We had the good fortune of connecting with Monte Henderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monte, do you have some perspective or insight you can share with us on the question of when someone should give up versus when they should keep going?
If it’s a dream that won’t go away, because you’re so passionate and a gifted in whatever it is that you dream, or if it’s your purpose in life, you must keep going. Persistence is absolutely key! Some people think think if you’re not experiencing success, don’t continue exerting energy and resources and move on, but we must shift our mindsets on what we consider to be success. Many of us measure our success with someone else’s, instead of simply celebrating our own accomplishments. Of course we all desire to be more successful which means we may have to change our approach, or acquire more skill, or in my case, recruit a team to help carry out the vision. Never give up on your dreams, never give up on your passion, never give up on your purpose.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a singer and a songwriter who believes in truly creating authentic art. I write music to tell a story m, to evoke emotions and make a connection with the soul and to take the listener on a journey.
I’m very passionate about my craft and I take it very seriously. I believe it shows in every facet of my art from the writing, the singing, the production, the marketing to how I conduct business. I am passionate about the art in so much so that I desire to attain more knowledge and more skill and every aspect that creates and brings the art to fruition. I’m always seeking ways to enhance and improve and to get better. I continuously challenge myself to expand beyond my comfort level to ensure that I don’t become stagnant.
I definitely went through a time in life, a few times actually, where I felt that maybe im spinning my wheels with this music thing. Of course when we have big dreams we always hear someone say “what’s back up plan?” or “what’s your Plan B?” which honestly fosters self doubt. I definitely drank the Kool-Aid and bought into that “maybe I should do something else” mindset. I went to college and earned 2 degrees in architecture. That career path didn’t fulfill me so I left and went into the field of education. Then it just hit me one day that I would continue to live in this cycle of doing things, not truly being fulfilled and burning out, until I submit to my purpose and passion in life. That’s the thing truly drives me. It’s my first love.
Now that I’ve chosen to fully operate in my gift it has become my priority in life and my reason to live. Music is why it will keep me up late at night writing a song, searching for the perfect lyrics, humming a tune everywhere that I go to create the perfect melody, and spending hours in the studio until the bison comes to life.
The true lesson that I’ve learned in life is to find your center. What I mean by that is truly find and connect with what it is that you believe, how you see yourself, how envision yourself in this world and without any outside influence, exert all that you are to bring that out. People will always have something to say about your dreams, about your purpose, but what do you have to say? That’s how you make an impact.
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?
If my best friend was visiting the city for a weekend my goal would be to give them the best experience of the city, in hopes that they would move and be near me. I know, it’s self is right? Atlanta is known for having amazing food, and now that I’m vegan I’d want them to experience some great vegan food like “Slutty Vegan” and “Bar Vegan”. We would swing by the “Trap Museum” afterwards because it’s definitely a tourist attraction. Gotta hit up Lennox Mall to pick up some nee drip. Atlanta definitely has a vibrant bar scene, but I’m more of a kickback person so we’d probably step out and pre game at “Parlor” before connecting with some of my friends. We’d definitely pay a visit to the MLK Memorial and Stone Mountain and probably Sunday brunch at “Old Lady Gang”.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many singers and musicians that I have admired and looked up to, who inspire me, but honestly it’s my supporters who keep me going. The people who listen to my music, repost and share my music with others, and encourage me through comments or requesting more. To know that there is a desire for more of what I have, and it’s making an impact. That is why I am here doing what I do today.
Ronald Smith www.rdotsmith.com