VINCENT on… "I Wanna Be A Movie Star"

9 Sep

It’s a funny thing about showbiz. When I was a kid, I knew I was “different” (no jokes, please) and was SURE I’d enter The Business when I grew up. But then the Real World intervened.

Fact is – nearly all of the people who DO enter showbiz do so after a firm grounding in a STAGE SCHOOL (like Italia Conti) – paid for by their rich parents, who figure their little girl/boy is “special”.

Of course, some of them ARE – and they are the ones who just MIGHT succeed.

Others STUMBLE into it (an Open Mike night – someone wants a specialist journalist for a show – or they achieve fame via a different route and then cross over).

But I didn’t do ANY of that. My parents were POOR and after I left school, I had to earn a LIVING.

At various times, I ALMOST blundered into it (I was a semi-pro DJ for a while, among other things) but it never quite happened.

The problem is – EVERYBODY thinks they can be a movie star or whatever – but only one in a THOUSAND has the GIFT. But that still means there are THIRTY THOUSAND-odd people in the Uke WITH that gift. Thus even if you DO have it – your chances of success are barely one in a hundred.

Okay – one in TEN, if your idea of success is working in local rep, with the occasional TV or movie bit-part, your whole life.

Plus, in addition to talent (where mine is LIMITED, to say the least) you need LUCK (again, limited) and ENORMOUS DEDICATION with NO FEAR OF REJECTION – which is why I fall WAY short.

So these days, my contribution to The Business is in the area of PROMOTION. As an unofficial “VJ” on YouTube, I am less a performer (although I have done a FEW live bits there) than a SHOWMAN – promoting the talents of OTHERS.

Over 1,600 uploads, on 33 channels – with thus far, OVER FIFTEEN MILLION HITS. SIXTY THOUSAND EVERY DAY, right now. My reward is not financial (sadly!) but I achieve contact with friends of, relatives of – and occasionally the ACTUAL stars themselves, whose work I “promote” (Tom Mullica himself recently contacted me, after his piece went VIRAL, with nearly two MILLION hits to date) – and that is nice.

But even nicer is the public “fan-mail” I get. Tonight I answered just a PIECE of it – and communicated with people from Britain, America, Russia, Chile and Malta. And we spoke of things that were common to us both.

Furthermore, I linked one of my Fifties Rock ‘N’ Roll pieces on YouTube – which a 15-year-old had said showed what REAL Pop was like – to my piece on The History Of Pop And Dance, on WordPress. Then I steered him to it.

I have already shamelessly linked relevent WordPress pieces to my top YouTube “earners”, in order to promote THEM!

Then – there IS always that WRITTEN work. As one of the top million or so non-fiction writers in the English language (!) my well-over-500 posts on WordPress, plus the book and short story (and a number of movie crits on IMDb) earn around one hundred hits a day (79,000 thus far).

Okay – that’s pitifully tiny, compared to my A/V pieces (but like I always say: no-one READS anymore) – however, at least THOSE efforts are all MINE!

So there it is: fame – of a kind – at last! I am FAR to long in the tooth to consider entering The Business now. In any case – I am happily RETIRED to Thailand and have responsibilities here.

But by becoming a “columnist” and low-rent P.T. Barnham – I make a difference.

In the time it has taken YOU to read THIS – FIFTY PEOPLE, from all around the World, have been entertained by something I have uploaded into the Public Domain – and YOU just read THIS!

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One Response to “VINCENT on… "I Wanna Be A Movie Star"”

  1. Jay Liotta September 9, 2011 at 10:08 pm #

    Well done Vincent, and keep on entertaining the planet! It’s a funny thing but You Tube has in six short years done what Rupert Murdoch could only dream about, and that is: establish a Global TV Network that cuts across all Borders and Cultures. Two-way interaction has always been much more stimulating than the Broadcast Networks’ “my loyal zombie” approach.

    With reference to entering The Business, it was 1970 when I was at an ITV Station on the studio floor when a “Live” evening magazine programme was being transmitted. The “Host” had entered the studio an hour before on-air time to do a camera rehearsal and the floor manager passed him the script for that evenings show. He read it and then placed it on the rostrum beside him and never made reference to it again.

    That was impressive. In those days there was no autocue, you had to read or memorize or ask the director for cue cards. I later found out that “The Host” had a previous career as a “B” movie actor in the fifties, the turn-around on those films was not that of a main feature. There was not film stock to waste. If you wanted to work you had to know your lines. The small number of people who do enter The Business and make it are called “The Talent” or as I preferred to call that guy, Mr Professional!

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