Regardless if you are a recording artist or not in general we as people struggle with authentically being ourselves. Why is that? Could it be peer pressure, parental pressure, political or religious pressure to be something that you are truly not? Or how about a fear of rejection that may consequently leave you feeling irrelevant? Maybe you feel like you won’t be accepted unless you replicate what already seems to work for others?
Who Are You?
Perhaps you have never taken the time to consider who you truly are. What makes you tick? What brings you joy? What gives you purpose, peace, and a sense of completeness in how you live your life? We all are bombarded with suggestions from every angle implying what we should find identity in. Which clothes to wear, what car to drive and what music to listen to but at the end of the day, we must look at the person in the mirror as ask, who am I?
There is only one you. No one else has your thumbprint. You are truly unique regardless if you realize it or not. Even if you have a twin you are still distinct because you have different personalities. Diversity is what makes this world so interesting. Imagine if everyone looked and dressed the same. Talked with the same accent and had all of the exact same interests. What if McDonald’s was the only restaurant and there was no Mexican, Chinese, Italian, Seafood, Indian or Jamaican food? How dull and boring would that be?
Embrace who you are
Anyone who has ever been a trendsetter has almost always been overlooked and discredited in the beginning. Sylvester Stallone wrote the movie Rocky and was turned down several times by major movie companies. They said they wanted the story but they didn’t want him as the main character. They didn’t like the way he looked and sounded. He refused to sell his movie script to them even while he was dirt poor and had to sell his best friend, a pet dog outside a liquor store for $50 dollars so he could make ends meet.
That was the whole point of the movie. He was the underdog and was not supposed to be a champion. He knew in his heart that he had to be the one to play the character even when no one else got it. Eventually, the movie company gave in and paid him what he wanted to use his story as well as paid him to be the lead character and the rest is history. He was also able to buy his dog back.
Dare to be yourself
Your uniqueness is what sets you apart from everyone else. It makes you distinguishable amongst the crowd. Don’t blend in, stand out. Be peculiar and build up the courage to be yourself. Don’t be a clone or a carbon copy of someone else. Just because it worked for someone else doesn’t mean it will work for you. Dare to be yourself and remember this quote, “It’s better to be disliked for who you are than to be liked for who you are not”.