4.29.11 Adam News & Info Apr 29, 2011 8:40:54 GMT -5
Post by lynne on Apr 29, 2011 8:40:54 GMT -5
I totally get what you're saying. And I was not trying at any point to defend Adam against your words. I know all of your concern comes from a good place. My skin isnt thick either.
But their skin has to be thick. Otherwise they simply wont make it in the music industry. Adam is the living proof of this.
My guess is that if you could have heard the tone of the interview, and Adam speaking the words, his remarks would have sounded much kinder. He made sure to make a statement about Durbin's talent and passion before giving constructive criticism. The interviewer also could have asked Adam directly what constructive criticism he would give those particular
idols. Interviewers can piece the story together to make it fit their agenda when taken out of context. This journalist led into the story in a way designed to basically capitalize on fan wars.
In a magazine I read recently, maybe Esquire, Christian Bale did an interview with a reporter in which Bale stipulated the question answer format was all he would allow in order to try to control for that kind of thing. The interviewer mentioned it up front and wasn't that happy with the restrictions but had to make do. I like reading interviews in that format because they are the most objective.
One actor my husband works with is known for never doing interviews at all so that nothing he says can be taken out of context.
In any case, growing up in musical theater, and auditioning for so many parts and roles has probably made Adam more matter of fact about giving and receiving criticism. I'm sure it is all a regular facet of his life.
People in the entertainment industry do need to develop thick skins. They need to learn to listen to criticism, process it as objectively as possible, learn from it where they can, and let it roll off of their backs at the end of their own evaluative process. If they can't do this, they will be eaten up.
Sorry to go on, but with two sons trying to pursue careers in music and film, this is close to my heart. Ironically, the one studying film at NYU posted this as his facebook status this morning, lol.
“Unless a reviewer has the courage to give you unqualified praise, I say ignore the bastard.” - John Steinbeck