‘It’s Gonna Be May’
On the first of May, 2012 Joe and I sat in the attic of his family’s Long Island home, like we had on many late nights for the past three years, deep in thought and conversation, contemplating our next move. That night, we decidedly took the first step in a journey that would come to define our lives for the foreseeable future - we made a YouTube account for Patrice Lighter. At the time, the weight of this seemingly mundane maneuver had yet to settle in, but that moment was the birth of who I strive to become, my vision gasping for its first breaths of life.
That day marked a commitment to success. I would graduate university a few days later and officially announce to the world that I would be quitting my full-time career and using my freshly pressed MBA degree to become a rockstar. I was terrified.
As spring turned to summer, we had begun production on our first full-length music video. Aware of our limitations and learning curve, we chose to use our first few projects as practice for bigger things to come, choosing to do cover songs before embarking on productions for my original material. Over the course of the next few months, we did three full productions and almost ended our friendship just as many times. By the end of the year we were burnt out and frustrated, emotionally and financial depleted, and at a loss of confidence in our partnership, but with the new year came new hope.
We were still living on Long Island, still feeling no further than when we started, and still doubting our abilities, but, as fate would have it, the opportunity arose for us to travel to Europe. We decided a change of scenery would help us gain a different perspective on our lives and our work and had both independently decided that the trip would either end our friendship for good or encourage us to carry on and discover a newfound appreciation for one another; thankfully, the latter proved true. We came home from Europe motivated by the inspiring new people we had met and their reaction to our work and passion. We couldn’t stop now.
That year was a testament to our resilience and much needed proof to ourselves that we would refuse to fail, refuse to leave our work unfinished.
On the first of May, 2013 we moved into our own space in Greenpoint Brooklyn, home of LGTR Productions.
Sometimes we imagine things in our daydreams; where we want to be, who we wish to become, the places we hope we will see, the things we aspire to accomplish, but it is imperative to understand that once a vision has been seen, it is your cosmic purpose to see it through. It is not merely a passing thought to get you through your miserable day, but a beacon you must follow, a mission you must complete. Know that the people around you are there for a reason, be good to them, learn from them and you will only succeed.