Perception is something that impacts how others are viewed and understood. Sometimes judgements are made about ourselves and others as a result of how something or someone is perceived. As I watched “Celebrity Apprentice” last night, I began to realize how perception has played a big part in Aubrey O’Day’s image and career.
If you’re not familiar with Aubrey, she first hit this scene as a cast member on Sean Combs’, “Making of the Band” on MTV. She was one of the first girls picked to join the group which eventually became a successful girl group, Danity Kane. As the seasons progressed on the show a major divide and tension stirred up between the band members. Aubrey was the main reason for the tension and was the cause of the divide and struggle.
Sean Combs believed that Aubrey’s attitude and branding choices were not be-fitting for his label and the brand and image he had for Danity Kane. As one of millions who was disappointed with Mr. Combs decision to fire Aubrey and no longer support or fund Danity Kane projects, the top-charting group ended. Since then I have had a negative perception of Aubrey because the cameras and editing gave us the impression that she was not business savvy.
After watching a few episodes of Celebrity Apprentice, I realize that Aubrey O’Day is actually very intelligent, business savvy, and a tigress in the board room. She is creative, talented and understands how do conduct herself when it comes to business. It’s the opposite of how she was portrayed on “Making of the Band.” It’s a lesson we all should learn, when we hear stories about others, watch reality television, or look in the mirror at ourselves filled with perceptions or false ideas. It’s important to remember that our perception is not necessarily the truth. It’s like the saying goes, “Don’t Judge a Book by It’s Cover.”