STARDUST

Musings by a rock star

The most important lesson you learn quickly as an artist is that you cannot choose your fans. You have to take what you get.
If you like it or not!

It’s them who have the power to make you and your projects a success or a failure. It’s them who pay your bills. So you have to be nice and play by the rules of the business if you want to make it to the top. You have to go with the flow. Have to fulfil their dreams and your contracts, have to do what the men in suits tell you if you won’t risk to loose everything you’ve worked for so hard .
If you like it or not!

You want success? You have to pay the price!
If you like it or not!

The more success you got; the higher the price you have to pay.
It’s all about image.
You have to sacrifice most of your private life in order to not disappoint your audience.
You have to run and hide just to have a little privacy at all because your fans will treat you like their property, like they know you.
If you like it or not!

It’s even more difficult if you are good-looking. Then your fans are mostly more interested in your hairstyle, your clothes and your (hot) body than in the deeper meaning of what you have to say. The sooner you get used to it the better for you!

Of course you can rebel against it if this is not enough for you. You can change your hairdo or even the colour of your hair as often you want, but you’ll learn quite quickly that it won’t help. If your fans have decided you are the hottest guy on the planet you have no choice. They’ll love whatever you wear or do. They will celebrate you like a demigod and you have to be a very strong character to remind yourself that you are not. It’s hard to stand your ground and to stay who you are instead of giving in to the monster called fame.

So you learn the hard way that remaining in a state of denial, pretending the outside world does not exist gets you nowhere.

You learn that most of the people don’t want to know who you really are. All they want is to be entertained. They want to visualize you the way they want to see you, want to dream about you like they want you to be, not the way you really are. People take you for someone you are not. They want to escape their own lives for a little while when they listen to your music, come to your shows or go into your movies. The sooner you get used to it the better for you.

So you play the game. Give them what they want. You risk your neck for you’ve learned your lesson well. But still there is this little voice inside your head, the little rebel in you crying out loud: this is not me! I don’t want to be like that anymore! So you try something new. Again you try to escape the clutches of your name. To get the audience you really want – adults and men, most of all men. You even go so far to play a show for adults only in hope this makes your message read clear.

It’s like the statement in the old Johnny Rotten’s song PUBLIC IMAGE in which he reckons with his fans, telling them: “All you have ever been interested in were the clothes I wear or the colour of my hair. Now all you get is what you wanted – my Image.”

It’s lonely at the top! The sooner you get used to it the better for you.

Then there will come the day when you realize that you became someone like the Pied Piper and you notice the responsibility that comes along as part of it. A responsibility you probably never wanted. For you never saw yourself as a role-model or a hero.

In ancient Rome heroes were celebrated in the Circus Maximus. The Circus Maximus of the modern age are the stages, the movie theatres or the sport arenas of the world. The modern heroes are musicians, movie stars or sportspersons. People always needed and probably always will need heroes to celebrate or to follow them.

With this in mind you are now at a turning-point and you understand you have the choice to stay authentic and use your knowledge well to make people aware of something that is important to you so you can lead them into something good; way beyond this superficial show business. If you’re lucky they will follow your lead so you can really move mountains.

© Copyright 2011 by The Storyteller’s Garden

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This story is inspired by the German documentary STARDUST – FROM THE PASSION TO BE A STAR from 2008 by writer/director Oliver Schwabe (www.oliverschwabe.de)

For those of you who are interested:

Public Image – Lyrics
by John Lydon arka Johnny Rotten (Public Image Ltd.)

Hello, hello, hello (ha, ha, ha)

You never listen to a word that I said
You only seen me
For the clothes that I wear
Or did the interest go so much deeper
It must have been
The colour of my hair

The Public Image

What you wanted was never made clear
Behind the image was ignorance and fear
You hide behind this public machine
Still follow same old scheme

Public Image

Two sides to every story
Somebody had to stop me
I’m not the same as when I began
I will not be treated as property

Public Image

Two sides to every story
Somebody had to stop me
I’m not the same as when I began
It’s not a game of monopoly

Public image

Public image
You got what you wanted
The public image belongs to me
It’s my entrance
My own creation
My grand finale
My goodbye

Public image
Goodbye

Public Image Ltd – Public Image
http://bit.ly/iBAS

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About The Storyteller's Garden

Creature of the night ₪ ø ιιι ·o.
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2 Responses to STARDUST

  1. theinspiringone says:

    I really enjoyed reading this, very well written and thought-provoking. I’m all for being authentic.

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