“I had warped ideas about what I had to do to be heard and to be successful.”
Sam Smith won four prizes at the 2015 Grammy Awards: song and record of the year, new artist and pop vocal album.
He has commented that before his success he had struggled with fame and being authentic.
“It was very hard, I struggled every day to try and be myself. I had warped ideas about what I had to do to be heard and to be successful. I started losing weight, wearing crazy clothes.”
He blossomed as an artist, though, “when I started being myself…”
[From Grammys 2015: Sam Smith’s big day seemed almost inevitable by Randall Roberts, Los Angeles Times Feb 9 2015.]
His “In the Lonely Hour,” released in June 2014 was the largest-selling debut and one of the year’s biggest releases. Smith comments:
“It’s a sad album. And it’s lonely. But there’s a fearlessness in it. The fact that I’m talking about my emotions and my deepest and darkest feelings. I think people like that. I’d like to feel like I’m saying the things people maybe can’t say.”
‘Smith admits he’s had “more issues in the past year with people having issues with my sexuality than I’ve had in my entire life.”‘
“It’s new ground for me to deal with. I’m gay, and I’m very, very proud to be gay. But for some people it’s like you saying you love the color blue and someone going, ‘But you don’t,'” he said, breaking into a laugh.’ …
‘If he feels any burden in the prospect of becoming the first openly gay man to win a Grammy, Smith doesn’t show it: “If I win, it would be incredible. OK, I’m the first openly gay man, and that would be an amazing thing, but I try not to think about that stuff. A Grammy’s a Grammy. A singer’s a singer. A boy’s a boy,” he said.’
From Sam Smith isn’t afraid to tell it like it is by Gerrick D. Kennedy, Los Angeles Times Feb 5 2015.
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The fear of being authentic and unique.
In his book The War of Art: Winning the Inner Creative Battle, Steven Pressfield writes about a number of challenges we may face as creative people, including our fear that we can transcend the mundane, to “become the person we sense in our hearts we truly are.”
“For a long, long time, I really tried to be something I’m not, somebody who’s not gay. And I have to say it ruined my life in a lot of ways.” Kelly McGillis
There are many ways, subtle and not so subtle, that we hide who we really are. Covering up of our authentic selves can be deeply hurtful and keep us from growing and using our talents.
Coming out is described by many people as a crucial and liberating experience.
If you are creating in an area of creative expression other than music, such as writing a book, you will also benefit from being truthful to who you really are.
“Accessing your authentic message and writing your transformational book is one of the most powerful things you will ever do for yourself, your readers, your business and ultimately – the world.” Christine Kloser
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Article publié pour la première fois le 09/02/2015