Music Tip #9: Fame Is All You Should Care About
Chances are if you love music, any genre, most of you don't care about the fame. You're happy creating. Amongst film score composers and wannabe composers, you almost certainly aren't in it because you enjoy having your hair and makeup done on set. I myself have long said I love composing because it doesn't matter what you look like when doing it.
None of these sentiments are going to help you become a successful musician, rapper or composer.
Statingfhe obvious, fewer people are going to hear your music if you aren't famous.
The not so obvious: more studios and/or filmmakers will stick your songs on their soundtracks if a singer/rapper or hire you as a film score composer when you're famous. Why do you think you see the same people composing all the time? You'll byass everybody when people online love your name and all it represents musically. Or, if you're a singer/rapper, they'll stick you on MTV and request your work on the radio. You'll be the next Chance the Rapper.
I used to not want to be A-list famous until I found myself getting into a few pickles. An example I can share with you publicly is when people have tried not to pay me for work I did for a magazine. I told the editors how I had made some moderately famous people who have dealt with them before aware of them not paying me for a great period of time by sending them the transcripts of e-mails from my editors. This, and the verbal abuse I was being forced into the assorted lies about my contract I'd signed stating all the minimum requirements of me being paid a specific amount for my work. My payday appeared a day later. Any pickle I have been in, having industry contacts, publicists and actors/musicians come to my defense by merely knowing about it or them contacting the places in question turns things around so much. Given a choice of legal representation or people are famous at all in the slightest, fame wins. Being on TV for any reason gives someone credibility. You can argue on the merits of this. Is it good? Does it matter, really? Fame helps the impossible happen when it seems everything is going down the toilet.
When life gives you lemons, don't make lemonade. Throw back sour lemons at the people who've thrown them your way and make them make the lemonade. Fame is power.
And, if by any chance I can harness that power myself, I know I'm going to be given first choice in the movies I can compose scores for, the lack of mistreatment, a total absence of life pickles, all of this power. People will hear my work and listen to it fully. A lot of good comes with it. You can make positive changes for the world. Right now, focus on what fame can do for your career. Having rights. Income from creating your music, a dream come true for many. Recognition for your music. The ability to do music for the rest of your life. Your music inspiring others to pursue music.
Fame is a requirement for all of that to happen. In 2017 as I write this, you can use social media, a singing contest, YouTube, a book, all these venues into getting famous. Don't overlook what fame can bring. You must want to be famous or you'll never see your goals materialize.
You know that awful corporate saying, all roads lead to Rome? Ugh, like something from Office Space. Follow that.
When you get that chance to be in a movie or model, don't turn it down. Become an Internet celebrity. Do anything positive to get famous. Do not rob a convenience store. Anything else, yes, positive and legal. You'll bring attention to your music.
Think about life in terms of Gladiator. What's the motto? Something like, "The general who became a slave. The slave who became a gladiator. The gladiator who defied an empire." You can be that waiter who became an actor to become a composer or rapper. I used to say, "Oh, ugh. Why are all these people telling me to be an actress? Can't they see I have talents that lie beyond appearing on camera?" Because I get that all the time. You need to be an actress. You're "pretty," to some eyes of the beholder, and people seem to think acting talent goes in hand with people thinking you are pretty or handsome. I don't get it, and I argue all people look good when cleaned up well. Point aside, I used to run away from wanting to act. And ever since I've witnessed the power fame has, I now want to be the girl Brad Pitt. Me somehow making it with acting, voiceover or on camera, will lend me the influence necessary to make myself the top film score composer to work with in Hollywood and being a big deal filmmaker with my animation house. She who can call up any studio in town and get the hundreds of millions of dollars to make her wacked out live action movies that defy genres like Pedro Almodóvar.
You start to think, between acting and being famous or me being an abused freelance writer a magazine tries to pay a year later if ever while I wait for making it as a filmmaker-musician, if I were famous, would this be happening to me? Wouldn't I be out there doing what I wanted to do forever?
Society teaches us we should want to be famous and beloved on social media to our closest pals yet feel shame if we want to be famous in Hollywood. Why? Where does the difference lie? Why should I feel ashamed of myself for needing fame to make my dreams happen, or you feeling similarly? Because right now, I know if Brad Pitt demanded he needs to compose the score for a movie and get his first major studio composing credit, Clooney or someone similar as a filmmaker would give that opportunity to him. Let me get this straight. I'm supposed to have great shame in seeking the very thing that could help me avoid the nepotism, "I only hire my friends who are composers," casting couch and similar situations that stand in my way of being a major filmmaker and film score composer? I'm sorry. I won't.
And, I'm not going to run away from people telling me to be an actress anymore. My change of heart took hundreds of people tell me so and a family friend I admire as a businessman kindly scolding me. I will work social media, the web, this website, be an open book, do all I must. Please, you need to want the fame. Never feel guilty. Never say you're sorry for wanting it.