We had the good fortune of connecting with Judah Gay and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Judah, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I believe in my industry if you don’t take risks you will never be successful. Especially here in Atlanta which is an industry driven city where there is a lot of competition. One of the biggest risks I had to take in my career was going to school. At the time, my mom wanted me to pursue a degree in law or medicine since I always was smart and had good grades. My dream school was Full Sail University, a notable art/media school located in central Florida. Given the big names that have graduated from Full Sail, the school’s tuition is very expensive and my mom had little faith that I would be able to attend. My high school guidance counselor even advised me not to go. He suggested that I stay in Georgia and try to take advantage of the HOPE scholarship. Despite any doubt my mother and counselor had Full Sail was the only school I applied too. It was definitely a risk but it allowed me to put all of my energy and focus into being accepted. Once I was accepted the next challenge was paying for tuition. Luckily I completed a series of written essays that would qualify me for enough scholarship money to pay for school. If I had never took that risks I wouldn’t be where I am today. I knew i needed to have a superior education to stand out in the Atlanta market.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My divine gift has always been music. I always was in band and I always critically listened to music. What sets me apart from other hiphop producers? Well, I create all my beats without sampling. Not that I think that there is anything wrong with sampling but I just feel it can be a crutch. Also as a content creator I am really big on ownership. Now that I create music professionally I realize that my gift can also be a gift to others which is something I take pride in. I love working with and producing for other artists because it allows both parties to be create something that they couldn’t manifest alone. I am excited to work with the living legends of the industry. The biggest lesson I have learned thus far is that there is always something to learn and I cannot imagine what I could learn from working with producers and musicians that I grew up listening to!
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?
Off rip we gotta to go over to Slutty Vegan. I really enjoy food and even wanted to go to culinary school at a point of time and they’re changing the restaurant game for real! Taqueria de Sol is also a good spot they have the best fried chicken tacos. You’re not from Atlanta if you can’t skate! We would also have to go Cascade skating rink to really get a taste of the Atlanta culture.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to give a shoutout to my mother Donna Gay. Though she was skeptical at first, once I was accepted into college and awarded scholarship monies she couldn’t of been more supportive. Full Sail University at the time did not have any student housing. My mom had to pull out a loan just so we would be able to cover my living expenses for the almost two years it would take for me to complete my degree. She drove down with me, helped me move in, and sent me money weekly to help me survive the college life. Halfway through my degree program I totaled my car on the way back to Atlanta for a visit. After the crash my mom gave me her car so that I would be able to return to school and finish my degree. I also want to give a shoutout to TLC’s Chilli and her son Tron Austin. In the last month or so before graduation I fell out with my roommate who wouldn’t let me out of the lease even though I was projected to graduate at least a year before him. Once I needed somewhere else to stay my close friend Tron and his mom welcomed me to live with him so that I can finish school. Without them I don’t know if I would be where I am now either.
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