“How to Destroy Your Music Career” by Billy Bob Thornton
By now, you might have seen the bizarre, uncomfortable, and strangely humorous video of Billy Bob Thornton making a fool out of himself in a way that only Hollywood types seem able to do. If not, it’s right here for you.
There are numerous things that can be said about this silly display, but one lesson that anyone who is working to promote music should glean from watching this video, is that story matters. Context matters. Your story makes you unique from all of the thousands of artist vying for the same attention of music fans. It brings interest to the music and provides the context in which your music can be interpreted.
In a very exaggerated way, Billy Bob shows us how idiotic a notion it is for an artist to remove themselves completely from their story, and since he demands it of his audience, he pretty much alienated anyone who might care or find his story interesting. Lucky for Billy Bob, if this interview permanently damages his music career, he can always go back to the land of make believe!