But there are not many walk-on parts that lead to your very own calendar, as Maria Fowler has proved.
And if these sexy pictures are anything to go by, The Only Way Is Essex star is set to get pulses racing every month next year, making her a household name in more ways than one.
Calendar girl: TOWIE's Maria Fowler poses in a blue bikini for some sexy 2012 shots
Maria, 24, is seen in a number of poses - and two pieces - as she posed for the camera on the shoot, which took place in Sandbanks, Dorset.
And Maria also appeared to move with the seasons as she slapped on the fake tan during the shoot, possibly to get the desired effect for her summer photos.
Feeling a bit pale: Maria heads back inside the house where the shoot is taking place to slap on some fake tan, put in some curlers and adjust her bikini
Maria follows in the footsteps of TOWIE co-star Amy Childs, who revealed to the Mail Online recently that she had just shot her 2012 calendar in Dubai.
Maria, who is good friends with Lauren Pope, was first introduced in the first series of TOWIE but had more of a reoccurring role in the last series.
Unravelling: Maria starts to take out her curlers before revealing the bouncy result
And Maria plans to make sure she is just a big a name as Childs, Mark Wright, Lauren Goodger and even Kirk Norcross - who was the one that called her 'just an extra' - when the new series starts in September.
She also slammed reports that she hadn't been sacked from the show and said: 'It’s all crap, they have a formula that works. Why change it?
Outfit change: Maria slipped into an animal print one piece then a red bikini (with the tag still on) as she took a break and sent some text messages
Purple princess: Maria slipped into a purple and black lacy lingerie for another picture
'I'm definitely going to be in the next series. Everyone from series two has been invited back.'
The photos were released the day after Maria joined her cast mates at the Duke of York Polo Trophy where she looked stunning in a Forever Unique asymmetrical dress.
Cheeky: Maria wears nothing more than a pair of blue pants, Louboutin heels and a pout
Sultry: Maria adopts a pouty pose as she covers her modesty with her arms