Jay-Z said something very profound on the Master Class interview. I wanted to share it with you, and especially share it with all my photographer friends.
I’ve learned more from failures than success and it can be paralyzing….failure and the fear of it…
If I was going to be successful I had to be successful at myself. I couldn’t be successful doing what other people were doing. I had to do what I believed in and what felt real to me and true to me. The worst thing to be, is successful as someone else. That’s a very difficult thing to up keep and it’s very tiring. I feel very sorry for someone who has to walk out of the house everyday as someone else to make this art and to make something that people connect to and whatever you’ve made is not you and you’re not happy about it but it’s successful. Just to maintain that level of success has to be very draining and sad in existence. At some point, you have to go home and when you go home, all the lights are off and you have to look in the mirror, you have to look at yourself and say “Man, I like who I am” or “I’m not very happy with who I am.” – JAY- Z