I had the pleasure of interviewing 17-year-old hip-hop sensation CYRUS SMITH.
Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia by way of his hometown, Los Angeles, California, comes multi-talented recording artist Cyrus. The youngest of three siblings, Cyrus knows how to make an artistic statement on and off the stage with his eclectic style and knack for originality. At the age of 17, he has his eye on conquering the music world by offering up his special brand of hip hop that shows no bounds.
Those who have worked with Cyrus in the industry already praise him for his willingness to learn and the relentless hard work he delivers behind every track he records. His sound can be described as edgy, but with clean vocals, but if you’re listening you’re sure to catch a vibe.
Thank you so much for joining us! Let’s show everyone you’re a normal human being. What are your hobbies, favorite places to visit, pet peeves? Tell us about YOU when you’re not at the office.
“When I’m not working I’m either playing video games or watching anime. Sometimes I’ll go out to do stuff like main event, go-karting, or Six Flags.
“Two places I really want to visit are New Zealand and Australia.
One thing that really bothers me as a pet peeve is when people tap me repeatedly.”
Can you tell us something about you that few people know?
“A lot of people probably don’t know that I went through a low period in my life before becoming really happy. Sometimes you gotta go through the bad to get to the great.”
Do you have any exciting projects going on right now?
“I have many projects coming soon. The one that you’ll see first is my tape Kid vs the Forces of Evil.
“That will be followed up by my own album and I’m currently working on a family album with my sister. Her name is Kaiya but she goes by ‘iKai’.”
Many people say success correlates with the people you meet in your life. Can you describe two that most impacted your success and why.
“Success can definitely be based on the people you meet in life. Relationships with people who are already in the business can help you a lot. If you can help them, they would be more than glad to help you.
“Growing up my uncle taught me how to play the piano and brought me into the studio one day. He introduced me to the production side of music, so I can thank him for being a big reason why I do music to begin with. When I was still playing football, I went into the studio to mess around. A week or so later, I go back and the owner of the studio, John, said that I was “that kid” and that day I became serious about making music.”
Can you discuss one of the lowest points in your life personally or professionally and how you dealt with it.
“When I was in middle school, 7th grade year, I met this amazing girl. We became close friends and later I caught serious feelings. Now growing up, my confidence was shot down by many girls putting me in the friend zone, so I concluded that I was just ugly. It was easy for a lot of guys to get a girl but always hard for me.
“As my feelings for her grew, I finally built up the courage to tell her. When I did she was getting into a relationship. Two years later we caught up and she was getting into another relationship. During that time, I was overthinking and had thoughts of me being alone forever, or even questioning what am I doing here. I knew why I stayed. It was because I’m in love with her.
“Getting through it, I had to learn a few things:
1. It’s called “getting through it” meaning you’ll be looking past it one day.
2. You can always be in a worse situation, so be happy that you can do things a lot of people can’t.
3. Everyone always has someone that they can count on no matter what.”
Leaders always seem to find ways to overcome their weaknesses. Can you share one or two examples of how you work outside of your comfort zone to achieve success?
“Not being selfish by making music for not only you, but for other people to enjoy it also. Widen the people you reach, and you’ll become bigger than just local. Many people find it hard to put the people first.”
The concept of mind over matter has been around for years. A contemporary description of this is having mental toughness. Can you give us an example (or two) of obstacles you’ve overcome by getting your mind in the right place (some might call this reframing the situation).
“When I was playing football my 8th grade year, I went into an All-American football game. I tore my ACL twice and my knee buckled. I got to the doctor and they basically said I have no ACL in my left knee. They told me it was going to take a year or maybe even more to get me back to where I was.
“I had other plans. Although I sat out my freshman year, I recovered in six months because I knew what I wanted to do at that moment. Get better, play hard. That’s exactly what I did my sophomore season.”
What are your “3 Lessons I Learned from My Most Memorable Failure”
“Being overconfident. When I was little I took Taekwondo and was passing belts left and right. So, I started to think it was easy and started to be over confident and then they told me to double the wooden planks and I couldn’t break them.
“Sometimes you’re knocked down to see if you’ll get back up. Hence my ACL injury.
“Give it all you got. Never do less than 100%, I’ve learned that you get out of life what you give in return.”
What unfiltered advice can you give aspiring stars regarding how to avoid common mis-fires in starting their career?
“Love yourself; be true to you.
“We all have our idols and for most of us, it’s hard not to follow in their footsteps. You don’t need to be anyone but you. It’s OK to be different and talk about love. There is so much hate and evil that most songs you hear consist of doing drugs, alcohol, cursing, and having sex all the time, which kids will grow up to think that’s cool when in reality it’s a lonely life. That goes into, don’t give in to peer pressure just because it’s cool.”
What is the best lesson you learned from your worst boss?
“Having the mindset of ‘“you could always be in a worse situation” really helps me move forward and pursue what I want to do in life.”
What’s on the drawing board for your next venture?
“I want to be international, not just in the US. I want to go to Europe, Asia, and Africa.”
What did we miss? Feel free to share any other thoughts or advice on overcoming failure, initiatives you’re currently supporting, any other relevant information you would like to share with the readers.
“Life is good. Be happy, fall in love with your best friend, have fun with your best friends, spend lots of time with your family. It’s ok to have ‘me time’ and not want to hang out with people; make sure you let your friends know so they don’t think you’re dodging them.
“As cliché as it sounds, you can do anything you set your mind to. It comes true just as much as you believe it to be.”
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Originally published at medium.com