Today Fred Hammond posted a post on his Facebook page called “So You Want To Be A Star.” In the post, he reflected on how the music industry has changed over the years and what could be called an unwillingness on the part of some to work their way to the top. Not too surprising in our current microwave society.
The post seemed to have struck a chord with a lot of folks. So far it has received more than 170, 000 likes and 359 shares since it was posted four hours ago.
Since this is Black Music Month, I thought I’d share it with you. Fred Hammond offers some hard truths and life lessons that those entering the industry should be mindful of. However, as you read it, I think you’ll see there are parts that could apply to any career pursuit. Here’s are a few excerpts:
So you wanna be a star?
As I look around me I’m at a loss for words for this age we live in where the desire to be a entertainer/Movistar is at a level that I’ve never seen before in my 52 years.
See Back in the day we looked at actors like Sydney Poitier, Bill Cosby, Harry Belafonte, Diahann Caroll, Cicely Tyson, Lena Horne, Diana Ross, James Earl Jones, Louis Gossett Junior, Richard Pryor, Flip Wilson, Ruby Dee & Ozzie Davis, James Earl Jones, Aretha Franklin,Gladys Knight, James Brown, The Jackson five etc as bigger then life but earning Their way to the top by honing their skills through practice and study of the arts be it acting or music, But it’s not like that anymore.
These actors or musicians singers artists put the time in the hard old-fashioned way. The story of Sidney Portière working a job as a busboy supporting himself but wanted to be an actor and didn’t even know how to read is absolutely amazing. How he got laughed off the stage at his first audition because his island accent was too thick, plus did I mention he could not read? But through hard work he overcame those obstacles and he didn’t have to get on a show and slap nobody, didn’t have to kill anybody else’s character to get where he needed to go, but it’s not like that anymore……………..Today if you can lie, curse, kill somebody else’s reputation on Twitter or Facebook, If you can threaten/become an emotional terrorist, if you can Slander like nobodies business, if you’re great at setting up emotional ambushes or bribe someone to give you their confidence and then expose their secrets, (con Artist basically) Did I mention if you can lie! lie! lie!
Whew! It gets even more profound from there. Stop by Fred’s page to read the entire post.