Michael Jackson’s “manifesto” made in 1979 penned career path
Lara Logan and John Hamlin from CBS’s “60 Minutes” recently toured a “secret warehouse” where Michael Jackson’s old belongings are being stored, among those was a handwritten note that Michael wrote when he was 21.
The note was some sort of manifesto. Michael mapped out how he wanted to transition from being a child star to an adult superstar.
The note read, “MJ will be my new name. No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a totally different person.”
“People should never think of me as the kid who sang ‘ABC’, [or] ‘I Want You Back’. I should be a new incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world. I will do no interviews. I will be magic.
“I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer. I will be better than every great actor roped into one…I’ll study and look back on the whole world of entertainment and perfect it, take it steps further from where the greats left off.”
60 Minutes producer John Hamlin said, “It is not unusual for young artists, musicians, actors, to daydream about how big a star they want to become, but for someone to write it down at age 21 and actually execute it almost to the T is remarkable.