Part of the Game

This week I had the pleasure of covering a red carpet event for a charity concert, and I got to interview some of the finest talent in the entertainment industry. Things were going great until one of the biggest talents of the evening refused to do an interview. There are various reasons celebrities refuse interviews. Sometimes they don't have enough time before the event, sometimes they are just being a diva/divo, or in some cases they aren't feeling well. In this case, there was plenty of time before the event began, he wasn't exhibiting narcissistic behavior and he didn't look like he was going to puke, so what was the problem??? Although he didn't grant us an interview, he did manage to gather himself long enough to grace photographers with a few photo ops before making a swift exit. What was fascinating is during the whole 10 seconds that he stood before the cameras, there was sheer terror in his eyes. Terror of being face to face with the media mob that's ready to capture his statuesque figure and place it on a media publication platform to be trialed in the court of public opinion. Not all artists wallow in the spotlight, they just consider it apart of doing business. Press plays a crucial role in an entertainer's career and like it or not, it's a part of the game. It takes a strong sense of self to have the ability to take both compliments and criticism so you don't loose touch with reality. While discussing the release of his new self help guide Black Privilege: Opportunity Comes to Those Who Create It, radio personality Charlemagne The God spoke about some of the lessons he's learned and advice he's acquired over the course of his career and he spoke of advice given to him by his father saying, "you're never as good as they say you are, and you're never as bad as they say you are". Don't be afraid to share your art with the world. No matter what the verdict is in the court of public opinion, don't take it personally just consider it a cost of doing business.


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