Town - the Superstar factory
9, 2003 - by Bimbo Nobrain Loveless
are aiming for fame like never before! Fashion, music and movie industries
are growing rapidly, soon with famous sims living in many neighbourhoods.
Read about my first visit to Studio Town and how I ended up on the cover
of "The Superstar Insider"!
must have heard it, already! Studio Town is expanding like never before
and there might exist plans on new establishments near your neighbourhood!
You might actually count days until you will give it a try - a brand new
career aiming for fame by acting, posing or singing. The fashion industry
is growing rapidly these days, and so is the music and movie business.
all over Sim Nation have already signed up for auditions, and the artist
agencies are busier than ever. Fame and Simoleons are the big temptation,
but whether we like it or not, the result will also include a never ending
line of disappointments and broken illusions, as not everyone has what
it takes to become a Superstar! I mean, I'm cool and trendy and like you
can see I already made the cover of "The Superstar Insider". You probably
understand that not everyone in Sim Nation can be as talented as I am.
And I'm worried on behalf of the already stressed Social Services.
the article in "The Superstar Insider" trend magazine was not about me
being a model, but about me, the websimtress Bimbo NL visiting Studio Town.
You see, being a journalist and web master sure has its advantages! Before
the average Sims are allowed to enter the new local Studio Town quarters,
I was invited to have a look. And - honest - I was talked into posing
for that cover!
Meeting with Lana in Studio Town
Simmerville has not yet
accepted the entertainment business' request of land for Studio Town expansions,
so I had to travel closer to SimCity. I had a deal with the Studio Town
Production Co-ordinator, Lana. She is the busiest Sim I ever met, with
all her contacts, appointments and all the superstars call her by her first
name! Her job doesn't seem so appealing, but what a hectic environment!
I'm impressed she wanted to meet with me!
Bimbo NL, you look great! Did you ever consider modelling? You must meet
my friend, Tom Sulley, he is always in search of new talented models! Oh!
Dear, my cell phone again, excuse me, Bimbo!
So, before I even managed
to ask her my first question, she got a call, and I sat down in the white
studio chair, waiting while I looked great, just like I always do.
about that, Miss NL. Oh, I can't stay long, you better start shooting!
- Sure, Lana! I know the
Studio business is growing wildly lately these days, and I was curious
to what opportunities would any regular Sim find here at Studio Town?
I noticed Lana looked at
me in a weird way, like if I just asked her a silly question. -
Well, she started,
any sim who wants
to work in the entertainment or fashion industry should give it a try.
They can become rock stars, movie stars or super models and live the lifestyle
of a celebrity, but we are of course looking for sims who are talented.
You might say you find 4 categories sims here in Studio Town; us that works
here as project leaders and such, the superstars, those who still sing
in karaoke bars after trying too hard or due to lack of talent, and finally
- So, if I want to become
a superstar, what options would I get?
Well, most sims here work with music, movies or fashion. I guess those
are the main themes. But you can hang out here as a fan, or just trying
to make friends with the celebrities without working with them. There are
the spa locations where you can get a massage or even have a mud bath or
relax in the steamer. There are karaoke bars and clothing boutiques too,
I'm sure most sims will fancy strolling about. And maybe they even run
into the real celebrities, such as Marilyn, Andy or Christina. They are
so famous - I've heard that Andy's butler flush the toilet for him, ha!
But they are all great sims, although they are icons. I hope you will get
to see one of them - at least from a distance!
Even if Lana didn't personally
know those 3 super-superstars, she obviously knew a lot of famous sims.
I had to come up with something, being a websimtress wasn't enough. If
knowing a lot of stars meant that much, I could always pretend.
- Oh, I know what you
mean, Marilyn is actually my Aunt, I stated to my own surprise.
She looked at me with eyes
that almost popped out from her face.
Marilyn is your aunt? Really! That's amazing!
Lana looked confused
and very interested. It was a bit satisfying to me seeing a "knowing all
the right sims" sim losing her grip. - Fantastic,
I didn't know she had a niece! Bimbo NL, this makes your visit twice as
Lana was a sweat woman, kind
but determined. I could tell from her look that my time was up.
Oh, another call! she said, getting up from the chair.
- That's ok, Lana, I need
to be going, I can tell you are very busy.
Lana waved at me, telling
me to wait. - Yes Tom! That is good news, I'll
send her over to your studio. Be gentle with her, she is Marilyn's niece,
and I think it's her very first visit to Studio Town! What? Ah, fantastic,
Lynn is available, too? I'll send Miss NL over to Lynn's recording studio
first then, and you will greet her afterwards! Thank you Tom, and tell
Andy that he should meet her too! Oh, and that he forgot his umbrella over
at Christina's place last night!
Lana hung up. -
You see, they all know you from the Simmerville web, Miss NL, they all
want to meet you!
I was about to faint! Those
sims working in Studio Town knew me?
Don't pretend you didn't know, Miss NL! We have been keeping an eye on
you, ha! Well, first you will visit Lynn over at her recording studio,
she is a record producer. She has got 30 minutes for you, then she will
direct you to Tom's model agency. Okey?
I crossed the street, noticing
some photographers taking some pictures of a superstar who I did not recognize.
Then the fans were flocking to them screaming for autographs.
There you are! Welcome to Lynn Recordings, Miss NL. It's a pleasure to
meet Marilyn's niece! I'm just about to give an audition, but those singers
are used to waiting.
Thanx, Lynn. It's so cool to be her, you know. I need some info for an
article about the expansion of Studio Town.
No problem, Miss NL. Please have a seat, or perhaps you would like to sing
in my studio, just for the fun of it? Your Aunt does sing a little, you
There was no mirror, but
I could feel how my face turned red. Had this woman been standing outside
my bathroom while I was singing in the shower? Or did anyone tell her how
badly I play the piano? They sure forgot to tell her that's because I hate
playing those white piano tangents because the black ones match my hair
so much better!
- Thanx, would be cool,
but perhaps some other time, I replied and got seated next to her.
So, you work with the famous singers? How would my neighbour approach this
Lynn sipped some warm coffee
from a mug which looked like it needed cleaning about 9 cups ago.
Most singers start their career at the bars. The karaoke bars, that is.
You know, the agents hang out there, and to prove your talent you need
to sing in public. Later on they come to me, to record some songs, and
with some luck that is when they start earning any money. It takes a lot
of work in a recording studio though. I'm quite serious, and I never release
a cd from my studio label unless it's brilliant. Some singers actually
gave up after weeks of mixing and recording, and they often return to the
open microphone stages. It sure takes some guts to make success in this
- But how about the glitz?
I thought those working with you were superstars?
Depends, Miss NL. You can call the karaoke singers stars if you like, but
I'd say they need a lot more than a voice to become a superstar! Besides,
any singer who doesn't produce a music video will hardly succeed. Did you
know that a song sell more if you include some dancers and nice choreography?
We have experts to help with all this over at the Music Video Set. Oh -
my cell phone, just a second!
She talked very loudly. -
Hello Christina! How are you today? Sitting by the pool? Oh, well, you
should soon decide which songs we should keep for the next cd. Oh, hold
on, I've got a visitor...
She suddenly turned away
talking more quietly, probably thinking that I could not hear the conversation.
It's the web master, you know, the one I told you about, the one who can't
sing or play the piano. Yes!!! That's the one! Well, she turned out to
be Marilyn's niece, and Marilyn don't have much of a voice, either. Haha,
well, hold on, I must ask her to leave, I'll tell her to visit Andy at
the movie studio because Tom isn't expecting her yet. I'll call you right
At the movie studio
I couldn't blame Lynn, although
she just sent me off to the movie studio, after only 5 minutes instead
of 30. Well, I stay cool, and being famous from making a web site or playing
the piano falsely, doesn't really matter in the long run if it's fame you
I read the poster as I walked
into the Movie Studio, Richter&Ritcher. "Can you impress a big time
studio town director?" it said. Inside the impressive building the movie
director Andy Richter was waiting for me.
Hello Miss NL! Welcome to Richter&Ritcher! Do you feel like fighting
in an old castle or crying at the hospital bed of your beloved one? Hehe.
Perhaps you are as talented as your famouse Aunt? Come on in, Lynn told
me you have got some questions for me.
- Thanx, that's so cool,
Mr Ritchther. Did you ever produce a film featuring Jonathan Hanssen? He
is my neighbour, u know!
Oh, yes, right, I never produced him though, my latest films were "Murder
of the Maid" and "Upside down in Downtown". I know his name, he is so clever!
Being so young and still so talented! He is very talented I must say!
Mr Hanssen young and talented?
His oldest kid just turned 11... Did this movie producer too just pretending
to know the stars?
I can't believe that Lana didn't already know about Marilyn having a niece.
We do talk about the same Marilyn, don't we? The superstar?
Yes, I lied, expecting nobody to know such an icon personaly anyway.
- I don't see her that often though, we had some fries and eggs at Elmer's
Burger last week though...
Really? I didn't know she likes eggs and fries? Well, she did some great
movies, and now she is a great inspiration to sims who try their fortune
on the big screen. We, the producers and directors meet a lot of different
sims, which is good because we need different characters for the casting.
But I wish more of them were talented like your Aunt. Oh, time is flying,
I think Tom is waiting for you. Just cross the street, he will be waiting
for you, and I think he will have a surprise for you, too!
Tom Sulley's Model Agency
I never before wanted to
pose, but with Lana's words in my mind, and the delicate posters decorating
the entrance of the Model Agency, I found the modelling career to look
more appealing than I expected.
Welcome, dear, dear Bimbo NL! So nice to see you here! Oh my! Lana was
right, you should consider modelling! What a nose, your profile is extremely
well suited for the new "urban sims" trend. If you just had a face adjustment
to make your ears smaller and your mouth wider, you could hit the covers
I tried my best smile, making
it wider than ever. - Thanx, Tom.
You are a little early, but while I get ready you can watch the final preparing
for our next fashion show!
Just after the show, Tom
insisted on me posing for the next issue of "The Superstars Insider". His
photographer shot some pictures, he said they were ok, that I was talented,
and that it even would make a great cover, the others would illustrate
the article about Marilyn's niece visiting Studio Town!
- That is not a good idea,
I protested. I didn't quite realize what such an article would mean. -
I'm not that good at posing, hopefully the magazine will come up with some
Tom then guided me into his
big office, where he answered a few of my questions.
Modelling Agencies are currently having good days, he explained.
We have new hopeful sims at our door every day, and because of the variety,
it's quite hard and time consuming to make a selection. A professional
photographer will of course see who are meant for walking the cat walk
or posing in the studio set, but all this is a long process. And the fashion
designers don't always agree with the photographers and agencies.
- It must be very hard to
find the right talents then. I assume that only a few sims can succeed
in this industry?
Just a few can reach the absolute top. There are not even enough Simmy
awards and SimChoice Awards to please all those talented sims,
Tom said. - So even between the superstars there
might be some fights. Not physically, necessarily, but you know it's a
tough business. And add the Paparazzo and some very annoying fans, I really
think the superstars pay a lot for their fame. It takes lots to build up
that much fame, you would need to get the right friends, because as soon
as a superstar helps another sim, the way to success seems so much shorter.
Like if you decided to start acting, and Marilyn, your aunt, helped you
to establish the right contacts and getting you some good movies, it would
be very good for your career.
I was writing everything
down, busy with my little notebook, hardly looking up at Tom at all. He
All of us, including Lana, Lynn, Andy and myself are really impressed with
you, Bimbo NL. We knew about your work with the Simmerville web site, but
none of us knew that you are Marilyn's niece. That was quite a surprise
to us all! So, Lana called your aunt Marilyn asking her to give you a ride
back to Simmerville. Marilyn has a great limousine, and the two of you
can sit and talk and have a drink while her chauffeur takes care of the
stopped writing. Instead I first looked at Tom, then at the door into his
office. The door was opened, and there was Marilyn! The S*U*P*E*R*S*T*A*R
herself! I was about to faint again, and I must have blushed. I got up
from the chair, Marilyn smiled at me. I knew I had made a complete fool
of myself saying I was her relative. I was so ashamed!
She smiled at me, it was
like a sculpture bursting into life. - Dear niece
Bimbo, she said and giggled. - A bottle
of pink champagne is in my car waiting for our family reunion!