How to be a post-op celebrity without losing your sense of humor
The post-operative celebrity who lives to laugh in their own faces is in high demand.
It’s no surprise the list of the top-grossing entertainers and best-selling authors on the Australian book and audio-book market is almost entirely dominated by such celebs.
A couple of months ago, The Conversation ran an article titled The world of celebrity book sales: how to survive the grind without losing the spark, but the article was quickly reposted and then deleted.
There is no doubt the post-operation celebrity has a large following on social media and an increasingly large following online, which in turn means they’re also among the biggest earners on the bookshelf.
What we don’t know is whether this celebrity phenomenon has a similar effect on the way people think about celebrity in Australia.
How much do the stars earn?
If you’re an old-school “celebrity” like The Hottest 100 (HTS) singer/songwriter, for example, you’re already a multimillionaire.
But a new study by the University of Sydney shows that if you’re just starting out, you’ll earn far less than you would on the HTS.
The study, published in the Journal of Consumer Research, found that the median earnings for an individual who “moved up to a more established level” to $500,000 a year was $250,000 less than the median annual income for those who didn’t.
The median income for the “new” high-earning “celebrities” was $1.2 million, according to the report.
For the average person, the average earnings were just $1,000.
In other words, the “celebs” on the “top” of the bookshelves earn more than the average Australian person, while the “ordinary” Australians who are struggling to make ends meet struggle to find work.
What about the “others”?
When it comes to what happens when a person “starts” a new job, the findings are even more disturbing.
A significant number of the H-list stars quit after one or two years, even when their earnings were relatively high.
But only about 1 per cent of the “stars” on average quit within two years of starting a new position, according the report, which found that one-third of the celebrities on the bottom end of the book-buying spectrum quit within one year of starting their new job.
When it came to quitting after two years (a figure that rises to about one-quarter for the top stars), the average star was able to earn just $6,000 in one year.
The authors argue that the main reason for this lack of “resurgence” in the “old-school” economy is the huge amount of cash the stars make from their book deals.
In addition, the authors found that although most of the stars “quit” when their incomes dropped significantly, they were more likely to “bundle up” in case of a sudden increase in income, or even a sudden cut in income due to a medical condition.
A small number of “stars”, they found, are still able to make more than $500 million a year in the book business.
In this way, they’ve managed to “rebrand” themselves as “celebrettes”, a lucrative and lucrative industry, while maintaining a small percentage of their original income.
“These people are still on the high end of their income spectrum,” the authors write.
But the problem with this story is that the “resurrection” theory of celebrity economics has been proven to be wrong over the years.
The idea that the Hottest 101 is the only business model that works is nonsense.
There are plenty of other industries where there is no need to quit.
For example, we have “real estate” where many people “leave” to start a new business and find themselves struggling to find a job at a new home, or a new employer.
There’s also “social media” where celebrities can find an audience through social media or their online presence.
And “professional” sports, which are not a part of the entertainment business, can attract a huge amount more fans and fans of the sport than the “high-earners” can.
But in the end, what’s the big deal?
The bottom line is that a person is just as valuable as a book deal, but they’re no longer considered the most valuable asset on the bookseller’s shelf.
A person who writes a book or a song has earned money and has the same level of disposable income as someone who sells CDs.
What’s the difference?
The study found that people who “bundled up” when they lost their jobs were less likely to have “negative life events” such as a family breakdown or a job loss.
They also were more than twice as likely to say they “never quit”, which means they were “a net winner” when it came time to quit their