The music industry can be crushing at times to artists — just ask even a massive star like Lady Gaga.
Speaking to students at the Centre for Emotional Intelligence at Yale School of Management, Gaga said:
“I’ve had to make decisions like, ‘Why am I unhappy? Why is it that you want to quit music – two years ago?’ I don’t like having to sell perfumes. Wasting my time spending days just shaking people’s hands and smiling, taking selfies – it feels shallow to my existence. I have a lot more to offer than my image. I don’t like being used to make people money. I feel sad when I’m overworked and I become a moneymaking machine and my passion and creativity takes a backseat.”
The singer said that she eventually “started to say no,” which helped her take more control of her career and life. “Slowly but surely, I remembered who I am. Then you go home, look in the mirror and go, ‘Yes, I can go to bed with you every night.’ Because I know that person,” Gaga said. “That person has balls, that person has integrity, that person has an opinion and just doesn’t say yes.”
Creativity seems to be at the forefront for Gaga these days. She’s the face of American Horror Story: Hotel, and even took the stage with U2 at Madison Square Garden back in July of this year.
The discussion was a part of the Emotion Revolution Summit, a partnership with her Born This Way foundation.