POST-005: What Makes an Artist?

Each week, we leave Saturday open for a blog post about some of the things on our mind here at WhiteNoiize. This weeks post is about “What Makes an Artist” by SJPJ.

What makes an artist?

When I started out going to electronic shows I would see these big name artist on stage and would just be taken away at how talented they were. This feeling that people are just special and there’s no way a normal dude like me could do what they do. But after actually meeting some artist and getting to talk to them, I came to the realization that they are normal people just like the rest of us.

There’s this idea that artist made it because they are lucky, that they are rich, or just really well connected. The idea that these people have a special “it” that no one else can have. That only those special people can tour the world. The reality is you don’t have to be any of those things, you don’t have to be rich, well-connected or good looking. You have to have a dream big enough to tackle the world, ambition to the point of giving it all up and the sheer determination to stick it out until you’ve made it.

Outside of my own personal experience the best example I can give is Ghastly. He had moved out of his parents’ house and lived in LA to really pursue music, poured everything he had and it still wasn’t enough. So he packed his bags and went home, to a farm out in the middle of nowhere. For the next 4 years he worked on the farm and just made music, but never lost his belief. After his time with his family he gave it another shot, went back to LA to try it one more time to really give it all he’s got. Sure enough Ghastly exploded onto the scene and made a name for himself doing what he loves. At any point he could have made excuses, quit his dreams and lived a normal life. But he stuck through it, stayed determined and never gave up.

So if there’s anything I can leave for those wanting to pursue their dreams. Never give up on doing what you love, and you are more than capable of achieving the highest heights. But always have the determination and the will to push through the adversity. Fortune favors the prepared, and good things come to those who wait.

Go out there and be the person you want to be, you’ll be surprised how well it turns out! -Said Jalajal

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