"Have you doubted your progress,
regretted your choices, put yourself
down? Remember that you are doing
just fine. Remind yourself right now
that no matter what it looks like,
you are doing the best you can. And
getting better. Encourage yourself,
support yourself, and celebrate
every little thing about yourself." ~lyanla Vanzant
This past journey on my first ever world premiere tour was full of support, celebration and encouragement. All that I needed at the right time. Having the stunning @departureduo perform my work and having the music community recieve it with open arms and wanting more is all I ever wanted for myself as a musician.
I knew my journey would be unorthodox from the start but I feared for a long time that the result would be nothing but rejection because I was black, I wasn't young enough, or educated enough or much less, coming out of a school of prestige. But I was wrong. It was through tenacity, belief in yourself and your craft, wanting to grow, and a support system that believes that you have what it takes to stand out, was what made my musical journey special and possible. And this trip put all this into perspective.
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