I am busier than a rapper with a stutter and tourettes!
May 7, 2008 7:12pm CST
In the midst of falling behind in my courses I finally stopped stalling and took over the promotion and online campaigning from a friend of mine who is trying to make it into the music industry. I thought "A little social networking, edit and post a couple of videos, do a vanity site and done." WRONG! Between wrong equipment, equipment failure, purchasing if equipment which is inadequate to the job that you need done, and my friend having the wrong darned idea(that I have time for this cr0p) I am having to take so much more active a role in his "molding" than I expected or wanted. But now that I am in the middle of it, as always I feel obligated to if not finish the project at least take it far enough to leave him with something workable while he either figures it out for himself or finds someone else to manage this stuff. Then BLAM! I get a message in my Associate Content mailbox from another rapper in Las Vegas who wanted me to do an interview of him, (which has snowballed into possibly writing a column for his internet magazine.)and becoming his "staff" writer. Unpaid staff apparently Anyway, I have enough unpaid jobs without taking these two on, but two conditions exist that lead me onto the path of all this stuff. 1) I am feeling the ambitions, the hopes, the dreams, and the enthusiasm of the two young men in question here. I see the possibilities and I know that I could be good for them both. 2) Neither one is computer literate enough nor will they be for years to successfully manage a campaign that includes the internet, in conjunction to the appearances and promotional gambits that they are adding. Anyway bottom line, simple question: What the h-e double hockey sticks am I supposed to do now?
• United States
8 May 08
Aw, I'm sorry you got sucked into the situation with the friend. If it's really causing you a major problem, [in terms of courses or whatever.] then maybe you should take a step back and say that though you want to be a team player, and help him out, you can't do everything because you have your own stuff to deal with. If you have time for the things that you thought you were going to be doing, and only those things, then maybe you should offer to do those things and tell your buddy that he'll have to find someone else [at least temporarily, while you get back on your feet] to do things for him. As for the other guy in Las Vegas, if he wants you to be writing for an online magazine that is in any way making him some kind of a profit, I'd want to be payed. If you're feeling charitable, and want to 'support' the cause, then do it for cheap. '$3 an article' or something. Clearly that wouldn't be a substantial rate for your time and effort, but it would be something you could do to help without feeling like you're doing something for nothing. Ultimately, they're the ones that want the career, they should be the ones working for it. Yes, if they make it there would be benefits for you, but the odds against them are pretty immense, and if they don't make it/change their ambitions, you need to have somewhere you can go. [so to speak] Best of luck to the both of them, and I hope the path you're supposed to take finds you. There's no easy way out with a situation like this.