Going on a date costs energy (you have to fill up the heart meter so your date doesn't dump you), and also costs money (you have to pay for everything, you chump). If you take jobs, such as photo shoots, instead of dates, you'll only spend energy.
Finally, no matter what you wear, your date will always insult you. Seriously, they're impossible to please. It's not worth it!
Fill up your star meter at every job
The quickest way to level up to the A-List is to complete jobs like a champion. When I say "like a champion," I mean "with a full star-meter." If you fill up your star meter at every job (and this often means coming back to perform more mini-tasks after your energy has replenished), you'll gain followers upon followers upon followers. Because your fame is measured purely by your follower count, this is very important.
You can jumpstart your star meter by purchasing expensive clothes. All of the clothes, shoes, and accessories in the game have a gold star or heart next to them. Stars give you a jumpstart on your star meter, while hearts give you a jumpstart on your heart (date) meter. For every 50 gold stars or hearts you have, you'll start jobs and dates with one less star or heart to fill up. If you have 53 gold stars, for example, you'll start your jobs with a four-star meter instead of a five-star meter. You don't have to actually wear the clothes to get the stars, so just buy expensive things... even if they're ugly.
Next stop: The A-List
You absolutely do not need to spend a single red cent on this game to make it to the A-List. Plus, once you get to the C-List your fame starts to increase exponentially — it took me a month of casual play to go from the E-List to the C-List, but I managed to jump from C to A in less than 12 hours.
You won't be able to buy as many sexy designer clothes as you might like, but you can console yourself by taking dirt-cheap impromptu trips across the country.
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