The "Era of Reality TV", a time that will be known for its unimaginative shows that feed off the basic human interest and curiosity for nonsense. Sprinkled with a dash of pseudo celebrity and D list lifestyle you have what has become a luring trap for many an upcoming artist.
The issue is truly two-fold. When reality shows were first becoming big you had the legitimate artist who with real development and grooming could honestly be something big. These individuals show the skills to get on said show and through a mixture of unruly room mates, absurd situations and ego maniacal bosses the will and spirit of a once hopeful artist is damaged severely by the 3 ring circus he/she was just a part of. What they thought was a showcase for talent was really just a gimmick to get line the pockets of the show creators.
As time marched on real artists learned to avoid some of these shows but that opened space for new characters. You have an unlimited wave of would be rappers, singers and hustlers that watched these programs and say, "Hey that's easy. I can do that." They no longer aim to get the grass roots success and truly grow to be a valuable and attractive commodity. No, they shot exclusively for the reality T.V slot. They will "Turn up" to get their 15 minutes of attentions and if some music comes from that so be it. The idea that "any exposure is good exposure" is corrupting many who think they'll actually be respected after these shows have milked their hopes and dreams for millions in TV ad dollars.
Some find a way to "survive" and may end up a few inches above where they started buuuuuuut most don't do too well.
Lets take a look at a few artists who may have reached greener pastures if not caught up in the reality TV bubble.
Jason Francis | The Social Media Samurai