F**k It Fridays: Lady Gaga
Celebrating the power of just saying 'ah, f**k it'
It’s Friday, Friday, gotta get down on Friday. Welcome back to F**k It Friday - a weekly feature from MTV Breaks that’s all about saying a big “f**k yeah” to the most excellent people who’ve said “f**k it” (probably) and taken a leap of faith to make big things happen.
Cos it’s not about just having ideas – it’s about believing in yourself, and making them happen. AMIRIGHT?
So who’s next up in the FIF roll call of honour? Drumroll…. it’s actual real life monster, Lady Gaga!
From making pop bangers to on-point acting and inspiring work speaking up about sexual abuse, Lady Gaga basically slays in all walks of life. But things could have been very different if she hadn’t said “f**k it” (probably) and dropped out of one of the most prestigious art projects in America.
Back before she became the ultra-glam, boundary pushing Lady Gaga we know and love today, when she was just plain old Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, Gaga was something of a teen genius in the art field (obvs). She was one of only 20 students to gain early admission to Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21), a musical theatre training conservatory at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
But halfway through she realised, “I could teach myself about art better than the school could. I really felt New York was my teacher and that I needed to bite the bullet and go it alone” so she said f**k it (probably) and dropped out go it alone in New York, working three jobs (including one as a go-go dancer which left her “feelin’ like a baller”) whist searching for artistic inspiration.
She’s described this high-risk decision as a way for her to feel more connected to the things she wanted to write about (“sex, pornography, art, fame, obsession”) so she could hone her art. With 146 million singles sold worldwide, 6 Grammys and a nomination for Time’s most influential people in the world, seems like this f**k it risk paid off. Applause.
Check out last week’s “f**k it’ hero here.
Have you ever said “f**k it” and taken a chance? Would you like to? Or want to nominate someone for next week? Hit us up on @mtvbreaks with your stories.