We had the good fortune of connecting with Robert Grammer and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Robert, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I speak of balance quite often. I have always been the type of person to work on many things at once, and realized at a fairly young age, that sacrifice would be necessary to get where i wanted to get. Growing up listening to interviews of other entrepreneurs, and role models, i would take their stories and advice to heart. One common trait amongst the majority was, sacrifice. When others were sleeping, they were working, when others were taking a break, they were working and so on. Unfortunately, tho i was productive, this lifestyle caught up to me and began to hurt more than help. Its like when you study when you are tired. You can read all you want but you aren’t doing yourself any good and are actually better off sleeping and going into the test well rested with what you know, rather than going in exhausted with, well, what you know. I ended up getting the word BALANCE tattooed on my wrist, on the hand i hold my phone with. So now, i have no choice but to think before i make a decision. Should i book that session? Should i take that gig? Have i slept enough lately? ect…..
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
As a creative, i have grown, evolved and as i got older, branched out into as many mediums as possible. More outlets. From beginning as a musician with a 40 dollar pawn shop guitar, to learning many other instruments, getting into recording and producing and now branching out into writing my first novel, painting, composing score for film, hosting a podcast and running my company, Klarity Music Group. With all of this going on, as well as constantly working with other artists and creatives, I have come to realize, it is not about money, fame, or anything along those lines. With me and my company, it is simply about creating quality music, content and more importantly just staying true to yourself and not comforming . To keep your precious art real and authentic.
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?
I would have to keep it simple and honestly i would most likely keep things moving as normal. I am in a situation where my average week would get us around naturally. From meeting new people as guests on my podcast, late night recording sessions, to going to support friends and clients at shows of all sorts. We would have to catch food and a few drinks on Magnolia, check out a few open mic nights around Ft,Worth, and i would have to swing by the Kimbell art museum. One of my favorite spots in the city.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I have to give credit where it is due. “the Alchemist” A must read for anyone with a dream, and my brothers Daniel Miller, Don Weihe and Joshua Williams aka YKK and Merrick Hutchinson.
Robert Grammer, Jesus Pasos