Lady Gaga as Deliberate Creator
In a 60 Minutes interview with Lady Gaga Anderson Cooper says part of the appeal of Lady Gaga’s work is not just her music, but also her uplifting mantras of self empowerment and self acceptance.
Gaga told Cooper she believes we all have the “freedom to pull the superstar out” of ourselves that we were born to be.
It seems she’s good at practicing what she preaches. In an earlier interview (on the record with fuse), she revealed her process of using mantras to bring her dream to life. Here are the words she shared:
‘Music is my life. The fame is inside of me. I am going to make a number one record with number one hits.’
And it’s not yet; it’s a lie. You’re saying a lie, over and over again. And then one day, the lie is true.
One of the ways Gaga released her insecurities was by changing her name from Stefani Germanotta to Lady Gaga. She said the new name freed her to become a superstar by getting rid of massive insecurities associated with her old identity.
(Harrison Klein would likely approve of this bold step to adopt a new identity!)
Plus she titled her debut album “The Fame.” Which kind of reminds me of Kid Rock releasing his song about “going platinum” long before he was anywhere near achieving that kind of success.
But Gaga’s most telling signs of deliberate creation were revealed in this Costco Connection interview:
What I’ve learned is that you really don’t need to be a celebrity or have money or have the paparazzi following you around to be famous. Me and my friends just simply declared fame on our own … It was our confidence and our conviction and our abilities … and having that be in every fiber of our being.
In response to whether she ever felt despair about her career, she said:
Of course … but a record deal doesn’t make you an artist; you make yourself an artist. If you only believe that you’re an artist when you have a big advance in your pocket and a single coming out, I would say that’s quite soulless. You have to have a sense of your own greatness and your own ability from a very deep place inside you.
She’s also reported to visualize her concert performance before she takes the stage, but my favorite inspiration from Lady Gaga might actually be when she played a bit of her soon to be released next song for Anderson Cooper:
Here’s this song playing that no one’s ever heard, that she doesn’t have any idea how it will be received, but she treats it like it’s a hit already. She dances to it like everyone knows and loves it. (Which soon proved to be true.)
Gaga made her fame and fortune by believing in it and herself; by investing the energy of success in her work, and loving her material before anyone else did.
I can’t imagine a more powerful example of deliberate creation than that.