When you are a young singer, pursuing your dreams can be difficult. The chances of actual success are fairly minuscule even if you have the talent. You need looks, stage presence, drive and luck to get noticed at all. Anyone with a modicum of talent can get a group together in their garage and say that they are ‘in a band,’ or call themselves a singer if they sing. There’s a huge difference between this sort of youthful dabbling and actually trying to succeed in the business of music.
Even those who do make the attempt may not make it as far as seeing a stage at all. Or at best they may find that a school talent show is sadly the pinnacle of their career. For a select few, making a real go of it is possible. The phrase “Fifteen minutes of fame,” is used for good reasons. Those who do make it far enough to garner any attention at all still tend to fizzle out after the briefest time. These are chronic problems for musicians.
Then there are the success stories. Harry Styles is one of the fortunate few who seems to have found the keys to success. The combination of talent, luck, and savvy that creates ongoing wealth and fame are more elusive than getting stardom in the first place.
Styles was born in Evesham, Worcestershire, England and raised in Holmes Chapel, Cheshire where he began singing at a very early age. He was a particular fan of Elvis Prestley and sang Elvis covers as often as not. As a youth, he formed a band that was called White Eskimo and went on to win a local Battle of the Bands. Like many teens, he had a part-time job. He worked for W. Mandeville Bakery. All of this might have been as far as his fame went if he hadn’t tried out for XFactor in 2010.
He auditioned as a solo act but failed. Then came the big break. Along with several other near-miss failures, he was placed in a group. Niall Horan, Liam Payne, Louis Tomlinson, and Zayn Malik were to become a huge part of his life as they worked together and formed the incredibly popular One Direction.
If you don’t know who One Direction are, then you may have been living in a cave for the last several years. The band gained huge amounts of fame in both Britan and the US. Forbes reported in 2015 that this supergroup was the highest paid entertainers in the world at the world (under 30) at the time grossing around $130 million together. The “Where We Are” Tour made a massive $282 million. That is the second highest paid tour for any vocal group in history.
Despite their continued success, each individual member of One Direction has seen success as a soloist. Styles has modeled for Gucci at least twice. In addition to his solo album “Sign of the Times,” which dropped in 2017 to rave reviews, Styles has also toured successfully as a solo musical act. Also in 2017, he was in a war movie called Dunkirk by Christopher Nolan. The film was well received.
So how has Harry Styles managed a net worth of $75 million? It’s a combination of luck, talent, drive, and enough good financial sense to hold on to his earnings. He has a solid sense of how to manage his own business and conduct himself as both an individual and a brand, or at least he knows how to hire the right people to help him do so.
Young stars have a long history of badly managed money. The other difficulty with early-in-life fame is that it tends to burn out early. People often lose interest in the celebrity when they grow and change as they age. The appeal is different, more mature, and the audience moves on. So it is all the more remarkable when a youthful pop star like Harry Styles manages to parlay his success into a secondary career and hold on to his capital in the process. With all the distractions and temptations young people face, especially those with excessive income, it’s not hard to see how so many child stars peter out early and are never heard from again.