How the famous see their work
50 CentSuperstar rapper
- Fame & Fortune Q&A
Bankrate: Do you think the fact that you were successful on the street plays a large part in why you're now successful in a more traditional business environment?
50 Cent: Absolutely. There's a type of aggressiveness that's necessary for you to be successful on the street that translates (to a corporate environment). But in actual deals, it's almost the opposite because I already have that aura around me. So a lot of times, I disarm people by being extremely friendly. I've convinced the general public of one portion of my past. The music typecasts you even stronger than a good film would because in music, you become the song ... you are the song.
I think it's the reason that a person who's a fan of a music artist has a stronger passion for that artist than he does for a great actor because the musician is that person all the way through. The actor does a great job of creating a presentation of someone you like, and then they sit on couches on "The Tonight Show," "Jimmy Kimmel" and all these shows, and they're so artistic that they lose the audience. People aren't sure they like this guy as much as they liked him as a character. (When the actor) talks about the process, the depth he has during that actual conversation confuses the average person.
- Lesson learned: You can use street smarts on the stage and in a business meeting.