I was in such a merry mood when I passed the first round of “Hye Super Star 2” after my failure at the first one, that anything else wouldn’t matter for me, even if I was dismissed during the next 2 rounds. But unfortunately my cheerfulness lasted only a week, It went down as soon as I was presented with a contract, which I had to sign and hand in the next day in order to take part in the next rounds.
After having just a glance at all the points I already hesitated and was equivocal about my further participation. For two days the contract in my hand I was running from this person to another to get advice and with the hope that any of those people would calm me down saying that such contracts are normal in cases like this and I don’t lose anything. But, alas, nothing of such was heard.
Translating and quoting from the contract:
“The participants assure that they are aware that in case of participating as one of the 11 participants of the final round, at “Shant” TV’s demand in 10 days time they must sign a contract lasting 3 years”.
So by this contract they oblige them to sign another contract lasting 3 years on terms of which the participants don’t know anything. Besides during those 3 years, the participants don’t have any right to partner with others, use their names, bring any changes to their appearance and character and so on. They also want the participants to admit that their aim is to win at this competition and that the participants won’t get any kind of compensation, indemnity, or salary.
According to this contract the participants give to “Shant” TV their copyright, regarding everything they’d do during 3 years, and “Shant” TV has also the right to sell this contract to some other person. They don’t take any responsibility if the participants lose their jobs, or have problems with education or army service.
“What happened to the winner of the first Hye supert star? Where is she?”- was the question everyone would ask me. Well, I hope they are preparing something for her future. Yet, no news. What about the other 10 participants? I was told that not once “Shant” called to producers persuading them to take those participants. But as I talked to such a producer: “Why should I pay money to buy the contract, I may find brilliant people by myself and work with them by my own”. Later I learnt that those poor guys now are sitting idly by apart from several concerts they gave right after the first show.
It turns out that by signing this contract I would have to serve them for 3 years acquiring in return just a recognition, and people would soon forget about me if I didn’t become the winner. That means I’d have to leave everything I was doing so far I obey to their orders and run to the places they would send me with concerts. That would mean to forget for 3 years who I am and be ruled by a company which would pay me nothing in return. One of my acquaintances remark on it “Are you the Spartak” won’t come amiss here. No self-expression, no choice, no creative personality, no artistic attitude but anything set by the others.
After 2 very hard and depressing days I finally made my decision: I’m not participating. It was my decision, despite the fact that several very important people told that I had all the chances to be among the best 11. But I could not allow myself to be lured by the chance to show up on the TV screen, that’s not for me. Trying to do something alone will be far more difficult, but as I don’t give up and lose heart, I hope that you’ll learn about me one day, I sincerely cherish that dream, one day!
And many thanks to all of those who backed me up those days and also helped to make up my mind.