Con­tin­u­ous Learn­ing is Key

Say Magazine - - MUSIC -

When Jayli first moved to Toronto, she was ac­cepted into a 6-month busi­ness course at Miziwe Biik Abo­rig­i­nal Em­ploy­ment and Train­ing. It taught her a broad spec­trum of skills, such as how to set busi­ness goals, man­age fi­nances, cre­ate a mar­ket­ing plan, find grants and nav­i­gate the busi­ness side of the arts. “It is so ben­e­fi­cial for artists who wish to be self-em­ployed to un­der­stand how to sell their art, track their progress and hit tar­get goals,” said Jayli. Not only did Jayli learn th­ese much needed skills, but she also con­nected with like-minded Indige­nous en­trepreneurs. “School is an amaz­ing place to build friend­ships and find com­mu­nity,” said Jayli.

The Remix Project was the place where Hay­den found his men­tors and sup­port sys­tem. “Be­ing con­sis­tent and push­ing your­self out­side of your com­fort zone is where you will make the most ad­vance­ment,” said Hay­den. The Remix Project of­fered that en­vi­ron­ment for him. Reg­u­larly, they would have peo­ple who were ex­celling at their artis­tic en­deav­ours come speak to

“Learn­ing that fail­ure is the great­est teacher and that even the big­gest artists had to fight their way to the top was in­spir­ing. In an age where so­cial me­dia usu­ally only boasts our suc­cesses in life it was com­fort­ing to know that even the most suc­cess­ful amongst us have strug­gles,” said Hay­den. “It’s how we nav­i­gate through the let downs and dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tions in life that pro­pels us in the right di­rec­tion. Stay fo­cused and re­silient. And al­ways fol­low your pas­sions. They are the wings to your soul.”

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