Point your camera towards the stories that need to be told. Pick up your pen and write the stories that the communities that are most vulnerable and do it with love and dignity and respect.
For every success, you're going to trip and fall maybe three or four times.
Sam J Cruz
There are no rules as you move forward into the unknown. Don't go out there unprepared, don't charge ahead without looking forward, don't think about what it's going to feel like when you trip and fall.
Know your audience. I'm not quite sure the people who don't get my jokes or can't appreciate them, I'm not quite sure I want them around me.
Why on earth would you look at somebody beside you and say, "Can I do this? Can I be successful? Can I take my creative idea, my solution and can I succeed?" That's being a pioneer...is NOT doing that.
“Death, a lot of times, we think of as a really sad, sorrowful thing, but death just means the end of one thing and the beginning of something new.”
Your energy is currency, spend it well, invest it wisely.
You can’t find the time, you’ve gotta make the time.
You might be a genius but you still got to execute it, still need to put in the time, need to do something with it.
The most exciting thing about time is that actually, no matter who you are and what you do, we all have the same 24hrs and that’s never been any different, it will never be different. Me & Mozart are time buddies!
Love what you do! Love every single step of the craft, and just do it with honesty and purity!
Just do things that excites you, engages you, that makes others feel delight, feel warmth!
We are so damn lucky to be able to make stuff!
“When things get difficult, the only thing that will keep you continuing and going is going back to your ‘why.’”
“I was like, ‘You know what, we need to pursue something that no one else is pursuing. And, we were dumb enough and naïve enough to start something in healthcare because it was difficult.”
I don't know when exactly I stopped being "that Asian girl" and became Miss Info. But I wouldn't have lasted long enough to find out if I was checking my retweet counts or my Instagram comments.
If your passion can protect you, and if it can also shield you from judgment, then I would say use it by really exploring all of the different aspects of whatever your passion entails because then you're more worthy of that protection and you will contribute better to that creative community.
Nobody could deny that I loved what I did, even the little tiny menial parts of it, and I knew my shit backwards and forwards. I think that was the ultimate thing, that passion, and the work behind it is what broke people down. That's how passion protects you.
When I found hip hop, that was it—that was the great love of my life. I knew I couldn't rap or sing. I don't want to dance. I have stage fright all the time. But I knew that I could document hip hop for the artist and for the people who were involved, the fans. I could find the truth, the fact, spread it and mark it down for history.
I was never driven by ambition or financial reward; I don't think you go into hip hop journalism thinking that you're going to then get the hip hop lifestyle. Those two things do not meet.
I never had a clear idea of where I wanted to go, but I think that's actually an advantage.
You don't necessarily set out to be a pioneer, you go out and you get lost.
Being a pioneer sounds like such a romantic term, it sounds like a great achievement, but I think it only exists in hindsight because when you start out pave a way, that's not what you intend to do. You're just running into the dark, solo, no flashlight, no plan.
What also helped me was isolation—the freedom to be odd, ridiculous, unwanted, and resilience.
Any of the tools that I have have been from my parents, and I use them all of the time: work ethic, attention to detail, ethics, respect, devotion, books—so many books—and music.
What has helped me get past fear and self-loathing has been to blinded by passion.