Cal's Open Road

CAL JONES

Rapper

“Where you are right now isn’t where you have to be. If you’re not in a place that you don’t want to be, you don’t have to stay there.”

INTERESTS:

Business Music

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Fear Perseverance Education Experience Choices Confidence Failure Doubt Family Hard Work Passion Success Determination Values

FOUNDATION:

Being Creative

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he was a child, he went to Christian schools; wrote his first rap about the Biblical creation of Earth.
  • Even though his rap got positive feedback, he didn’t realize that rap was something you could actually pursue as a career.
  • Instead, everyone around him was telling him he had to study, graduate, and then become a doctor or a lawyer.
  • During a class field trip to Washington D.C., he realized that he had far more career options than the few that had been presented to him.
  • Moved to England to “see what the world was about”; while there, his rap group Money Train soared in popularity in the United Kingdom.
  • Thought he could move back to the U.S. and easily duplicate his success stateside; however, when he got back, he realized that no one knew who he was.
  • Moved back in with his mom and entered a four-month-long state of depression; one day, he saw a commercial advertising a recording arts school and decided to enroll.
  • Getting back to music and rap pulled him out of that dark place; says that during those four months, he tasted failure, but it made him a better person and artist.

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