"Do you know who I am....I was the most famous composer in all of Europe"
- dialogue from Antonio Salieri from the greatest film of all time; AMADEUS
I am James D. Watkins and the above quote is taken from the greatest film in cinematic history, AMADEUS. It was spoken by the character Antonio Salieri, a supposedly rival of Mozart. Salieri posed the question/quote to a young priest in the beginning of the film because he wanted to feel validated for all his hard work throughout his life. This same question; 'Do you know who I am?....' can also be applied as an answer on how and why social media has turned into an obsessed, narcissitic mentality. Everybody wants to be seen. Everybody wants to be famous but very few are willing to put in the WORK. With social media it's so easy to instantly post anything and alot of that 'anything' requires no work nor thought but it's there for all to see and that lends to the mentality of 'Did you see that?' Or, 'Do you know who I am?'
This is why so many 'models' and 'actors' can't comprehend creative marketing and it's because 97% of the time it has nothing to do with them. Everyone, not just artists, but everyone is consumed with their supposedly legacy. What will they leave behind. Is this why this society is so celebrity obsessed? They want to be known for 'knowing' somebody else or somebody famous? Has it really come to that or is it just a society phase? The true artists are not phased at all, for they know that social media tools should be used as a marketing tool to further their works and not for taking 2,000 selfie pictures. Then again, maybe taking constant photos of you in the bathroom is your legacy. Maybe a legend will be born from the surroundings of an urinal, who knows. But one thing is for sure, artists such as Antonio Salieri questioned his legacy because he saw first hand the power of an artist who would in turn become a legend. That was AMADEUS. - JAMES D. WATKINS
Philosopher, writer, creator, producer, artist and creative deity for ODYSSEY WORKS, ECLIPSE ENTERPRISES & PHOENIX PRODUCTIONS; James D. Watkins. (there are 10 links above)
Mr. Watkins; the artistic impresario for ODYSSEY, ECLIPSE & PHOENIX. ARTXPO 2014 advance tickets are available. Just go to the ARTXPO 2014 link above to see what it is about. ARTXPO is basically where never before seen ideas and concepts are revealed, studied and dissected.
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- (Steve Schneider is a film/theatre critic for the ORLANDO WEEKLY - www.orlandoweekly.com. He now does critiquing work in New York as well as Florida. He has been voted 'Best' Critic and journalist in Orlando, Florida. Here is his critique of my work..........)
"Having witnessed his work firsthand, I suspect James D. Watkins may be a genius of some shape or magnitude. Just try to forget that that endorsement comes from a guy who voted for Mondale and DuKakis, gave 'Death to Smoochy' four stars and genuinely preferred New Coke. An old-school impresario in the mold of Ziegfeld or Welles-albeit one spared the crippling handicaps of funding or common sense......" "When I am gone, they will love me"- quote from Orson Welles right before he died and who also directed what many consider the greatest film ever'CITIZEN KANE'.