The Lost Art of Professionalism: So You Want To Be Talent?


I am very hard on talented people.

Partly because I consider myself one of them and I know how easy it can be to become lazy. Natural ability is a sexy lure, however, it is easily defeated by a hard work ethic.

Talented people are complex, anxious, and in need of encouragement to keep them motivated. For most, motivation comes in the form of financial gains which fuels passion.

For the fortunate, those gains are realized and a dream of currency becomes available for people who want to consume the talent’s abilities. The bigger the payout, the better the performance of the talented or you would think.

She Wasn’t Ready

Tiffany Haddish is a comedian. Since her breakout role in the movie Girls Trip, Haddish has entered the popular culture matrix.

Haddish tweets her disappointment in herself

Haddish tweets her disappointment in herself

With more attention come more scrutiny and the demand to perform. Recently, Haddish performed at the James L. Knight Center in downtown Miami for a New Year’s Eve show.

Haddish bombed to the disappointment of fans who clamored to have her ring in their New Year. They left, tweeted their angst, and Haddish has now lost trust with a portion of her substantial fanbase.

No Excuses

I’ve always told all the creative people in my life that there will always be a higher expectation of them. Many people sacrifice their true creative self for responsbilities sake.

Family obligations, work deliverables, and sheer disappointment at the unfairness of life.

Those who have persevered and received the benefit of luck have an obligation to those who support them.

Everyone has a bad day at work but there are other times that the talented have sabotaged their own greatness. Haddish admitted that she was drunk and partying in Miami before her performance which clouded her memory.

She forgot her jokes and tried to play off her failures with cheap self-deprecation. The fact remains, legacies are created and destroyed by the actions of the talent.

You are not allowed to get drunk, be sloppy, or short change the audience for continued success. No one owes an artist or talented person anything and to be received well is a blessing.

An artist’s job is to provoke thought, create emotion, and help others move past their own trials and tribulations. A bad day is a bad day but with an excuse like partying you have to understand that the audience will smell privilege and entitlement not a casual mistake.

Be mindful of your position and your obligation to the audience. No one said having a fun job was going to be easy, but on the bright side your fun, discipline, and consistency is rewarded.

That can only be viewed as a blessing.