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It’s important to grow up with a positive mindset – to get out of the kind of mindset where you think it’s okay to leave school early.
From: MC Bryte
What kind of future did you imagine for yourself when you were young?
I didn’t see myself as a role model or having a good music career like I do now. Growing up, the crew around me was less than reputable. At that stage, I couldn’t see myself having a job. I used to be a graffiti artist. But I took advantage of opportunities that came my way, chances that not many people get to have. That was a big step for me.
What kind of future do you imagine for yourself now?
I recently married, have a promising hip hop career and work with kids, facilitating hip-hop workshops. The future I see for myself is one where I can be successful in all aspects of what I do, especially in music and working with kids. I want to be able to pass on the positive messages of keeping a strong mind and also being healthy – incorporate these messages into my music so that kids can grasp them. If I can get through to kids when they are young it will help build a generation that can see that things like music can be a career if that’s what they aspire to.
Who is your role model and why?
My biggest role model is Dazastah from hip hop group Downsyde. I’ve been working with him for about 6 years now and have seen how far he has come in his music career and his personal life – he’s married as well. He’s a successful hip hop artist and producer, but he’s also a really down-to-earth, knowledgeable guy. That’s why he’s a really solid role model for me. Another big role model for me is Brothablack. He’s also down to earth, knowledgeable and extremely talented – one of those guys you look up to.
What do you think makes a strong future?
It’s important to grow up with a positive mindset – to get out of the kind of mindset where you think it’s okay to leave school early and not worry about an education. Also having good role models makes for a stronger future. Those role models need to pass on positive messages and keep doing good work in communities. We also need people to back us and keep their support coming so we can all do our part. I also think it would be a big help to include more Indigenous cultural education in mainstream schools, so that there’s a better understanding between Indigenous and non-Indigenous kids.
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