There comes a time in every artist's career, whether the professional be a vocalist or a ghostwriter, when the thinking goes: Hey, I can do what The Big Guy/Girl does. The documentary film "20 Feet from Stardom" chronicles those attempts. Most often, they don't work out. As a narrator explains, it takes a lot more than talent and drive to make it.
In the documentary, those vocalists content to be backup singers or return to the role usually do well. The age-old principle prevails. That's that those who stick with something endure.
In ghostwriting, it's unusual for any of us to become a brandname in our own right for anything other than ghostwriting. The few cases in which that happened the professional maintained two separate identities. Some ghostwriters like Jack McNulty, former head of corporate communications at GM, did make it to the top of the minor leagues. The lesson here seems to be to stay relevant in the ghostwriting game. Interesting, lucrative work will continue to come. Ditch the notion of fame and fortune.