The Best Damn Creative Career Advice

By mccue99u

At 99U, we’re all about gleaning lessons from prolific artists and distilling them into meaningful bits of career wisdom. And when we’re itching for a shot of creative inspiration, there is one sage we always turn towards for guidance. Of course, we’re speaking of Kanye West.

Fortunately, West is willing to freely share what he’s learned about building a successful creative career. As he notes on Twitter, “I am of service to the world with my art and I just want to serve more.” But what really makes his voice compelling is that he understands the struggle of the artist, the plight of the striver who sacrifices to pursue their craft.

“Yes, I am personally rich and I can buy furs and houses for my family but I need access to more money in order to bring more beautiful ideas to the world,” he Tweets. Totally.

So as you reflect on where you want to take your creative pursuits in 2017, here is some bajillion dollar advice from Mr. Yeezy himself to help you reach your goals and dreams.

You’ve got to freely express yourself.

First thing is I’m an artist and as an artist I will express how I feel with no censorship

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016

2nd thing I asked my wife for her blessings and she was cool with it

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 12, 2016

You need to single-mindedly focus on making your art.

no offense to anyone… I’m asking everyone DON’T ASK ME FOR ANYTHING TILL AFTER I’M FINISHED WITH MY ALBUM

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) December 13, 2015

You need to take the initiative to find commissions.

Steve Ballmer can I please redesign the Clippers mascot

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 13, 2016

Find others who are willing to invest in your work. And be persistent.

Mark Zuckerberg invest 1 billion dollars into Kanye West ideas

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 14, 2016

Mark Zuckerberg I know it’s your bday but can you please call me by 2mrw…

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 15, 2016

Find someone who you trust to give you unfiltered feedback

and also my number one design rule of anything I do from shoes to music to homes is that Kim has to like it….

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 2, 2016

Invite your followers into your artistic process.

I’ve been trying to figure out the bed design for the master bedroom at our Hidden Hills compound…

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) April 2, 2016

Never compromise on your artistic vision.

I need you to perform at her party with specifically a minnie mouse dead-mow-five head… not a mickey mouse dead-mow-five head.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 2, 2016

Seriously, don’t compromise on your vision!

I’m very detailed oriented and I will know the difference so don’t try to just throw a bow on the original head…

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 2, 2016

You need to stay ahead of the trends.

I especially hate suit jackets on women… that was a groundbreaking idea 5 million years ago!

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 9, 2016

You need to own your voice and style.

There are some lame fake accounts trying to make Kanye-isms that are not Mark Twain level.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016

You need to believe in yourself.

I’m not even gon lie to you. I love me so much right now.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016


Hi Grammys this is the most important living artist talking.

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016


And I love you like Kanye loves Kanye

— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) March 31, 2016

*Fair Warning: This was all done in good fun. Follow the above at your own risk.

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