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Simon Cowell Articles
High School Dropout: Simon Cowell’s Early Years
“I don’t mean to be rude, but…”
The Dark Horse of Success: Cowell Becomes a Hit
Now that Cowell had started his company, he needed to find an artist that would help take it to the top. That was when he met Sinitta, an aspiring pop singer, who Cowell immediately both asked out on a date and signed a contract with. In little time, her single “So Macho” had become a smash hit in the UK. At the same time, Cowell struck up a friendship with successful producer Peter Waterman and, in his own words, “followed him around like a dog,” in order to learn as much as he could about the industry.
Lesson #1: Don’t Compromise
At the very first audition of “American Idol”, fellow judge Paula Abdul got her first taste of what it was like to work with Cowell. Following a terrible performance by a young contestant, Cowell responded with one of his trademark criticisms. “My jaw literally – like a cartoon – must have hit the table,” recalls Abdul. She proceeded to tell Cowell that he could not talk to people that way. Cowell responded that indeed he could. Abdul countered, saying he could not talk to Americans that way. Cowell said that he could and he would and the conversation abruptly came to an end.
Lesson #2: Be Relentless
“I am a hedonist at heart,” says Cowell. “I love the uncertainty and the challenge. I’m also exceptionally competitive and ambitious. It is relentless, relentless, relentless. I can’t help it. Sometimes I’m glad, sometimes I wish I wasn’t like that all the time. I can never switch off.”
Lesson #3: Take Rejection
“People said, ‘You will never make any money in the music industry,” recalls Cowell. “Or, ‘You have no talent.’ Also, when you’re putting out a record, failing to make the top 100 is a kind of rejection. It’s painful.”
Lesson #4: Be Honest
Cowell strayed from his roots in 2003 when he took a cameo role in “Scary Movie 3”. Playing a judge who had to critique a rap contest, Cowell says of his own acting, “It was excruciatingly embarrassing. I was absolutely dreadful.”
Lesson #5: Trust Your Gut
When Cowell first started out at BMG, he wanted more than anything to produce a hit and prove himself to be a valuable contribution to the company after years of rejection by the industry. Oddly enough, he decided to look in the direction of professional wrestling. His colleagues thought he was crazy, but Cowell had a hunch that if young boys would pay to watch professional wrestling and buy all the related merchandise, they would surely also buy a WWF-themed record sung by the superstar wrestlers themselves.
Serial Entrepreneur: How Cowell Produced Success
When Cowell was once asked what the secret to success was, he replied, “Work hard, be patient, and be a sponge while learning your business. Learn how to take criticism. Follow your gut instinct and don’t compromise.” It is by following this recipe that Cowell has shot to fame and earned a reputation as not only a great record producer, music executive, and television personality, but also as an astute and successful entrepreneur.
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Simon Cowell Insults
There are few celebrities on TV today who have a reputation that matches that of American Idol creator Simon Cowell. Indeed, much of America has developed a love-hate relationship with this Sony/BMG Record Executive for the brutal honesty with which he dishes out his comments to would-be American Idols. But, love him or hate him, Simon Cowell insults have become a large part of why people tune in week after week to watch the show.
American Inventor Simon Cowell
American Idol fans throughout the country know him as the ruthless judge on the hugely popular televised nation-wide singing competition. But, there is more to this Sony/BMG music producer than meets the eye. From American Idol to American Inventor, Simon Cowell has demonstrated his knack for producing hit shows and has confirmed his declaration of being “a serial entrepreneur.”
Simon Cowell Girlfriend
It might be hard for some American Idol fans to believe that somebody out there could actually be in love with the ruthless judge they see each week hurling out insults at contestants with merciless force and at lightening speed. But, stranger things have happened. She says it isn’t easy being labeled the Simon Cowell girlfriend, but Terri Seymour wouldn’t trade her position for anything in the world.
Simon Cowell Bio
He has been a major player in the pop music industry in the United Kingdom since the 1970s, but it wasn’t until the first airing of American Idol on June 11, 2002 that the Simon Cowell bio became a matter of common knowledge throughout the U.S. Since that time, Cowell has gone on to produce various ventures that combine both the television and music industries, and he has become a worldwide celebrity in the process.
Simon Cowell and Paula Abdul
She is one of the most recognized pop singers and choreographers in the modern music industry. He is an award-winning executive with Sony/BMG Records who has helped shaped artists that together have achieved sales of more than 100 million. Together, Simon Cowell and Paul Abdul make up two thirds of the judging panel on the hugely successful “American Idol” television show.
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