I have been writing articles on celebrities for quite some time now but have never been as overwhelmed as I find myself now, writing about Drake. With a work ethic that rivals many of his industry counterparts, he has accomplished so much in such a small amount of time, making him one hell of an incredible force to be reckoned with, and in many ways he is showing us that anything is possible if you are willing to put in the effort needed to attain it.
As I stated in my last post, the music industry is more than just a business (if you don’t remember, click here). It is one of the oldest games in the world; however, playing it doesn’t always mean you’ll come out on top. Sometimes, the very nature of the game is knowing that you may not come out at all. What I meant by that was that surviving in the music industry, or in any business, for that matter, requires more than talent but also a little something that some folks like to refer to as “tough skin.”
Former Celebrity Video vixen Melyssa Ford turned television host, actress, and the list goes on, in a recent photo shoot with famed photographer Derek Banks spoke about tough skin and the reason that you have to have it in this industry.
Other celebrities agree with her and take it a step further by adding that people will always have something to say; they tell you you’re wrong when you know you’re right, and even when your song is sitting at number one on the music charts, they will still have something negative to say. If you’re not strong enough, their words start tearing you to shreds, making you want to give up before you truly even start.
Celebrities from Michael Jordan to talk show diva Oprah Winfrey herself encourage others to believe in themselves and that you must pat yourselves on the back before looking for validation from someone else.
Drake appears in many ways to be relatable; he takes nothing for granted and doesn’t mind showing his feelings, letting us know that he is indeed human and that the burden of being so is that knowing you will, at times, make mistakes. Described by some as the male Lauryn Hill, one can only imagine what he will become years from now.
Wow! Writing this article wasn’t so hard after all; all the previous drafts of this very column laying within my waste basket, and all I needed to do was take a deep breath and go in, my only focus being the completion of the goal. It’s not what everyone else feels but, ultimately, what I feel. The tough skin concept, and success in whatever field you’re in, relies heavily on that.
Until next time, keep it locked on drizzydrake.org.
See you soon, everyone.