About masks and artists (and Sia)

It’s christmas. Time to forget and forgive, time to spend with the family, humans friends and non-human friends. Time to give and receive, and, why not, time to be joyful about the things we have in our lives. It’s also time for us, artists to think about what we gonna do in the near future, because the new year is around the corner and we want to start with the right foot this new adventure: improving, enjoying and making tons of money. Living the dream, you know what I mean, right?

Because of that, I want to share this reflection about the masks we use. You see, masks are no uncommon to artists and content creators (especially on the internet). But I’m not talking about a literal mask like having an avatar or don’t showing your face in your youtube videos. I’m talking about one mask (or masks) that can hurt the creations we make. I’m talking about the fact that we are not true to ourselves and we want so desesperately to attract people to our works, that we end doing the very same thing that we criticize about others: being fake.

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I believe almost every creator that had reached certain amount of madurity can understand this. Art requires passion and compromise, and if you hate the very subject you are trying, that will reflect in your work. That’s why the vast majority of Marvel comics sucks nowadays: because these persons are not interested in the superhero genre at all. They hate it and it shows.

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I had been really fascinated with Sia lately. That’s becasue she delivers quality and it is at the same time highly commercial. She often use a mask (a literal one) but she is very honest about the subjects she is singing about. Alcoholism, self esteem, depression, drugs. All that stuff that she has passed thru. And to talk/sing about the very same demons that hunt you is an act of honestity that I admire.sia2

It’s christmas. Let’s be honest with ourselves. I think we deserve it and our public deserve it too 🙂

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