I know you have heard the age old cliché, “there is no “I” in team.
But there is an “m” and an “e” in it and that spells ME.
I am not being overly objective and sparking a revolution or some sort of confliction.
This is not something to use as motivation to buck the system…no. This is merely a reminder of YOU being YOU.
In every team or crew, we all have a role to play. Some minor and some major, but a role nonetheless. But for you to be an important and vital piece to that team, you need to be bringing something of value to the table.
You could be an artist, producer, graphic artist, singer, rapper, writer, choreographer, dancer, photographer, videographer, hypeman….this list is endless.
But whatever you are, you need to be doing it to the best of your ability.
If you are not, then you are not an asset to the team, you are actually a liability.
By you giving your all, you are actually creating some sort of job security by increasing your value to the whole of the team. If YOU are not present in the team, then the team does not function…ßthat should be your perspective but NOT your attitude.
Don’t be cocky.
Don’t go into the team with that disrespectful attitude and disregard the efforts of others, but you should have that skill-set to where the wheels do not move unless you contribute to the machine.
If the machine is able to move without you, then you are expendable.
That is a cold hard fact.
There are 1,000 ways that this could go wrong for you, especially if you do not have the mental preparedness or proper positive attitude to accompany the skill-set. But if you come to the table with an attitude for success and profit, you will not take a loss or fail.
Notice I said YOU. Regardless of what the team does.
The negative part about being on a team is everyone isn’t on the same level as you. Sometimes the entire team is judged, as a whole, regardless of the contributions of the individual parts.
But fact is, everyone doesn’t bring the same attitude, demeanor, or have the same end goal.
Some goals may be personal and some may be purely selfish in nature. That is fine as long as it doesn’t conflict with the end game for the team.
But some people move at different paces…
Some people have ulterior motives…
Some people only want to use you as a tool and not value you as a commodity…
Some teams do NOT work PERIOD, and it may be because the team sucked and NOT YOU!
You need to find out your strengths and weaknesses immediately and work on them.
Improve on your weaknesses and build on your strengths, the sooner you find out where you and your skill-sets are placed on either side of that chart, the sooner you will move into a better position in this game and make better moves.
Because there is NO bigger team than the recording industry and this entire process is built for you to lose.
Learn about what “me” can do before you add it to the TeAm.