The vision is global and your plan is to take the world by storm. You’re gonna change your industry forever. Or, at least you’ll attempt to and chances are you might just fail. The range of your vision may not be enough to encompass the globe. What you think is a storm may just be a drizzle.
‘You wanna reach the nation nigga start from ya corner’
-Big Boi OutKast ‘Humble Mumble’
It’s hard to make a significant impact on the world. But consider a contingency, use your influence to affect the immediate world around you. Changing your community may be a fulfilling consolation if world domination doesn’t pan out. Many people make a living doing what they love locally. The hip-hop community places such a horrible stigma on being ‘local.’ And this is why so many unfamiliar faces who aren’t a part of what we call ‘the culture’ dictate culture and industry in our neighborhoods.
Shamira has aspirations to become the creative director at whatever large company as a stepping stone toward her artistic independence. Meanwhile, Becky gets a job as creative director in the cultural affairs department in the city Shamira grew up in. Becky is now gainfully employee doing what she loves and also has access to city resources to help her independent artistic goals. Becky is from a suburb so far removed from the city that she has no idea how to service the cultural needs of that community. But it doesn’t matter, she’s hired. Not because she’s white but because she applied.
We often seek out opportunity in places that we feel have way more value than the places we come from.
When a lot of times the things we seek can be obtained at home. Contracts and grants provided by your state, city or county that will fund your dreams. Or small firms in your town that you don’t know about that have big budgets and are actively looking for someone with your expertise. It may lack that big city appeal, your influence may not cross the pond or traverse hemispheres. But you can make some real money doing what you love. The fact is, you may be dreaming too big to recognize the bigger more realistic opportunities around you.
-Earl 'Wolf' Davis