According to StoryBlocks, the millennial generation birthed one of the most creative generations. Pursuing a creative career path can be challenging and scary, but it molds some of the most hard working and gritty people. This entry features one of my close homies, Harrison, who is a talented rapper and shares what it is like to monetize his craft as a millennial.
HurricaneKee (@HurricaneKee) is a west coast musician out of San Diego and he is currently managed by Power Moves Only (@PMOManagement). At the age of 15, he made the decision to pursue music as his full time job. Currently, he spends his days mastering his sound, performing at local music joints and studying at Howard University. With his music, Harrison hopes to promote and establish generational wealth and inspire other kids to fully chase their dreams whatever they may be.
Kira: Why do you think millennials are twice more likely to pursue a creative career path compared to past generations?
HurricaneKee: I think we have more resources in this day and age where we can be informed and be inspired to get out there and try something new and do shit. I think we have a whole lot of technology like social media and streaming platforms, that has created different communities. Before social media, you couldn’t network the same. For example, my photographer is from Charlotte and I am from San Diego.
Kira: So what is your purpose in sharing creative content on social media and how important is this process for you?
HuricaneKee: As far as my artistry, it is very important. I think that nowadays you have to stay relevant and I’m not saying that social media is the only way to do that. But everyone my age is on social media, as well as people older and younger. So there’s a big chance that your shit is going to get picked up and someone is going to like it.
HurricaneKee: We’re exposed to so much now, so why not put some of my art out there?
Kira: That’s interesting when you say it’s important to stay relevant because I don’t necessarily love to be on social media, but when you’re trying to pursue a business or make connections, your presence on social media is needed. And this is why we see people buying followers and buying likes.
HurricaneKee: And I personally use social media to promote myself as an artist. People tend to get caught up in social media so I try to stay away from that part as much as I can… My posts represent me and my work. It’s important for fans to be able to grasp who you are as an artist on social media because it makes it easier to connect.
Kira: That’s true. The more authentic the post is, the more I like it. And I love finding people who show their true self, and what makes them different. It inspires me.
Kira: Do you create music mostly for business reasons or personal reasons? And how do you keep business separate from pleasure?
HurricaneKee: I like to make music for me first. It’s a way for me to say how I feel and share my story.
Kira: Do you think you have been your most vulnerable self when it comes to creating music and telling your story? Or are there times that you hold back what you share for everyone to listen to?
HurricaneKee: When I first started making music I didn’t like my voice. So I would start wondering how other people would want me to sound. Once I started questioning that I started to see myself drawing away from how I wanted to sound or what I wanted to say.
Kira: You didn’t like that you were caring about what other people might think about your music?
HurricaneKee: Right. It was affecting the type of music I made. As time went on, I was able to start making music for me. There’s so many songs that people will never hear from an artist where they just step into the booth, sit down in a chair, and get some shit out. And out of all those tracks where I sit down and tell my story, I decide which ones are for the public.
HurricaneKee: So it goes hand n’ hand. I make it (music) for me, but I put out what I think others would like the most.
Kira: What advice do you have for millennials that are trying to pursue a full time creative job?
HurricaneKee: Just go and do it. Grab an internship, find a mentor and try to soak up as much as you can from experienced people that have mastered the same craft.
Once again, social media is a blessing and a curse. It’s crucial to stay relevant if you want to make it to the top today. But learning how to balance business and pleasure can lead to adversity in the art world… If you’re a creative, I commend you for trying to monetize your craft. And like Harrison says, just go and do it.