I literally just got home and started thinking about the progress I've made over the years. I've been listening to music again lately: Rappers who had dreams that finally came true so it inspired this post. Thanks J.Cole and Big Sean. The evolution of a human being is a magnificent thing.
Creativity chose me because I was born a creative, but no staying in it was never easy. Many people think that being a creative is something that is so easy because it comes naturally, and although it may, it takes time to fully exert the total amount of ideas and passion you have through roadblocks that get in the way. People won't always believe in you, the money may not always be what you want it to be. If you're starting off, don't compare it to IT and Finance checks, that's for sure. I'm writing this for creatives, but more important for people that have a passion.
The creative route / career is something that is so broad. There's so much shit you can do with it. It's difficult to pin point the exact path that you want to take. At the age of 23, I still don't have the exact idea, but I have an idea. That was never easy, no degree could ever teach me enough about different career options. All that comes from experience in field(s), watching people, asking questions and trying different things. You'll fail, not every interview will result in a job offer. Don't let that get you down.
I remember being told by employers that my skill set was too wide for particular jobs. You don't want to work for a company that tells you that. Any creative can understand that you are someone that is constantly wondering. Creative people are human beings whose minds are constantly traveling through outer space and never complacent. You switch topics in conversations every .5 seconds. The ideas that are in your head come to life when you do work and that's what creates so many skills, and makes it so difficult to choose what to do. Believe me, it's not just you.
The creative route, or any route switch for that matter, is not supposed to be easy. It's supposed to be difficult, you're supposed to struggle. .to find connections, to build with people, to gain understanding and insight. I've recently had multiple friends ask me about how I got to where I am or stayed on track with what I want to do. The answer is simple, it was never easy and it shouldn't be. I created my destiny, my branding and turned that into a way to pitch myself. I didn't let my resume define me. I flipped it. Even when I was in an administrative type of job, I would go home and blog or make YouTube videos and just practice my skill. Now I write for BET.com. You ask questions, you do research, you make a plan to get there, you put in work.
If you've ever felt any doubt regarding what you do and how capable you are of doing it, you must ask yourself the following:
- Are you doing everything you can do to chase your passion?
- How have people in your field gotten to where they are?
- Have you truly studied the craft of what you want to do and that career?
- Are you building a name for yourself to land yourself where you want to be?
- All the tools you need are in the world, have you done the work to find it? DO RESEARCH bruh.
- Have you started a YouTube Channel, Blog, or booked gigs outside of work (your 9-5)?
Stop thinking that your current career or job is what is going to determine your character, potential and skill set for your passion. Learn what the totem pole is for where you have to build from, be realistic but also don't sell yourself short. Once you've built your brand reach out, or even before then reach out for advice. Put yourself out there and let you define you.
Don't be so proper to the point you're in-genuine! Be yourself, stop being stiff and scared. People have conversations everyday, remember the conversation you're having with this employer or "idol" is a conversation with a human being. That's right, they're human just like you. If you know your shit, and know it well, you should have no issue being yourself. Passion will radiate off your skin.
Lastly, the most important piece of advice is how hard are you actually trying? I mean really, really ask yourself that? Re-read bullet points above. How much time do you spend bullshitting and doing dumb shit that has nothing to do with your goals. Find a healthy balance. You're supposed to have fun, but also don't make any type of excuse as to why you aren't where you want to be if you aren't trying.
Remove the phrase, "easy for you to say" -- no never was, 95% of us put in that work. Everyones life is about timing and I hated when people told me that but guess what? It remains to be true. YO, if you've given your all then DO NOT put yourself down or compare yourself to your peers and how you're not where they are in life. YOU CAN'T DO THAT NO MATTER HOW HARD IT IS. Your path is not theirs and you may even exceed their path once you get comfortable with the stability of your passion. Just do work man.
A wise man (waddup Dante M.) once told me not to do things for money, do it because you love it. Once you've done that, the hardest part is done. That's how branding starts, you build on yourself because you want to and eventually it turns into something more. I hope this has helped.
Peace and Love, - M