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Jan 01, 2019 20:25:11

Earning the Privilege of Focusing on your Craft

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You might want to focus on doing something specific in your dream world. Let’s say it’s rapping. But you haven’t got a respectable body of work that attracts potential collaborators.

So instead of being able to focus all your time and energy on rapping, you need to do all this other stuff.

You need to make your own beats, or if not, at least make the money for buying beats off other producers. You need to record and mix and master the audio. You need to market yourself. You need to manage your own schedule and book your own shows. By yourself, you need to do everything an entire team would tackle for a professional.

This doesn’t mean you should put so much energy into marketing and production that you detract from your main thing. Which in this case is rapping. But to position your rapping into the right spotlight, you need to acquire and execute just enough competence on the other things — production, marketing, management, etc — so that your main craft gets the right presentation.

This is very difficult because sometimes you want to go balls to the walls on the rapping. But all this stuff is getting in the way. And other times you get stuck with the auxillary work so much that you don’t hone your main craft.

But once you’ve presented your main craft in the right way — a way that honestly represents your inner style/voice but lacks that technical or professional polish — then you’ll be setup to attract the potential collaborators. The people who’s main craft is to do the other things that are auxillary to you. You’ll find a producer and engineer who jives with your rapping. You’ll find a marketer who believes in your music. And that’s when a team forms. And that’s when you slowly get to earn your privilege of focusing more and more on your main craft. That’s when you get to make the craft your main one.

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    @abrahamKim - the way I see it, it's simple. You just work three times as hard. << balls to the walls >> ;-)

    Brian Ball avatar Brian Ball | May 05, 2019 09:15:38
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    Good stuff.

    Funny how life is, you gotta wear many hats to earn the privilege to wear that one hat you love to wear.

    Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Jan 01, 2019 20:41:06
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      Really like the way you put it.

      Wear many hats to earn the privilege to wear that really nice one you love.

      Abe avatar Abe | Jan 04, 2019 05:16:00
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      @abrahamKim @seunoyebode Good points. I think you point out one of the things that stops most people from leaving a traditional job or career and branching out to do something on their own. You get training at a job for your specific role, and there are plenty of other employees handling the other roles. When you go out on your own, you have to figure it all out for yourself in the beginning until you find those collaborators.

      Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | Apr 25, 2019 07:53:50
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      @abrahamKim @brandonwilson Oh thanks Brandon for saying it clearly.

      Seun Oyebode avatar Seun Oyebode | Apr 25, 2019 16:13:04
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      @abrahamKim @seunoyebode - This is an awesome post. Why were you hiding it Sir Abe?
      Thank you for bringing me here Seun.

      Keni avatar Keni | Apr 26, 2019 13:07:52
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