As an ordinary person, people would still judge you for how you look, how you dress, how you speak and what you do.
Last year, there was a lot of buzz about Pulse as a result of our reviews, #PulseList 2015 and of course “#FactsOnly with Osagie Alonge”. It was interesting to note that across the debates on social media, some people could not separate fact from opinion and vice versa.
Are you an artist dealing with criticism? Well it’s part of the journey to success. If you were not a singer/actor/producer/director, you would still be criticized. As an ordinary person, people would still judge you for how you look, how you dress, how you speak and what you do.
Truth be told without the outside judgement, some of you are your own worst critics and that can probably explain why that music or movie review has got you feeling super depressed.
It’s just the way it is. The more you follow your passion and excel; the more eyeballs follow you and want to deconstruct you and your art. Sadly you have to get used to it if you are determined to achieve whatever goal you’ve set for yourself.
You got a bad review? Rather than quitting or threatening to kill anyone who writes about you or taking them to court, why don’t you go down an easier route - read the review again. What exactly did they say?
There are different forms of criticism: there’s the destructive criticism and there’s constructive criticism.
Destructive criticism points out the flaws of a person and verbally assaults the artist or their art with no intent of correction.
Constructive criticism on the other hand not only points out the flaws but gives practical advice on how a person can correct their blunders.
You’ve read the review. Now sieve out the facts from opinion. If the article/reviewer says they hate afrobeat music and you are an afrobeat artist, well then, there’s not much you can do about their opinion. If the review says, the songs need to be mastered, then that’s something you can work on in your next production.
When Wizkid released his “Ayo” album there was mixed reviews. Some people thoughy it was great, while some others didn’t. These reviews have not stopped him from being a shooting star. Since his sophomore album dropped, he’s made more music, performed across the world, gained international recognition, signed endorsement deals and made even more money.
My point is: when you get negative feedback about your art (music/movie), don’t take it personally. Learn from it. And if it’s just a hateful opinion, brush it off and keep creating beautiful art.