Control of what I say, control of what I do
And this time I'm gonna do it my way
I hope you enjoy this as much as I do
Are we ready? I am? Cause it's all about control
And I've got lots of it." (from Control)
That is how Janet Jackson introduces her new self in the lead single from her first A&M Records own-creation-album, Control. Her departure from the strict reign of her family not only showed many artists that it can be done, but also showed the whole world that Janet wasn't just going to sit back and let other people control her business. No, she, as an emancipated and strong woman, took control over her own destiny, her own music and her own life. And it worked.
Oh hell, did it work. Janet Jackson has since become one of the most-important (female) icons in the music industry, and many artists took inspiration out of her music and her life. Her career hasn't been all-that in recent years, but like someone with a strong spirit, it isn't going to stop her from moving on after a failure.
It is something a lot of current entertainment artists can take a note from. Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Solange Knowles, and many more need to take control back over their own career. Lohan needs to tell her parents to leave her alone, Britney needs to get a new management and a whole new set of friends, and Solange just needs to break free from her father, because she isn't getting the attention she would be getting on a non-family label. (Okay, so her voice isn't all that, but there people out their with lesser talent.)
Janet was a lot younger than all these ladies, had been in a controlled environment for a much longer time and, lets not forget, broke free in a less emancipated time. If she could have done it, why aren't bonded artists as Lohan doing the same?
Sure, for a while you won't be on speaking terms with the people you're breaking free from, but (yet again) look at Miss Jackson. She is currently the only thing holding the troubled Jackson family together, because when you think about it, she is the only one with a sane life. Eventually everything will fall back into place and not only will you have a great career by then, you also have family (or friends) to fall back on.
Take the step. Take control back over your own careers. Are they ready? I don't care, I am.