Back in the day when I lived in Detroit, I remember hanging out with my girl who introduced me to a brother who was a painter. I can’t recall exactly how the conversation went, but the term “starving artist” came about. He quickly assured me that although he was an artist he was not starving. He went on further to say “A true artist won’t starve.” In my opinion, he’s right. In the rap game you come across tons of emcees/rappers/artists, etc., over a certain age still living off of relatives with no end to their setup in sight. Now I’m not judging or knocking those who have the mentality that there is no plan B, but sometimes you need a good plan B to make plan A pop off. I’ve always kept an income while working on my music goals. Why? Simple- it takes money to make money and being an artist (much like being an independent contractor), costs money. Especially if you’re a female in the game. Producers want to get paid, transportation costs, wardrobe for shows, hair/nails/makeup, and equipment are just a few expenses you will incur if you keep in this business for long. Take my advice and learn another skill (if you haven’t already) that can help you create income. Even if school isn’t your forte, you can learn a trade and/or create your own lane to get some $$ coming in to fund your own projects. Remember “A wish without a plan, is just a dream”… (Katherine Paterson)
If you didn’t get it poppin’ off in 2015 and you’re reading this message. Guess what? You got another chance to make it happen. So make a commitment to yourself that after your hangover wears off (if you don’t have one even better- start now), that you’ll do something cool/big/fun/significant this year. If you decide to do nothing, that’s cool too. Happy New Year anyway.
Yay! I can’t believe I finally stopped procrastinating and actually did some blog posts this year. With that being said this is my last post until 2016. Thank you for reading and I wish you and yours a wonderful and safe holiday season, however you choose to celebrate. See you in 2016. Let’s get it!
For the record let me start by saying I love the country I was born in. I recognize that by living here I have certain privileges/freedoms that citizens in countries that are not as wealthy (or belligerent) may not have. With that being said, I am well aware of how the rest of the world perceives America and Americans whether good or bad. The Information Age is bringing news to the forefront of our minds almost instantly. The footage that broadcast television cannot show due to regulations and censorship is shown on social media and many times it’s not pretty. And as you can expect, some of my lyrics won’t be pretty either. That is all.