An inflated ego can KILL your
It's rife in the entertainment world, probably more so than
any other business in the world.
I'm talking about an over inflated EGO.
It's dangerous and has been one of the biggest hurdles preventing
new singers and entertainers making it in the entertainment
and music industry. Nobody likes a "big-head", so
don't be one and don't hang around with people who are big-heads..
Don't confuse having a big ego with being an extrovert. Many
of the biggest stars in the world are extroverts - they have
to be flamboyant to keep up their showbiz image. But rest assured,
it's well known in showbiz circles that the bigger the star,
the nicer they usually are. Big stars have nothing to prove
so don't need to boast.
So the people I'm talking about who you should avoid (and avoid
being like) are those entertainers who mill around the bottom
to middle rungs of the showbiz ladder - entertainers with inflated
You've probably met a few of them already - they are the types
of entertainers who are full of their own self-importance. They
seriously believe they are better than you, better than me,
better than everyone.
They even think they're better than the big stars - they just
didn't "get the break".
If they had got the break, they would be sitting
in a Hollywood mansion, not the big star.
And they really do believe it!
If you're in the entertainment business or just starting out
in the entertainment business you may already hang around with
one of these big-headed entertainers. You may even be one yourself
and you're not aware of it!
Why ego can kill your career
When a new singer or entertainer starts out in the entertainment
business, one of two things can happen if you're not careful.
1. The new singer or entertainer
starts off his career with an inflated opinion of himself as
an artiste. His ego makes him believe he is actually better
than he really is. These artistes are just setting themselves
up for a fall. Just look at the attitude of some of the contestants
who audition for US TV's American
Idol and UK TV's X-Factor.
They are CLEARLY not as good as they think they are and they
come crashing down to earth with a bang when they are shown
2. The new singer sometimes listens
to advice from other so-called "seasoned professionals"
who, rather than helping the newbie, they just want to impress
on them how good THEY are instead. This makes the newbie
entertainer feel inept or inferior and is often enough to make
a newbie give up his dreams of a career in the entertainment
world before he's even got started.
If you want to make it in
the music business and want longevity out
Both the above examples show how an over inflated EGO, whether
it's your ego or the ego of a fellow entertainer, can ruin a
of your career, keep your ego under control and don't listen
to or hang around with other acts who are egotistical
Here's a story of
an experience I had recently with an egotistical entertainer.
I was in a club a while back
visiting a fellow entertainer who was performing at a gig. Just
before he went on stage, we were speaking about the recent economic
downturn and how it was affecting live music and entertainment,
not just the banks and the High street shops - we were discussing
how entertainers like us have being affected because the public
are not spending as much money going out to see live shows as
they were, say, a year ago.
While in mid-conversation, another fellow entertainer walked
in and joined our conversation (and this guy is well-known in
our circles for his BIG ego).
He started to inform of us of how good an entertainer he is,
how much work he had, how he was "doing fantastic"
and basically how he was so in demand there was no recession
for him and his act.
The inference from this egotistical idiot was that if we were
as good as him, then we would get lots of work too - if we were
experiencing a downturn in the amount of gigs we were getting,
then clearly we're just not as good as he is.
He missed two important points though.
First, he was at my friends gig - which means my friend was
working at a gig that night and earning money...the egotistical
Second he didn't know that I know his agent really well - I
supply his agents acts with backing tracks and I've been personal
friends with his agent for years. So I know the TRUTH...and
the truth is the egotistical guy isn't getting as many gigs
this year as he was getting last year, PLUS his fee per gig
is less than it was last year!
The above story has an important
lesson for the new singer and entertainer...
Lots of entertainers out there
suffer from inflated egos. Try to recognise who they are early
on and take everything they say with a pinch of salt.
It's usually those with the least amount of talent who tend
to shout the loudest about "how good they are".
So don't be put off by the ego
maniac. Just ignore him. I've been in the music business for
many years and I've seen these kind of entertainers come and
Believe me, if you decide to venture in to this fantastic world
of entertainment and you can keep a level head, you'll still
be successfully working as a professional entertainer years
from now and earning a good living while "Mr Big potatoes"
will have long since left the music scene and will probably
be sweeping your street.
It's sad but true that some entertainers attempt to make themselves
look "big" by trying to make you feel "small".
Don't be intimidated by these guys. They
should be pitied rather than taken seriously.
However their put-downs can be enough to discourage a beginner
from getting involved in this great business we call show business...and
that's nothing short of a crime in my book.
There's an old showbiz saying which goes "Be nice to
people on the way up, because you'll meet them all again on
the way down..."
Memorize the above saying and repeat it to yourself every day.
If you're new to the music business and have just started out
singing or playing an instrument, then you will have met a few
nice fellow entertainers by now, especially if you've already
performed your first few gigs. Perhaps you've seen someone you
admire perform and are using him or her as a role model. You
may even have an experienced entertainer mentoring you. That's
But just be aware that there are more than a few sharks out
there, so be on the lookout for them. It can be a cut-throat
business and not everyone who offers to help you on the road
to stardom may be as well-intentioned as they may seem.
Don't be a big-head, no matter how good you think
you may be, and don't surround yourself with fellow entertainers
who are that way inclined either.
If you do, you'll find yourself with a very short career and
an unhappy ending to your venture in to the world of "showbiz".
Success in the entertainment world isn't as difficult to achieve
as people think.
If you have talent and a good attitude,
you're already way ahead of 90% of the others...
by Kenny Campbell
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