While this blog is clearly all about helping entrepreneurs grow their businesses from the Hawkes Law Group perspective, I would like to introduce you to the person behind the wheel- me! If you have read a few of my posts, you know that my name is Priscilya Hawkes and that I am the Founder of Hawkes Law Group, and that a large part of what I typically write about is pretty much based on my experiences and opinions as a lawyer and business woman.
Today, I’d like to introduce another side of me. I’m also a singer/songwriter/entertainer when I am not practicing law. Although I’ve been singing for many years, I’ve never put out a project. This year, for the first time, I will be releasing an album. While this blog is all about the corporate/business law side of my practice, I also have an entertainment side where I represent artists, producers, management companies, entertainers, etc. So, the entertainment side is not mentioned much in this blog, but it is a large part of my life as a lawyer and an entertainer myself. I’m bringing this up because recently I’ve gained a new level of respect for the process of creating an album. I was already aware of the process, but actually going through it myself has been very humbling.
Creating an album is essentially creating a new business. There’s the actual product (the music) and there’s all of the other moving parts, which are necessary so that the actual product ends up in homes other than my own. When I first decided that I wanted to release an album this year, I had a very clear vision in mind. From the title of the album, to the image I wanted to have, to the distribution model I wanted to utilize, and even the timeline of events from Day 1 in the recording studio to the “final day” at the 2015 Grammy Awards where I would be crying and giving my acceptance speech for the 4 Grammys I’d be winning that night in the “Best New Artist”, “Record of the Year”, “Song of the Year”, and “Album of the Year” categories. Yes! I had it ALL figured out and laid out. Some of you probably already see where this post is going. Lol. Blame it on the overachiever and the Capricorn in me…
While I have not necessarily changed my goals, what I have done is shifted my focus on making undeniable and legendary music. This shift happened when I found myself panicking because things were not going according to this perfectly structured timeline I had created. When I was in “panic mode”, I was no good creatively. I would get writer’s block. I’d reschedule studio time because my energy just wasn’t what it needed to be at the scheduled time. In panic mode, I was basically useless. I realized that I was, in fact, responsible for much of the “delay” because my energy was on the timeline and not on the project. So, I took a day to really reconnect with my purpose, and I recalled that this is something I’ve wanted to do since I was a little girl. During those moments of recollection, I asked myself whether the timeline really mattered in the big scheme of things. The answer was an obvious “no”. I mean, does it really really matter in the BIG scheme of things if I miss the cut off time to submit a song for consideration for a 2015 Grammy nomination if in fact I can simply submit it for consideration in 2016? If I win in ANY year, wouldn’t that still be one of the best days of my life?? Clearly, it would.
I am sharing this story because I’m about to give you a piece of advice that I hope you follow. My story clearly shows that I need this advice as well. So, it’s not just for you- it’s for US! And the advice is this: Focus On Progress! As entrepreneurs, we naturally are visionaries. We see what we want, we go after it, and we’re relentless about creating that EXACT vision we have in our minds. While this is actually a good thing, it becomes a bad thing when we try to control HOW that vision is going to come about. We want to control what time it happens, who’s involved in the happening of it, what color shoes we’re wearing the day that it happens, and oh yeah…I want to have pancakes for breakfast the day before it happens! Wait a minute! When did we become God?? We don’t control the HOW. Whether you believe in God or not, that last statement is factual. We DO NOT control the HOW.
So, what does this mean? It simply means that because we don’t control the HOW, there’s no need to focus on it. All we should be focused on is the process of becoming. Period. What I’m talking about is “Progress”. If I focus more on progress, I get excited “because I just finished recording a dope record!”. I don’t even say things like ” well I still have a long long way to go before this album is finished”. That’s irrelevant. What about the one I just completed?? Maybe the process would go faster if I cheered up a bit about the one I just spent 16 hours recording! Hopefully you see the danger in the mindset of the second of the two statements. The second statement is depressing, and there’s no productive energy behind it. If you are thinking right now, “oh does this mean I have to change my goals?”. Nope- that’s not what I’m saying. I’m proposing that you actually keep your goals- however lofty, BUT release them. In other words, have goals but focus on allowing them to become reality by doing YOUR part. In all of your life’s moments, YOU are the common denominator. Therefore, you can control YOU. Do that and acknowledge any and all progress you make toward a goal, and I believe you will actually end up achieving it faster.
To Making Progress,
Priscilya Marie (My Artist Name)