10 Career lessons from celebrities

When I heard about Celebrity Inc by Jo Piazza, I was doubly excited. First of all, I love business books, and I couldn’t wait to peek behind the curtain at various aspects of the entertainment industry. Secondly, I was looking forward to some escapism from the celebrity examples. As a career coach, my whole focus is on career stories, but celebrities have that aura of unattainability, of being different from you and me. However, after reading the book, I realized that, while the stories have an extreme, outlandish quality you’d expect from celebrities, the career lessons still apply to everyday folks like you and me.

Compensation is situation-specific (Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon)
The opening chapter of the book focuses on the run-up of prices in celebrity baby pictures, with a focus on the Jolie-Pitt pictures. The bidding war peaks and then bursts, such that several years after the million-dollar payouts, Mariah Carey and Nick Cannon only got $600,000 for their baby photos. Even celebrities aren’t immune to compensation market trends. Do not compare what you make to other people, in other circumstances, during different time periods.

Forbes /via Mariah Carey Archives

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