THE LIMELIGHT

87390fcea1e27d11d620bd8dfdcd9ffaThe industry am in is just messed up if I may say, it’s just like politics, a dirty game of some sort. Those you meet can either make or break you, it all depends on whether you meet the right or wrong people. It’s up to you to decide if you will have a faint heart or once you fall, you will be able to get up, dust yourself, keep your head up high and soldier on. In the past eight months I have met a lot of people and seen a lot. Met a lot of interesting characters too. I have been in the industry for a short time but I have made a lot of observations.

At first I was very excited and yet I might say naive. I got a job as a social media representative for some company that did events. We were only five in the beginning and everyone had their duties and responsibilities. At first it was really challenging since I had to learn and execute things as they come. But soon I got used to it. My colleagues were simply amazing I must say. They meticulously taught me the ropes, and they did it well. One of them is actually the one that pushed me to set up this blog. Thank you Mark. The experience was epic! I got to do a lot of exciting things and conducted lots of interviews for both local and international artists, I got to see a side of life I had never seen before.

But looking back I wonder why people treat each other with so much distaste! Is it that you see the other person as the older version of you before all the fame and glory? Is it that you see an attribute in them that scares you and you are afraid they might go much further than you ever did? Or do you just have a heart so dark that it’s only inhabitant is hate and loath for others and your only mission in life is to use people to your advantage?

I say this because things started changing fast. Let’s just say reality kicked in and it kicked hard. Guys started quitting due to one or two issues they had with the boss. Yes, things were bad and every time I felt frustrated I’d tell myself the world wasn’t built for the faint hearted. I convinced myself that God had a reason for everything, and so I soldiered on. My boss stopped paying and started giving me false hopes. The band threatened to go online and expose her so she paid them. Unfortunately for me, every time I asked for my share she would come up with cock and bull stories. Event sponsors had started backing out as she puts it.

Barely two months after I was out however, the event miraculously got back on its feet. The sponsors that had backed out as alleged were back and they were in it to win. As I had stated earlier, this industry has interesting people. Some will use you and dump you, others will promise you the world, and for the rest, let’s just say they think that they own the world.

The positives are also many. I got to interact with a lot of great people who constantly give me great advice and guidelines. Some have so much passion and love in what they do, that just makes you envious and motivates you to look for that thing that you love doing and push yourself beyond your cozy cocoon to achieve the best.

I deeply apologize for skipping last week’s article. The challenges of life, its ups and downs and unavoidable circumstances wouldn’t have allowed me do so. Life’s journey is not smooth, how you handle it determines your ultimate success or failure.

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ACT LIKE A KING TO BE TREATED LIKE ONE.

The way you carry yourself will often determine how you are treated: in the long run, appearing vulgar or common will make people disrespect you. By acting regally and confident of your powers, you make yourself seem destined to wear a crown.

As children, we start our lives with great exuberance, expecting and demanding everything from the world. I bet everyone especially Kenyans associate with this. This generally carries over into our first forays into society, as we begin our careers. But as we grow older the rebuffs and failures we experience set up boundaries that only get firmer with time. As we expect less from the world, we accept limitations that a really self-imposed. Well folks all this can change if we believe we are destined for great things, our belief will radiate outward, this outward radiance will infect the people around us, who will think we must have reason to feel so confident. People who believe in their own greatness tend to have a self-fulfilling prophecy. The trick is simple: Be overcome by your self-belief. Even when you know you are practicing a kind of deception on yourself, act like a king. You are likely to be treated as one.

One way to emphasize your difference is to always act with dignity, no matter the circumstance. Dignity, in fact, is invariably the mask to assume under difficult circumstances: It is as if nothing can affect you, and you have all the time in the world to respond. This is an extremely powerful pose.

Finally, to reinforce the inner psychological tricks involved in projecting a royal demeanor, there outward strategies to help you create the effect. First, always make bold demands, set your price high and do not waver. Second, in a dignified way, go after the highest person in the building. This immediately puts you on the same plane as the chief executive or whoever you are attacking. A simple strategy for career Kenyans: By choosing a great opponent, you create the appearance of greatness. Third, give a gift of some sort to those above you. By giving your patron a gift you are essentially saying that the two of you are equal. Remember: It is up to you to set your own price. Ask for less and that is just what you will get. Ask for more however, and you send a signal that you are worth more. Even those who turn you down respect you for your confidence, and that respect will eventually pay off in ways you cannot imagine.

Mohammed Ali proclaimed that he was the worlds greatest, carried himself like the greatest and in the end we all believed and we all came to believe so. Indeed he was a legend. His Legend Lives On

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He who is not courageous enough to take risks will accomplish nothing in life

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float like a butterfly, Sting like a bee

 

EVIE VARA

I recently meet a pal of mine who we hadn’t talked since High school. High school that is one place that only He who is above can explain how I survived , because to me its still a mystery. If survived that place then there is no where i can not survive. Things were pretty tough back then reason being it was my first time in boarding school. Waking up at 4:30 AM, showering with icy cold water!!!!. It was at this time that I learnt the art of sleeping while standing up during mass time. I am not proud of it but hapo ndo maisha ilikuwa imenifikisha. Our school was not like any other school. I used to call it a military camp where we used to shave our heads clean. Yes so clean that there was this one time we went out for a literature symposium some boys school called us potato heads because of our clean-shaved heads, and to top it all we had to wear long checked skirts with pleats. We never used to go for outings the only time you would see the school gates was when you were really sick, mid terms, opening and closing dates and the once-in-a-looooooooooooog!!!!!! while symposium. Ten o’clock tea was luxury to us. Lets not forget about the hospital corners on our beds which was mandatory and how we used to arrange our clothes in an orderly manner dark colored clothes at the bottom lights colored clothes on top, thick clothes at the bottom light clothes on top.  We were approximately 200 students and everyone new each other so Fridays instead of entertainment we used to have socializing sections or watch bible stories. I should probably dedicate a whole story on my High school life experience because that was one heck of a ride, what seemed normal to you guys was not for me. I thank God for the holiday tutions they broke the boring routine life back in school and it was always exciting for me to met new people and shared experiences.
IMG-20160511-WA0008One of those people i met was an incredible artist by the name Evie  Mwangi whose stage name was Evie Vara. At the time she would just sing for fun, but she had one very unique voice. We immediately became good buddies due to her bubbly nature. It was way later after we had lost touch and i started seeing her posters online and i was like “Damn! this girl is really doing great for herself!”. As luck would have it a few months ago I was working for some company that organized events every month where up artists perform and so i decided to reach out to Evie and see if she would be interested.  Luckily, she honored the invite and was able to share the stage with big and amazing artist such as sauti sol, Big pin, Syd, the lovely Tallia Oyando just to name a few .

After the event, we decided to catch up and make up for the lost time. Since I am very inquisitive in nature asked her a whole bunch of questions which i will gladly share with you.

Curious as i was you probably would guess that the first question i asked (and no if you thought i asked her why music, I mean, she has an angelic voice! What mad friend would i be if i asked her that) so i asked her how her musical journey started. With that, she started narrating to me memories of the good old days. Speaking of the good old days my question to all those who will read this, why do we call them that? is it that the time we are at now is good enough? So, back to my story. She told me that she knew music was something she would pursue so by chance, Miwo from Onyx Musik Records happened to find them hanging out at Peekay and the late Shrekeezy’s place. (will tell you more about Shrekeezy some other time. he was one awesome guy), and they were introduced.

Professionally, she started singing during the latter months of 2013 with her first official release being a cover for “Pray Me Well” by Chrisette Michelle featuring Rob Glasper.
Her musical journey has been full of ups and downs; in many ways an eye opener. Hey, she’s young and still learning basically- learning is an endless journey, huh?
She tells me that to her, being able to touch and inspire different people in different ways through her work is fulfilling to her since she purposes  to positively impact peoples lives through what she does.
Viva la Eva! (ok, that’s kind of a forced pun…but u get the point yeah?) Long live Evie! N her music :-). Recently Evie released her new “single you and i”an amazing jam i might say. I only listened to the song twice and I just fell in love with it.

Words of advice from Evie: Every moment above ground is a blessing. Live while you’re alive. You can always get intouch with this lovely lady through:

  • Email: evievara254@gmail.com
  • Subscribe to sound cloud: Evie Vara
  • Youtube: Evie Vara
  • Like FB page: Evie Vara
  • Twitter, snapchat and Instagram @evie_vara
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Make sure you listen to Evie’s amazing jam “YOU & I”

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