Anyway! A while ago I asked a really kind of silly question, about whether other countries are less preoccupied with defining people according to their jobs or their roles in society. NZ just seems to me to have a much more open attitude towards creative expression, and they are less concerned with defining people as "actors" or "musicians" or "artists" or whatever. There seems to be a fluidity to the arts scene, with everyone dabbling in each other's projects and crossing over from one medium to another without anyone batting an eye. Here in the US, it seems to me that it's an exception when that happens, that people seem almost suspicious of someone who is creatively well rounded. People seem to want to be able to categorize their artists and they don't appreciate it when you make that difficult for them, lol. I wonder if that carries over into society at large, if maybe Americans (I'm picking on us because it's what I know, lol) are just more prone to an urge to pigeonhole people than maybe other countries are.
So, the reason I bring all this up again is because today I was in the library reading Rolling Stone and I came across an interview with Brandon Flowers from The Killers. The interviewer asked him if he has been offered any movie roles. He says:
I have to say, I get annoyed with people that leapfrog around like that. It's like taking advantage of a situation that you've been given. If I were an actor, I'd be peed if I saw a musician trying to act. And if you're an actor, you have no business making an album, no matter how good you sound when you sing in the shower.
I guess it's safe to say Brandon Flowers is not a fan of FOTC, lol. Crazy, huh? Like, why in the world shouldn't you make an album, if you're musically talented and you want to? Just because you acted in a film? That's it, you're done, this is your only creative outlet FOREVER, you're doomed! It's just such a weird outlook but I feel validated in a way because I think deep down a lot of people feel this way. Is it because people are jealous of the opportunities successful artists have? Does it seem self-indulgent? I'm sure in some cases it is, but it doesn't HAVE to be and I'd even say, often it isn't. And why would someone be peed because a creative person decided to explore another medium?
Sorry to go on and on but this is a really interesting phenomenon to me. I guess the only thing we can really take from all this is that Brandon Flowers has some issues, lol.