“In the early 90s, my life was a mess. Estranged from my family and homeless, I bounced from spot to spot barely getting by. When I applied for and received food stamps it was, honestly, AMAZING. I hadn’t enjoyed 3 square meals a day in what felt like forever… but I knew I didn’t want to stay on that long… it was time to make some changes in how I was living.

I was only in the roll for 3 months, but I made sure to save the last $1 in the book… I told myself that one day I’d be rich enough to frame that food stamp next to a $100 bill (that also shows you how trife and short-sighted I was at the time, but whatever) – I spent the next 10 years grinding like crazy, working multiple jobs while putting myself through University… Nothing at that time was more important to me than escaping poverty – not music or anything else.

Fast forward to 2002 and I was straight, financially. (Hadn’t yet dealt with the stuff I was running from, that came later). And I sure did frame that last food stamp with a $100 bill – it sits in my studio today as a reminder of what 10 years of hard work can do.

For me, all of that was prerequisite to even getting started in the music game – being a starving artist was never an option – I was too sick of actually starving… 🤣🤣🤣 And, thankfully, plenty of lessons were learned along the way.” – Frost Gamble

SIDENOTE When asked if I could share, Frost replied,

“Absolutely. As you taught me… Sharing personal stories is critical to gaining a fanbase!”

I stay smiling.

– Bea



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