I had an interesting dream the other night. My dad, who passed away last December, came into my dreams and asked me, “Why are you struggling Asa, habibi?” I told him, “I have a lot on my mind, dad. I have classes, work, my shows, and I feel like I am failing for some reason.” When I woke up, that is about all I remembered.
I checked my twitter account yesterday and saw Professor Herzog’s tweet about his father which prompted me to get my butt back in gear (not to mention gave me a chill up my spine). Last week, Professor Herzog and I spoke about changing my organization from “me as a musician” to “Market Basket,” which is where I work, or an “artist/musician who I admire.” At this point I have to say that I cannot change my organization to either of those options not because I am a stubborn half-wit but because I have a mission in mind that I haven’t “sold” very well to my class (or anybody, really).
The idea that I am attending graduate school is because I want to further my career as a musician. My dad never understood my creative ways or where they came from but he had faith in my decisions to better myself and succeed with my music; he always told me to follow my passion. I used to have digital social media on lock – that is, I used to be a heavy user of Facebook, Myspace, and was just starting to get into Twitter. When I was finishing up my undergraduate thesis last year, I studied lots about intellectual property and decided that I was using these social media platforms irresponsibly. Simply put, I killed off my accounts with the hopes of coming back “on the grid” at a later time, having a better strategy for representing my music. Well, as we know, I am a digital nobody and coming into a class which requires the use of digital media is, well, difficult to say the least.
I would like to make things more clear about me as a musician:
- I am a sole-proprietorship that sells entertainment.
- I have no existing digital footprint.
- I will utilize the required digital media platforms of the class (and others) to create awareness for my shows.
- I will use Twitter to share with people where I will be playing and I will use YouTube and SoundCloud to generate interest in the music I perform.
Not only do I look at this class as an opportunity to get back on the grid but I also think I make a good example of “expanding a digital footprint.” I want to go from digital nobody to digital somebody. Hopefully, I can begin to make this happen.
(Some inspiring words by Gavin Friday @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nofzusUeYIc)