i just want to take a moment to reflect on the gravity of what we know about solo!harry so far.
as fans, we support him because we already know he is special. we have paid close enough attention that, over time, we have seen him command everything from one-on-one conversations to entire stadiums full of people. we have witnessed countless individuals – many of whom know little to nothing about him – have chance meetings with him and walk away from those encounters with stars in their eyes, in absolute awe of him, of that “something” about him that makes him harry. either we’ve met him ourselves, or we’ve been to concerts, or we’ve watched videos of concerts (or all of the above), and we’ve come to know that he’s just special. gemma – who would know better than any of us – said in her piece for another man that even as a child, harry “had that sort of magnetism that made people just want to watch him.”
i mention all of this to underscore that those of us who are already fans are fans for a reason. we already know he’s going to excel on his own; we’ve just been waiting patiently (or not so patiently) for him to get started.
but can we take a minute to talk about the people who are actually involved in this process? the entire team behind him that is currently revving up to launch him as a solo artist? those people are in a totally different position than we are. they aren’t interested in harry’s success because he brings them personal joy (although, let’s be honest, he surely does); they’re interested in his success because it will bring THEM success. that’s the bottom line here – big money.
if you, like i, have grown up in the rapidly-changing digital era, you may have noticed that the music industry runs differently than it used to. as a child, i would buy an entire album on cassette or cd because i’d heard one song on the radio and wanted to listen to that song over and over again. i bought many albums as a child that, to this day, i still haven’t listened to in their entirety. but the industry doesn’t work like that anymore. when music went digital, it became a lot easier for consumers to only buy the songs they cared about. as a byproduct of that, new artists these days are often given a very limited budget in the beginning – they’re only allowed, at first, to record one or two songs. those songs are released as singles, and then, if they do well, that artist goes back into the studio and records an entire album. it’s a smart decision on the part of record companies to avoid spending too much money on artists that end up “flopping.”
i keep thinking about harry in this context. i keep thinking about how he has had the ability to release solo music for more than a year now, about how easy it would have been for him – and columbia and everyone else involved – to record one single, release it quickly, do a bit of promotion, (likely) make a bunch of money and then go from there. coming off of 1d’s tremendous success, it would have made everyone a quick, easy buck.
but they didn’t do that. although harry and jeff signed together on january 1, 2016 – likely their first opportunity to do so – they still took their time. columbia, et al. agreed to invest $75-80 million worth of resources (at least) into harry as a solo artist without even requiring him to release a “test single” first. they’ve agreed to let him record his entire first album (and, seemingly, have started planning to release it) without even requiring him to release a test single first!
i won’t proclaim to be some kind of music industry genius because i’m far from it, but just based on what i’ve observed as a music fan in general over the last decade or so, this is HUGE to me. everyone behind harry appears to have so much faith in him already. i think it’s so important to recognize the personal/professional gamble that jeff is taking in this situation as well. here we have jeffrey azoff, eldest son of irving azoff – an absolute legend in the music industry – who is under a lot of pressure to live up to his dad’s name. he literally quit his job as a music agent to start a management company with harry as one of his first major clients. of course, he likely would have started his own management company eventually regardless of whether he ever met harry, but the fact that they timed this major event in their professional lives so they could “go solo together” speaks volumes about the faith he has in harry as an artist.
we’re on the outside looking in, and we know harry is amazing based on what we have seen him do as part of a group… but these people already know solo harry. they know what he is capable of, and they’re rallying behind him because they have total faith he will succeed. and that’s just really fucking awesome.
161020 BTS/Park So Hyun's Love Game (speaking about Hoseok’s MAMA)
Park So Hyun: Before that, everyone needs to listen to MAMA a lot. I’m curious about how your mother reacted when she heard this song.
Hoseok: She really likes it! She was like, “ah my son succeeded and even wrote a song for me~!” The most important is that the members’ parents called her as well. They were saying, “you must be so proud of Hoseokie, I’m envious.” I also felt they are very proud of me. I thought, “ah, I’m really doing my filial duties.”
Can you believe all of Bangtan’s moms called Hoseok’s mom to tell her they we’re so proud of him and wanted songs, too? Our Hoseok is the sweetest boy, he even melts mothers hearts aw.
Question, do you actually own Vapetale? May sound dumb but fuck I need to find the creator of such a wonderfully horrifying AU
aaahah…. heh…. um….
yah. yah. Vapetale is….. I’m responsible for that one. But!!! Okay hang on hear me out: I didn’t act alone– @illegalsekrit is in on it, too. Together it’s our awful horrible wonderful child that we’re so proud of and so sorry about all the eyes.
When your best friends are major dorks but you love them anyway ‘cause they’ll do anything to make you smile.
I haven’t the slightest clue what this show is even about or what their relationship even is but I’m already so invested in it I CAN’T WAIT!!!
Because I’m an awful friend, this is a very, and I’m talking VERY, late birthday gift for @imaginashon and also just a small little gift because I’m so proud and happy of her and excited for her in general.
i’m like actually rlly proud of how this is coming along, and i’m posting a wip in order to make myself stop for the night lmao (i need sleep)
And YES I know I haven’t put on her face thingies yet I’ll do those once I’m sure I’m done w the skin skdjdjd
okay I’ve been thinking about this for a long time and I think the reason I really don’t like when people comment things on their friends’ pictures like “artsy!!!1!!1 wow u r so artsy!!!!!” or when someone says it about themself when they take a picture or post something that they put effort into in order to make it look nice is because usually it’s meant in a sarcastic tone. Or you can tell the person’s afraid their friends will judge them or make fun of them for it, which I really don’t like because you should never make fun of someone for making art or wanting to take pictures that they think look pretty! that’s so awful and if someone’s afraid to do those things they might not ever immerse themselves into the art world as much as they want to or they might stop themselves from showing off really beautiful art because they’re embarrassed. making art is such an a amazing thing and no one should ever be embarrassed about it.
I genuinely cried at this point. Hinata’s so down, and I know he’s brought this on himself, but he’s trying so bloody hard. Hungry and clueless about what to do, he calls the one person who for all he knows is going to yell at him again. But Keishin’s there, and he doesn’t yell.
Check Ukai’s face, he’s hurting for the boy because he must know how awful he’s feeling, but he’s proud too. That ‘Yus’ says it all.
Hi! I succesfully introduced three friends of mine to The Clone Wars this week (one of them is literally obsessed by it :D ) and I'm so proud of myself :D don't I deserve a little kissing Obi-Wan drabble as a reward? XD pleeeeeeeeeease! (love your blog an awful lot :3 )
(Thank u so much!!! I am back now from Singing Weekend)
That’s not something you can call yourself very often, but being near him you can’t feel anything less than perfectly safe. They don’t happen often, these moments - when there’s nothing to do but be together. Still, on a shuttle in hyperspace with only the two of you is a pretty secluded place.
You sit perched on some stacked crates in the back of the shuttle - it’s a truly tiny ship, and only has the pilot seat.
It’s safe now. And so you can safely lose yourself in him, until there is absolutely nothing in the universe but the two of you. Soft smiles, bright eyes, strong hands. The peculiar lilt of his accent and the pleasant way his beard scratches at your skin.
He sighs and stands out of the pilot’s chair, stretching out his back and then making his way slowly to you. His hand is gentle as it tilts your face up to his. “What are you thinking about, my love?”
You smile up at him, stomach fluttering even after all this time. “Nothing,” you murmur. “Just how much I love you.”
He lets out a soft laugh and sits on the crate beside you, taking both your hands in his. “You’re truly a romantic, aren’t you?”
“Hmm.” You pretend to consider it for a minute. “Forbidden love, check. Dashing hero, check. Madly in love? Check.” You close your eyes and sigh as he presses tiny little kisses on your cheek, and then your jaw and right by your ear.
“Madly in love,” he whispers. “I like the sound of that.”
“Mmm. Who’s the romantic now, Kenobi?”
You smile and run your hands through his hair. “Sure I am.”
Safe. Nothing safer than this.
One kiss - just a tiny taste of sweetness and light at the very edge of your lips. “I love you every with beat of my heart,” he says, “and every breath you take is precious to me. How’s that for romantic?”
You swallow and grab the front of his robes, pulling him closer to you. “Kiss me, Mr. Romantic.”
And in this safety, in the seclusion of Hyperspace, he does.
“For me, the only thing that matters is being passionate about the story. It could be a story about a psychopath on the loose, a ventriloquist doll or a tofu salesman who discovers that his thumb has superpowers; it doesn’t matter. If the story keeps me awake at night, then I’ll do it.”
“I don’t really give much thought to the roles that I’d ideally love to play.”
“My heroes are guys like Tom Hanks, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Matt Damon. These are amazing actors with amazing careers that every actor should aspire to. I’m not saying I’m going to get anywhere close. It’s not going to be an easy feat. I’m just in awe of their careers.”
“I just happened to step into acting. And now I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.”