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So, it is 2010. Your record label will throw a party if your record can crawl its way to a Gold Plaque. The fans do not; and often times will not, buy your CD until they’ve heard at least 4-5 great songs they like (i.e. Top 10 hits). Hell, it even takes a boatload of touring, mixed with heavy promo and marketing, just to break even! Not to mention all the work that goes into getting signed in the first place! 

LEARN WHY I’M STILL IN THIS NEXT!

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So why is a career in music so attractive for so many, including myself? I can only speak for myself but I know that I have a dream, and its exciting, and there are some things I must accomplish before I kick the bucket. So here goes nothing!

 

I bought my first rap CD from a friend. It was Jay-Z‘s The Blueprint, and I had it 2 days before its official release date. At that moment, I realized I wanted to pursue a career in music. I realized I had a flair for entertaining others, and I loved to be the center of attention. I resolved to make it all the way to the top, and make a living playing the music I love. Now that is the reason why most people get into this, but this business will also take drive and persistence. Many times people have told me I wasn’t good enough, not ready, will never make it, and so on. All those times I just got back up and kept going, kept studying, and kept progressing.

UPS, DOWNS AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN NEXT!

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This business is very exciting, especially for an unsigned act like myself. One minute you are a nobody, getting hung up on and pushed to the side. Within a few months people are asking you to write ‘Celebrity Blogs’! You go on to meet your idols, and find out they aren’t like how you imagined them. You grow as a person, and you don’t really see your old friends and family the same way. One minute you feel like Jay-Z and the next you feel like Milli Vanilli, wondering if what you do will be received well or if you are as unique as you think. Think of it as a roller-coaster ride; when you’re up, you are high in the clouds, and when your down, you’re REALLY down!

MY MOTIVATION AND MENTORS IN THIS BUSINESS NEXT!

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I would love to meet and work with Jay-Z. After all, he is the reason I started in the first place. The more I mature, the more I understand his lyrics about business, friends, family, and life. I’d also love to work with Soulja Boy, Kanye West, Slash, and just about any other artist that does what they want to do despite outside criticism. I look up to the them and try to model my behavior after them.

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