Jacinto Sims II Learning Journal

What is your unique gift? – Do you believe in it enough to invest everything you have in it?

My unique gift is that I can compose music and record for multiple and different genres and can perform that music if need be. I would invest everything I have in it. I feel that it is important to be well versed in the ways of all musical backgrounds. My abilities have prepared me well to obtain success on many different platforms.

What difference are you trying to make in the world? – How passionate are you about doing this?

The difference I want to make in the world mainly comes from me wanting to create multiple avenues for artists and creators to upload music and other artistic creations and have them paid for their services. Find more ways for artists to get respectively paid for what they create and whom they wish to share with. I also want to help inner city youth learn music and use it as a way of expression and make them think of peace instead of violence. For me these are very important as to which they have effects on generations more to come. 

How do you define success for yourself? – What challenges do you face in order to create success?

Success is defined by me creating music and being behind the scenes of the musical process as a businessman supporting other artists. Even if it never reaches the high stardom level, I still wish to be involved. Challenges I face are building my resume and sustainability of money and recourses to help fund necessary projects  

What is career vision and a mission? Career vision is for me trying to achieve my dream of producing for multitudes of artists and supporting and creating help for artists protection of music and craft. That is also my main mission

Can you innovate and creates value and successfully communicate that value to intended audiences? I believe that I have learned how to sustain a compatible conversation especially to my target audience. I think I’m versatile and relatable to convey the needs to them

Do you have a positive attitude? I believe I do. I am trying to not let it show and not let my emotions and insecurities get the better of people.

Have you set your goals? What is your road map to success? Can you set inspiring and realistic goals? My goals have started to become set and worked on. My road map is defined by me finding internships and solid work with people who I can produce and play and write music for and alongside with to help broaden a more supporting audience.

Do you have and/or acquire the necessary expertise to actualize your vision? I think that my journeys and lesson have taught me a lot from my youth to now young adulthood to prepare me for fulling my vision.

What are your priorities? Can you set priorities? My priorities after college will be to set up a steady flow of income, become regularly composing and recording either my music or others, and hopefully securing enough to sustain a family. I think that these things and my own drive can help me prioritize.  

What opportunities are you looking for? What opportunities are you creating or intend to create? I intend to create opportunities for all walks of life to enjoy the arts and get paid and supported properly towards their own pieces.

How comfortable are you with uncertainty? What risks are you willing to take? I find that uncertainty can scare me because not knowing something can be intimidating. I am however willing to risk what I can in order to achieve my goals. If that means contacting as many people as I can for work in studios. If that means playing a couple of odd gigs or having to work under a long apprenticeship.

When facing challenges, do you persevere, or do you walk away? I try to persevere through and create a fresh new mindset that can help me towards my goals and try to find a new solution to the problem.

What experience have you learned the most from? I have mainly learned from college. College has taught me to become focused and precise in decision making and staying independent and very vulnerable. College is also very open to creativity and goal and career building.

What actions are you taking to realize your vision? Are you consistently taking action? I am trying to change my mindset to focus on the goals that lay before me. Trying to say positive and respectful things about myself. Trying to learn as much as I can from university to help expand my mind for the career-based world. 

How well do you put things in context? Are you able to easily respond to changes in your environment? What’s your best example? I would say that I am adaptable and can go with the flow. An example that comes to mind is when we had problems recording for Deandre’s album and had to find new ways to solve the levels and ease the dynamics of the overall group.  

What is your plan to continually grow and evolve? How have you grown or evolved in the past year or three? I plan to use my faith to help me stay focused and always learn from observing others. I think the past couple of years I have learned to love and appreciate myself more and be confident in the gifts and skills I have continued to work on.

How easy is it for you to reach out to others to ask for support and to offer help? It isn’t as easy for me because I feel like that’s an inconvenience that the don’t need to deal with, but that sometimes is me just being stubborn.

How are you inspiring others to join and/or support your mission in order to create a financially sustainable enterprise that allows you to live your gift and contribute something valuable to society? – If you aren’t currently, how do you intend to? I plan on doing more to ensure my vision is clear. I want to show more of my work show how it effects people and I would like to support others works so that they can feel trusting and confident to support my own.

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