Today we’d like to introduce you to Genesis the Greykid.
Genesis the Greykid, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
I was born a poet, who grew into a fine artist, but my love of language, of beauty & spirituality, and love is what fueled my current exploration through this creative ocean I feel I’m in. I got to this place by being open… knowing what I wanted, but also allowing myself to be open to how it all comes about. I knew what I didn’t want to do, but remained pliable as to how my own gift would take form.
It started in poetry, then went to ghostwriting/hip hop, then navigated to the creative world (sharing ideas to label executives, creatives, fashion designers, artist, just being creative energy in a room with other creatives). That then grew into fewer collaborations and more solo projects. Being open allowed me to grow the most from these intersections. Knowing where I wanted to “be”, or where I was “going” helped eliminate the distractions along the way. I learned the art of “saying no” and the art of “asking”, which are both art forms I wish we explored more.
I created a form/style of art called PoAnquardia… in fine art, this is what I’m known most for.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
There will always be struggles… the way you deal with these is important. The way you view them is everything. What I mean by this, is the struggles will be what they are. Thats something we can’t change. Knowing it’ll happen, how we view these moments that bewilder us will allow us to grow from them. I remember when I went couch surfing for like, a year and a half. I made about $150 in nine months of writing, didn’t have hardly any money, may have been negative in my account (shout out to Bank of America), but I was so excited to be doing it all on my own the money didn’t bother me. Having the wrong outlook would have made it harder for me to grow from that struggle… the wrong outlook being: “Damn… I’m a whole man out here and I don’t have my own crib. I’m crashing on Juan’s couch, my brother’s couch, homies in NYC couch. Everybody couch but my own.” Instead, my outlook was: “Man, I can’t wait to get to NYC. I went from one home to many homes. One bed, to many beds. I had my own room, now the world is my home. Where do I want to go? Where can I learn the most?”
My thoughts went from “I can’t” to “how can I?” or “why should I?”
Once that happens and the illusion of money disappears… you can live more courageously and take the necessary risk required and pursuing your own business. Especially one in the “Arts”, in my humble opinion.
Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I’m a fine artist known to create modern/contemporary work that is poetic in nature, highlighting internal thresholds we cross in day to day living. The style is called PoAnguardia.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t believe in luck.
What’s for you is for you, no one can take that away from you… but you can definitely miss it.
Another person can steal your idea but not your gift. They can fire you but not your purpose. Kobe Bryant could be released from the LAKERS but no one can ever fire Kobe, he’s Kobe wherever he goes… whatever he does. He’s retired now, but even if he gets into architecture, his designs will have an elegance to them. A rhythm to them, that others couldn’t do unless they shot 5,000 jumpers for 10,000 days. Doesn’t make him a better architect, but he does understand his zone of genius, which means he’ll have something uniquely him.
I think it’s less of luck, and more of us understand that we all have a zone of genius we are born with… when we operate in that lane, no matter what we find ourselves doing, that “luck” will find us. My belief is that “luck” is actually us operating closely to our gut/being and the world around us bending to our benefit in a way that seems completely out of the ordinary. Or sometimes, the great gift giver (or God, if you believe) gives us a little help.
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- Website: www.ThroughTheGrey.com
- Email: Art@GenesisTheGreykid.com
- Other: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Genesis_the_Greykid
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