Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Eliminate the fear of being unpopular

Popularity breeds conformity. Conformity breeds dullness. Dullness makes an artiste boring. Worst, INVISIBLE!

You know when a popular artiste wears his hair in the archie way, everyone seems to follow the style? Soon, when everybody does it, it gets so common.

Another example: Ever been in a group when during a conversation, a person agrees on one point, everyone else is supposedly forced to agree on that point?

Have you guys watch the local awards show? People in the industry always say popularity is very important to an artiste's career. What do you think? (post your comments here, and let's debate) I do agree that popularity helps a LITTLE for the new artiste to jumpstart a career. But again, it does not guarantee quality. Soon, when you are chasing to be popular, you forget the meaning of your work.

This is another disease of our industry: the importance placed on popularity. Again how does one define popularity is up to anyone's guesses. What is popularity, according to an artiste's definition? Does it mean being on the cover of a magazine every month? Being talked about? Why no one ever thought the other side: unpopularity? Heck, even unpopular people are famous! Look at rock stars who are so against the mainstream like Kiss. Look at film directors who goes against the conventions in stylistics and story-telling, like Wong Kar Wai. Hey, unpopularity DOES has its value.

So for artistes out there who thinks they are not popular like their contemporaries, doubt not. You are just as deserving to be in the spotlight as they do. Only when you find what makes you unpopular. You have to own it and make it your own. That can be tricky and needs an outside opinion to help you identify that, mould it and makes it work for you.