“All You Gotta Do Is”…

The thirsty will drink anything. The hungry will hold out for a real meal.

Seems everyone you meet has some advice on how you should break into the industry. I don’t care if it’s your baby daddy, grandma’s hair dresser, or the mailman. Everyone has heard the story of MC so and so who got on selling records out the trunk, Lil such and such rapping for (insert famous person here) in the parking lot of the Waffle House {and they got signed in the car}, or Blahzay Splee blowing up off Youtube. One of my  friends calls me tonight with some new advice on breaking into the industry he just heard on the radio.. He said, “All you have to do is make a DVD and give it to club XYZ and if they like you can be an opening act.” He didn’t say it quite as concise as what I wrote, but that was the gist of it. I listened to him go on and on for about 5 minutes until finally I cut in, ” Is that all I have to do is give them a DVD?” I tried to explain without sounding resistant that it’s a great idea, but I don’t have a current DVD from one of my shows. “It doesn’t matter he said, just give them a DVD of anything.”  I’m thinking- is he really serious? Every artist knows that first impressions are everything. Does he mean just send them a freestyle from the shower, or a morning rant with my natural standing straight up to the sky? I guess I could peruse the internet for ideas, but that could take a minute. I gave him a few horror stories I’ve experienced with open mics, talent shows, the pay for play scams people run, etc., but none of this seem to register with him. Then it dawned on me.. At some point to the average Joe if you’re not willing to do something equally as outrageous as the stories they’ve heard about other famous people to get on, then to them you’re just not hungry enough to pursue your dream. Of course in my head that’s not really the case. I’m already going for it. The better explanation might be, some of us might be hungry, but just not that “thirsty”..

The examples in this post are fictional and meant for entertainment purposes only. Any references in this post to anyone’s real life situation other than the author’s is purely coincidental.