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No Room For Haters – Why Ripping Other People Doesn’t Work

Last week the question of envy reared its ugly head. I was asked about how people I’ve worked with reacted when their efforts went unnoticed while some hot shot blew past them on the charts or whatever.

Trying to not get too specific about who it was I just said that I’ve seen the whole range. From people who’ve raged and ranted to people who took it as a challenge to deliver even bigger and better next time.

For example, It’s interesting to note that artists who look at it as friendly competition often thrive while those who feel slighted and take it personally do poorer in the long run.

I think a lot pf people take their craft to be a reflection of their worth as a human being rather than seeing it as something they’ve created that’s seperate from them.

I haven’t come across an artist yet who has been able to turn “taking it personally” into something constructive.

Keep Calm & Don't Take It Personally

Amount of times this meme’s been used? Too many.

Maybe their output doesn’t have mass appeal? What’s wrong with that? I think that if more people would accept that we aren’t entitled to anything we might be better off.

The truth of the matter is that it’s a business and the market decides what is worth paying attention to and not.

If an artist wants to gain more popularity they should focus more on the consumer’s experience.

To genuinely be interested in what makes people tick and play to that while still expressing their unique ideas.

And what do people want from music? Connection. They want someone who expresses what they’re feeling, have felt or want to feel. Something they can relate to.

Why so many songs about love & romance? It’s something most of us are feeling, have felt or desire to feel.

So, why don’t we just listen to old love songs? We want novelty too. We want to hear it expressed in new & exciting ways.

The artists have the option to do these things or they could just focus on what they want to put out there and get what the people decide their output is worth.

Zoidberg - Money Please

Why not Zoidberg you ask? People say: No.

Now, I spoke about this in terms of the music business but it goes for anything and everything.

Something else happened last week that shows it in practice.

One of Conan O’Brien’s writers went on a Twitter rant about the current state of comedy:

Comedy in 2015 needs a severe motherfucking shakeup. No celebrities, no parodies, no pranks, no mash-ups or hashtag wars. I’m fat.

and shove your lip-synching up your ass. – *Redacted*

Prom King Comedy. That’s what I call all this shit. You’ve let the popular kids appropriate the very art form that helped you deal. Fuck.

None of the funniest stuff ever involved celebrity cameos. – *Redacted*

Conan - Monkey

Ooooh, CoCo gonna be pissed!

Look, even if every single statement he said was in some way “true”, is it productive? Sure, it might spark a debate but is ripping people about their creative expression the best way to go about it? If we want to build something really great, do we really need to tear down everybody else’s building?

Or could a more productive way to go about it be to just build something really great that others can look at as a staple of what can be achieved?

The person probably had good intentions, wanting to raise the bar of creativity and all. They just went about it in a less productive manner.

Note: I chose not to include the person’s name because the last thing this situation needs is more public shaming.If you really want to know there’s always…

SpongeBob - Google

It is, in fact, your friend.

What I found interesting is how Conan O’Brien handled the situation with the following tweet:

While I felt the word “stupid” was unnecessary he still makes a valid point. Since the person has an outlet by on Conan’s show they could actually use the platform to show what can be done.

The person did however realize what they’d done and offered the following apology:

Once again I’m a bonehead for tweeting as a fan of comedy instead of as a guy who earns a living doing it.

So, give me an example of when your frustration has gotten you so fired you up you went out and did something about it!

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