It's In The Heart
The main message that I would give to any Native youth, or for anybody for that matter, on trying to start up their art or music business is to follow your heart. If you are interested in music or art, or interested in anything - if you want to be a doctor or a electrician, if you want to be a trapper - you just got to follow you heart. If that’s what you want to do, then that’s what you should do.
I found myself in many different jobs most of them I liked, some of them I didn’t like. But the one I didn’t like, I was in the wrong place. I just follow my heart, my heart said, “Hey, go play music, be artistic,” but I was too scared. I just thought that kind of job or that kind of lifestyle wouldn't be able to feed myself or feed my family.
So I was always working or had a full time job and playing music on the side. But, in the last few years since I honoured that gift of music, I pursued my passion in it, all kinds of new doors opened up.
I think that just the message if you honour your gift from the Creator, if you honour that, all kinds of wonderful things will happen. But if you don’t listen and you insist that you have to go get a job somewhere at McDonald's or someplace, and then you're frustrated.
The following stories are by Lawrence Martin.
This digital collection was produced with financial assistance from Canada's Digital Collections Initiative, Industry Canada.