Michael Jackson Career Manifesto : AEG to face tough MJ questions. We all have plans to achieve our goals and ambitions in life, and for a 21-year-old Michael Jackson he only had one thing on his mind; complete world domination and to be a “a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world.”
Well, mission accomplished we suppose, but the recently uncovered handwritten manifesto by the late King of Pop from 1979 reveals more than an overwhelming desire to become the greatest entertainer of all time, it also reveals a young man driven by a strong determination to be the best at what he does and become the King of Pop. MJ’s meticulous attention to detail was renowned and his career was one of the most enduring of all time, and with this recently unearthed document we now know that Michael didn’t just turn on his drive in the studio or on stage, but had planned his future way in advance and stuck to the plan.
“MJ will be my new name,” he wrote. “No more Michael Jackson. I want a whole new character, a whole new look. I should be a tottally [sic]different person. People should never think of me as the kid who sang “ABC,” [or]“I Want You Back.”
Many close to the “Thriller” singer knew him to be meticulous and detailed when it came to his music. According to these words in 1979, preserved by archivist Karen Langford, Jackson thought well in advance about the level of success he wanted.
“I should be a new, incredible actor/singer/dancer that will shock the world,” he wrote. “I will do no interviews. I will be magic. I will be a perfectionist, a researcher, a trainer, a masterer [sic]. I will be better than every great actor roped into one.”
His goals were spot on. In the same year he released his first major album, “Off the Wall,” which catapulted his solo career. Jackson went on to become arguably the biggest entertainer in history.