This is quite possibly one of the songs I was most nervous about releasing. I wrote this song for a film I was supposed to underscore for in 2012; and although that project has been delayed a number of times, I still plan on using this song for Distant Star. Anxiety was written as a soundscape and…
The Mid Day Rant
I’m pretty sure most of you are artists like myself. Wait I’m an artist? Yes, and to be honest I’m very tired of not being treated like one. So, here’s a little consolation from Johnny Salib for those of you who are feeling the same way. Are you tired of not being treated like an artist? Are you tired of being treated like you’re untalented because you’re “not famous” or you don’t have tons of thousands of subscribers on YouTube? I find it hilarious when I show up onto set for some things and people respect me and live for every word I say, then as soon as people find out I’m a 20 year old boy they start disrespecting me. If I was hired to direct you, it means I have the talent to do so. I’m getting paid to sit here and tell you what to do or how to improve, thus my age should NOT matter. More so, everyone knows how tired I am of this popularity game on YouTube. Sometimes I want to sing with popular youtubers, wait… not even popular, because you’re still in the 5000 subscriber range. I’m still clocking in at 1,400 even though it’s been 2 years of being in that range. Are you worried I’m going to steal your subscribers? You shouldn’t be. I’m asking to post our duet on MY channel. I don’t care if you promote me. I like YOUR VOICE, not YOUR FOLLOWING. If I wanted your following I’d never offer to post something on MY channel.
I think my favourite thing anyone has told me is “John why don’t you just spend more time trying to promote your YouTube.” My answer: I don’t have THAT much time to spend on the internet. I do a lot of real life work. I’m not “a youtuber”, yes I get paid by YouTube, but who doesn’t now a days. More so, I don’t get paid THAT much by YouTube, so I have to do in real life work. Not even that, I’ll be REALLY honest here. I spend hours on end after I’ve worked during the day promoting my YouTube. I comment on a ton of singers YouTube videos giving them little hints and tricks on how to improve. I’m not one of those spammers who’s all like, “OMG WHAT MY VIDEO RAH RAH RAH!!!!” Not a thing.
I have spent good time and money on my art. I have my RCM Theory certificate, I have my voice certificate in singing, I have a stage combat licence (yes, that’s a thing), I have my SOCAN, I went to college for Theatre (not that that should be a credit for anything). and I’ve been working full time in the industry since. It’s pretty sad that none of those “certify” me to work full time and paid for the profession I am in. I’ve ranted about this in a video before. Art doesn’t “just happen”. You don’t just wake up one day with a symphony in your head. If you do, God bless your magical skills. It doesn’t just happen to me. I spend hours on end working my ass off. My favourite thing is. I’ve had a label pick me up, and then drop me because I was “gay”. How awesome is that. That’s actually why I haven’t gotten signed by another record label, because if labels feel like they have the right to drop me for my sexuality, goddamn! That’s why Distant Star is being released under my own will and my own label.
Before I go all apeshit on this keyboard about how unprofessional some people along the way of my career have been, I’m just going to say. Make your own job. It’s the best thing to do. Stop letting people dictate what you should do, and how you should do it. Just do what you do.
This has gotten awfully long. I’ll leave it here.