If you get to know me, I'm many things. Among those things:
--I'm a talent pro who loves finding people who are good at what they do, and passionate about their craft.
--I'm a guy who played a lot of basketball, and like all white guys who played hoops at the college level, I liked rap a lot at one point in my life. It kind of goes with the territory.
Those two things make me uniquely qualified to judge Joaquin Phoenix and the stage he's going through. You didn't hear? Phoenix is giving up acting, because he's got a bigger mission in life - he wants to become a hip-hop star.
More on the next Eminem/celebrity train wreck from David Germain of the AP:
Phoenix has been spending his time laying down tracks for a rap album in the recording studio he built at his home, the two-time Academy Award nominee said Tuesday in an interview to promote what he claims is his final movie, "Two Lovers."
After video hit the Internet last month capturing part of Phoenix's debut rap performance at a Las Vegas club, speculation swirled that he was perpetrating an elaborate practical joke.
"I don't know where that comes from," Phoenix said. "If it comes from people that I've had a falling out with, that are (ticked) off at me?"
The video shows Phoenix, in a long, scraggly beard, rapping nearly inaudibly and ends with him losing his footing and falling off the stage. It was an inauspicious start, but Phoenix was adamant that his hip-hop career is real."
Joaquin... I feel your pain. At one point, I wanted to be Eric B/Rakim, KRS-One or Jam Master Jay. I'm now a VP of HR. Of course, I was 20 at the time and you have the decided advantage of unlimited money and time to chase your dream, along with the fact that your celebrity will allow you to be booked for gigs as you work through your own personal "8-mile".
From a talent perspective, it's a train wreck. Note to those with talent. Find your niche, nurture it, keep it warm and yield the results of your singular focus in the years to come. Don't make the mistake of thinking your talents are generalist in nature and transferable to any industry.
I don't want to crush dreams and hard work. Some industries you can transfer your skills to, yes. But hip-hop? Please...
Still, love the crazy beard you're sporting, Joaquin. You look like Ted Kaczynski on the cover of Time or Rick Rubin in the 99 Problems video he did with Jay-Z.
You'll need all the props you can find in lieu of actual hip-hop talent... Well played...