We had the good fortune of connecting with Malachi Mills and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Malachi, how has your work-life balance changed over time?
Every career path lends itself to different spectrums of finding balance and productivity but I can say from my experience, being a Singer/Songwriter requires resetting your goals and balance constantly. To stay sane in the music industry it has helped me to approach this journey first as an entrepreneur and second as an artist. I find more and more that even though it’s a grind, staying grounded in things like finance, organization and goal setting gives me the capacity to thrive in my creativity. Nothing comes without a price so setting my pace for a long term investment into a music career is pivotal for me. Practically this looks like working multiple jobs that are time flexible which allows me to keep music as a priority. Over time as my music career has grown to be financially sustainable and predictable I have shifted the income balance more to that direction, which I plan to keep up until music is my only form of income.
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.
My career as a singer/songwriter has evolved greatly over the past 6 years, from at one point being a vast dream to now an attainable and sustainable career path. I think the biggest hurdle I’ve faced during this journey has been maintaining a good balance between reality, faith and vision. There have bee times where there seemed to be no tangible or clear path forward but the biggest thing that has proven success for me is, consistency. This is an undervalued and often overlooked piece of the puzzle as a songwriter. The phrase “Keep it up” is tossed around in the music business and some look at it as “you aren’t good enough yet” or “maybe one day you’ll get there.” BUT I think this common phrase can be more closely translated as “Hard work and consistency WILL pay off.” Theres a certain point when you start to have success over others due to the fact that the majority of musicians will not “Keep it up.” Is it easy to do that? No, but when you start to focus on the details and trust the process then the big picture will start to fill into place. I can testify to that.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
When I am In ATL I love the tranquillity of Piedmont park and all the local eats that surround, namely my favorite spot “The Nook.” Famous for their wide variety of loaded tots and fishbowl drinks. Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this article to S.K Mills, my wife! She is an incredible photographer and marketing professional. The way that she has championed my career is unmatched and it wouldn’t be where it is today without her. Check her out at Skayphoto.com.
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