We had the good fortune of connecting with K3ntorey and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi K3ntorey, can you tell us more about your background and the role it’s played in shaping who you are today?
I’m from Sandersville, Ga in Washington County. It’s a small town in middle Georgia. I was raised by women so that had a huge impact on my upbringing. I experienced my mom raising three children as a single mom while working 2 to 3 jobs. That in itself gave me enough strength to say, “no matter how hard things get for me, I’m going to find a way to make the best out of the cards I’m dealt.” My grandma molded me though. I learned what responsibility meant first hand and to stand by what I said when I said I was going to do something. She leads by example and I took that from her 100%.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
If I had to describe my style as an artist in one word, it would be versatile. I’m a entrepreneur/musician with experience and credits in videography, photography, artist management, DJ, stage manager, etc. You name it I’ve probably done it. All of this experience I’ve accumulated over the past 5 years has taught me things that I’m now applying to my artistry. For example, I directed and edited my latest music video “About Last Night”. It released in 2020 via YouTube. I’m proud of the independency I’ve been able to acquire. Understanding the back end of how things work is more important to me than just being a entertainer or a social media influencer. I have more control of my thoughts and ideas this way. I got here because I didn’t have a plan b. I’m a patient person naturally so i understand the work has to continue whether I’m getting the recognition for it or not. Plus, I enjoy what I’m doing so it makes everything worth it. I’m looking forward to doing a lot more collaboration work with creators in the city. It’ll free up a lot of tasks that I’m currently taking on as a independent artist. I don’t believe anything worth having is going to be easy to obtain. It takes a lot of self-discipline and self-awareness. Knowing who I am as man, as human-being and what my morals are has helped me overcome many challenges. I’m human, I make mistakes and I’m constantly figuring things out about myself but having a solid foundation is necessary for me. I learned to bet on myself first. Trusting the vision God has blessed me with and trusting my process. I know everything that I’ve been through serves a purpose and people feel connected to me because I don’t shy away from my story. It’s what made me and there’s many people who can relate. So regardless I’m going to have faith in myself 100% before I express it to the world. I want people to know my brand represents growth. Not only to me as an artist, but my clothing brand as well. UNDTHEBRAND is my clothing brand. It means Undiscovered. That’s a huge part of my story. I had to really grind to put myself in this position and I’ve taken no short-cuts. I pride myself on this. I won’t give too much insight on this topic because it’ll be expressed in my debut album.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
The people that I know probably wouldn’t ask me to be honest. I’m usually focused on my work that I haven’t had time to explore the city. But from the places that I’ve been to, Slutty Vegan is top 3 places to eat in the city. I thought people were over hyping it when I would hear about it. but nah it’s like that! Atlanta Breakfast Club is another spot to checkout. Both black owned companies that I always recommend as far as food goes. But yeah other than that I’m usually working.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
The first book that I’ve ever read from front to back changed my life. It’s called the Secret by Rhonda Byrne. Shoutout to my sister who had given it to me. I was at a low point in my life mentally trying to figure out what my next moves were. I had just finished my senior year of collegiate basketball with no intentions on graduating. I did the bare minimum to stay eligible so I had 1yr and a semester left before I could graduate. I was 100% fixed on playing profession basketball. At the time, I didn’t have an agent or any promises that I would even get the opportunity to play professionally. After my sister gave me that book, something clicked and I knew that I needed to read this book. In 23 years, I had not once read a book from beginning to end. But, after reading this book I felt some sort of awakening and knew what I had to do. To make a long story short, I applied what I had read in the Secret and my perspective on life shifted tremendously. I ended up playing professionally in Mexico and I went back to school and graduated. I would recommend The Secret as a starting point for anyone looking for a self-help book on reaching your goals and the law of attraction.
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