Tuesday, June 19, 2007

How To Get Off the Plantation in 5 Easy Steps (Pt. II)


How to Get Off the Plantation in 5 Easy Steps:

2. Eat your anger.

So as I discussed in Step 1, the first important step is all about vision. Having a concrete vision for what you want to do. And this vision should relate to a passion you have—something you would do even if you couldn’t make any money doing it. After finding this passion, the next step is to truly begin your march to freedom. You need a starting point. Most successful people I know who are young and in the music business full time were starlets waiting to happen. They began early, like Tiger Woods. We’re talking people who were singing in brushes at the age of three, in acapella groups in high school, banging on keyboards in college, and now producing, writing and singing full time a mere fifteen years later. But for every single rising star I know there are 100 trying to make it---100 folks that decided at the age of 20 that they wanted to do music and now are dropping out of school, stripping or pumping gas so they can pay a producer for a demo package, and hoping they can get a record out before they have to hang their head in shame and go back to mama or school. (I used to do this every Christmas until I decided to go back to school, graduate, and pay my own bills, or at least most of them.)

But what if you’re 25 and unable to write songs, dunk a basketball, too “dumb" to be a doctor, etc. What then? Then go back to step 1. Find something to believe in and stick with it. Because even if you have passion and vision “making it" takes hard work, planning, talent, discipline, and perhaps most importantly of all, luck. But even if you have no passion, no vision, no idea what you’d like to do or where you’d like to go, you gotta start somewhere.

So start with anger. Study the things that enrage you. And eat them. What makes you maddest? Homelessness. Sexism. Racism. Poverty. The fact your mom can’t dress. The bad music at parties. The fact you’ve traveled nowhere except to campus and back home. Your inability to find a date. The lack of art in schools. The fact that black people don’t read. The many historical injustices of American foreign policy. The fact Americans consume so much, waste exponentially, and give back so little. Find these things that drive you crazy and then pour your whole being into them. This anger is a career, an economic opportunity, a new invention, business model or technological breakthrough waiting to happen. Eat this pain, this frustration and anger and use it as fuel. Often this is where the most innovative ideas and passions come from.

As we know, most great art comes from guys like Woody Allen, Spike Lee, Andy Warhol, James Baldwin, the list goes on--- these guys were misfits, the guys that never got a dance at prom and it ate them up. It ate them up so much they had to find a way to be noticed, a way to make it happen. The tricky thing to remember here is that most people who have lasting success had a burning mission, something to say, core values that formed the foundation of everything they accomplished. You get the impression that Spike Lee genuinely cares more about black people and the community than he does about himself. And it makes you go see his films. So what do you have to say? What do you believe in? What drives you crazy? Make a list of those things that keep you up at night and then attack them systematically by volunteering, joining with others to form a company or organization, write a song, paint a picture, run down the street naked, just get angry and make it happen!

You can do it. You can turn your hopelessness, your despair and despondency into action. Stop staring at that computer screen. Turn down the zombie syndrome and become determined to be somebody. And by somebody I don’t mean an asshole with a Swiss bank account, a fixture in celebrity culture or a reality TV star. I mean become the best you.

5 comments:

luvgun said...

but i want to be an asshole with a swiss bank account.

Chuck Lightning said...

Great!

Go for it!

Baron Mynd said...

"The fact that black people don’t read." When I was reading this post, this happened to be the first thing that popped in my head when you said what makes you angry I'm happy you listed it. I just asked my friend yesterday who graduated from Ohio state a week ago if he knew anything about the black wallstreet (..not The Game's Record Label.) He had no idea I had him read about it (He was whining about reading about it), but once he did he was all for change. Man I just want people to open their minds It's so much out there to learn and just be....I'ma definitely show him these posts too!

Dot Techno Mania said...

Very well said chuckster....
I know those people that totally started trying to do music cause thier passion was making money at the age of 25...Which is one of the things that make me angry...
IT makes is so that the market ios over saturated with people who's passion isn't the art and the healing vibration of music itself...but music as a pressed product like at the coca cola company...thus people like me who really have a mission and one of those burning misfit messages and have sense age 10, can't get a show because I have to try to get out of the wading pool, where the rest of those fool are.

And you're so right...I do need to move, but where to is the question...

I love the pprtion about getting angry and charging like a bull...
You'll find that that kind of anger is anger in a balanced perspective....It's anger with love, because it seeks to make it so that nobody has to go through the same crap you did...

It's alson that feeling of no choice...As was said in THe Matrix revolutions..."the choice has already been made"
I know what I am aiming to do is what I must do...It's the only option...You know it's real when if you go off the path of that vision for a second, a wond storm of blunder comes to blow you right back on that path!

I love this series of blogs...great subject matter!I would love to chop it up with you for a day and see what crazy things would pop up!

Dot Techno Mania said...

Funny thing about black people reading in response to Baron...

I'm actually a very bad dyslexic...and reading has always been a tough thing for me sense....It still may take me a good hour to two to get through a couple of news paper articals. but I do make an effort..

I believe reading is so important for the imagination...

One of my main messages that I have to all that may recieve is:

To bring attention to the inner voice.
I wasn't the best student in school and reading was a no go early on, but still for some reason I caught on to the things that those who did aquire a lot of knowledge did, without having to be told, or with out being able to read.
This is because at a very young age I was able to tune into the still voice, and it made up for me not being to bright all the time...And it even enhances your abillity to taje in what you read and hear and process it for your own mind to use for your specific purpose...