Adam Lambert has recruited some superstars to help steer him through his music career - both Lady Gaga and Madonna have been offering the flamboyant rocker guidance.
The former American Idol contestant turned to the singers for tips as his singing career began to take off, and Lambert reveals the Poker Face hitmaker gave him "a good pep talk" and warned him he still has a lot of hard work to do.
He tells the Sydney Daily Telegraph, "(Gaga) told me about the previous three years. She worked really, really hard before she made it. She told me there's no glamour, you don't get a lot of sleep, you don't get a lot of stability in your social life - you just have to count on yourself and go for it. It was a good pep talk. And she was right."
And Lambert is also thankful to Madonna for helping him deal with online critics. He adds, "She told me that you can't get wrapped up in all the media and message boards, that everyone's going to have an opinion. People will criticise you especially when you're doing it well.
"You can't do much better than getting career advice from Madonna. She's the queen, right?
"I've learnt there are plenty of challenges, but if you work hard enough you can arrive. You find a spot for yourself and get to communicate with your art and hopefully inspire people. That's what I'm working towards."