Being 20: The Bigger Picture
It’s hard not to speculate about what’s next for David Archuleta, now that he’s in such a precarious state with no label and no management.
But, I must say: I don’t really see him giving up a career in music.
Why? Because he’s 20, and he’ll eventually figure it out.
Look at it this way. When David was being interviewed after placing second on American Idol, he said: “I’m so ready for this!” in response to the folks who asked if he was ready for the spotlight, the record deal, the fame.
When asked sometime later if such plans would interfere with his church’s goals for their young members to go on a mission, David’s reply was: “I believe I’m already on a mission.”
Nearly three years later, David discovers what it’s like to do not 1 but 3 albums, to make music videos, to tour the country and the world, to headline his own concert tour, to lend his star power to the causes he most cares about, etc. Who really thinks David is giving all that up because a struggling record label decided to not renew his contract after he completed his 3-album deal?
Who has already forgotten his New Year’s resolution to go on tour? No, my friends, David is not ready to give up music. Furthermore, for someone with these kinds of plans and hopes, he’s not about to “quit” this line of work, not when he believes that “things are going where I feel they should.” He wanted to “check in” with his fans to 1.) calm us down (why do that if he’s planning to leave us high and dry?) and 2.) let us know he’s perfectly fine with the recent developments.
Something else for us to think about the age 20. It’s a young age. David is young. He truly has so much more living to do (both personally and professionally). We’ve been so conditioned in this present era to believe that all pop stars peak at age 15 (Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, the Jo Bros, etc.) that the idea of David being dropped from a label at age 20 sounds like someone who’s about to retire. In whose world is that even a logical order of things? (Oh yeah, in said entertainment industry).
But I’ll tell you what: the late Michael Jackson hadn’t become the superstar we would know him to be when he was 20 years old. Neither did Stevie Wonder or Bob Dylan or John Lennon. When Paul McCartney was 20 years old, the Beatles’ manager was negotiating a record contract for the band! Perspective, peeps! Let’s not lose sight of the big picture.
My main point? It’s too early in the day to be writing David’s career off simply because his record label, which wasn’t doing much for him anyway, cut him loose (and I’m sure Ciara is looking at David with envy at this moment). It’s too early to be wringing our hands in anticipation that David would quit music after all the hard work he’s put into his music. David is just beginning!
If David’s looking forward with hope and an idea that opportunities lie ahead, so should we.
I repeat: he is 20 years old! His musical life is just beginning.