Evan: Sinnah, sometimes I get tired of pursuing my passion of rapping. I’m wondering right now, should I take a break, or keep at it; if so, how long? I get afraid of falling behind. Much love to you guys.
Stephen: Yeah, that’s a good question, Sinnah, I think, um, you know, if you love what you’re doing, whatever it is, rapping, let’s take that. You probably need to say, are you really energized? Are you fresh, are you um, really focused on achieving your goals?
And invariably, there comes a time where you kind of run out of a bit of energy, and you need to have a bit of, kind of recharge and reflection.
So um, at those points, you know, whatever works for you, you can go on vacation, whatever, um, get together with friends, you go and see mentors, you know, whatever it is that really works for you, and then uh, and then I think that’s a great time to reflect on kind of what’s working, fundamentally to still believe in your big idea, um, and if you do, what do you need to change to make it even more successful? And then you kind of can get right back into it.
” Invariably, there comes a time where you kind of run out of a bit of energy, and you need to have a bit of, kind of recharge and reflection.” – Stephen Kelly
Evan: This is an interesting one, cause we’re, we’re just about to release a video on Lindsey Stirling, I don’t know if you know Lindsey, but she’s, she’s a violinist, and she had one of the top YouTube videos, uh, for one of her songs, and when she was doing violin, she kind of got bored of it, because it was kind of classical and the same thing, and she just really grew tired of it, and she wanted to put it down, and then she discovered electronic music and Skrillex and DJs, and all of these people putting out beats, and she said, “That’d be really cool to combine my violin “with the electronic beats.”
And she formed a new thing that hadn’t existed before, and that reignited her interest and passion in violin, and also helped her differentiate herself and create one of the top YouTube videos for music videos. And so I’m wondering if there, there might be something like that in it for you, where if you still love rapping, but you’re not, you know, you don’t like doing it the way you’ve been doing it, or the way other people are doing it, to explore, maybe combine it with another passion of yours, to continue to test the waters.
You know, if you look at The Beatles, none of their albums sounded like each other, the first album was way different than the next one, and way different than the next one, and people are like “Well, why don’t, “we like the early Beatles, why don’t you keep doing those?”
Well we’ve grown as people, we don’t do that anymore, we want to do new stuff, and I think that’s part of every entrepreneur, especially artists, you have to continue to evolve and test and try new things, and so, if you’re getting a little bored of what you’re doing, I’d say, “How do I mix in something new?” Try out a new project that still involves the rapping, but you can involve, incorporate something else in it to push yourself and see if it makes you come alive.
“Part of every entrepreneur, especially artists, you have to continue to evolve and test and try new things” – Evan Carmichael
Stephen: Yeah, I think that’s good, Evan, I think also, if you’re really getting bored, go and kind of, go, go round and listen to rappers you really respect, go and meet some of them.
Um, maybe, maybe think about doing something collaboratively with a partner, cause it sounds like you just need new innovation, it sounds like you’ve got a core idea, you love what you’re doing, but if you need to evolve, there’s loads of opportunities.
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