We were lucky to catch up with Spark Dawg recently and have shared our conversation below.
Spark , looking forward to hearing all of your stories today. Have you been able to earn a full-time living from your creative work? If so, can you walk us through your journey and how you made it happen? Was it like that from day one? If not, what were some of the major steps and milestones and do you think you could have sped up the process somehow knowing what you know now?
As long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a Rap Star. When I was younger, I was so naive and thought talent alone would make me blow up. But as I learned more about the rap game, I realized that success in the music industry is 10% talent & %90 business (Meaning it takes money to make money). Fortunately for me, I’ve been blessed enough to support the dream by running my own jewelry business that specializes in removable gold teeth aka “Grillz.” And I’ve been able to use my money to invest in my music career.
Awesome – so before we get into the rest of our questions, can you briefly introduce yourself to our readers.
I have an Uncle who owns a jewelry shop in New York. He actually helped me get into the gold grillz biz when I was a Senior in High School and I’ve been selling gold grillz ever since. As far as music, I signed my 1st record deal fresh outta high school when I joined a rap group called Green City that was discovered by Texas legend, Scarface.
After that situation ran its course, my passion for music eventually landed me a solo record deal with a Grammy Award Winning Producer named Drumma Boy.
We’ve been working together for about 2 yrs now and I’m finally ready to release my debut album soon.
For you, what’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative?
The most rewarding aspect is not having to wake up dreading the fact that I have to clock in to some 9 to 5 working a job I absolutely hate. I love & appreciate the fact that I get to make a comfortable living doing exactly what I love to do everyday.
To me, that’s the true definition of success.
Is there something you think non-creatives will struggle to understand about your journey as a creative? Maybe you can provide some insight – you never know who might benefit from the enlightenment.
I think some non-creativrs might look at creative a “lazy” for not working a traditional job. But contrary to popular belief, creative & entrepreneurs work 24/7 around the clock.
Since my gold grill biz recently went viral on TikTok, I’m up at all hours of the night replying to comments trying to filter our clients who actually wanna shop in order to close sales as #TheHoodDentist.
As an artist, there have been times I’ve had 24 hour studios sessions trying to perfect songs I’ve recorded.
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