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Comedians Want To Be Actors, Actors Want To Be Singers And Singers Want To Be Clothing Designers

Updated on July 1, 2009

I’ve never understood why when people find some fame doing one thing they seem to want to do something else. It sort of reminds me of the old Marilyn Monroe song from There’s No Business Like Show Business, “After you get what you want you don’t want it.” What people fail to realize is that while they may think they’re talented in more than one area they should never forget Michael Jordan’s baseball career. (I know, what a straight sports reference from me, right?) Comedians want to be actors, actors want to be singers and singers want to be clothing designers – Don’t Get Me Started!

I remember the first time I heard them introduce someone on the MTV music awards as a “triple threat” now having grown up in theatre a triple threat has always meant someone who could sing, act and dance. Imagine my disgust and surprise when I found out that a “triple threat” in the world of MTV is a Singer, Actor and Clothing Designer. Well, here’s the deal, I know that there are some out there who will disagree with me but come on, do you really think any of the mock-lebrities are really doing any designing? Sure they may pick out a fabric or say, “I don’t like that” but actually designing? I don’t think so.

I almost fell on the floor when I heard that Ryan Seacrest was designing t-shirts. Wow, how does he do it? It’s got to be hard to have such an overexposed career as the dullest celebrity in recorded history and then have to decide what to put on a t-shirt – that is if you’re four and in an art class learning the classic and oh so difficult art form of tie dye. Justin Timberlake has a clothing line too that he designs with his best friend from childhood. Another eye roll. And let’s not forget Beyonce, cause her mother did so well dressing her and the other two when they were Destiny’s Child, right?

But perhaps the worst are the new triple threats like Jamie Foxx. Look, I liked him on In Living Color, thought he did a really good impersonation of Ray Charles in “Ray” (impersonation, not an Academy Award winning acting performance) and was not good at all in Dreamgirls but now with him trying to get his music career going with the recent performance on the BET awards we may have just found the biggest winner in the loser celebrity cross over career Olympics. With the evening dedicated to Michael Jackson, I think we all learned a really valuable lesson. That lesson is that the Michael Jacksons of the world were real talent. At the risk of sounding like an eighty year old, these performers who were on this show just showed exactly how unique real talent is and that they don’t have much. You see there’s a reason why people shy away from singing a Barbara Streisand song and we now know why people should stay away from Michael Jackson songs. I’m not interested in you “making it your own” like they tell the kids on American Idol, certain songs should just be sung the way they’re supposed to be sung, period.

My mother used to say to me, “Do what you know.” And for the most part I have the same advice to these mock-lebrities and them thinking they’re something more than what they are, this is exactly what turned child actors to drugs and some of us from even pausing on certain television stations we used to watch like MTV anymore. And by the way, does MTV even play music anymore? Or is it just filling it’s programming with bad reality shows? Could it be possible they have the same disease? That they’re a music network that wants to be a network of television shows? Comedians want to be actors, actors want to be singers and singers want to be clothing designers – Don’t Get Me Started!

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    • RachaelLefler profile image

      Rachael Lefler 6 years ago from Illinois

      Yeah, the clothing thing. And I've noticed almost every female who's ever been famous thinks she HAS to put out a perfume. But big surprise, Britney and Paris don't make as good of perfumes as the real fragrance people at Chanel and Tommy Hilfiger and other REAL perfume makers.

      And most talented people are only good at one thing. Will Smith did cheesy rap music but is awesome as an actor. Britney Spears makes hits that are great to dance to but have you seen that atrocious movie she was in? You have to find what you're good at and stick with it or you'll embarrass yourself.