Being a backseat driver is usually viewed as irritating. But having a team of likeminded people – a ‘tribe’ – was something that was highlighted during the discussion as a necessity. This is not necessarily the same as taking on Drake’s mindset of “no new friends” for face value, but rather building a circle of accountability partners. Let’s be real: it’s easier for people to be honest about your behaviour or ‘keep you in check’ if they know you personally. And what’s even better? Being able to bring those people and others into those spaces.
In a conversation with my friend and fellow creative Makeda Carayol, we discussed the difficulties in trying to enter the industry, and the attempt to gain success and recognition in the space. She said the following:
“I'm made well aware of just how much my presence is tolerated (as opposed to being sought after) by those around me at the table. Constructing my own table and peppering it with *full-sized* chairs seems like the next logical option, and in fact, the only one. Sitting so low begs the following question; why am I clown-smiling and seal-clapping for savaged scraps and not even *half* the recognition I deserve?”
Making space for other creatives, and people in general who want to create content is possible. Forget having to accept the bare minimum – working together to build the metaphorical table and chairs so that everyone can sit comfortably, is where the focus should remain. As said by Lil C "You feel like you've got somewhere once you realise that you can help someone else". It’s possible to ‘eat together’ – and have plenty left over to share.