It is not easy to break into any field. It is extremely difficult to convince anyone to give you a chance when you have little or no experience, even if you do have talent and passion for the area. It does not make a difference if you tell them it is your dream and you have been preparing for this moment your entire life.
Getting started in any field is tough, but it is that much harder trying to break into Hollywood. You sometimes hear stories about celebs that make you think they became overnight sensations, but that is rare. Plus, you do not often hear about the full back story and the years of waiting before that “overnight success” came. Wannabe celebrities will probably hear thousands of no’s before they get that one “yes” and even after they get it, there are no guarantees that they are ever going to hear those three magical letters again.
If a person is lucky enough to make it into one area in showbiz, it seems like the world is their oyster and that they could easily branch into other areas. If someone is a model or an actress, surely they have the connections and the star power to become a singer, right? After all, there are a lot of multi-hyphenate performers who prove that you can excel in music, acting, modeling, and business. Just take a look at Jennifer Lopez, Sean “Diddy” Combs and Jared Leto.
However, it is the cold hard truth that just because you are a celebrity and have more contacts than a non-famous person, it does not mean that you can parlay your fame into a music career. Even if you have the talent and you have a strong following, it does not mean that there are Grammy awards and Billboard Chart-topping singles in your future. These 10 celebrities tried to break into the music industry, but their efforts were not successful.
10 Carmen Electra
9 Tyra Banks
8 Heidi Montag
7 Paris Hilton
6 Kevin Federline
Calling Kevin Federline a celebrity now is a bit of a stretch, but when he tried to break into the music industry, he was well known. He was the one-time husband of Britney Spears, one of the most famous performers in the world, so there was enough intrigue there to see what he was going to come up with. Kevin Federline released his album “Playing With Fire” in 2006. Kevin initially released a single called “PopoZao” but it was panned but critics. He released the single “Lose Control” instead but that was not enough to boost the album. To make matters worse, shortly after K-Fed’s CD was released, he and Britney Spears split up.
5 Kim Kardashian
Whether you can understand it or not, whatever Kim Kardashian does seems to instantly become insanely popular and make her a ton of money. She has countless Dash stores, clothing lines, beauty products, reality TV shows and endorsement campaigns. However, when Kim tried to transfer some of that success into the music biz, things did not go as well as her other business ventures. Kim released a track “Jam (Turn It Up)” along with a sexy music video in 2011. The track was produced by The-Dream and received some attention, but it was soon forgotten about it. Maybe things would have been different if Kanye West added a rap verse to it?
4 Jennifer Love Hewitt
3 Naomi Campbell
2 Kobe Byrant
It is not just actors, models and reality stars who try to break into the music biz after finding success in other areas. Kobe Bryant thought he could be as successful in the music industry as he was in the NBA. Kobe had ambitions of becoming a rapper. He released the single “K.O.B.E” in 2000. The song also featured Tyra Banks, another celeb who tried to make it in the music industry with her own single. Sadly, Kobe’s rap career was short-lived. The single did not have many fans and it was quickly forgotten about. That was probably a good thing for basketball fans because Kobe could go back to focusing on his game.
1 Bruce Willis
In one of the most unlikely actor-turned-singer attempts, Bruce Willis actually attempted to make a name for himself in the music business in the 1980s. The Die Hard star released his first album in 1987 entitled “The Return of Bruno.” The first single “Respect Yourself,” was a duet with June Pointer and actually featured background vocals by the Pointer Sisters. It enjoyed some success and Bruce released a video to go along with it. “Respect Yourself” made it onto the Billboard Charts where it peaked at number five. However, the rest of the singles on the album did not get as much airtime and Bruce’s music venture was soon forgotten about.