#Hollywood by Dae Bogan
Everyone out here is trying to be somebody,
Trying to accomplish something,
Trying to make it.
We accept hardship as part of the journey.
We reason with set backs.
We swallow failure.
The goal, the hope is that we will progress.
Against the odds, we will break through.
We hope to succeed beyond our wildest imaginations,
But we are prepared to settle for just enough to keep us solid.
We have doubt.
We have fear.
We have denial.
And then…and then we have moments of enlightenment.
We are surrounded by failures and success stories.
We are constantly battling our own growth trajectory.
Our own insecurities and our own limitations are shackles to our efforts.
We know life would be easier if we retreated back to our hometowns,
But we have too much pride,
We have too much ambition,
We have too much perseverance to do that.
Besides, we just aren’t cut out for that life.
We are entertainers.
We are creatives.
We are agents of fantasy.
All we want is for people to like us for who we are,
Like us for what we do,
Like us for what we represent.
And all we want is to entertain You.
#Entrepreneurs by Dae Bogan
One day we’ll look back at this era of hustle and say,
Wow! That was the easy part.
Entrepreneurs. American dreamers.
Startup junkies. Go-getters and visionaries.
Slaves to a cocktail of intuition, logic, and the freedom of expression.
We desire and fear growth.
With every day of growth,
The intensity of accountability,
The pressure to set and reach higher expectations,
But at last, this is what fuels the entrepreneurial spirit.
This is what entrepreneurs do.
This is who entrepreneurs are.
Game changers. Entrepreneurs.
BEFORE THE BIG MOVE, I had visited Los Angeles only twice. The first time was for orientation at California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA). I had applied in summer 2003 after receiving notice that I was not accepted to my dream school, University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). I had never heard of Cal State LA until one of my best friends told me they were still accepting applicants. Immediately, I went online, applied, and was accepted. It was a desperate and hopeful attempt to go to college anywhere in Los Angeles so that I could be closer to Hollywood–the land of dreams.
Today is a very special day for me. Ten years ago today–December 4th, 2003–with a one-way ticket, $500, some clothes and a mission, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue a career in the entertainment industry. Although homeless and unemployed when I arrived, I hit the ground running towards the first few steps that have become an incredible journey of peaks and valleys. I’ve met some of the most amazing and douchiest people in the world, experienced some of the most awesome opportunities and depressing hardships, and have accomplished a few cool things along the way. It is far from over, far from peak, but this 10 year milestone is nothing short of awesome sauce!
Your passion is not limited by your capacity to dream; it’s only limited by your work ethic. The most amazing people don’t only dream big, they work hard…they work big. Truth be told, no one has your best interest in mind; they have only their’s. And sometimes — ultimately in consequence — your best interest falls inline with their motives. I help artists by giving advice, providing guidance and sometimes opening doors. That is in your best interest only because my best interest is proving that in some way I am a relevant music industry insider. It is no secret — when best interests align — the most amazing shit happens. The lesson here is to put yourself in the circles of those who have THEIR best interest in support of YOUR best interest. Otherwise, you’re just another talented yet ill supported aspiring artist hoping you’re the exception to the rule of success.
#SortOfTipsyMomentOfTruth: This is the thing indie artists. You hungry music makers who send me music to “bless”, music for “feedback”, music to “shop” to my contacts: I get it! I was once an aspiring recording artist as well! I’ve never told this “story,” but I was signed…3 times actually. Read More…