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Life & Work with Bryce The Third

Today we’d like to introduce you to Bryce The Third. 

Hi Bryce, we’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
The fact that I am writing these words right now, and you are reading them, is nothing short of a miracle. Whether or not you believe in divine intervention, my story- full of trials, tribulations, and eventually redemption- is one that might make you consider the possibility. 

I’ve been fortunate to share elements of my story on many platforms and within communities that I’ve cultivated. My podcast, “You Feel That?!?”, my music catalog, and my books all offer parts that make up the whole, and the theme throughout is that it is IMPORTANT for us to live LOUD and PROUD in our stories. You have a story worth sharing, too. That’s what I do. I use my story to inspire others to be open about theirs and to use that openness to build a life they are proud to live. 

When I share, it’s not just for my own therapy, although it is cathartic- I believe that doing so builds COMMUNITY. 

So here, on a platform that offers a snapshot of my story, I might share with you that I had to scrap in my own home as a kid or that I struggled for years with drugs and alcohol. 

I could tell you that I dropped out of high school in 9th grade to focus on raising my first kid, born when I was only 16 years old. 

I might say that I’ve spoken to and performed in front of thousands of people and regularly provide thought-provoking content to my 10+ thousand followers on social media. Or that I’ve been hired to assist several nonprofits to cultivate an environment of growth and creativity within their organizations. 

I could also share that none of this would have been possible had I not burned all my boats and set out to do music professionally in 2017. 

No matter what I share with you here, it all comes back to the heart of the matter, and that is that living LOUD IN OUR STORIES is what enables us to connect, to build support systems, and to grow together as individuals and as a community. 

This message is the foundation of EVERYTHING I do, be it through music, through a book, or a podcast. 

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey has been a fairly smooth road?
The road I’ve traveled has not been without its challenges. 

The beautiful thing about a bumpy ride is that if it doesn’t kill you, it equips you to aid others in their navigation. 

I’ve dealt with addiction, let-downs & near-death experiences. I’ve had more close calls than I can count. 

There was a point and time where I was really stuck in a “Why me?” attitude. At that moment, I was focused on the unfairness of the hand I was dealt, but with hindsight, I’ve learned to turn “why me?” into “why NOT me?”. Every challenge I’ve survived was necessary to cultivate the wisdom that I can now openly and freely share with others through my podcast, music, books, talks, etc. 

I grew up in a single-parent household with no consistent father figure. I was the oldest sibling, which came with added responsibility, and a poverty mindset in a poor neighborhood stole any real childhood I might have had before I became a teen father myself. I’ve looked down the barrel of several guns and didn’t know if I’d make it home alive each night. But I did, and I use these stories to help others take a shortcut to lessons that I had to learn the hard way. I think that’s what I’m alive for. 

Even though I’ve made it to the “other side of the tracks,” and some would deem me successful or even famous (yuck) in my own city, I think the fact that I’m deep in my own self-discovery process and still seeking to figure out this life shit just like anybody else is very telling. 

I’m a living example that the journey keeps going. As the late Great Nipsey Hussle would say, “The Marathon Continues.” 

Thanks – so, what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
Above all else, I am a creative. A Multipotentialite if you will (go look it up). 

I’ve released a full-length music project (Internal Revenue 2018) as well as multiple well-received singles. 

I have partnered with local and national organizations that are aligned with my values, helping them in various capacities to foster creative programming. Those include the following: 

College of Creative Studies – Detroit 

The Residency – Seattle 

The Phoenix – Detroit/Denver/Milwaukee 

Advanced Technology Academy – Dearborn 

Families Against Narcotics -Washtenaw 

NAMI Detroit 

Charles H Wright Museum – Detroit 

Detroit Historical Society – Detroit 

Mobilize Recovery 

27th Letter Books – Detroit 

I tell stories using my music, podcast, and other media platforms, using my lived experience to inspire change. I believe deeply in the power of community and that a person who is inspired to believe in themself will believe in and support others. 

When I speak at an event, I encourage audiences and individuals to be courageous, open, honest, and compassionate in their relationships with self, one another, and in their work. 

The crisis has affected us all in different ways. How has it affected you, and any important lessons or epiphanies you can share with us?
COVID-19 taught me to be even more resourceful than I had already learned to be. Our worldview shifted with the pandemic, and that spark lit a flame for me in my own work. It made me ask; How do we build community? How do we show up for each other? How do we make sure that our stories don’t get lost or drowned out now that there is so much opportunity to struggle in solitude? 

These are the questions that I ask post-pandemic and the problems I seek most to solve in myself and in the people and organizations I work with. 

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