Saturday, March 14, 2009

To be a Real Artiste, is simply to maintain an Open Mind

It doesn't mean you have to appear on TV every month.
It doesn't mean everybody has to love you.
It doesn't mean you have to be rich and beautiful.
Being a real Artiste, simply means you have an Open Mind consistently. And that's no easy task.

In the course of our teenage and adulthood, we have been filtered in our minds and psyche that there are certain things that are done in certain ways. Certainly we cannot blame ourselves for thinking in certain ways. But being AWARE that your thoughts are such pattern is the first step in cultivating an OPEN MIND. But why is an OPEN MIND so important?

One of the main reasons is because nearly everybody around us has a somewhat closed mind, or set principles in their way of thinking and living. So set and enshrined are their thoughts and principles, until they condemned and even threatened others to follow their way or otherwise. This is called the manic crazy-obsessive pattern that is prevalent in our local industry. The thoughts are set in a way that the person must be beautiful and intelligent in order to be an Artiste. Does an ugly and stupid person makes the story (referring to the TV show, film etc) even better? For example, how many people here loves "Ugly Betty"? Unlike in our country, you get all these glamorous and model-like actors gracing the screen. That's why when you switched on the TV, you'll be constantly experiencing the dejavu as though this story has been repeated many times, or the style of acting is so similar and cliche with the same themes repeated. Is there anything new anymore? It's not the looks or how high the IQ of that someone that draws audience to watch. It's how INTERESTING the talent can be.

Second important reason is because as an Artiste, your life is never the same like others. Either you're starting out or already has a reputation, having an Open Mind brings many possibilities. One afternoon, I was having my lunch and a boy whom has seen me on some commercials came up to me asked me why does my bag look similar to a lady's. Or when you walk on the streets and someone stopped you in your tracks and commented on your attitude on that particular show. How would you respond then? On the extreme side, there's even people who befriended you because you're an Artiste and simply for that reason, and not for friendship whatsoever. For aspiring Artistes who are starting out, you'll encounter many instances where you'll be out of work at long periods of time. An open-minded Artiste will take this time to improve him/herself in their skill sets. Or start writing a film. Or find other works related to the industry, not necessarily an artiste. The possibilities are endless. But on the other side, a close-minded artiste would blame the industry, or even sell themselves short by using their bodies in getting jobs. Again, being an Artiste is not about appearing on screen. If you cannot get others to give you an opportunity, why not create the opportunity yourself?

Lastly, having an Open Mind helps in your own personal life as well. You will not take yourself too seriously and let yourself grow at your own rate. You will not demand other people to follow your way of thinking, but respect and learn from others why they think and act differently from you. Many times we have to be aware of our own prejudices and judgements, because we all have them! Prejudices and judgements itself are not wrong, but rather serve as some form of precaution. And that's all it served. Don't let prejudices and judgements rule your life! Leaving space for open mind is extremely useful especially if you desires to be an Artiste. Only then you are able to accept new ideas and concepts. Only then you are able to feel happier in taking on challenges without fear or a fretful gloom on your face.

Lastly, an Open Mind is essential in making friends and forming a community that is diverse and creative in nature. Nobody can become an Artiste without the support from others. Finding artiste work is an exremely long process. Don't make it harder by having a close mind. You, who are reading this article is able to make CHANGE. You never know in the future when you become a film producer or director, always remember you have to cultivate an OPEN-MIND. Don't give in to your predecessor's set of beliefs and principles. Why not hire someone totally out-of-context as actors for your new film? Imagine what fresh perspectives that particularly "ugly" person can bring. Don't always do everything correctly or right, as perceived by others. There's no such thing as right, only that you gave into others' pressure to how you should hire a talent. That means you already let yourself conform to your group's pressure, rather than give yourself the chance to break new grounds. Your "WRONG" could be the only right medicine you need.