Why Do You Want To Be An Artiste???

The heat and excitement of Anugerah can be felt for the past week or so when I listen to the local Malay radio stations. Ok granted that RIA 897FM is the official radio station of the said competition, so speaking about it and promoting it on a daily basis is a given responsibility to whoever that anchors their respective daily programmes. But before we embark on this journey to find the next big thing in our local music industry, I have a question to ask these wannabes as well as those that are already well-immersed in their passion.

So why do you want to be an artiste??? Is it because:

  1. You love performing on stage???
  2. You are living the dream???
  3. You love the adulation of fans and supporters???
  4. You are in it for glamour, fame and fortune???
  5. You wanna score with the chicks???
  6. You hope to win awards during awards shows???
  7. You see this as a get-rich-quick scheme???
  8. You want people to appreciate your talents, voice, compositions etc???
  9. You see this as a passport to wining and dining at lavish parties and being invited to it???
  10. You feel this will guarantee you a stable income???
  11. This is your passion and you are sure of it, no matter how measly you earn???

Ok perhaps some of you might be shocked as to why I suddenly come out with this provocative entry. As you all know, there wouldn’t be smoke without fire, or what we like to say “Pohon takkan bergoyang kalau angin tak bertiup“. I was surfing around when I chanced upon a lament made by a local artiste as to why there is no award / award shows specifically for Singaporean artistes.

I believe the reason to postpone the once-publicised Anugerah HitzSG event had already been made in the local media and this is no thanks to the current economic climate the world is facing at the moment. While I have to sympathise with all our local artistes out there for the postponement of the event, I believe that their true intentions in being an artiste should not stray away. Yes it is nice to be acknowledged and you feel that your hard work has paid off with an award or so, but really, does getting an award guarantees your longevity in the industry???

I might be wrong but this is what I personally believe in that:

An award is a temporary recognition, and not the right gauge as to how great an artiste is, or a guarantee that they would last a lifetime in their career, or the decisive factor that their stock would rise, or their albums sales would shoot off the roof. If you are in this career hoping for recognition, awards and praises, then I guess your sincerity has deviated and that you are only in this for the fame and glamour of it all. A true and sincere artiste would go about doing their own thing and not care whether they get an award or not.

It has to be said that this is not a personal attack on the artiste who triggered this entry to be typed. Neither am I accusing him / her of anything. In fact I have to thank the person for igniting something that got me thinking. The paragraph above goes out to all artistes and wannabes out there. It should be a timely reminder to the young upstarts, seeing that we have both the Anugerah and Singapore Idol competitions coming up. Your rightful intentions should be pristine and clear. Only then will you succeed well, even if your path is laced with obstacles and hardships. Oh, plus you need a lot of patience, inner strength, faith and self-belief as well. Apologies if my words rile certain quarters and I come across as a know-all…

Author: Pujangga Malam™

Well-known on RIA 89.7FM as a controversial and sensational critic able to invoke thought-provoking and sometimes, fiery responses from fellow listeners. Have since evolved into a distinguished blogger of reputable claim with takes on the Malay entertainment industry and football-related matters. Brutally honest and believes in only reporting the truth as I see, hear or experience it. Self-styled critic who does not mince his words and is definitely a non-conformist.

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