The Starving Artist Stories Are All The Same Aren’t They

You may relate, you may not. But you are already here, so you might as keep reading.

You may relate, you may not. But you are already here, so you might as keep reading.

You’re still reading? Great.

I named this blog ‘You’re Not Going To Read This’ because you won’t. Of course, it isn’t the goal, but it’s true. You don’t know me. You have no loyalty to this website. But you were looking for something on Al Gore’s Internet and something made you click this link. (My stomach will one day appreciate you for it.) But for right now, you’re hoping to find good content that may help you as an aspiring artist, creator or entrepreneur.

Honestly, I have don’t any tips or tricks to make it in an oversaturated industry. But my one bit of advice:

If you aren’t doing what you love, you probably suck at it anyway so actually giving you a tip to make it, would be a waste of both of our times.

Plus, I don’t have any tips to give or else I may have made it. Oh wait, that’s it. I’ve already made it. I’ve made it to a point where I create things I love to create.

Throughout the years, people have attempted to put me on a track they feel was right for me. I’m sure if you’re one of those people, you saw that train derail. It wasn’t pretty and no makeup could paint that picture over.

But it led me to this point today where I’m writing this blog that you’re probably not going to read. Why won’t you read it? Cause you have better things to do of course.

But you’re still here so, obviously, you don’t.

And that leads me to why I created this blog. I created this blog because I have nothing better to do but to remind every creative out there that loves something that they will give and sacrifice everything for that you already did it.

A creator wants to create. Society has made us feel we need to be accepted or even our craft needs to be accepted. I understand. I’ve been there. I’ve put my all into creating music that everyone will love. It’s just you spend days perfecting it, wanting to release it to your friends, loved ones and supporters and realize that nobody is looking for it.

It’s gotta suck. You lost the high you had. Dopamine levels are low and you’re looking for the next high. So you do what you know best, create.

And that cycle continues because everyone that does support you says to continue. Don’t give up is the magical term. Or is it Keep Going. Regardless, that one or two people that click all your links and know all your songs is what keeps you going.

Until you clock into that miserable job that isn’t doing anything to channel your creative talents. Shoot, they actually hinder them. No manager wants to hear the fry guy tell them how to run a business. They just want you to get those fries out. So you hate your job and the only thing you can do is create.

So there, I hate my job but I love creating. I said it. I even CC’d a copy of this to my boss in hopes that he sees what I see in myself. For so long, I’ve created. I’m getting tired of creating music that doesn’t get heard. Good music that isn’t appreciated cause I’m not shooting anybody or doing drugs. (All disrespect to that artist that ruined true hip hop for a bag.) But I’m making music based on my mood. My feelings. But noooooooooooo, Y’all prefer me to be Lil’ Pump. No. Fuck no.

So again, even tho You’re Not Going To Read This, know that if you got this far, all I want you to do is keep creating. Yeah, your pockets are empty. And yeah you’re eating noodles for dinner but guess what? You are doing what you were born to do. So keep creating. I’ll document my days creating here and hopefully you’ll know you aren’t alone.

I’m in this right along with you.

By Kareem Gaynor

Kareem Gaynor aka Pres Remo is an African-American writer, songwriter, photographer and graphic designer from Brooklyn, NY. He's self taught and self motivated although he finds inspiration in many places. Follow his antics on social media at @iampresremo.

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