As it's Marilyn Monroe's 85th birthday, I've decided it would be appropriate to base this post on one of her many interesting quotes. In August 1972's edition of Ms. Magazine, Marilyn stated -
"I restore myself when I'm alone. A career is born in public — talent in privacy."
And that's the attitude to have.
So many artists rise to fame, particulalry in the electronic music scene, out of nowhere. The Streets were one of the first 'bedroom producers' to break into mainstream, and are still going strong. In Metal, Cloudkicker is making a decent laptop shaped dent into a previously band based genre. Both acts have created their sound inhome studios before unleashing it onto the unsuspecting public.
These artists (I'm grouping actresses, painters and those dudes on Leicester Square that make your name out of one piece of wire in together) spend time crafting their skill, getting it right and planning their work before they go out into the public domain. They had time to nurture their talent, and probably didn't take any of those early gig offers (that you shouldn't have taken as your not quite ready), but took anyway.
Practice makes perfect.
I hate that saying, cause it means you need to lock yourself away and get things wrong a million times before you can get where you want. When I think about it, and I wonder how John Bonham, Mix Master Mike and Marilyn Monroe got that good, I assume they just knew how to do it. God given talent and all that. Can you get that fluid, original and natural through repetative learning? Unfortuantely and fortunately yes, you can.
Unfortunately because now you have no excuse not to do what you want and fortuantely becuse the effects/result of practice/repetitive learning make success possible. You can create some of the best groove based drum patterns, tour with the Beastie Boys or get killed by The Kennedy's (allegedly) too!
Three steps to Monroe like success;
- Practice, practice, practice, sweat over your art, practice.
- Choose your platform carefully.
- Get out there.
Anything is possible, there is no reason to not learn guitar / apply for that acting role / be one of the first turntablists to play at Lava and Ignite. Do it, do it now.
One final piece of wisdom from a rocker that's lived the life and is still here to tell the tale;
"The idea of a band nowadays is 5 pretty boys, one with a tattoo, one with a shaved head, and on and on. What the fuck is that? I mean, I like Britney Spears, I think she's pretty, but I'm not from the Mickey Mouse Club - I'm from the Godzilla Club!"
Ozzy Osbourne - Guitar World - Issue 37, 2000.