Allow me to share with you the secret that's made this fabulous career a fabulous reality. It's a single word that begins with T. The word is Talent. When did I know I had it? Immediately. I was born with it. I'll die with it. More than diamonds, talent is forever.

By the time I was six, my talent was so obvious that I was discovered by Milton Berle. By the time I was eight, I had made three albums. National tours. TV apearances. The whole enchilada. At the age of nine, I was hanging out with the Rat Pack - Sammy Davis, Jr., Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Peter Lawford, and Joey Bishop. I was guiding careers, writing hits, and choreographing shows for too many stars to mention.

Everyone's got a special talent. Figure out what yours is and practice flaunting it. Try to get applause for what you do well. If you park cars, try parking them at breakneck speed. Park two at a time. Whatever you do, flaunt and maximize until your customers are on their feet screaming for more. You'll make cat's jaws drop and leave the babes drooling in their drinks.

Excerpted From: You Oughta Be Me: How To Be A Lounge Singer And Live Like One. St. Martins Press, 1993.

Steve Casner. Webmaster to the Stars.