I’ve heard this statement numerous times: so, how far do you want to go with your music? Where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10?

I always answer this question with: I want to go to the top; I want to be a full time artist traveling the globe and spreading positivity through it. I want to be a household name, etc. The fact of the matter is that this is true. This comes as a shock to many people because they expect me to be a teacher (my current occupation) for the rest of my life or some sort of “normal” career. After all, I did attend Cornell and UPenn to do “normal” careers.

It’s crazy, people think I’m serious about a lot of life choices except that of being an artist. For the longest, I’ve been trapped in this mindset that I needed to have a career in which people viewed me as a scholar. I’ve even felt embarrassed mentioning that music is what I want to do. I mean, I’m very busy completing teacher stuff and that sometimes perpetuates my aforementioned feeling. That feeling, however, doesn’t exist anymore. For those who judge me, I say take me as I am, let me do me and you do you.

With this said, I need your support. A quick listen to my music, attendance at shows/events, spreading the word about me, etc will make me feel that I didn’t waste yours (or my) time putting myself out there. It’s so hard for an independent artist to get ‘buzz’ nowadays but one thing I’m going to do is keep grinding as hard as possible and taking advice.

Until next time…

~Ya Boy Saidu

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