So I was recently asked to write some blogs for my dudes’ new site (AKA DaFilthy Animals) and me being me I was like word! In return I get them to produce my next album and what not which is awesome (finally some real nice quality coming). I’ve been thinking about what the first blog should be about. I figured maybe a good start would be something about what being in artist means or atleast how I see it. Kind of like an intro that gives you the vibe that everyone on this site is for real or something like that. So here it goes…
In my mind there is a couple things that define a real or true artist. The number one thing to me is never letting yourself forget that this is something you love to do. There was a time when I found myself writing shit just to have something to post up and the process the quality of work lacked and I started hating to write. I find that sometimes it’s hard to keep the balance while trying to take your craft to the next level. Once you lose the love for the art, It just becomes another job.
The second thing I think people need to realize is that there is a good chance you will never make any serious money at your craft. For me money is the last priority and because of that I try to live a low-key lifestyle so that I don’t really need a lot to live. That isn’t to say a serious career isn’t in your future, it really depends on how bad you want it. If you want this to be a career then you have to put into the work. I work full-time and write almost whenever I’m not working and if I’m not writing I’m thinking about a new poem or something related to my craft.
I feel like you have to remember the reason you got into your art to begin with. I starting writing because I needed an escape. It has been that way for over a decade now and it is still that way.. Everytime I find myself forcing a poem I step back and chill, take a break and go do something else. I’m at the point where I really don’t want to work a regular job anymore and being a poet is something I’ve wanted to do full-time for years. I finally have the chance to do it, so I’m making the best of that opportunity now. If your in it for the money, then you were not really in it to begin with. Nowadays many people don’t understand why we do what we do and even worse don’t fully appreciate the time and effort that goes into every little piece of work we create. It’s extremely unfortunate how messed up our morales are on a whole and even worse how much it is frowned upon sometimes when an individual breaks away from the everyday cycle.
Some of the most talented people in the world will never be heard, their works never seen and their dreams never realized. Being forced to drop your dreams for however much time is terrible. I know how it feels because I put mine on hold for what feels like forever. I don’t regret doing it because I have to eat and my family needs to eat but at the same time, it should never have to happen. Being an independent artist is probably some of the hardest work out there because it can be so mentally draining that you don’t want to do it anymore but you do because it feels like that is your purpose in life.
Fuck what this world tells you is important.. Follow your heart and do what you love to do regardless of what happens..
P.S. I’m sure this has some errors in it. I’m going to throw it to my buddy for edits but still enjoy and feel free to tell me what you think about it.