USC speech

December 11, 2007

How much star quality do you have?

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admire · to respect and approve of someone or their behavior, or to find someone or something attractive and pleasant to look at  •  appearance · the way a person or thing looks to other people  •  approval · when you have a positive opinion of someone or something  •  cool with · to be happy to accept a situation or suggestion  •  crave · a strong or uncontrollable desire  •  creative · producing or using original and unusual ideas  •  criticize · to express disapproval of someone or something  •  distinctive · Something that is distinctive is easy to recognize because it is different from other things  •  emulate · to copy something achieved by someone else and try to do it as well as they have  •  get off on something · to find something exciting, especially in a sexual way  •  get somebody down · If something gets you down, it makes you feel unhappy and dissatisfied  •  interview · a meeting in which someone is asked questions about themselves for a newspaper article, television show, etc  •  into · enthusiastic about or interested in  •  justified · having a good reason for something  •  keep up with · to be able to understand or deal with something that is happening or changing very fast  •  life of the party · someone who is energetic and amusing and at the center of activity during social occasions  •  on the fly · If you do something on the fly, you do it without having prepared or thought about it first  •  outgoing · friendly and energetic and finding it easy and enjoyable to be with others  •  perform · to entertain people by dancing, singing, acting or playing music  •  pop culture · music, TV, cinema, literature, etc. that is popular and enjoyed by ordinary people, rather than specialists or highly educated people  •  project · a piece of planned work or an activity which is completed over a period of time and intended to achieve a particular aim  •  put somebody down · to make someone feel foolish or unimportant by criticizing them  •  role model · a person whom someone admires and whose behavior they try to copy  •  sense of humor · the ability to be amused by things, the way in which people see that some things are amusing or the quality of being amusing  •  stage fright · Actors or performers who have stage fright are nervous because they are about to perform  •  take something in stride · to deal with a problem or difficulty calmly and not to allow it to influence what you are doing  •  talent · a natural ability to be good at something, especially without being taught  •  trend · a general development or change in a situation or in the way that people are behaving  •  unique · being the only existing one of its type or, more generally, unusual or special in some way

01 Do you think you have your own distinctive look?

In what way is your appearance distinctive? What about the way you look do you think is most special—for example, your eyes, clothing, hair? What do you like most about the way you look? What do you like least? Besides your appearance, what is the most distinctive about you?

02 Do people often describe you as outgoing?

Are you usually the life of the party when you’re with friends? Can you easily “get crazy” (sing, dance, jump around) when you want to have fun? What words do other people most often use to describe you? Do you think these words really describe you well?

03 Do people often say that you have your own unique style?

How would you describe your “style”? In what areas is your style most unique—for example, the way you dress, the way you talk, or the way you work? What star has a style that you admire? What do you think is most unique about you?

04 Are you cool with other people seeing you as a role model?

What about you do you think is the most worth emulating? How many people see you as a role model? Who are some of your role models? Who was your role model when you were growing up?

05 Do you have any special performing talents—such as singing?

What do you think are your greatest talents? What star’s talent do you most admire? If you could have one talent that you don’t already have, what would it be? Why?

06 Are you good at answering questions on the fly?

What star do you think is good at answering questions on the fly? Are there any stars you know who can’t do this very well? Have you ever been interviewed? Do you think you have a good sense of humor? If you have to lie, can you do it well?

07 Do you spend a lot of your free time working on creative projects?

If so, what are some examples of creative projects that you are working on now? Do you have any plans for such projects in the future? Do you think in general that you are a very creative person?

08 Do you try to keep up with the latest trends in pop culture?

What area of pop culture is most important to you—fashion, music, or something else? How fashionable do you think you are? Who is the most fashionable person you know?

09 Do you get off on performing in front of other people?

Do you usually spend more time singing than your friends do when you go to a KTV? How often do you go to KTVs? Which is your favorite? Do you have any songs that you can sing particularly well? Have you ever performed in front of many strangers? How much stage fright did you experience?

10 Do you crave the approval of others?

Whose approval is most important to you? Do you feel you get enough approval from your family? How about at work? How about at school? Have you ever failed to get the approval of someone you needed or wanted approval from? 

11 When other people put you down or say unkind things about you, are you able to take it in stride without letting it get you down?

How do you usually react when you are criticized? What qualities or actions have you been criticized for? How justified do you think the criticism was? 

12 Would you be into being famous?

Given a choice, would you rather be famous or rich? Why? What do you think would be the best thing about being famous? What about the worst thing?

WARM-UP QUESTIONS

Who is your favorite star? Why do you like him or her? Do you know anyone personally whom you think might be a  star?

RESULTS

Score 1 point for each yes answer.

10~12 Can I have your autograph? If you’re not a star already, you ought to be!

7~9 You definitely have star quality.

4~6 You have an average amount of star quality.

0~3 No way. You have no chance of being a star.

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