We had the good fortune of connecting with T.K.S and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi T.K.S, looking back, what do you think was the most difficult decision you’ve had to make?
The most difficult decision I’ve ever had to make was getting out of my own way. What I mean by that is, acknowledging that I was my biggest setback. It’s extremely difficult to be aware of the setbacks within yourself like fear, procrastination, self-doubt, laziness, and even lack of focus. The crazy part is that’s only the first half. The second half was even more difficult because that part required change. I had to lose friends, I had to become more organized, I had to work while everyone else played, I had to make the sacrifices and difficult decisions necessary for me to achieve my goals.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
To me art is one of the purest forms of self expression. This means that everyone’s art or creations are in some way unique and different, even if they are in the same category. I would like to think that the time, effort, energy, brainpower and style that I put into my music is what makes it different because, I’m the only me. Im extremely excited to continue my growth as an artist, and to continue to inspire and touch people’s lives with my music. It’s been a long road getting to this point in my career and it didn’t come without challenges ( too many to name ). A few key factors I’ve learned while on this journey is to never quit, stay true to yourself and enjoy this crazy ride.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Well, seeing as how I’m from Michigan and my best friend has never been to California the list would be extremely long. So for the sake of time I’ll make this short and sweet. As far as places to go, I would definitely take them to see the ocean which is something we California residents tend to take for granted. Maybe a stop by Santa Monica and Venice, followed by a drive-up PCH. I would also take them to see all of the typical tourist spots. ( Hollywood sign, Walk of fame, Griffith Observatory, Universal Studios, Disney, and maybe a few museums). I would show them the music studio where I record and also take them on some nature hikes. The list of foods we would eat is just way too many to name but, I would make sure they ate breakfast at one of my favorite places called Potato Shack. 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?
That’s tough to narrow down so my shoutout would have to go to multiple people, books, teachers, family, and more. I’ve had the pleasure of reading some amazing and truly inspiring books, while also crossing paths with so many gifted and talented people who have impacted my life for the better. Groups like The Takerz Club, Teachers like Joel Numa, Books like The 48 laws of power, and rich dad poor dad have all played a huge role in my story.
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