I watched an episode of “Two a Half Men” on Starworld last night and thought it was so relevant to the Commerical Creative Artist (CCA).
“Two & a Half Men” is a very successful US sitcom that centers around a freewheeling bachelor, Charlie (played by Charlie Sheen), whose carefree lifestyle is interrupted when his newly separated brother Alan moves in along with his son, Jake.
One of the plots of this episode involved Charlie writing a theme song for a new kids cartoon adapted from a comic book. He seeks Jake’s opinion on the song as Jake is familiar withe comic is obviously the intended target audience for the cartoon. However, Jake disses the song saying it was not reflective of the character and feel of the comic. Charlie is convinced when his uptight brother, Alan, thinks the song is ‘snappy’ and good!
Here’s the ‘snappy’ song in question:
In the course of the show, in the form of a montage, Charile and Jake work together and rewrite the song (which the TV audience never actually hears).
Here is the last scene of the episode:
Besides, actually thinking the song is indeed snappy, I thought that this captured the reality behind a lot of the CCA’s work.
As I highlighted in “Who does the Commercial Creative Artist have to Satisfy?”, even if a CCA and his/ her the target audience like a particular piece of work, it is often the one who pays the bills that gives you the commerical platform to showcase your craft. The client AKA the paymaster is often the one you have to satisfy most of the time.
Welcome to showbiz! 🙂 🙂