Ladies and Gentlemen–and to my specific audience–authors and writers, this is what it’s all about. Chance the Rapper, is the epitome of what it’s all about when it comes to controlling your destiny.
Chance the Rapper is an “Indie” artist, who isn’t signed to a major record label, but he’s been working hard at his craft for years. He hasn’t given up, he’s put the work in and the fruit of his labor came in the form of three Grammy Awards last night. Congratulations and a hearty bravo! My favorite, new phrase to use, “Excellence is Excellence” is personified in his story.
He didn’t need the backing of a major record label to prove his worth. He simply worked hard. He kept grinding. He believed in himself. He kept honing his craft. His hard work caught the eye of other like-minded individuals, i.e. Beyonce, the White House (Obama Administration and his daughters) and he became, what some like to call, an underground artist.
I don’t know why he didn’t have a record label backing him, but I bet you one thing…As of his first Grammy that he was awarded last night, he has a plethora of options, but he can still retain control while continuing to carve out his own path and that, my dear writers and authors, that is what it’s all about.
See, as writers and authors, we used to be indebted to the big six (Book Publishing Companies) or media outlets that have the reach that would allow us to build our platform, and ultimately, our paycheck, but no more. No more must we be a slave to the media outlets who deign to give us a byline or a “Simon & Schuster” who will deign to give us a publishing deal. NO! We can do it ourselves now.
Just like, Chance the Rapper has done it himself.
As writers and authors, we can work to build our presence by writing on a regular basis and publishing that work ourselves! By blogging and publishing your blog regularly, and by self-publishing your own books (done the right way, of course), as long as you work hard and work in excellence, you will win. It may take some time, but as Denzel Washington stated in his acceptance speech at the NAACP Image Awards the day before the Grammys, “Without commitment, you’ll never start. Without consistency, you’ll never finish.”
And that’s all we have to do more times than we don’t…start and finish.