WITH LARRY THOMPSON
What is your definition of a
A Star is anyone who has
identified and maximized his or her
full potential. It is at that
fulfillment point they shine their
best and brightest.
Why are you qualified to
help others “become a Star” in their
For over 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. I’ve seen it happen too
often to doubt it. In fact, I’ve
helped make it happen too often to
What exactly is your
4-Step Plan for Stardom?
There are four essential and
attainable elements that are
necessary to become a Star in
anything you do. They are
TALENT, RAGE, TEAM and
LUCK. Of these four
elements, Talent and Rage come from
within. Team and Luck are the result
of external choices you make.
You have to:
* Identify Your Talent : Stars
must unlock their natural born
gifts, whether it is the love of
working with children, a discerning
eye for taking photos, the
sensibilities for managing people,
or the skills for developing a new
business… and then match them with
* Summon Your Rage: Stars have an
absolute, tunnel vision, maniacal
focus on fulfillment and success.
* Assemble A Team: Every Star has
a Team of supporters including:
mentors, professionals, role models,
motivators, and reality checkers.
* Learn To Be Lucky: Stars must
create the elements of Luck they can
control, and identify and act
quickly on those rare "chance
occurrences" they cannot.
What is the most
important element in your plan?
Of the four elements, Talent,
Rage, Team, and Luck, all are
necessary and each is equally
important. How much you need of any
one element depends on how much you
have of the others. The more Talent
you have, the less Luck you will
probably need. The more Rage you
have, the less Talent you may need.
The more Luck you have, the less
Team you will need … and so on.
What makes your plan
different from the other ones out
I am not a psychologist,
theologian, or doctor lecturing
self-help techniques to people in a
scientific way. My firsthand
experience in personally managing
successful celebrities has taught me
tried and true concepts that work in
today’s pop culture society. I speak
to people who are fascinated with
celebrities about how to not imitate
their favorite Stars but instead,
how to become a Star themselves. I
teach people to be the best they can
be. I motivate them to take ACTION.
I offer my advice in a friendly,
easily understood, practical, and
celebrity-exampled way. What I teach
is not as unique as the pop culture
approach with which I teach it.
How did you get started
in this area?
I finished law school at the age
of 24 and left my home in
Mississippi to live in California,
not only had I never been to
California, but I also had never
met anyone who had 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 Los
Angeles 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!
From Capitol, I started an
Entertainment Law Firm and Talent
After much success, I moved
forward with two other lawyers to
buy a Motion Picture Studio. I
subsequently sold out to be an
independent film producer and
Personal Manager to Stars. Two
hundred clients, 17 Movies for
Television, 5 Motion Pictures, 2
Television Series, 3 Television
Specials, and various Series Pilots
later, the U.S. Television Fan
Association voted me “Showman of the
Year.” I have received the
Industry’s prestigious Vision Award
and my productions have received
nominations for 8 Emmy Awards, 2
Prism Awards, and a Golden Globe.
I have coached people privately
and been a motivational speaker
throughout my career. My book is
based on what I have learned from
what I have done.
Who are some of the over
200 Stars you have either
represented or have starred in your
Drew Barrymore, Cindy Crawford,
William Shatner, Jane Seymour, Barry
White, Shannen Doherty, Mariska
Hargitay, Charlton Heston, Lisa
Rinna, Tori Spelling, Sonny and Cher,
Alan Thicke, Coolio, Kathleen
Turner, Steve Guttenberg, Michael
York, Iman, Donna Mills, James
Brolin, Orlando Jones, Jason
Bateman, Tim Matheson, and Tony
Danza among many others.
Have any of your clients
used your techniques?
All of them have employed it
either consciously or instinctively
in their work and lives.
Will your techniques
work if I am a stay-at-home mom
looking to make my life better; not
wanting to become famous?
Yes, absolutely. Everybody can
be a Star in anything they do. You
don’t have to be in the movies to be
a Star. If anything is worth doing,
it is worth Starring at it.
Once I’ve read your
book, how long till I show
improvement in my life?
Immediately. In fact, you will
sense improvements in your life
while you are reading my book.
Each chapter will challenge you to
do something new and special in your
life and instruct you how to do it.
What do you mean when
you say your plan offers an “extreme
Unlike the recent rash of reality
TV makeover shows like the Swan,
which by definition implies that
their contestants are “ugly
ducklings,” and that by mostly
plastic surgery they can be made
over to live a perfect life, my
4-Step plan to Stardom offers
techniques to create a lasting
motivation and direction to make
yourself over from the inside out.
Instead of a superficial quick fix,
I offer a fix that is sound and
One of your
four elements of Stardom is “Rage.”
That’s a very strong word. In fact,
a lot of people may think it has a
negative connotation. What do you
actually mean by “Rage”?
Success doesn’t just happen. It
is forced into existence. To be
successful, you must be determined
to achieve your goal. You can’t
merely wish, hope, desire, or try
real hard to succeed. You can’t just
have ambition. You must have a RAGE
to succeed. You must have tunnel
vision—a one way ticket—do or die.
You must have a mad passion for
success. When others are tired and
quitting, you must be prepared to be
what I call “The LPS” – The Last
Person Standing. You must pay the
price. If you don’t, your
It’s common to think of Rage as
a negative emotion, like “road
rage,” but the dictionary also
defines Rage as a form of passion or
“something that is desired
intensely.” For the purpose of this
book, I’ve defined Rage as the
difference in saying you
want something and continually
acting as if you do.
As your Rage is, so is your will.
As your will is, so is your
As your action is, so is your
Give me an example of
Academy Award winner Mel Gibson
personifies my definition of Rage.
In his recent controversial box
office phenomena, we witnessed "The
Passion of the Christ" and “The Rage
of Mel Gibson.” His deep conviction
to tell his story allowed him not to
simply make a movie the traditional
way, but to single-handedly force it
into existence. Though people’s
opinions may differ about the movie
itself, most acknowledge and applaud
his unwavering belief and commitment
to its creation. When no major
studio in Hollywood wanted to
finance his script or even
distribute the finished movie that
he totally financed, he pushed
onward. His efforts were ultimately
rewarded. It’s this level of
continuous commitment that you need
to be a Superstar.
Project RISE & SHINE™?
My book SHINE: A
Powerful 4-Step Plan For Becoming A
Star In Anything You Do
serves as the catalyst for
Project RISE & SHINE™
. It is an organization I founded
wherein Hollywood Stars, through our
inspirational programming and strong
internet presence, use their power
of celebrity and personal success
stories to inspire people worldwide
to realize their true potential and
map their own unique road to
Stardom. For more information visit
Can every person become
a Star in what they do?
Yes…I know there are a lot of
people who think they are not very
special. They think they are not
pretty, or not smart. They have no
money. Their peers snub them, and
their self-confidence has been
shattered. They feel unimportant,
even irrelevant. They don’t believe
they have a Talent or gift or could
ever be liked, let alone become a
Star. But, I believe there is a
beauty and uniqueness in each
individual. And I have always wanted
to help people find the Stardust in
themselves. It is there.
There’s a little of George
Bailey, from the classic “It’s A
Wonderful Life,” in all of us. We
all, on occasions, have to be shown
and reminded how special we are. I’m
no angel like Clarence, but I’ve
tried my best in this book to help
you see your own uniqueness and how
much you have to offer the world.
Hopefully, every time this book is
read, a new Star will light up and
Congratulations, after reading my
book you will have completed the
first steps to Stardom. I hope to
meet you on life’s Red Carpet.