Chris Brown Boasts About His Talents: Singer Hopes People Will ‘Follow in My Footsteps’

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Chris Brown has talents you didn’t even know about.

The singer may be known for his R&B hits and his smooth dance moves, but he also wants you to know about his video directing, his fashion designs, and even his painting.

Despite the ongoing controversy over his apparent reunion — both personally and professionally  — with Rihanna, Brown insists he’s a positive role model.

“As a 23-year-old young entertainer, I want the world to see my art and hopefully be inspired by it, promote positivity with what I do now — with painting, with fashion, with directing, with creativity as far as videos and cinema,” Brown says in Prestige Hong Kong‘s November 2012 issue. “I want to have people admire that and hopefully have people follow in my footsteps.”

When it comes to his musicianship, Brown mixes it up to avoid being pigeonholed. “I didn’t want people to say, ‘He’s just R&B,'” he explains. “Yes, I will sing an R&B song. But then I’ll do a pop song, then I’ll do a song with a country kind of feel, a reggae feel. I always want to be eclectic with my music.”

Brown is eclectic away from the mic, too. As a visual artist, his skills include directing his own music videos.

“Not to be arrogant,” he says, “but I want to be the Steven Spielberg of music videos, to be innovative and young, not to put a bar on it just because of budgetary issues or certain capabilities.”

And then there’s his work on the canvas. “I’ve been painting secretly since I was a kid,” he reveals. “A lot of people didn’t know that it was my hobby. I focused on doing the bad stuff at first with graffiti and vandalizing as a kid. But as you get older, you start studying art books and sketchbooks in the libraries…. My art started growing.” Brown has had shows at galleries in Los Angeles and New York and  says he has sold four of his paintings.

Besides his many creative talents, Brown boasts he’s a “real businessman” — working hands on with his creative team to produce his products from start to finish. And he hopes that ambition can inspire his age group.

“The generation that we’re in — we’re a lazy generation,” Brown says. “The kids in my generation are not as hyper. The work ethic isn’t there. The attention span is short. But I think if they can see me do it at 23 and have all this stuff going on — and still have fun while I’m doing it — who’s to say they can’t?”

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