One of the most notorious of celebs in terms of career mishaps and unprofessional attitude is Charlie Sheen. Whilst he spent much of his time playing the well loved character ‘Charlie’ in Two and a Half Men, behind the scenes he was a very different character altogether. Widely reported by various sources to have fits of rage on set and many state that he would swear and verbally abuse his co-workers and assistants. This poor attitude towards work led to his eventual downfall and removal from the major US sitcom. Lesson – Never verbally abuse those who work with you or for you, as you never know when you may need their help most. You should always maintain a professional attitude, irrespective of how successful you become in life.
One of the most glamorous and famous supermodels of all time is Kate Moss. With several sponsorships and endorsement deals, her work not only involved catwalk modeling all over the world, but she also took on the responsibility of being a public role model for the brand names she endorsed. Her career took a nosedive in 2005 when she was caught taking drugs (notably cocaine) with her then beau Pete Doherty. This revelation shocked the public and led to her being dropped by fashion retailer H&M. Chanel also announced her £4 million contract would not be renewed and Burberry followed suit. Whilst Kate Moss has since made a dramatic come back with a clean living image, this experience is likely to follow her. Lesson – What you do in your personal time could negatively affect your career success. Whether it is taking drugs, or simply acting inappropriately, your boss may find that your behavior has a detrimental effect on the company’s image, and as such, could request that you leave their employment. Remember, whatever you do out of work, always has the potential to affect how you perform in work.
Tupac, who died on September 13th 1996 was one of the world’s most infamous rappers. Heavily involved in East Coast-West Coast rivalry, the competition between his record label and another rapper (most notably the Notorious B.I.G) led to his eventual downfall. At the height of his career, Tupac was living the dream, but due to competition between East and West Coast rappers, not only was his career over, so was his life. Lesson – Whilst an extreme case, the lesson in life here is to never underestimate your competition. Rather than have a war with your competitor, it is far more beneficial to join forces and create a profitable friendship. If you lose sight of your career goals because you are focusing all of your energy on beating your competition, then be ready to fall.
American socialite, Kim Kardashian became embroiled in a media fiasco in 2011 when she married basketball player Kris Humphries and then filed for divorce a mere 72 days later. It was thought by many that her wedding was simply a ploy to boost her TV show ratings and promote the Kardashian brand, although she vigorously denies this. With so many citing her marriage as a publicity stunt, her reputation was in tatters once again – causing knock on effects for her other business ventures including her perfume line. With Kris Humphries filing for an annulment based on the grounds of fraud, the court case was unnecessarily dragged out. Lesson – Although Kim’s decision to marry was a personal one, it still affected her business and credible reputation. It is essential to make the right choices in life, especially when it comes to your career as some decisions could negatively influence your future success. Overall, you need to make informed decisions and be ready and financially able to accept the consequences if your decisions do not work out how you envisaged.
Whilst we are all aware of Chris Brown’s unforgivable attack on his then girlfriend Rhianna, the American music magnate made things a whole lot worse by taking to his Twitter account to respond to public backlash. Not only did he take the wrong route for public communication after such an event, he was rude, aggressive, and offensive to those who wrote to him. Creating a further media backlash, Chris Brown had to go into hiding, taking a step back from his music and simply giving himself time to evaluate his life. Lesson – Irrespective of what your feelings are, especially about your job, employer, or co-workers, it is imperative that you do not use your social media profiles to vent your anger or hatred. Not only can such things be used against you in the future, but you will create a negative image for yourself and may even prevent people – who could potentially advance your career – from contacting you.
The "celebrity" lifestyle may look perfect from the outside, but many of the rich and famous have made terrible mistakes in their careers (whether privately or publicly) and for some, the ability to recover has been unattainable.
Subscribing to celeb magazines and scouring social media sites for the latest gossip of your favourite celebrities will only benefit you if you use the information you find out about them to your advantage. By this, I mean that you should learn from both their achievements in life, and career mistakes.
Take a look at the top 5 celebrities that make it to the list of "Celebrity Career Mistakes you can Learn From":