2014 has come and gone and many things that we looked forward to have come to pass, while others have left disappointments in our faces. However, the entertainment industry has managed to keep us, well, entertained all through 2014. Many people have joined the entertainment scene via music, acting, sports, and other disciplines, while others have left. Some left abruptly, making headlines for their early retirement, injuries, imprisonment, or sudden death. However, the show must go on despite some of our favorites leaving the scene.
The life of a celebrity is normally determined by the amount of life left in them. You find that some celebrities appear in a certain season of a hit show, only to suddenly disappear in a poof of smoke when it’s all over, while others are forever shining. Celebrities who are most likely to make it in the long term must have a multiple set of skills and talents. To make it in Hollywood, you must always have something fresh to offer. You must be in your prime, and if you are seasoned, you had better have special talents or a long history in the arena. For sports personalities, you must be able to stand out with your talent. Making it in sports requires stamina, wit, and people skills as well as just athletic ability.
Some celebrities have what it takes to have a bright star for a long time. However, they ruin it with drugs, poor people skills, lack of experience in their field and being on the wrong side of the law. Some make it in life for a long time since they know what they are working for. Others are bad seeds but the love that they get from their fans and sponsors helps to keep them afloat. Here is a list of celebrities with promising futures as we start the new year.
10. Danica Patrick
Danica Sue Patrick is an accomplished woman in many fields. Not only is she a model and an advertising spokesperson, she is also one of the most important icons in American auto racing. Danica made history in American open-wheel racing when she became the first woman in history to win an IndyCar Series race in 2008. In addition to her bravery and skill on the track, she is a darling off the track. She keeps her fans entertained by doing commercials, modeling work, and acting. She has also been featured in music videos as well as video games. Patrick remains a true role model as well as a strong icon for women and girls across the globe. She is surely one of the top celebrities with the brightest futures, since her star continues to shine brighter every day.
9. Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington has won the hearts of many fans with her captivating role of Olivia Pope in ABC’s drama Scandal. Her character has been so well-received that in 2014 Washington and designer Lyn Paolo won the Influencer Award at the 2014 Ace Fashion Awards for Olivia Pope’s stylish clothing on the show. She also gained public recognition by managing to continue acting while being pregnant with her first baby. Kerry has gained such a large following that it landed her on Time’s most influential people in the world in 2014. The 37-year-old’s star can only shine brighter from here onwards.
8. Robert Downey, Jr.
Robert Downey, Jr. is a man of many tricks. Despite his funny business with drugs, guns, doing time and rehab, he managed to come out of the ashes and make films that generate billions of dollars. It is quite interesting that a man who has been arrested so many times for his mischief can make it on the top of Forbes’ highest-paid actors of all time. Despite his downfalls off the screen, we are sure that once he sets his mind on a script, he delivers nothing but the best. We look forward to seeing Mr. Sherlock Holmes, Tony Stark and many of his coming personas shine brighter in future, which they surely will.
7. Lupita Nyong’o
Speaking of stars, Lupita Nyong’o seems to turn every script she touches into gold. The Mexican-Kenyan actress graduated from the Yale School of Drama, and from the look of things, she is putting her degree in good use. Being in Hollywood for such a short time, she has already bagged over 50 nominations and won over half of them. She was the sixth black woman to win an Academy Award for Best Actress in a Supporting Role, beating out big fish such as Oprah Winfrey and Sandra Bullock.
She also made it on the cover of Vogue Magazine as the second African woman. Her cheerful personality and natural beauty is making her star shine brighter every day. She is also in the cast of the long awaited Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which comes out in 2015. We look forward to seeing more of Lupita in many coming years.
6. Hayley Atwell
Hayley Atwell has been a sweetheart on the silver screen for a while now, winning fans across the board. Being only 32, she has many years of her career still ahead of her. However, her strongest attribute is being able to fit into any character that she is challenged with. She has a large following from the many genres of films that she has been in. For someone to be able to fit in a romantic comedy one day and a Marvel Comics cinematic series the other, Hailey Atwell is someone to look up to in 2015. We cannot wait to see what she has in store for us.
5. Amanda Seyfried
When you think of a long-time big screen sweetheart, the name Amanda Seyfried comes to mind. At 29 years of age, she has managed to land role after role since she started acting at the age of 11. The singer-songwriter, former model and actress has gained prominence due to her sweet personality on screen as well as off screen. Amanda remains etched in our memory whether she is playing a vampire, red riding hood, a fairy tale princess, or the sweet girl next door in a romantic comedy. She delivers every time and her star is not about to go dim anytime soon.
4. Ansel Elgort
Ansel Elgort is a quickly rising star who is a darling to watch on and off the screen. His participation in one of 2014’s biggest films, The Fault in Our Stars, has left fans wanting more from this good-looking and charming young actor. Not only did he deliver in one of the most influential films of the past year, he also bagged 11 award nominations from it, and won eight of them, with two more nominations yet to be announced. At only 20 years of age, Ansel is showing good promise and a bright future ahead. Keep an eye out for him in the upcoming second film of the Divergent trilogy, Insurgent.
3. Pharrell Williams
When it comes to pop music, it’s hard to tell who will make it in future without the hard evidence of past success. However, Pharrell Williams seems to be beating the odds. He has produced numerous hit singles that are taking the world by storm, some even forming sub-cultures of their own. He has managed to win fans across the globe with his charm and happy songs, bagging many awards from best video, best male artist, best international act, video of the year and many more. At 41 years of age, he seems to have more life in him than many 20-year-olds in the same field.
2. Cristiano Ronaldo
Ronaldo is not only an accomplished soccer star, but he is also the second highest-paid sports personality in the world today. This youngster has taken the world by storm at only 29 years of age. He even managed to convert the ladies into sports fans with his charm and good looks. Ronaldo has also raked in over $28 million in endorsements, making him a darling for many corporations and fans. His stats continue to look good as he gains more experience and respect from his fans. Even when his time on the pitch is over, Ronaldo, much like a certain David Beckham, will remain the face of world football for years to come.
1. Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart is an actor, writer, and a comedian who has taken Hollywood by storm. His ability to keep people laughing has warranted him a spot in many people’s hearts. Kevin Hart can easily blend in with any crowd of people and within no time, he will be spreading chuckles all around. He has bagged many awards from Teen Choice, BET, NAACP Image, NBA Celebrity All-Star game MVP and many others. Hart has definitely dominated the comedy scene in 2014, appearing in 5 films, and he is scheduled for 2 more being released in 2015, The Wedding Ringer and Get Hard. He is also currently working on Ride Along 2 and Captain Underpants, scheduled for 2016 and 2017, respectively.