Being honest and genuine is really uncomfortable on social media. The bar has been set really fucking high. The people you look at first when you're starting are always those with the most talent, the most likability, the most resources. I hope I'm not the only person who tries to take a photo or video of myself and feels like cringing when I compare myself to established entertainers. I figure if you're reading my blog it's because you're curious about me, I wanted to talk about the whole 'Stassi' image thing...
There's a formula people seem to follow when they're trying to become successful. You post upcoming events, photos, teasers, articles. Always make it seem like you're on the rise, always be positive, always act like you have a lot of fans. If you're a girl especially, post a lot of photos of yourself so people know you're attractive.
I guess I want to preface everything that comes next with this: I'm not going to try and maintain some consistent brand or image for my music. I'm going to keep trying new shit and I think statistically that means some of it might not be good. Also statistically some of it will be good. I'm not going to keep my opinions to myself if I feel like sharing, just so I seem more mysterious and innocuous. Yes I'm a musician, but I'm also just a boring old regular person who has no idea what I'm doing. I want to share the learning process with you.
I try not to take down old content too often because I want to show that I'm growing as I learn new things and I don't want someone to see my newest video and think that's how I've always sang or played or produced. That probably comes at the expense of maintaining the illusion that my current musical abilities originated from birth but, honestly, anyone believes that about me or other people is misguided. It's all practice, refining, and time. For everyone.
To those of you who get where I'm coming from, all I'm saying is I don't want any success with music if I can't feel like myself while doing it. And I don't want to be one of those entertainers that makes people feel bad about themselves. I don't want people to think I'm special. I want them to like and respect my music and to try and leave me out of it.
My only advice from doing this so far is to try not to be embarrassed by yourself. Be shameless. Remember that none of it matters. I promise to try and do the same.