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From one of Hollywood's premier star-makers--a four-step plan for becoming a star in everyday life

From the high school homecoming queen to Hollywood celebrities, the boss's favorite employee, or a beloved relative, there is always one person whom everyone thinks is fantastic--a person who glows with star quality. What is it about some people that makes them so special? Now Larry Thompson, one of Hollywood's foremost producers and personal managers, shows you how to use the wisdom and life secrets of the stars to shine in any arena, whether it's the career track or the social scene. You will learn to maximize personal potential, abandon self-defeating strategies, and be the magnetic, and unforgettable, presence you've always wanted to be. All it requires is utilizing four essential--and attainable--elements:

  • Identify Your Talent: Stars are clear about what they excel in, whether it's fixing cars, taking photos, working with children, or arranging flowers
  • Summon Your Rage: Stars have a ferocious drive to succeed--they aim in one direction and run in that direction as hard as they can
  • Assemble a Team: All stars have supporters, mentors, advisers, and counselors
  • Learn to be Lucky: Stars concentrate their energy on managing elements of luck they can control

This fun and effective book also includes helpful work sheets and exercises, as well as compelling stories and inspiring examples from favorite celebrities, including Stephen Spielberg, George Clooney, Drew Barrymore, William Shatner, Tom Cruise, and many more.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780071457286
Publisher: McGraw-Hill Education
Publication date: 09/29/2004
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 246
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Larry A. Thompson, Hollywood film producer, personal manager, author and motivational speaker, is the founder and President of the Los Angeles based Larry A. Thompson Organization, an entertainment company devoted to film production and personal management of talent. He and his team have represented over 200 clients including Drew Barrymore, William Shatner, Cindy Crawford, Mariska Hargitay, Barry White, Shannen Doherty, Iman, and Sonny & Cher. Having produced seventeen movies for television, including the highly acclaimed ABC World Premiere Movie "And The Beat Goes On: The Sonny and Cher Story," five motion pictures, two television series, three television specials, and various series pilots, Thompson was voted "Showman Of The Year" in 1998 by the U.S. Television Fan Association. He has received the Industry's prestigious Vision Award and his productions have received nominations for eight Emmy Awards, two Prism Awards, and a Golden Globe. He is perennially listed in Who's Who In America and Who's Who In The World.

Larry lives in Beverly Hills, California with his wife, Kelly, and their daughter, Taylor.

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A Powerful 4-Step Plan for Becoming a Star in Anything you Do

By Larry A. Thompson

The McGraw-Hill Companies, Inc.

Copyright © 2005Larry A. Thompson
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-07-145728-6




You don't have to be in the movies to be a Star. In every city, small town, school, office, or even family household, there is always at least one person whom everybody thinks is fantastic—a Star.

There is always a "most popular"—"most beautiful"—"center of attention"—"cheerleader"—"president of the class"—"head of the PTA"—"special aunt"—"teacher's pet"—or "boss's favorite."

You know who they are. Even your older brother may have been the Golden Child, perceived in your family as "Mister Do No Wrong." He could wreck the new car, and your parents would say, "Boy, is he a feisty one." But if you made one wrong move, you were banished to Siberia.

What Makes Certain People So Special?

For 30 years I have represented the careers of over 200 Hollywood Stars. I have studied their behavior and discussed with them at length their dreams, fears, and success strategies. I know what makes them different and successful and I know how they think.

I can teach you how to think like them. Their Star-making methods will work for you.

Because I've had so many successful clients, I'm often asked: "What makes a person a Star? What makes them special? How can I excel at what I do just as Julia Roberts or Leonardo DiCaprio have succeeded in their careers?"

Well, despite the hundreds of frustrated Elvis impersonators hound-dogging around the world, you really can't become someone else, but you can become the best "You" you can be.

I know it's easy when you're flipping through a magazine to wish, "Oh, look at her. Look at him. I wish I had this. I wish I had that. I wish I looked like this. I wish I looked like that." Well, be careful. It's okay to be influenced by other people, and maybe to analyze who they are and how they got there, and to model certain things about them, but you don't want to be—nor can you be—anything other than yourself. Developing your own uniqueness will make you a Star, not your ability to imitate another's.

So, trying to be the best of everybody you admire may total up to something that doesn't become you. Therefore, concentrate on who you are and how to make the best of who you are, and be 100 percent you.

You can find fulfillment by using the techniques in this book to help you identify exactly who you are and what unique and positive things you bring to the table. Then, I'll help you find ways to enhance those gifts. That is the secret of "Stars" from every walk of life. They figure out who they are, what they want, and then develop and market their gifts, packaged as that special person.

It is equally important for you to identify and eliminate any negative thinking or self-defeating behaviors that have held you back in the past. Actors are trained to use both good and bad life experiences as resources to draw upon in their performances. In this book, you will learn to do the same, no matter what your chosen field or line of work. I will teach you to transform what has happened to you in the past into a positive force, and to eliminate those past behaviors and thought patterns that may have blocked you from accomplishing your goals and dreams.

The Stars I've worked with, and nearly all of the biggest names in Hollywood, generally share a high degree of self-awareness. In more than a few cases, it may cross the border into self-absorption. Yet, self-awareness is essential to the acting profession and, I think, to success in any field. This is not the same as egomania, although there is plenty of that in Hollywood too.

Self-awareness is simply being alert to not only your moods and emotions, but to the thoughts and actions that accompany them. When the self-aware person feels frustrated, lost, or inadequate, he or she seeks out the source and origins of those feelings through interior dialogue. That leads to greater understanding and, hopefully, greater self-mastery and control over your life. Not everyone who is self-aware manages self-mastery, but once you understand the source of your feelings, you can often learn to control your reactions to them. If feelings of self-doubt, bitterness, victimization, anger, or resentment have prevented you from becoming the Star you want to be, I'll offer you methods for recognizing, stopping, and replacing those self-defeating behaviors with positive patterns and healing inner dialogue.

Reality Check

Everybody is a nobody at some point in life. We all start somewhere. Nobody is born a Star. Even those who might seem to be Stars from birth weren't born in limousines. Most of them went through periods when they worried about making their car payments. They clipped coupons. They dug through the couch cushions to get enough quarters for the laundromat. Just like ordinary mortals.

If you find that hard to believe, take a look at some of the jobs that kicked off the careers of big celebrity Stars you've seen and heard about.

Ronald Reagan wasn't the biggest Star as an actor, but he found his lasting Stardom in politics.

So, how do you go from being a lightbulb salesman to becoming one of the highest paid comedians in the history of television? Or from a struggling journalist to one of the most wealthy and powerful women in the world? Everyone arrives in a different way.

When I was a student at the University of Mississippi Law School, I convinced the law librarian to subscribe to a show business newspaper I had heard about called Weekly Variety. Of course, I was the only person in Mississippi who read it. Every Friday, I would devour it page by page. I took notes and kept index cards on everybody in Hollywood. I would go down to Leslie's Drug Store in Oxford and buy movie magazines. I would cut out pictures of the people I was studying and staple the pictures to their index cards. I studied a town, a business, and the people in it, all by myself for two years.

I graduated and was sworn into the bar in Jackson on August 20, 1968. They served coffee and doughnuts. I was offered a clerkship with a Mississippi Supreme Court Justice, but decided to pass. Instead, my dad gave me $700. I packed my box of index cards and hung my clothes on a rack in the back seat of a black Oldsmobile with maroon interior and took off for Hollywood. When I left home at age 24 to live in California, not only had I never been to California, but I had never met anyone who had ever been to California.

I drove three straight days to Hollywood, exited the freeway onto Sunset Boulevard, and eventually reached the corner of Hollywood and Vine—the only street address I had ever heard about. It was 10 o'clock in the evening and it was raining. I got out of my car, stood in the rain, looked around, and cried, cried, and cried. I was where I was supposed to be. I HAD ARRIVED!

A little over a year after I first stood on the corner of Hollywood and Vine, I got a job working on that same corner! I started my career in show business as in-house counsel for Capitol Records. Subsequently, on behalf of Capitol, I negotiated the famed Beatles breakup. Their breakup was a big break for me!

Star Power

Granted, most Stars in Hollywood and many everyday Stars share a certain irresistible quality. Let's call it charisma, magnetism, or just "it." Winners in all walks of life display the same power or self-assurance, whether it's the best carpenters on a construction job or the office worker everyone turns to when there is a problem beyond their grasp. But where does that inner power or confidence come from? What is the source?

While some people, particularly those who succeed in Ho

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Table of Contents


Thanks to the Stars          



CHAPTER 2 TALENT          

CHAPTER 3 RAGE          

CHAPTER 4 TEAM          

CHAPTER 5 LUCK          


CHAPTER 7 IMAGE          





Larry A. Thompson Filmography          


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