I am always inspired with blog fodder in my numero-uno favorite zine, . This months edition just graced my kitchen table (yes, its always cluttered with reading material I never read), and on the cover is my new fave hyphenate, a strung-together mash up of titles made mandatory when no single job description suffices. His hyphenate is ~singer-writer-producer-personality-actor-entrepreneur-mentor-freak.
, aka Thomas DeCarlo Calloway, age 37, graces the cover with Purrfect the Persian (thats why I like CeeLo, he has great taste in felines) ranked number five in Fast Companys List of the . What an amazing accolade, and when you read the story , youll nod in agreement.
Did you watch ? I DVRd the entire season (first time ever). This man absolutely cracked me up with his sultry, sexy lady-killer approach alongside his serious appreciation and compassion for his final two contestants on The Voice. He felt like big brother and big daddy all in one such a many-faceted hyphenate.
Here is the second reason I was interested enough to write about him today:
Its all strategy, a careful cultivation of image through massive exposure, but at its core is a sense of purpose.
Read that again! How powerful, how spot-on for someone creating a personal brand within the most hotly cluttered industry in the world Hollywood and the U. S. music scene.
- Hyphenate. Ive never seen this word used as a noun, but it goes. Maybe one of the reasons I was compelled to write about is because I feel like a bit of a hyphenate myself; let me try:
PR professional-social media leader-brand marketer-professional blogger-strategist-business coach-writer-creative idea generator-mentor-blahblahblah
Please add yours in comments!
- . So many years ago, I recognized I was the brand. Companieshired me, regardless of where I worked and what I named my companies (Ive had two other formal companies).
Reading this piece about CeeLo (I never knew of him prior to watching The Voice) is affirmation that a personal brand must be cultivated every day on all mediums, channels and in a variety of methods.
How do you promote your personal brand? Theres a ton written on this topic; Ive not read their articles. Taking pointers from CeeLo, Id suggest a purposeful mix of intelligence, zany fun, sophistication, and professionalism work quite well. For sure, personal branding is not a cake walk. Perseverance helps, and well, making $20 million a year might be somewhat effective, too.