Grimes Talks Being Her Own Boss
Fri, 07 Nov 2014 14:55:49
Canadian musician and singer Grimes is working on the follow up to 2012's Visions, but she took time out of her schedule to pen an essay for the teen site Rookie's Rookie Yearbook Three [Amazon link] about what it's like to be your own boss. Even as a creative artist and musician, she still has to sit atop her own empire, since it is, you know, the music business and things like accounting and LLCs factor into this shit.
She wrote: "Something I didn't realize when I started making music was that any entrepreneurial endeavor involves hiring people, creating a company, and becoming a businessperson. So, while you may know me as a musician, in practice I am also a boss. I'm the CEO of two companies, Grimes Creative Corp and Fairy Tour Corp, and I just started Roco-Prime Productions with my brother. This is simultaneously very cool and very stressful. I'm definitely not the best or most experienced boss. I'm also a young, female boss, which can present a very particular set of practical and emotional challenges."
So there you have it. She explains how shit works.
Grimes also wrote about how she deals with the critics and the comments. She wrote: "You will never hear more people tell you that you're wrong than when you're succeeding. After my album Visions came out, I spent a really long time freaking out because people were telling me that in order to take 'the next step' in my career, I would have to become a much better 'musician,' that I'd need a backing band, etc. I now realize that (a) none of those people have music careers, and (b) I wasted a lot of time trying to do things I was told were 'important for every professional musician' to do, without realizing that as a fan, I am far more interested in things that I've never seen before. The point is, listening to haters is pointless. People are judgmental about everything—often because they feel threatened. Ignore them. I think this applies to any business or creative thing, because tomorrow's world will not look like today's. Doing something different is probably better than doing the same things that other people do."
What a rich-with-meaning-and-insight couple of thoughts/items, right?
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