"I can never be safe; I always try and go against the grain. As soon as I accomplish one thing, I just set a higher goal. That's how I've gotten to where I am."
We all know there is a big difference between fame and talent. Fame is much easier to get... just ask Kim Kardashian. Talent takes a lot of hard work. Then there is Beyonce talent. The kind of talent that makes us call her "The Queen" after watching her famous performances at the Super Bowl, on tour, and (most recently) at the 2014 VMA's. Earning a title like this goes beyond skills and hard work--which are just the baseline. You must have originality, a purpose and sense of self.
We all have our own unique talents. It's normal to want to mold these talents into what the trend is at the time, copy someone else, or take a short cut to fame. If your goal is to have money and/or recognition fast, perhaps these tactics will work.
If your goal is to be innovative, creative and an artist, however, the path is much different.
Look no further than Beyonce! Obviously she has an intangible "wow factor," innate talent and great work ethic helping put her at the top of her industry. But, I'd argue there are four factors that took Beyonce from lead singer in Destiny's Child to Queen Bey.
1) She's innovative
Her music doesn't sound like anyone else's, and her dancing doesn't look like anyone else's. Even the way she does business is innovative. This past December, she was the 1st artist to announce the day of that she dropped an entire secret album on iTunes. And, there were more videos than there were songs, making it a unique visual experience.
2) She's hands-on
Beyonce doesn't let her team tell her what to do. One thing is for sure--she's the boss of her team. From the music to the choreography to the look of her sets & costumes, Beyonce has a say and holds her team to a high standard. She even helps write her own music... unlike many of her counterparts (*cough: Rihanna).
3) She's true to herself
A lot of artists are constantly trying to shock their audience and one up themselves or other artists. Lady Gaga, for example, has worn everything: from raw meat to a bunch of kermit the frogs. I think she's finally running out of ideas and can't keep up with herself. Here's a throwback example: Britney Spears, Madonna and Christina Aguilera kissed on stage at the 2003 VMA's because straight girls kissing straight girls was considered the hot, trendy thing to do at the time. Now don't get me wrong--I love all these artists I just mentioned. In fact, I'm going to see Britney in Vegas next weekend and can hardly wait. But, none of these princesses hold queen status in my book. Queen Beyonce has a timeless sense of self in her performances and appearances. She doesn't have to rely on the short term gratification that comes with exploiting the latest trend or shocking moment.
4) She's not dramatic
Have you ever seen a couple as famous as Beyonce & Jay Z keep their personal lives so private? If you ever see dirt on this power couple in the tabloids, it's probably made up (with the exception of Jay & Solange's elevator feud lol). So many celebrities fuel the paparazzi fire--but not these two. You'd have to ask them why they keep a low personal profile. But if I were to guess, I'd give credit to: good boundaries, respecting their private lives, wanting to keep it about their talent, and most importantly, wanting to avoid drama. Drama takes up unnecessary energy and evokes intense emotions which can breed negativity and spread into other areas of our lives. Recently J & B addressed their divorce rumors in the least dramatic way: they continued to live their life, knowing actions speak louder than words. A simple on stage smooch at the VMA's silenced US Weekly pretty quickly.