If Ke$ha made it, so can you

by Rich DeMatteo on April 23, 2010 · 16 comments

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If you really want something, you should be willing to do almost anything to get it.  I mean, let’s take Ke$ha for example.  This whack job artist, wanted to break into the pop scene so bad that she broke into Prince’s home to leave him a demo.  Classy?  Maybe not, but classy isn’t really her game.

Seriously, look at her.  She has a terrible voice, awful lyrics, and uses a $ sign in her name…

She’s obviously not that smart, and she really isn’t talented, but you know you’ve car danced to her songs.  Did you know that “Tik Tok” is the longest running debut single by a female artist since 1977?  Doesn’t that make you want to just put your head into a lions mouth and hope for the worst?

Instead of getting annoyed by Ke$ha, from now on I’m using her as motivation.  When I want something badly, I’ll do what I can to make it happen.  Breaking into homes, and using a $ somewhere in my name will no longer be off limits.

In the end, it’s about thinking way outside the box to attain your dreams.  What can you start doing differently?

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16 comments
bp
bp

She seems so dumb in her music and that video, but I noticed this nugget on Wikipedia: "She described herself in an interview as being "very studious" in high school; she would often drive to Belmont University to listen in on Cold War history classes after school and achieved "near perfect" SAT score" Baffling....

Srinivas Rao
Srinivas Rao

Rich, Just the title of that post made me LOL. So I had to leave a comment. Yeah she's definitely a whack job, but great way to take somebody who's annoying as hell, but successful, and use them as motivation.

Rayanne
Rayanne

Ugghhh..., I can hear my kids (12 and 14 yr olds) mindlessly singing along with her mango-pulpy lyrics and wish I could make her go away... because like the inane "Fred" personality that every pre-teen with youtube access knows, Ke$ha has used her savvy (not really) and determination (dumb luck) to wrap flocks around her finger, mostly by just saying, "everyone is listening." I beg my kids to stop singing her stuff, it doesn't work. I point out the pointlessness of her appeal, it doesn't work. I show them great British humor from the BBC, hoping to embed a new breed of entertainment into their lives, it is slowly starting to work... I will hang on to hope that, just as my older kids grew out of the Spice Girls (though they are great to power walk to), that my 12 and 14 year old will move on to better music, more talented artists. What I find most sad is that what is most impressive is "what" she achieved and soon forgotten will be "how" she did it. TikTok - I'm out...

Vinay
Vinay

LOL I just had a mad Ke$ha (not ketchup) youtube session. Made my day!

Lauren McCabe
Lauren McCabe

Oh Keisha. Why do I run to your music? Because it makes my brain go dead and I'm no longer conscience of the pain. I can run a lot faster. What's so striking to me about Keisha is that she has zero brains but mega guts, and that's important, too. Couple Guts with Thought and you've got some inspiring stories, like this Australian girl who I met once on the subway. For the past 6 weeks, she had been marching up the offices of the New Yorker with her cartoons and showing them to the editor. Read: The Chief Editor of the New Yorker (that gets hundreds of thousands of submissions via mail each year) was taking time out of his day to look at a random Australian Girl's work. Why? Because she had something that no one else had: guts to walk in, demand a meeting with the dude, and be heard. So go Keisha, I guess. But really, go everyone else who's putting themselves out there with guts and brains, because that's so much harder, and takes real balls.

Bridget Forney
Bridget Forney

I don't know about a dollar sign...but you might be able to pull off a cent. ¢orn on the job.

Meg
Meg

I like they way you're thinking! But I'll tell you what I WON'T do to attain my dreams... and that's draw all over myself with magic marker. Thanks Ke$ha.

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Srini - Glad you laughed at this... I was half hoping to make people laugh, and half hoping for some sort of motivation to come out of it. I'm not sure which one succeeded more. She's a fool....but....she made it somehow.... Thanks for your comment

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Rayanne - Keep pounding that British humor into them, but I'm almost positive some new annoying pop culture figure will either make them laugh, or annoyingly sing along. Spice Girls? Still around? Really? Wow. Interesting.... Give them time... when I was 12 I was an MC Hammer and Vanilla Ice fan. Things have changed, but I'm still sing "Cant touch this" whenever I can...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Yo Vinay - yes, i think we could all use some Ke$ha at times. Maybe for laughs, for dancing, for running, and maybe now for inspiration...

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Wow, that's a pretty amazing story, Lauren. I love that. And yes, guts along with thought can go a long way, and that's exactly what Ke$ha has. Maybe we'll eventually get on the phone soon and talk about Koda too, eh?

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hmmm, I like the way you think BF Now I just need to learn how to make that cent symbol.... :o(

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Hey Meg - yep, I probably won't do that as well. Thanks for the comment!

Rayanne
Rayanne

I have two daughters close to your age (23 and 21)..., Spice Girls (back then) were hot...

Lauren McCabe
Lauren McCabe

After watching that video, I think Keisha has no brains, just a large pulpy gut-filled mango keeping the oval shape of her head. All guts, no brains. Scary. I'll be in touch shortly about talking-- still figuring out the schedule for next week. Happy Friday!

Rich DeMatteo
Rich DeMatteo

Quite possibly just a large, pulpy gut-filled mango.... interesting thoughts... Looking forward to our call on Monday!