We had the good fortune of connecting with Halston Farmer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Halston, what role has risk played in your life or career?
The first thing that comes to mind when I think about taking risk is networking. I feel like risk taking is necessary for my career mainly because I was, and still am, doing it all on my own. If it was not for risk I would not have received the recognition, plays, and support from people who I do not know from a can of paint. The bulk of my success was from taking risk. I had to pay to be apart of my projects, performance opportunities, and even features. I knew after a while that I was in this alone and if someone wanted to help me advance my career then I was more than willing to give it a try. Not all risk are good though. I have lost money, friendships, and time over taking risk. I have lost support from people who have told me “No” when I said “Yes.” The main thing about a risk is you have to be smart about the what could possibly go wrong. I have learned very early in my career how to properly conduct business and where to complete the transactions when it comes to agreements. Another form of risk taking is when it comes to new friendships you build in the industry or with upcoming artist. Every feature you get is not genuine and neither is surrounding yourself with certain individuals. Some people being added to your life can benefit your career while other can hurt and bring negative press. You have to know and understand how you want to be represented and what your brand stands for.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I got to where I am today by being 100% me. I always stayed authentic from my lyrics to my beats and my overall style. In the beginning when people barely knew I did music it was very easy for me to create music. When people realized I was good at it is when it became obvious that I was going to be fighting an uphill battle. I overcame the challenge by doing what got me noticed in the first place which was remaining authentic and sticking to what I believe in. I do not fold under pressure and know that I have that “it” factors and that’s why others are bothered. The lessons I want the world to know is that I am a LGBT artist and I have a song with 100,00+ streams, a track on a major industry CEO’s labels mixtape, I also have over 10,000 Pandora radio streams and have had opportunities to work with major booking agents. I have been honored to be interviewed from other upcoming and established people in the music industry and also met great social media promoters and people to give me brand partnerships. I did this all on my own with my brain, God, and confidence. Believing in yourself is a powerful tool and will take you far no matter what situation your in because people will see your passionate, real, and human just like them.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I normally go to a LGBTQ bar in downtown Philadelphia, PA. It is called Level up and i go and have fun with my fellow people. I fairly new to the bar and see that there is a lot of support in there for whatever your trying to do. If I was to eat I would take you to El Rez which is a more of a Mexican restaurant that is so delicious.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to shoutout Mike from Philadelphia. He is a former football player, and celebrity bodyguard and currently has his own security company. I am shouting him out because he shows me that as a black man the sky is the limit and that we can do this. He is always willing to give someone and opportunity and makes it his top priority to protect his clients and staff. I have seen him in action and I say BRAVO ! Contact me if you would like to use his services