy to get a place at a conservatory, a pop academy or a state drama school. Most of them know that and are preparing for it. "

But even if you make it to one of these institutions, that doesn't mean you'll become famous and make a lot of money. “You definitely need a lot of idealism.” And in the event that the desired facility does not work, plan B in good time. “Criteria when choosing a career should not only be your own wishes and goals, you should also reflect your inclinations and abilities It is important to have a healthy awareness of reality in order to be able to assess your own chances correctly, and the willingness to deal with alternatives.

additional Information

berufsfeld-info.de

The information portal of the Federal Employment Agency on training, studies and further education.
berufsfeld-info.de

OCCUPIED

The network for professions of the Federal Employment Agency with over 3,000 current job descriptions in text and images
berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de

studienwahl.de

Information portal of the federal states in cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency. In the "finder" you can search for courses in all of Germany.
studienwahl.de

IKW youth study "Selfies without make-up"

Survey by the German Body Care and Detergent Association (IKW) of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 on the importance of selfies, likes and social media.
ikw-jugendstudie.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/02_Erresults_Selfies_
unvarnished.pdf

Bitkom study

Study by the industry association Bitkom, according to which 35 percent of 14 to 29 year olds would like to be successful as an influencer.
www.bitkom.org/Presse/Presseinformation/Jeder-Fuenfte- Follow-Online-Stars-in-sozialen-Netzwerken.html

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The dream of fame - countless people dream it, but only for a few does it actually come true. But when exactly are you considered famous? And how have the internet and social media changed the ways to get famous?

A life of fame doesn't just happen on the theater stage. Social media offer new opportunities.

Photo: Karsten Socher

Some fame is short-lived, some famous personalities go down in history. "While in the past it was mainly the aristocrats in a monarchy who were famous because of their descent and their class, in modern society, fame has above all to do with achievement," explains sociologist Prof. Dr. Hermann Strasser, who has written several papers on this subject. When someone is considered famous, he defines as follows: “First, the celebrity is recognized by more people than he knows himself. Second, celebrities can be seen everywhere, on all channels and in all columns of the press, ”says the sociologist. "Third, celebrities try to affirm their status through a social stance in order to meet public expectations."

Being able to assess one's own abilities

Hermann Strasser

Photo: private

There is no recipe for getting famous. Even if casting shows like to suggest that. You can achieve fame in almost all areas: for example as an entrepreneur, show star, opera singer, scientist, tennis professional or top model. According to Hermann Strasser, being famous means two things: to be celebrated and to stand out. “This is why we also speak of 'celebrities', the celebrated, and the celebrities because they stand out, as the Latin word 'prominere' suggests.” But not always prominence is to be equated with great or even international fame. “So-called C-celebrities are often only known for a short time, sometimes their awareness is registered rather negatively. Examples are appearances in casting shows or spouses or ex-partners of A celebrities. "

A study by the German Body Care and Detergent Association (IKW) says that around 30 percent of 14 to 21 year olds want to become famous. Nevertheless, career advisor Michael Wenzler from the Employment Agency in Esslingen does not hear this wish for the future too often. “Fame as an explicit professional goal is rarely mentioned. However, a number of high school graduates would like to become successful in the fields of sport, music, drama, dance or on the Internet and earn money there - and of course also gain fame. "

As a rule, the high school graduates could assess their own abilities and the situation in general very well. "Like a footballer who signed up for a regional club at the age of 18 and is aware that if he is not discovered in the next one or two years, his football career will probably not change," explains the consultant. “Still, it's important to try. I would therefore not advise against such a goal from the start. One should realize, however, that it is a long way to get there, and that only a few make it. "

Influencer - the new celebrities

Jörg-Michael Wenzler

Photo: private

In recent years, social networks have created a new type of celebrity, the so-called “influencer”. "Influencers are now more popular with children and young people than athletes or actors," says Hermann Strasser. They often earn their money with advertising deals and collaborations with companies. They benefit from a modern image and an increase in sales that the influencers bring them. “Actually nothing new when we think of the advertising contracts for top athletes that have been circulating for decades. The influencers are also made famous by their fans. The number of clicks becomes an opinion, the opinion maker becomes an influencer, and the influencer becomes power. No wonder that more and more young people are even mentioning bloggers or influencers as their career aspirations. "

The main thing is to become famous, no matter what? The career counselor considers this to be unrealistic. According to Michael Wenzler, without prior knowledge or experience in a certain area it is extremely difficult to gain recognition. “Almost all successful actors, directors or influencers started small. With a drama group at school, an amateur theater group or with short films on YouTube. ”Appropriate training is also useful for professions such as musicians or actors. “However, it is not easy to get a place at a conservatory, a pop academy or a state drama school. Most of them know that and are preparing for it. "

But even if you make it to one of these institutions, that doesn't mean you'll be famous and make a lot of money. “You definitely need a lot of idealism.” And in the event that the desired facility does not work, plan B in good time. “Criteria when choosing a career should not only be your own wishes and goals, you should also reflect your inclinations and abilities It is important to have a healthy awareness of reality in order to be able to assess your own chances correctly, and the willingness to deal with alternatives.

additional Information

berufsfeld-info.de

The information portal of the Federal Employment Agency on training, studies and further education.
berufsfeld-info.de

OCCUPIED

The network for professions of the Federal Employment Agency with over 3,000 current job descriptions in text and images
berufenet.arbeitsagentur.de

studienwahl.de

Information portal of the federal states in cooperation with the Federal Employment Agency. In the "finder" you can search for courses in all of Germany.
studienwahl.de

IKW youth study "Selfies without make-up"

Survey by the German Body Care and Detergent Association (IKW) of young people between the ages of 14 and 21 on the importance of selfies, likes and social media.
ikw-jugendstudie.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/02_Erresults_Selfies_
unvarnished.pdf

Bitkom study

Study by the industry association Bitkom, according to which 35 percent of 14 to 29 year olds would like to be successful as influencers.
www.bitkom.org/Presse/Presseinformation/Jeder-Fuenfte- Follow-Online-Stars-in-sozialen-Netzwerken.html

Video

The article includes a video with more information.

You can find more films on the abi »video overview.