I’ll get right to the point: I’ve been busy for the last two days. Other than that, It’s good to be back.
So today’s topic of choice is art and credentials for being an artist. I’ll be quick and get to the point… I dislike when an artist/entertainer becomes famous without proving that they have technical skill beforehand. This situation is commonplace in arts and entertainment. To be a little bit more clear, I mean to say that I hate when people who are actually talentless try to parade around the place as talented artist. The first person I would point my fingers at as an example is Rebecca Black. I’m no musician but I know when someone can’t sing and call me a hater, but that bitch cannot sing. Anyways, enough about her.
Although there are tonnes of people who have become famous for being talentless long before Rebecca Black, these people had the decency to not parade around as artists. Some of you might remember William Huang from American Idol whose singing was so bad that it earned him not only a scathing rejection from all 3 judges, but it also earned him a record deal. You know why his short-lived success doesn’t bother me? It’s because he was decent enough to not pretend to be something he wasn’t.
Now to swing to the other side of the spectrum and point out that I dislike when people downplay great artists/people with actual talent as people without talent. An easy example would be the ignorant masses that say Pablo Picasso had no talent. This is why research is important: know the target before you criticize. This is something I also say to people who say Lady Gaga is talentless. I will admit that her act has some similarities to certain other entertainers but at the same time she made it her own and keeps it entertaining. It’s like when one band does a cover of a song by another band and a lot of people love the cover so much that they forget who did the original. Alas, both songs are good and deserve our love, but we’re going off topic here. The fact is that it takes some talent to be a great artist/entertainer.
The point I really want to bring home here is that all the talented individuals I pointed out here have proven at one time or another that there is some kind of method, training, and calculation behind what seems to be madness at a glance. This is what I seek in a professional: their so-called credentials. Be it a degree or years spent self-learning. I can respect your work once I’m sure of your knowledge of the fundamentals.
Anyways, this little rant will inevitably lead into other discussions about art and how one proves themselves to be an artist/entertainer. All in all… keeps us entertained.