We had the good fortune of connecting with Earnest Wright and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Earnest, is there something that you feel is most responsible for your success?
The most important factor in my success is a belief in myself, specifically in unfamiliar places. It is extremely easy to be confident in private, when you’re your own crowd. The belief exudes out of my body when I’m recording a song or writing a poem in private. I truly feel as if I can do anything in the world. I feel no pressure and I see no limits. The important factor in my success is to make sure this translates into my day to day life. Expectations, anxiety and a natural coyness make this difficult at times. Over the past year, after making it my focus I have begun to be outwardly confident in myself which is a bi product of me believing in myself. I have noticed a change in everything involving my creative brand. I recently released an EP and had a successful release party. Belief in yourself allows one to take risks, not be deterred by setbacks, and achieve lofty goals.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Something I take pride in is my ability to handle all phases of production myself. When I first got started as an artist I wanted to outsource a lot of the work. I wanted someone to make beats for me, to engineer for me to make my videos for me etc. After being frustrated by how others work and being screwed over I taught myself how to do everything. I’m not sure if I did it out of necessity or because I was just tired of people. Anyhow the end result was me learning how to produce, engineer and edit the videos for my own songs and others. This allows me to get things exactly how I want them, which takes everything up a level. I am nowhere near where I plan to go, or want to be but a few things I learned along the way are one must be intrinsically motivated, one must have an undeniable passion for their craft and don’t do anything for clout.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
I would pick my homie up from the airport then take them to LAX tacos to get them fed right away. During week I would let the spirit guide us. I know I’d take them to the beach, probably venice if they don’t mind crowds if they want quiet somewhere near Malibu. LA has a lot of good food options, but I’d have to take them to some of my favorite food trucks for the goods.. We’d hit All Flavor No Grease and Birria Gonzalez to give them a taste of the city. I’d take them on a hike to work the food off and so they can get a good look at the city from above. Also I’d take them to California African American Museum and Angels game to see Ohtani.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I would like to shoutout “2020” my crew from Marquette University. Shoutout to them because they’re cool dudes who are all thriving just like I am. We have creatives, business folks, politicians and more. It’s truly great to see everyone living their best life. It motivates me to do the same!