I’m Not a Beyonce Fan But She Sure as Hell Gave Me Career Advice

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Tyler Young
Tyler Young is a former news producer turned humor writer from South Carolina dedicated to narratives about women of color and sharing life hacks for women daring to live out their purpose. She's currently campaigning for a final N'Sync world tour.

Beyonce is a force. A movement all her own. She’s a legend.

But honestly, I’m not a fan.

I admire her kick-ass artistry and powerhouse moves, however, I am not a member of the Beyhive. You know, those crazed Bey stans that are kinda mean on social? That’s not my jam. I just cheer her on from afar, tweeting about her incredible moments in pop culture, and keep it moving.

What I do applaud Bey for is her hustle. Watching her incredible evolution from lead in girl group to one of the great performers of all-time is what drives me to excel in my career. Without ever seeing a show or purchasing an album, I follow her methods. Here are a few cues we can take from Queen Bey.

 

1. Show off your mystique

The pop diva is always up to something, but no one is ever quite sure of what her next move will be. Quietly releasing hit album(s) that absolutely no one, besides her camp, knew about takes major planning and orchestration. The masses speculate, but her lips are sealed. Had we known about Lemonade  or her self-entitled album Beyonce early on, she would’ve still received all the praise because well, she’s Beyonce. Her surprise element makes her work even sweeter. We see random photos on her Instagram, but she never details her location or what she’s working on. Every few months, she goes off the radar and comes back with another masterpiece. In today’s braggadocios social media landscape, Bey doesn’t show and tell. She delivers.

In today’s braggadocios social media landscape, Bey doesn’t show and tell.
She delivers.

Silence is golden. Some of the best kept ideas should remain on back-order until they’re ready to debut on the shelf. Keep your audience on their toes, they’ll always come back for more.


2. Going the extra mile won’t Hurt

She released an hourlong visual album all while pulling off a major world tour, juggling philanthropic efforts, and releasing a clothing line. Where exactly does sleep come into play? Whether you are a Beyonce fan or not, you cannot knock the woman’s insane work ethic.  The one thing that will always separate this 35-year-old from her counterparts, besides extraordinary talent, is her passion for the job. In 2013, Bey admitted to practicing until her feet bleed. Yikes! Talk about dedication. Clearly, it continues to payoff.

Think back to one of your biggest accomplishments. It probably came with sleepless nights, lots of tears and maybe even the confirmation of your biggest fears, however you made it. If you take a close look at Beyonce’s busy 2016, you’ll find that releasing a hit album would not have been possible by hitting the snooze button. Sometimes a bit of discomfort is what the doctor ordered.


3. You are nothing without a team

Now that I’ve pointed out Beyonce’s drive to succeed, it would be unfair not to recognize her team. Behind every great project is a long line of help. A lot of people–celebrities included–receive tons of accolades for their projects without the recognition of the contributions of others. It takes a team to give birth to a Beyonce brain child.

One person cannot simply do it all themselves. Be it a pep talk from a mentor, or someone passing you a pen when your ink ran out, someone had to help you. Did you recognize them once the job was done? We all need a helping hand sometimes to attain what’s rightfully ours.


4. No one remembers mediocre

Go hard! Her previous work is always incomparable to the follow up. Beyonce always outdoes Beyonce. Even her baby announcement was larger than the first.

Show the world your innovative ways and ingenious ideas. Being remembered for a great deed will take more than just putting any old thing out there. Autograph your work with excellence.

Autograph your work with excellence.


5. Be(y) Unapologetic

Beyonce will never apologize for being Beyonce. She didn’t rise to her level of fame by biting her tongue or taking a backseat to the comfort levels of others. Remember the social message she inserted into her art? She was blasted over and over again. So what did she do? She made her message louder.

There’s no time to cave to criticisms when your beliefs are on the line.

Bring your A-game, who cares if someone hates it. The world will place you under a certain categorization, with or without your permission. You might as well blow their minds while you’re at it. But do it with grace.  

Quoting her “Formation” lyrics, Bey says, “Always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper.”

There’s no time to cave to criticisms when your beliefs are on the line.


5. Live life on Full

Bey is just as serious about her artistry as she is about her personal life. How she finds a work-life balance, even with tons of assistants waiting on her 24/7, beats me. Somehow she does it, soon to be with three kids in tow. From the outside looking in, she refuses to compromise family for work. While the average person can’t afford to pay for elaborate teams of nannies or first-class travel around the world, work-life balance is a must-have. Even with twins on the way, she’s still showing up to get the job done. Bey encapsulates the fullness of career and motherhood.

I’ve elected to delay motherhood as I work tirelessly to build a career as a TV writer. I’d like to master one aspect of my life before I explore another. Watching Bey’s success as a mom and a working woman proves that both are possible. She spent the last decade on full speed, then brought a kid and husband along for the ride.

I’ve elected to delay motherhood as I work tirelessly to build a career as a TV writer. I’d like to master one aspect of my life before I explore another.

Single or not. Kid or no kid, never lose your burning desires in life. Break the mold! Go out there and be the best you that you can be. But do it with grace.  BeYourOwnYoncé.

Thanks Bey for the free career advice.

FEATURED IMAGE CREDIT: Asterio Tecson

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