Monday, 30 April 2012 22:35

Just Be Your Most Amazing Self!

Written by Rik Leaf
Tribe of One & NRG Rising

Tribe of One just returned from Albuquerque, New Mexico where we had two showcase performance showcases at Gathering of Nations. Gathering of Nations is the largest pow wow in the world and represents dancers, drummers and singers from over 500 tribes across North America. It’s amazing!

Our first performance was in Pow Wow Alley and our second was on the famous, Stage 49. From the minute we arrived at the airport in Winnipeg, the trip had all the characteristic moments of creative chaos that make each Tribe tour an adventure. Flying with United we were motivated to get all our guitars and flight cases checked without paying overweight and over-sized fees. This involves a ridiculous amount of flirting with airline agents as we try to distract them from doing their job with due diligence. (we’re good at it so we have a great success rate)

After navigating security and customs officials, (where I was once again ‘randomly’ selected for additional screening…artistic profiling people, it affects all of us!) We got through, and immediately fell into the familiar patterns of humor and hilarity, as we discussed wildly imaginative plans, plays and performances to make the world a better and more beautiful place to live.

The anticipation grew. We’d been working toward GON for months, so it was a relief to actually be there and have a chance…a chance to be amazing. Cause that’s really what it all comes down to. We work our asses off. Like most entrepreneurs we work long hours with little or irregular pay. Every day, drumming up the motivation and dogged determination not to give up…to keep going and believing and speaking that hope and courage out loud to the universe in hopes of attracting other like- minded, kindred spirits.

Cause it's worth it, finding a chance to just be your most amazing self…is really a chance to change the world!

 

Rik Leaf

Rik Leaf

Creative Director, 2005 - Present -  Recording Artist/Producer/Slam Poet, Published Author. Rik has released numerous CDs, worked in TV/Film tours internationally as a solo artist and with Tribe of One. Through his artistic activism he has worked with the UN and the Department of Foreign Affairs.

 

Website: www.rikleaf.com

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