I read some posts some weeks regarding ‘privilege’ and for sure it does exist. Everyone does not start the race in the starting blocks. Some start near the finishing line. Some start way behind the starting line near the wall. Unlike a real race, almost no one starts in the same spot.
However, that is just one way of looking at it. Perceived disadvantages can actually work to your advantage (the book “David vs Goliath” expands on this). Unlike a race, your path to the finish line isn’t linear. Let’s take music yeah? You’re not working so you don’t have money to record. Presha. But guess what? You have an even more coveted artifact – time. What are you doing with it? Working on your craft or complaining about your lack of ‘funds’. If you spent a week scheming, even with an average brain I’m sure you can come up with some creative way to move forward. Not to mention you can move the needle further along the 10,000 hours required to become a true master in your field.
On the flip side if you don’t have time invest in your craft because you have a job – use the money you’re earning effectively. Divert liming on the Avenue funds to studio time. You can also use your job skills to your advantage as well. If you are a programmer by day, build your own website. If you do graphic design, photography, all those things are assets to an artiste. Even if the job isn’t directly complementary you can market yourself on the job. That’s a readily available fanbase – co workers.
But what about connections? Yes some people are born with a golden spoon. True. But even more people don’t activate the spoon that THEY have. Maybe it looks more like a silver or copper spoon but you’d be surprised the tasty food that can bubble from it. You have family right now that can help you who you aren’t consulting because “you doh do dem thing”. I’m guilty of this too which is why I’m highlighting it. Let’s say you’re an aspiring rapper and your Uncle is a small-time calypsonian. It doesn’t seem like much but just talking to him can give you an edge over somebody with a rich uncle. Sometimes advice can be worth more than dollars.
My point is, privilege is a real thing but there is no room for excuses in success. And be mindful more than anything of perceived weaknesses that you can use to your advantage. Some of these points helped me acquire my own studio Future Crab Studios. I could tell you step by step how I did it but then you wouldn’t have a reason to buy my self help book dropping in a decade’s time now would you?