We had the good fortune of connecting with Micah Drum and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Micah, 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?
It’s difficult, especially when it feels like nobody is listening, or as if my creativity isn’t having an impact. However, I know that what I do is an outlet for me. It gives me purpose. Knowing that any given day I can become better than I was the day before, that’s what helps push me forward. I just want to know how much further I can go.
Please tell us more about your work. We’d love to hear what sets you apart from others, what you are most proud of or excited about. How did you get to where you are today professionally. Was it easy? If not, how did you overcome the challenges? What are the lessons you’ve learned along the way. What do you want the world to know about you or your brand and story?
What sets Drum and Co. apart from everyone else, I’d say, is the honesty of our craft. We’ve always just done what we wanted, what felt right for the story. We exist to serve the stories we’re telling, and we want to have the most fun doing it. We’re also very self-aware, in a way that a lot of individuals aren’t. We’re just trying to have fun and plug into something that gives us life. Starting out I was much less evolved than I am now, but one thing that hasn’t changed is the eagerness to grow. Granted that process is never easy. The hardest part is allowing yourself to fuck up. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned along the way is that I can’t afford to worry… quite literally. If I worry it’s at the expense of my own mental well-being. I’m me, and I’m honestly not sorry for it… until I am. But we’ll cross that bridge when we get there. I just want people to know that I have no hesitation to be real with them. Not only that, but I want my creative efforts to be a source of validation for them. We want to shelter the strange, allow people who feel lesser than to have a place to feel like they belong.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In West Palm specifically, I’d definitely hit up the beach in the morning, grab lunch at Howley’s, and then make our way towards Steamhorse in the afternoon/evening.
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?
This is probably the most random shoutout, but my fourth grade writing teacher, Mrs. Blank. I’m not even sure if she remembers me, but she taught me how to write creatively, honestly, and gave me a space to be free (creatively). If not for her, and her believing in me, I wouldn’t be the writer I am today.
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