I was pleasantly surprised by the amount of vulnerability shown by Beyonce. Were you?
- Her honesty about not being able to balance her career and personal life. “Its something really stressful about having to keep up with that. Its really crippling….” She set a goal for herself – and it was independence. Completely admirable.
- Beyonce choosing to split with her father in terms of managerial duties and such was absolutely necessary. “Its bigger than the record, its bigger than my career…” Here is where you get a first hand account of how it made her feel when she took over her career. She needed her family to be there for her outside of the business. I appreciated her touching on this subject as well.
- Matthew Knowles taught her how to succeed in business; Jay-Z taught her how to succeed in life. The world saw Jay-Z as such an epic artist, but Beyonce speaks on how he impacted her on a deeper personal level. At this point in the documentary, we learn that family is definitely first for her.
- When she experienced her miscarriage (prior to Blue Ivy) – she turned to music. In fact, she overcomes every tragedy she has ever faced by placing her feelings in her lyrics.
- Beyonce was absolutely disgusted with the rumors surrounding her pregnancy. She didn’t feel that faking a pregnancy nor using a surrogate was in her plans. At this point of the documentary, we learn that it was imperative for her to try again with her husband – and be successful. You learn the importance of family for her (yet again) and how the negativity in the media got under her skin on a human level.
- She feels that the world has become “brainwashed” to a certain extent. Beyonce touches on how people have completely forgotten the most important part about an artist – is their art. She doesn’t quite understand the worlds fixation on celebs personal lives. During this moment, she actually looks appalled when speaking on this.
- You can’t be in the studio with her if you aren’t there to observe. She is a “no distraction” kinda artist. This explains the amount of perfection she puts into her artistry.
At first, I thought her confiding into a computer was absolutely ridiculous. I initially thought to myself – “this has got to be the most controlling thing I have ever seen”. Why? Well, its simple actually. If I shoot my life on a computer I am able to control what is revealed about myself. If I am not ready to be vulnerable with my audience – then how much could they learn about me that they don’t already know?
Well – with “Life is But A Dream” I learned more than I did from her interview with Oprah.
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