收藏:不好意思,你真的想当明星?

Excuse me, do u really wanna be a star?
(2012-07-31
● Xu Huanliang
Floating on water

21st century is the time of star-searching television.

In 2001, England started Pop Idol. The American Idol had a cool start in 2002.Hunan TV started the ball rolling in the Mandarin speaking world through its SUPER programme in 2004. The poisonous tongues of Taiwan in 2006, the alumnus of the Singapore Superstar programme started in 2005 had been building on their contest experience and participated in various competitions and further trainings in the Superstars school.

Star Search programmes had initiated a whole generation of youngsters with the “Sing if you want to” attitude. Youngsters chasing the stardom had been packaged into having the courage to realize their dreams. A decade of Star searching had produced a pack of newbies wanting to usurp the thrones of Heavenly Kings and Queens in the industry.

The main concerns of the star search newbies are mainly how to activate enough votes, how to increase their popularity and achieve stardom overnight.

Once, during an overseas star search, a very good-looking female participant came.

“Why did you participate?”

“My friends said I sing very well and I can be a star.”

“How do you think you sing personally?”

“I think I do quite ok. I like to sing very well and hope that you will give me a chance to groom me. ”

“Have you go through any professional singing training?”

“No, I don’t have money.” She was dressed in high-end products, maybe she had a sponsor. Obviously, the sponsor doesn’t think it is necessary to lay a strong foundation.

“Taken any dancing lessons?”

“No, I don’t have the time. School work had been busy. ”

“Have you joined any singing or dancing competitions or performances in school?”

“No, I am an introvert. But if you give me a chance, I will work hard. ”

I do not understand such this logic.

Imagine how can someone who had never learnt to write, spelling, sentence structure and comprehension, have the abilities to author a touching piece of work that moved masses? Only because he has dreams, plans, drive and a willing boss who is willing to give chances.

If our values are twisted, we will always lose to others at the starting point, watching other Asians such as the Koreans moving forward in leaps and bounds, producing excellent results while we are running on the spot, complaining and reasoning that with the large Chinese population, we have a larger market than the Americans, who cares about the Koreans!

That day, I knew a Chinese artiste who grew up in the North America.

“Reminicising about my younger days, I fall in love with performing. That’s why I spent a lot of time learning singing, dancing and acting. Practicing and practicing before slowly realizing that I had the ability to influence audiences. That’s how I became an artiste.

“However, many Asian youths dreamt of becoming a star. Yet, when it comes to putting in the efforts, they do not seem to be as keen. What they are concerned with is: are there guarantees of signing on with a big company? How much money is the company willing to invest on them?

“If they become popular by chance, they will only put in some last minute efforts to learn something for presentation in variety shows.

Next time, any potential participants who do not want to “waste” their time, please ask themselves,

“Excuse me, do u really wanna be a star?”

Translated by passingsights.

Thoughts: Yes, I really wanna be a… scriptwriter, a Chinese Drama scriptwriter. I still persist in this. For this dream, I returned to school, read books on various topics, repeatedly watched shows of high ratings to analyze their productions methodologies and angles, thinking about incidents taking place daily to work them into scenes and episodes.

In a sunset industry, hiring opportunities are limited. But I won’t give up. I really do not want to give up. Therefore, my option is to persist on. I always visit websites for job opportunities, sometimes a few times each day. Very silly but up till now, I cannot leave it.

Some media people told me that he had spent his whole life trying to get out of the media industry. The reasons being media industry is not as glamorous. In the landscape of the rising new media, television is being seen as the inefficient sunset machinery in need of large investments in manpower, resources and finances but limited in investment returns.

I did not want to be a Chinese drama scriptwriter because I thought this industry seemed to be glamorous. I wanted to be a Chinese Drama scriptwriter because I missed the exciting feeling to being totally into the latest work that one is currently working on, the adrenaline of researching on a new idea that is deemed to be viable. This is very mesmerizing. For this, I am willing to work hard and persist on, finding chances. I believe that with hard work and determination, Iwill succeed one day.

不好意思,你真的想当明星?
(2012-07-31
许环良
水上飘

21世纪,是电视选秀节目的世纪。

英国的Pop Idol在2001年掀开序幕,美国的American Idol2002年首播很酷,湖南卫视2004年在华人世界“超级”胜出,台湾2006年毒舌够毒,新加坡经过了2005年“绝对superstar”洗 礼后的各种super秀,今年终于升级到“明星学院”,把选手关起来培训照顾。

选秀节目燃烧了一代“想唱就唱”的冲动,年轻人追逐明星之路被包装成“勇敢追求梦”,晃眼十年选秀风,一堆选秀新人起哄,貌似要挑战歌坛天王天后宫。

选手们最关心的是,如何发动投票,如何暴增人气,如何一夜成名。

有一次海选,来了一位长得很正的女生。

“你为什么来参赛?”

“我朋友都说我唱歌很好,可以当明星。”

“你自己觉得你唱得怎样?”

“还可以吧!我很喜欢唱歌,希望你可以给个机会,捧红我。”

“你受过正规的歌唱训练吗?”

“没有,我没有钱。”她一身名牌,可能是有金主。显然,金主并不主张要打好基础。

“学过舞蹈吗?”

“没有,没有时间,学校功课很忙。”

“学校里有参加过歌唱比赛或舞台表演吗?”

“没有,我比较内向。可是如果你给机会我,我会努力的。”

我搞不懂,搞不懂这样的逻辑。

想象一个从来没有认真学过认字、听写、造句、作文的人,究竟有无可能,突然一天变成大作家令人羡慕入神?只凭着他有理想、有想法、有热忱,只要老板肯给机会入门,一定会红得很。

如果价值观扭曲了视线,我们就永远输在起跑点,只能眼睁睁的看着同样是黄皮肤的韩国人的音乐,经过了十多年的飞跃,逼近了世界十大音乐市场的大门口对决,而我们竟还在意淫地抱怨,反正中国人最多,肯定比美国市场还大,韩国人算什么!

那天,认识了一位在北美养成的华裔艺人。

“回想自己小时候,是先喜欢表演艺术,所以花很多的时间去学唱歌、学跳舞、学戏剧,练习练习再练习,慢慢的长大以后,发觉自己有了感染观众的能力,才变成一个艺人。

“可是,好多亚洲的年轻人,成天发明星梦,对练习的付出却没热忱也不积极,他们在乎的是,有没有保证签约大公司?公司要投多少钱在他们身上?

“不小心红了,上综艺节目为了秀才艺,才来上课恶补应急。”

下次哪位不想“浪费”时间的人,最好问一下自己:

Excuse me, do u really wanna be a star?

收藏感言:Yes, I really wanna be a… scriptwriter, a Chinese Drama scriptwriter. 是的,我的梦想是要当编剧。我仍然坚持着。为了这梦想,我重返校园、读各式各样不同领域的书籍、重复看了不同地区高收视率的连续剧好研究它们的幕后工程、日常生活中也无时无刻想着如何把生活中的小趣事改编成为戏剧情节、如痴如醉。

夕阳工业,聘请新人的机会渺茫,但我不愿意放弃。我真的不愿意放弃,所以我只能坚持。总是到相关公司网页的聘请栏目找是否有聘请启示,一天可以上好几次。很傻,但是自目前为止,我放不下。

有圈内人对我说他花了毕生的精力就为了离开媒体业。不为什么,就因为媒体不是外界所见的那么风光,在新媒体的崛起,电视戏剧已是动用大量人力、物力与资金,但回报却不多的夕阳工业。

我想当编剧并不是因为这行业看起来风光。我想当编剧是因为我很想念那种创作时候的全心全意投入、想到可进一步探讨的新点子时的那种兴奋。这些,是会让人着迷的。为此,我愿意继续努力、加油,找机会。我深信,只要努力、坚持,总有一天会成功的。

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