All of us as artists has dealt with this at some point in all of our careers,whether it be good or bad. Good or bad, that’s just it…criticism is nothing but subjective. Everyone has different opinions about everything whether it be the clothes they like, the best kind of food, the best books or art, music perhaps? But when is criticism not fair??
Perhaps when one makes a judgement based on false facts, or something they know NOTHING about. It’s kinda like that one popular kid in high school that spreads rumors about someone , and everyone believes them. You can do nothing about it , and you feel helpless as you watch your world crumble to pieces.
That’s kind of how an artist or musician feels when the media attacks. All we want to do is express ourselves. We are the only ones that actually have the guts to share our most personal experiences, maybe even make a whole album based on a diary or journal. And critics basically rip you up for how you feel…as if they are SOOOO perfect and never had a problem in their lives.
What is even more unfair is when you see something written about you , let’s say a show review. Good or bad, that review is unjust if the writer wasn’t even there to begin with. That’s like saying a certain food is gross when you have never even tried it, or a book is horrible just cuz you read alittle preview from the inside jacket. So you’ve listened to my CD, but you haven’t seen me live, so until you do I don’t wanna hear a damn thing about how my show went. If you’re gonna write about me, at least have the decency to show up .
One other thing. IMAGE.
Every artist, band, musician has one. One LARGE thing that critics can’t seem to deal with , is the fact that PEOPLE CHANGE. People grow up. Especially if you are in your teens, going into 20s. It’s an awckward stage in life, for anyone going through that age bracket now, or anyone who remembers being there…we have all matured at some point, whether it was meant to happen or not. If we’re wearing the same clothes, doing the same hairstyle, and singing the same songs forever, well that is like eating the same dish every single night for dinner. MONOTONOUS. People don’t know the meaning of the word EVOLUTION, how bout a change? If not , well then, WOW I’m sorry that you are BORING.
Last but certainly NOT least…if you are going to compare ME to Britney Spears, then you obviously are getting too old to be a music critic if you can’t see the difference between: A) a girl who lipsynchs, dances to pre-recorded backing tracks, wears what people tell her to, and has no control over writing the songs, and B) ME, a girl who writes her own stuff, plays it LIVE with my own INSTRUMENT, sings with my own LIVE voice, and wears whatever the fuck I want, then maybe it’s time for you to retire, grandpa.
Now believe me , I take CONSTRUCTIVE criticism and apply it in such a way so I can learn and grow from it. But this is just false garbage.
Well that is all I have to say…
For all of you Artists/Musicians/Writers/Directors out there who feel the same way I do..this is for you!
Much love ,
Comment From Mark Skrzypczak
I feel the same way. the worse criticism I recieved was from a professor about my writing when I was working on the student paper. I asked what the fuck I’m I doing wrong and I’ll fix it. Ends up after that point I gained respect from him.
The second worst criticism is people talking about my shit saying its good without telling me why? What makes it good? Are you telling this so you won’t break my feelings? Or you weren’t paying attention or didn’t read it? Why date someone who doesn’t seem interested in supporting what you do? (That’s another blog lol)
The third is when a crowd isn’t feeling you and gives you applause. you can’t win every night but when people applaud cause they feel obligated it’s rough. I have nights where people are so into it I feel I keep pouring more out of me into it to the point I almost pass out. Once in awhile people are like, “Who in the hell does this guy think he is running his mouth?”
Critics are a tough kind and I find myself swimming in both waters. but I feel you doll.
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