designed by teremoana rapley
While I find the images of my clothing range... a thought or six to ponder...
By my own calculations MUSIC + $ - <3 = a struggle fuelled by greed and power where you are encouraged to give away your power as an artist / creative to be ‘successful’.
1 You can only control you. You don’t only have to be resilient, you have to be emotionally, physically, spiritually balanced, with a depth of understanding intellectual, social and cultural capital; knowledge of self is a given. Otherwise, you are a commodity, have a shelf-life and the industry infrastructure owns and controls you.
2 Separate empathy from stupidity
3 Make sure the bandwagon you choose to get on, is solid and not a social campaign designed to undermine understanding the real issue = privilege
4 Move away from the gaze of the western construct lens and look inwards to understand your connection to your physical-self. Do you first before exposing the behaviour of others, ‘cos there are always consequences, always.
5 There are many faces of the coloniser oppressor. For me from as young as seven, it was brown men, brown women, white men, then white women. Mmm...hmmm. And now I have moved to a different sector, the gatekeepers are the same, different order. I prefer to blame peoples’ individual behaviour as opposed to their skin colour
Stupid comes in all colours, shapes, sizes and gender.
6 Add value to important conversations by expanding traditional / stereotypical / biased perspectives with your well thought through intellect (ancestral, indigenous, street, creative, artistic, hood, scientific, academic, political etc.,) challenging the status quo (that doesn’t work for all) and
SHIFT THE NARRATIVE.