A Sophisticate Takes Risks

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“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go” T.S. Elliot

The eighties began with an electrifying performance on a little show called the MTV Music Awards. With nothing but a wedding dress, a mannequin, an enormous wedding cake, and the stage itself an new artist danced her way into history and changed the music industry forever. Simply referred to as Madonna, her performance of the song “Like a Virgin” set the standard for every artist in the next several decades.

Previously, rock bands and artists did shocking antics on the stage. Joan Jett and Janice Joplin were female artists that changed Rock ‘N’ Roll with the strength of their lyrics and voice as they defied the status quo of only men in ‘Rock ‘N’ Roll’. Of course, in my opinion, no one changed the music industry like Madonna. With one performance Madonna re-defined the female performer. All the sugary sweetness of music was gone. No longer did female performers just stand there singing or playing the guitar because she freed female performers to become a living, breathing and feeling human being on the stage. Madonnatook a risk and it paid off for generations of strong female artists who were freed from just having to stand behind a microphone like a statue. Although, Shania Twain changed how people viewed country music, it did not compare to Madonna. Artists such as Janet Jackson, Cyndi Lauper, Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, Rihanna, Jennifer Lopez, Shakira, and Lady Gaga has been able to duplicate the shock value and icon status Madonna achieved in her career.

The difference between what Madonna did that others have tried to duplicate was take a risk that could have ended her career forever. Her performance could have stopped MTV having another award show. Instead, her performance propelled her into an icon. Alongside Elvis Presley, the Beatles, and Michael Jackson her small act of defiance set the standard for every female performer. Madonna was not being ruthless or competitive but rather made sure that her performance was unique enough that hopefully, she would never be forgotten.
Even though a Sophisticate has no fear and takes risks, she makes sure those risks are safe. The risks a Sophisticate makes are not illegal, harmful, or damaging to herself and others. The risks she makes are for her own advantage and are not for manipulation. Calculated and safe risks help a Sophisticate break her routine, lose control, and grow in the process.

In the end, it doesn't matter if a Sophisticate is a success. A Sophisticate knows her life path is a process full of bumps and unexpected turns. To control those bumps and unexpected turns, a Sophisticate takes risks in her life to get back control. A Sophisticate decides to take calculated risks to prove that she is unique, strong, resilient, and unafraid. ;D