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<div class="blogparent">from the book “<a href="/m">Your Music and People</a>”:</div>
<h1>Be an extreme character.</h1>
<small>2018-02-28</small>
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	This is both fun and considerate.
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	When people say that a movie has a great character, they mean it was someone especially shocking, funny, or honest.
	To be a great entertainer, you need to be larger than life.
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	Push your outer boundaries.
	Show your weirdness.
	Bring out all your quirks.
	The world needs that.
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	Your public persona — the image you show the world — should be an extreme character.
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	It can be a version of yourself, or it can be a mask.
	(It’s easier to be honest behind a mask.)
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	Some of the biggest musicians of the last few decades have admitted they were playing a character.
	Eminem, for example, said he wrote lyrics with the goal of shocking a passive listener into paying attention.
	Then he built his public persona to match the lyrics.
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	Are you concerned that maybe you should play it safe, because your music isn’t so extreme?
	Well… 
	Think of the conservative, old-fashioned performers that your great-grandmother probably liked.
Frank Sinatra.
Judy Garland.
Miles Davis.
Billie Holiday.
	Even these old legends were rather extreme.
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	It’s more interesting for the audience if you’re the opposite of normal.
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	So be an extreme character.
	The spotlight is the excuse.
	You can get away with anything in the name of entertainment.
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