April 16, 2015

Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere | What No One Tells You About Practice

“Start where you are. Use what you have. Do what you can.” – Arthur Ashe

When I first started making music I had no idea that I’d be producing, singing, editing and directing Jay Carteré | Jay Cartere | Practice Makes Perfectmy own videos etc. At first I thought production was impossible, I saw a couple friends doing it and it looked like magic. But magic only looks amazing when you don’t know how it’s done.

Once I devoted many hours to learning and practicing I learned how to make a beat that didn’t completely sound like trash, a few hundred more hours and I actually became quite good (well I think so anyway).

This proves true for any skill I have and any skill you may want to have. You don’t need to be born with an amazing talent to do something, you just need to be willing to put in the time and slowly, sometimes painfully, become better at it.

Whatever you want to do, stop waiting for the perfect time to do it – that day will never come. You gotta go out there and start doing it. Make no mistake though, you will probably be quite crap at the beginning, so you’ve got to really be dedicated and willing to put the time in. It’s best to start right now, be crap for a little bit and then be good in a few weeks/months, than starting in a few months/years, being crap then and pushing your goals even further into the future.

It takes about 10,000 hours to master something, start that process today.

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About the author 

Jay Cartere

Who is Jay Cartere?

It's a long story, but I'm going to make it short because I respek your time...

I'm a producer, rapper, singer and creative entrepreneur from London.

My musical journey started in 2007 when I decide to spit some lyrics to a grime beat... through a laptop.

That's right, no mic or anything - I was spitting DIRECTLY into the laptop cuz.

It's safe to say things have changed since then...

But, that's not all:

The journey has never been easy...I had to put my entrepreneurial mind to work and figure this stuff out.

I taught myself how to record and engineer my music.

I also had to learn how to film and edit music videos.

How to market, promote, sell and build a business.

Poverty gave me the pressure I needed to develop these skills...

Now I'm gonna share those skills with you...

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