Billie Eilish’s older brother, Finneas O’Connell, has found success as a songwriter and producer alongside his younger sister, and now the 22-year-old has shared his best advice for “young creatives.”
But the advice – to ‘work hard only’ and ‘leave it [people] come to you ‘- has beaten many people as both deaf and no idea.
Annoyed Twitter users have accused Finneas, 22, of not being aware of the benefits of his own privilege, pointing out that he and Billie grew up in LA and have a mother who works in the music industry.
Yikes! Billie Eilish’s brother, with whom she often collaborates, has shared advice for young creatives who call critics ‘tone deaf’.
Ooookay, dude … Finneas O’Connell told people to work hard and not bother others for help – just expect them to come to you if you’re good
“An advice for young creatives,” wrote Finneas on Sunday. ” Shooting your recording ‘is widely promoted and I honestly think it’s a bit overrated.
‘Work super hard alone or with your best friends. Make s *** so good that it speaks for itself. Don’t bully people to work with you, let them come to you. “
The tweet earned 37,000 answers and various supporting answers – but was also flooded with criticism.
“Quite privileged, that idea that people come to you,” wrote one.
“This cannot be ignorant,” another wrote, while a third called his tone “deaf.”
“This is a terrible take and your privilege stinks,” said another.
Several point out that he did not have to ‘shoot his shot’ because he has connections. His mother, Maggie Baird, is also a working actress who appeared in episodes of Bones, Six Feet Under, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm, The X-Files and The West Wing. She also released an album in 2009.
Easy access? Many pointed out that Billie and Finland are well connected to the industry through their parents; both mother Maggie Baird and father Patrick O’Connell are successful actors
Nepotism: Several critics pointed out that it is easy for Finneas not to contact him personally when his father and mother might know people
Their father, Patrick O’Connell, was in episodes of The West Wing, Without a Trace, Supergirl and NYPD Blue.
Although they are hardly superstars, they have certainly built up a number of industrial connections during their work in Hollywood and probably know some well-placed people who could have helped their children’s careers.
‘Nepotism avoidance at its best. Someone came “accidentally” to them – of course, “a commentator snarled.
“I don’t think all parents were actors / actresses in the media industry like yours,” another said. “I don’t think any of you or Billie would have heard if you hadn’t had the same parental guidance or made some effort to network and shoot your shot … talent isn’t all that’s needed.”
Others noted that he and Billie grew up in Los Angeles and placed them geographically close to record labels.
“I think that is not an option for the majority of people … people without roots in LA / other industrial hubs, existing connections, etc.”
They also noted that he had the financial stability to spend most of his time on his creative projects.
On his own merits! Critics have accumulated attacks on his unconsciousness for his own privilege – and the fact that he doesn’t think luck is played is success
“Spoken like someone born of two actors in LA. Here is my advice: check your privilege, “wrote one. “Some of us have full-time jobs and are desperate to escape those conditions. My father was a mechanic. I can’t even afford his funeral. I have $ 700 in my bank. So yes, I shoot my shot. “
Others gave him a lecture about his white privileged person and noticed that someone with a color that nobody knows in the music industry can hardly work hard and hope that someone notices him.
‘You really have to check your 1. White privilege. 2. Having a kind of industrial connection. And the first is the greater privilege, “wrote one.
“Someone who is much more talented and hardworking than you, still doesn’t get the cause of his personal circumstances in which he was born and where he can’t help it.”
“Worst advice ever,” another said. ‘I have built something out of the blue and I HAVE my a ** discount. If you’re POC, gay, and don’t have many privileges, you work twice as hard. I don’t wait for people to come to me. I SHOW them why they need me. and part of my best work is from SHOOTING MY SHOT. ”
Finally, dozens were shocked that Finneas did not realize how luck comes into play successfully.
Awareness: Several also noted that Finneas also ignores his white privilege
One asked: “When will millionaires realize that they have all been lucky?”
“I don’t agree with you in this finneas,” another wrote. “It worked for the two of you, but it’s a rare case. Countless artists are overlooked due to lack of exposure or happiness discovered by the right people. The world is full of talented people, some struggling differently than your story. “
“If that were the case, many artists with a lot of potential should not be as underestimated as they are,” said another. “Sometimes it’s not about that and only pure happiness.”
Finneas has since tried to defend himself and said he was not as financially prosperous as some commentators have suggested.
‘During my life our parents have never been able to fully support us financially in their work as actors. Our father worked as a construction worker for Mattel 12 hours a day, 7 days a week, and our mother was a teacher. Our parents gave us love but didn’t know anyone in the record industry, “he said.
“I paid off their mortgage last year and Billie pays them every salary to travel with us full time, although they have often told us they would work for us for free.
“Everyone who has seen us on tour in 2019 knows that our father insists on sweeping the stage every night before we perform.”
However, he did not respond to those who pointed to his connections with the industry.