It’s hard out here for a geek…
But it has increasingly became harder for a true up and coming artist to stand out from the crowd as easily as they used to.
Dope is a crime comedy written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa. It follows three kids from the hood streets of L.A. as they go from outcasts to street slingers in just a matter of days, all by accident. It is beautifully written, methodically shot, and with it’s brilliant cast and star power, the film was meant to succeed since the start of production.
A reoccurring theme throughout the film is the concept of Perception vs. Reality as the main characters slip by unnoticed by most for how they look and how they carry themselves rather than for what they truly do or who they are in secret. The theme is examined and intertwined within countless scenes throughout the experience and along with ending up being one of the stronger messages of the work, it keeps the film cohesive and impressing.
On the account of how this concept refers to our daily lifestyles, let’s look to the world wide web. Today, so many outlets exist for artists to be discovered that weren’t even a seed in anyone’s mind during the era’s of Motown, The Rat Pack, Gangsta Rap, British Invasion and so many other musical movements in our history. Our youth now has access to SoundCloud, YouTube, MySpace, Instagram, Tumblr. and more allowing us to express and showcase ourselves as the hottest thing on the planet.
With the sprout up of television shows like, American Idol, The Voice, So You Think You Can Dance – and other remaining reality shows that try to introduce new artists to the stage, you would expect people to be hitting the mainstream eye left and right. You would expect that some of the top artists in the charts would be kicked to the curb. You would expect that these new artists would have room made for them to last them until their dying years.
But sadly that isn’t true…
Instead, a lot of our youth and even more of the elder listeners look at the charts and wonder how some artists even get there or how they’ve been able to maintain their spot with so little work. Most artists who’ve made it, seem to barely break a sweat. But whether they deserve to have that luxury or not isn’t as crucial and terrifying as the flip side of the coin.
While on a daily basis it seems that new talent with poor quality work are being discovered, artists who clearly have a career plan and an unprecedented amount of determination and passion for what they do are increasingly being skipped over. Why? EVERYONE BELIEVES THEY HAVE WHAT IT TAKES. Standards for the music industry have honestly dropped since the mid-2000s. Since the internet began to take such a toll on record companies and then became the newest resource for finding new faces to place in the industry, record labels would only sign the artist who randomly went viral with 10,000,000 views the night before – just so they could get a quick, big, fat, check for the bank.
Instagram has allowed everyone to pose as photographers, Tumblr. has developed a station for aspiring bloggers, SoundCloud has been filled to the brim with fervent emotional musicians, singers, rappers and songwriters – but for every one kid who has been working since birth to fulfill his dream, there are triple and double sums of citizens who just started yesterday or just want to try this out.
Perception is usually created and formed by a person due to who they surround themselves by, how they were raised and how insistent they are in learning, at least in my opinion. Reality only shatters someone who isn’t ready to face the truth about themselves or others…
is a multi-talented actor, recording artist, filmmaker, and entertainment entrepreneur with M. StageScene Communications, Corp. Royale is a graduate and adjunct professor of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music (where he also earned a minor in Cinema Studies). Royale also is a graduate of the acclaimed Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts, where he studied Drama. Royale hails from St. Albans, Queens — a neighborhood that was once home to many legendary musicians, such as James Brown, John Coltrane, Billie Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Lena Horne, A Tribe Called Quest, and Count Basie.