Artist Insight: Trust the Process

On the road to success, we map out plans and make goals in which we give our all to achieve, but what happens when life gets in the way, or for the sake of this blog, “the process” gets in the way and we feel as if it’s a set back pushing us further away from our end goal? It is imperative that we learn to fully embrace these obstacles because it is vital to our individual growth. A quote I once read that truly resonated with me says “To trust the process, wholly, completely, is to not need to know what is unfolding or why, but to simply be here in the present to experience it.”

So much has transpired within these last two years of me picking up my life and moving across the country to Los Angeles. Now I’ll save the details but I will share key elements that took place which are important to the story. Two weeks prior to “the big move” as I called it, completely scared of the approaching unknown, I called a Guitar Center in L.A. to see if they were hiring and immediately filled out an application. Thirty minutes passed and I received a call for an interview the next day. I hadn’t even shipped a box yet! This job was so crucial because not only was I able to have a stable source of income and not have to do the L.A. couch surfing vibe, but I knew that the networking opportunities would be immense. Once there, I was able to connect with musicians, producers, artist, and managers every single day, for multiple hours, without having to chase them down or join a single Facebook group.

Two months later, I received a call from a former professor, Scotty Barnhart, asking if I would like to be the drummer for the Count Basie Orchestra. Fast forward one year and I’m at Capitol Records recording my first major album with the most legendary big band of all time. As if I wasn’t already on a career high, a few months following the recording I’m asked to go on a world tour with R&B artist Kehlani. Now, of all the things that happened within these 2 years, I can humbly say that I was expecting this. I put in the hours in the practice room and I always tend to maintain a good relationship with the people I meet.  I knew what I wanted with my career, I worked hard, and most of all I always told myself to “trust the process.” The most shocking accomplishment however, was a record that I co-produced, Drowning, charting on the Billboard Top 40 and going Platinum within months. I always “made beats” but never really saw myself being a producer.  It was at that moment that I realized my capability.

Things will not always go the way we initially envision them or feel they should go, but once you learn to embrace every moment, embrace the times you fail, trust yourself, remain honest and ultimately work hard, it will work out in your favor.

“What we are waiting for is not as important as what happens to us while we are waiting. Trust the process.” –Mandy Hale