Ep 181-Tamar-kali on Paying Yourself

Ep 181-Tamar-kali on Paying Yourself


Brooklyn born and bred artist Tamar-kali is a second-generation musician with roots in the coastal Sea Islands of South Carolina. As a performing and recording artist, she has defied boundaries to craft her own unique alternative sound. 2017 marked her debut as a film score composer. Her ‘expressive and varied score swells around dramatic widescreen views of the Mississippi delta’ [Variety], in Dee Rees’ Mudbound a Netflix feature wowing film festival audiences and generating Oscar buzz.

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Composer Tamar-kali discusses the importance of paying yourself first, using the Law of Attraction, hiring the right people, and her new film Mudbound.

Topics discussed in this episode:

  • Afro-Punk (documentary film featuring Tamar-kali)
  • Being an artist
  • Wearing a lot of hats
  • Bosses tell, leaders show
  • You have to be a great leader as an independent artist
  • Money
  • You have to pay yourself
  • Having a business brain
  • Dee Rees
  • Mudbound
  • The work is the way
  • You have to be creating
  • The Law of Attraction
  • Make sure the necessity of the work doesn’t interfere with you as a person
  • Create a harmonious environment
  • Hiring the right people
  • Having integrity and being responsible
  • Don’t feel desperate
  • Share your resources


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