We had the good fortune of connecting with Ryan Ramirez and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Ryan, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
The most important habit I’ve created is to follow my power list every single day. The power list was developed by Andy Frisella, an entrepreneur who runs the business/lifestyle podcast “The MFCEO Project”, which I highly encourage you to check out. The power list is a list of 5 critical tasks that you HAVE TO complete before the day is over. The critical tasks should be related to an overall vision or goal you are trying to achieve, so in my case they’re usually related to music creation and building my career as an artist. The whole point of the power list is to create discipline through an organized framework which you have to follow every day. Once I implemented the power list in my everyday work, my organization, work ethic, discipline, and relationships improved a ton. Along with following my power list, I set aside time everyday to study major artists that I look up to as far as their stage presence, songwriting, mixing, dancing, vocal execution, image, strategy, etc. To me, studying the greats is the way to become great. I’ve also created a habit of relying on my team. I’ve always been the kind of artist that is very DIY and wanted to have my hand in everything. I realized that in order to succeed in this industry, you need to work with a trustworthy team and utilize everybody’s strengths in that team. I started to focus more on the “artist” things that I need to progress in and I started letting my team do what they do best. The results have been great. Lastly, another habit I’ve created is setting aside time each morning and night to visualize myself attaining the goals I’ve set and listing off the things that I’m grateful for in my life. While visualizing my goals, I realized that I had to cut out all negative thoughts and negative people in my life. The moment I did this, a huge weight was taken off my shoulders, opportunities started showing up, and I started attracting the “right” people in my life to reach my goals. I also realized I need to set super high goals that don’t seem possible because we tend to play to the level of our goals, meaning we will put in work in proportion to how big the goals are. Overall, I started revolving my whole life and day around one major goal: to become the highest grossing, most impactful music artist of the 2020’s.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’ve always taken pride in my ability to create great records. I’ve never seen myself as the most talented singer in the room, but I’ve always felt like I can write a great, timeless record and put in the work to match where my abilities may fall short. I record all of my music in an RV sitting in the driveway in front of my house and I have mixed and mastered all of my records. I never wanted to rely on a “middle man” to help me finish my songs. I’ve always liked working quickly. It definitely has not been easy to get to where I am today. There have been countless emotional nights where it felt like I was never going to reach my goals. I’ve encountered hardships that have really tested me to see if I truly want to be a successful artist. However, these hardships have created a mental toughness and a confidence in me that has been very useful in helping find my way to the top of the industry. I want the world to know that I never had the resources, money, and natural talent that I feel a lot of big artists have had in this industry. I’ve always felt like an underdog with a little talent that had this burning desire to be great; one of the greats. I’ve had to work for everything that I have so far. However, I’ve learned that not having these resources is a blessing in disguise because it’s forced me to become more mentally tough and creative to make things work even if they aren’t in my favor.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I was born, raised, and am currently living in Orange County, so i’d have to start the trip like a true SoCal citizen: i’d take them to In N Out and then we would roll to the beach, probably Huntington or somewhere in South OC like Newport. I think some of the most fun things to do are to visit the amazing and diverse landscapes like our mountains and beaches, or grabbing a drink at one of the awesome local breweries. I’d definitely end the day with them at Golden Road playing ping pong!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my whole team! My manager Jacob Moore (Density Artist Management) has been key in the growth of my career and my best friend since Kindergarten. As someone building a career in the music industry, it’s great to have someone who understands me as an artist and as a person. I never wanted to be the type of artist that was “put on” by a successful manager, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but because I think there is a lot of knowledge you obtain by truly experiencing starting from the bottom. Jacob has helped me with marketing strategies and ideas that have definitely taken my career to the next level and I’m grateful that we’re able to come up in this industry together. The creative director and choreographer on my team, Stixx, has also been a key player in my career. He has helped me immensely with the visual side of my artistry, including my image, outfit, music videos, and overall aesthetic. Stixx is also a seasoned figure in the music industry with a history of working with some major artists. As my choreographer, Stixx has brought my stage presence and dance skills to a new level, and has helped me understand myself better as a dancer and performer. Joseph Films is the videographer on my team and has also played a significant role in my career. Joseph has been shooting my music videos and most of my other video content since I first began my career as an artist. He’s also captured videos of all of my tours and performances so far. It’s great to work with a videographer who understands my vision and carries out a great visual to showcase that. Hi-Def Beatz, AJxOTB, and KHALILLIONAIRE are the producers that have believed in me since the beginning and all three have had a huge part in bringing out different sides of me through music. I owe it to them for providing me a bed of music that allows me to express myself freely and to grow as an artist. Spencer Cooper is the graphic designer who has played a huge role in creating engaging artwork and graphics that really support my music. I met him when I started working at Target a few years back and he’s made my artworks and various types of graphics since the beginning as well. We have a great system for cranking out new work and I love everything we produce. Lastly, there are a few books that I’ve read that have really changed my life. The Law of Success and Think and Grow Rich by Napoleon Hill, and The Underdog Advantage and Millionaire Success Habits by Dean Graziosi are books that really shaped my mindset and improved my daily habits. Finally, and most importantly, the book Relentless by Tim Grover has brought out a work ethic that I’ve never seen in myself before. This is a book that really drilled a mental toughness into me that has forever changed the way I look at my life and my work ethic for my career.
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