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Occasionally we feel less than inspired and like we're stuck in a rut. Usually when that happens, I (Blair) like to dive into stories of other artists/managers/execs that I admire to look for inspiration. I want to share one with you that I found particularly great. Troy Carter (manager extraordinaire among other things) was on NPR's "How I Built This" podcast. Not only did I see myself in his story (neither one of us knew what we were doing when we started managing artists), but I also gained a ton of insight on how he pulled himself out of tough situations. I'll link the podcast below, but here are some of my favorite quotes:
"you can't fall off the floor. And I was on the floor, nowhere to go, right?"
"So, you know, so we basically bootstrapped this thing. And every dime that she did make, she reinvested it back into her career. So I think when you married - you marry that with the perfect storm of I don't have a plan B, she doesn't have a plan B, Vincent doesn't have a plan B, we have to make this work."
"I want to wake up every day and do cool shit. That was the mantra for me personally."
"...people who grew up poor, you suffer financial PTSD. You know, so going through financial PTSD, you always have that fear, that thing."