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HAJIME SORAYAMA

HAJIME SORAYAMA

September 17, 2016

It’s a pitiful world that has people surviving by just sucking up. Guys that have structure and a sense of aesthetics can’t lose

Even though I’m still a romantic at heart, there’s a reason I don’t judge competitions. Awarding a top prize; it would have to be a picture that I actually felt like buying, so there’s nobody getting a top prize. I’m not willing to compromise, so I couldn’t give out a top prize. All I can do is say directly that something bad is no good. It’s a pitiful world that has people surviving by just sucking up. Guys that have structure and a sense of aesthetics can’t lose. Just doing what you’re told to make money; it’s horrible. Of course there’s always going to be something that’s gonna make you wanna flip tables. Living off the pittance from a contractor; I hate that kind of thing. Something get’s a little bit of the spotlight and then they don’t hesitate to rehash it and rehash it 10 times over just for the money. It’s absolutely essential to be able to get a sense of the creator’s intention and aesthetic sense. I say things like, “If I was in charge I’d cut off your head!” too much. [Laughs] It’s like a pro prostitute pretending to come; at least pretend you’re doing something interesting.

Real talent is winning a Nobel Prize or an Olympic gold medal. Everything else is just trash like Elvis impersonators [Laughs]

There just isn’t that much talent around, you don’t just happen upon things you can do. People say everyone’s got some talent, but real talent is winning a Nobel Prize or an Olympic gold medal. Everything else is just trash like Elvis impersonators. [Laughs] You might get praise from like your parents, your classmates, your school teacher because you paid tuition. In the real world, nobody’s gonna praise you. And then, you’ll realize you have no talent and there’s nothing you’re good at; it’s too bad but just what you deserve. If there’s something you like when you’re a kid, you should focus on it. Even if everyone says you’ll never make a living doing it, tell ’em that’s okay, just leave me alone. Especially art, those people that are prepared to just try hard until they die, most of them will never make a living will they? Those people teaching in schools; they’re doing that because they can’t make a real living. And in a chain of misfortune, they’re just creating more people that won’t be able to make a living either. You know, I make a lot of gaffes, but all I can do is say what’s real. [Laughs]

 

 

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