I’d like to talk about fear but first: A good friend of ours, Michael Tolbert, is working on a fantastic web series called Underground 13. Skymonk’s tune ‘So Low’ will be featured in the show! We’re so excited, this is our first time being placed in a series! Yeah!
A bit more about the show. Underground 13 is a crime action drama full of mystery and twists.The cast and crew are loaded with some heavy hitters including but not limited to:
- Ebony Wilson, who has been featured in such films as Iron Man 3
- Faith Creech, an associate of Midnight Crow Productions
- Jon Trammell, a longtime associate to Midnight Crow Productions
- Michael Tolbert, making his acting debut on the series and also runs Operation Adventure
- Daniel Troyer, a guest cinematographer on board production based out of North Carolina, and a rising DP
- Brigham McNeely, a star in the series, resident gaffer, camera man, and sound operator
- Stephen Mackenzie Brown is an actor, resident sound man and boom operator
Check out the new episode this Saturday and listen for ‘So Low’! Click here for the link — Be sure to leave a comment, let us know what you think of the song in the show!
To download ‘So Low’ and 6 other tunes from our website, click here. We’ll just need an email address to send them to you.
On a further reading note I’d like to level with you today. I’ve been reading about success, what that means, how it works, etc. And there is something wild about it. Something unattainable. And it looks different for everyone. Which is why people have been writing about it since business and the idea of success started.
I’ve always been told that, and even thought most of my life, that success is just a singular event. A moment you could capture and put your finger on — that day, that time, that moment was when someone was successful and knew it…
But the more I read, the more I work, the harder we push, I don’t think success looks or happens like that at all. I think success is a long, winding, wavering, meandering path, that some days just seems to take it’s sweet frigging time. My dad would tell you anything worth getting is worth waiting for, worth working hard for. I agree with that wholeheartedly.
Skymonk’s song ‘So low’ is being featured on a web series called Underground 13 and for me, that’s a big deal. I like that creative people can work together and achieve their goals working as a team — that”s one of my favorite parts about this business. And this opportunity we’ve been blessed with is one of the hundreds, maybe thousands of seemingly small events that happen on the path to success that really can’t be tied to one single event. But just like any wall, any building, any monument, you can’t really see all the pieces at the same time that make up that grand design. They are hundreds, sometimes thousands of tiny victories that keep you moving forward and pushing for the thing that you are after.
I think about where we were this time last year. We had just finished recording the first thing Skymonk as a group was truly proud of. We had never left the state of South Carolina, had never toured, had never made a music video. Hell, we didn’t have any video, let alone, something we made on purpose. I had hardly touched my video editing software, because frankly I was scared of it, I was scared of looking foolish and failing, embarrassing our group or being found out that that was something I wasn’t very good at.
We were scared. Not like out in the open scared, but deep deep down. And part of me wonders if we weren’t scared of success itself. Realizing that yes, you do have potential, can be a terrifying realization.
But we didn’t give up. We kept pushing. And sometimes we bombed. But those bombs became less and less often and got us to where Skymonk is today. As a group, as a band, as a creative collective of minds making music for ourselves and other people. Stumbling forward is a mindset that saved us from being paralyzed by inaction. I wanted to share that with you because most people struggle with stumbling, fear of failure. Whether that’s taking on a new job, a weight loss program, a move, a new relationship, an exercise program, an intimidating hike, whatever it may be — we can’t let fear dictate what we do and don’t do.
We have to embrace failure as part of the process and stop demonizing not getting things right the first time. Or even the second. Or third.
So today I just wanted to share something uplifting and have a conversation with you.
I’m curious what would you try if you knew you couldn’t fail? Share with us and with others in the comments below. I want to hear what you have to say. Everyone who does will get a free acoustic track.
SHOWS COMING UP THIS WEEK:
March 8th New Brookland Tavern, Columbia, South Carolina — with Sleeping Policeman, Semi Casuals.
Until next time,