With celebrity status brings brand and self recognition, but more importantly loads of money in many cases. Even D-List celebrities with their 15 minutes of fame will try to capitalize on it.
So what do a few celebrities do when they have too much money and want even more? Simply launch or invest into a few businesses. Instead of bringing you high calibers celebrities like Jay-Z or 50 Cent, let’s take a look at a 10 celebrities you didn’t know were entrepreneurs…
Surprisingly, Jackie Chan has never completed proper education which hurt his ability to read or write. This did not stop him from successfully being casted in role after role in movies where he eventually found more success in the United States with the Rush Hour franchise to name a few. In parallel to his acting success, Jackie has launched and co-founded several businesses. Jackie has his own film and distribution company while owning three other production companies. Throughout China are his movie theaters Jackie Chan Theater International, dubbed some of the biggest cinema theaters. Other ventures include his own line of signature gyms, clothing line, several restaurants and talks of dipping into the supermarket and furniture industries. Each and every single one of his business donates a percentage of their profits to his Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation.
Best known for his role in That 70’s Show and MTV’s Punk’d, Ashton Kutcher is an avid entrepreneur with deep interests in social media and internet startups. In fact, Ashton Kutcher was the first person on Twitter to receive 1 million followers. Ashton founded Katalyst Media with his friend Jason Goldberg which was behind Punk’d and several other TV shows and movies. Ashton’s first venture into online entrepreneurship was Blah Girls, an animated web series. We suppose things didn’t go well as the website is no longer working. This did not stop Ashton from investing $1 million+ in several startups like Blekko,Optimizely, Flipboard, and Nowmov. Ashton sits on the board as an advisor for a handful of other companies as well.
When Phil Mickelson isn’t on the green battling Tiger Woods you can find him at a local Five Guys. The problem is Five Guys is only available in certain states like its home state of Virginia. East coasters are in an ongoing battle with West coasters over the best burger joint. East coasters live by Five Guys while West coasters swear by In-N-Out. There is no denying that Five Guys is slowly converting In-N-Out customers to the dark side, even Phil Mickelson. Five Guys has plans to expand in Southern California and all the Orange County rights were purchased by a group of investors, one being Phil Mickelson. Five Guys is definitely one franchise you’ll be hearing about for a long time.
As if dating Jessica Biel and being filthy rich wasn’t enough, Justin Timberlake has become more than just a singer through his entrepreneurial ventures and acting roles as you may have seen in the Social Network. In the movie, Justin played Sean Parker, founder of Napster. His interests in startups actually exists in real life and can be seen through his investments in Miso Media, an application development company and Stipple, an online photo labeling tool. Justin Timberlakes endeavors don’t stop there. He has launched his own record label, Tennman Records and co founded a clothing line sold exclusively through Bloomingdales. Together with his former assistant turned business partner, they launched Southern Hospitality BBQ restaurant in New York.
Best known for her numerous movie roles and for her relationship with Jesse James, Sandra Bullock is actually an entrepreneur at heart. Her major business is her film production company, Fortis Films which has produced over nine films, one being Miss Congeniality. Back in Texas, Sandra owns Bess Bistro, a restaurant in Austin. Down the street she also founded Walton’s Fancy and Staple, a bakery and florist shop that also does event planning. Let’s not forget shes an executive producer for the George Lopez show where she will earn over $10 million in syndication rights. Not bad for a girl that’s won an Oscar and Academy Award.
Currently ranked number 5 out of the worlds best tennis players, Venus Williams can be seen off the court focusing on several of her businesses. Like many other celebrities, she too has her own clothing lined called EleVen, an athletic but stylish sportswear for women. Clothing may be cliche but don’t let that fool you as Venus has a good eye for design and also runs V Starr Designers, an interior design firmed based in Florida. Her company has designed several TV show sets and is well known for their design work among residential and commercial businesses in Florida. Along with her sister Serena Williams, they both own a very small minority stake in the Miami Dolphins. The latest thing to add to her list of accomplishments is her NY Times best selling book Come to Win.
Hollywood’s kid at heart funny man founded Funny or Die when he wanted to watch only comedy videos online. Funny or Die is like Youtube except all the content is comedy based and users can vote on which videos are funny, if not then they obviously die. With Will Ferrell running the show, he has had no problem getting other celebrities like Lindsay Lohan and Jerry Seinfield on board to submit their videos. Funny or Die’s first video was The Landlord which went viral and has over 75 million views. Funny or Die’s network has since expanded to Shred or Die and Pwn or Die. They also founded Kung Fu Todd and Eat Drink Die but both were considered a failure.
When Ludacris is not in the studio or on the streets disturbing the peace, you can find him involved into several business ventures. As surprising as it may sound, Ludacris did study business at George State University. As an up and coming rapper, no one would give Ludacris the time of the day so he solved that by opening his own record label to which he has had great success and passed that success along to other artists on his label like Bobby Valentino. Ludacris has teamed up with restaurateur Chris Yeo and will open one of several restaurants across Atlanta. His latest ventures include Conjure cognac and a fragrance deal with TAG body spray.
You either hate Kanye West or love him but there is no denying that he knows how to create controversy and market himself. Kanye West takes on all fronts of the music industry from rapping to producing to even having his own record label. What you may not know is that Kanye originally wanted to be an artist and is actually very talented at that. His creative side can be seen through his clothing line and shoes that he has designed for Nike and Louis Vuitton. As a fan of the fast food restaurant Fat Burger, Kanye has bought all the Chicago rights and plans to open 10 across Chicago.
If there’s one artist that has revolutionized the music industry recently, it would have to be Lady Gaga. Dubbed the modern day equivalent of Madonna, Lady Gaga has put out hit after hit and was the first artist to reach 1 billion cumulative video views on Youtube. Lady Gaga knows how to create buzz through her outlandish outfits and acts so there’s no doubt she has some business savvyness in her. Lady Gaga is involved in everything from her own perfume, to her own brand of headphones, to an exclusive deal with MAC cosmestics, to her own comic book series, and even becoming part owner of Vince & Eddies, a restaurant in Manhattan.
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8 Things You Can Do Right Now to Get Your Motivation Back
Welcome to our new normal. A time in our lives that a year ago we certainly didn’t see coming that most of us probably wouldn’t have chosen for ourselves; but here we are. As the days away from each other carry on and more and more bad news comes our way, it’s easy to lose your motivation and waste energy doing things that aren’t helpful like worrying and fighting with people on the internet instead.
Nearly half of Americans report the coronavirus crisis is harming their mental health, according to the Washington Post. While many of us had routines set up to deal with stress in the past, the stress we are facing during this time is unlike anything we’ve experienced before. It’s easy to find yourself in a downward spiral, and that’s the most challenging time to stop the momentum and turn things around. If that’s the case, keep it simple and start to reach for little things to help you feel better and climb your way out.
Here’s a reminder of a few simple things you can do right now to start getting positive momentum going your way:
1. Find someone who was in a similar place and made it to the other side
Whether you’ve been unmotivated to workout, eat healthy, make sales calls or simply do anything, you can find someone who has been there and made it to the other side. Look up some great TED talks, go on YouTube and look up people that motivate you, google them to find their websites. There are short speeches and much longer talks all over the internet, you just need to find someone who you relate to that speaks to you.
2. Do something that you love
When we’re unmotivated, it’s easy to get out of the habit of doing what we love. Sometimes just getting out of bed or away from the tv feels like a chore. Think back to a time in your life when you felt great – what were you doing? What do you absolutely love to do that if you had the time, you would do all day and not realize any time had passed at all?
Figure out a way to do whatever that is, or a modified version of it if it is something that you aren’t able to do at the present time. Spending time doing what you love will get your mind off of anything that is wrong and allow you to find inspiration.
3. Don’t overcomplicate it
Keep it simple. When we’re stuck in a rut, we’ll give ourselves every excuse to not do something. Say you’ve gained some weight; you might tell yourself you need to find the perfect trainer and wait until you have time to cook your meals from scratch each night before you do anything else. Stop trying to overcomplicate it and keep it simple by finding one thing you can do right now, however small that may be. You don’t have to wait until the timing is perfect and the stars align for you to start moving in the direction you want to go.
4. Get up and get moving
This is probably the last thing you want to do right now, but once you are up and moving, your blood will start flowing. The hardest part is getting started. Day one, get up and do anything to get moving. This is the hardest day if you haven’t in a while because getting up is really the hardest part. Day two, do a little more. Once you start, you’ll build momentum and get back in the habit.
5. Reset your focus
It’s so easy for worry to set in and for our minds to wander to places of what we can’t control. This is not motivating or helpful and we always have a choice to redirect our attention. There is always something we can do right where we are, so bring your focus to the solution instead of the problem and figure out the next step of what you can do.
One step at a time. Step one, take your attention away from what you can’t control and what you can’t do. Step two, ask yourself questions like “What can I do?” and see what comes to mind. Follow through with the answers you find.
6. Listen to your favorite music
Not much can lift our spirits and put us into a positive vibration more than our favorite music. Feel free to sing along. Find a song that pumps you up and make that your theme song. Put it on anytime you feel down or unmotivated.
7. Expand your knowledge
“In times of change, the learners will inherit the Earth, while the learned find themselves beautifully equipped to deal with a world that no longer exists.” Quote by Eric Hoffer. In times of change, there is great loss but also great opportunity. Continually learning opens you to new opportunities and leads you to paths you may not have otherwise found.
If you’re already a meditator and got away from it, take some time to come back to it. If you’ve never tried, it can be as easy as setting a timer for five minutes (or less, feel free to start with one or two minutes) and focusing on your breath. Listen to the inhalations and exhalations. Silently say to yourself “in” as you inhale and “out” as you exhale. Even taking a few minutes to do this can help you to calm down and allow your mind to refocus.
When we’re unmotivated, our momentum starts moving in the other direction. Slow down that momentum by trying one of the ideas above. Once you’ve slowed down the momentum, get it moving in the right direction and you’ll be well on your way.
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