When I first met Brayne I never knew I was interacting with a very naughty poet. After days of interaction and sharing artistic ideas, I came to understand that I was in connection with one of Africa’s big names in Poetry. He shares his storyline with Tambua Magazine crew and here we go…
Your name, nickname, current residence and what you do as an artiste?
Andy Brayne is my name. Friends call me the Naughty Poet.
I’m Ghanaian and lives at Kpeve in the Volta Region. I’m a Poet, Spokenword artiste and an art promoter. But aside arts I’m a Health worker.
Could you describe one of your typical workdays?
I work around the clock 24/7,but my work day starts at 7:00am after coffee or tea and I stick to my schedule.
What skills are required in your position on a day-to-day basis?
Hmm, all I can say is you must know your audience and give them exactly what they want.
What parts of your job(artiste) do you find most challenging?
Sharing a sad poem.
What do you find most enjoyable?
(Smiles) when you meet a fan for the first time. That lovely feeling.
And other times, when the message hits the audience at the right spot.
Are there any negatives in your job, mention any?
I don’t call them negatives… They are guidelines.
Kindly share some of the projects you’ve accomplished so far
A lot, a whole lot. Some of my works made it into anthologies, my artists are making waves, Braynes Poetry collaborates with other Internationally reknown writers, we partner with organisations on educational programs and more. Currently, I’m invited to guest on a national poetry event in Botswana.
Which seasons of the year are toughest in your job?
There’s no particular season I can call tough except putting all your energy and will power into your everyday activity.
How would you describe government support for your field?
The government of Ghana has set ministry to the arts department, but you have to fight so hard to make it to the limelight.
Is there enough room for more with such a dream?
Sure. More than enough room.
Why do some people quite this industry?
Hmm. All I can say is they just can’t persevere the heat of time.
Who are your greatest motivators in the industry today?
I’m my number one motivation. But Poets like Lade Wosornu, Atukwe Okai, I.K Hoh and many more inspire me a lot.
What is the position of women and people with disabilities in the industry today?
Women and People with Disability can be and are good writers too.
We have women like Madama Peggy Oppong and Ama Attah Aidoo.
And disability can’t render you talentless.
Are there opportunities for self-employment in your field? Kindly expound on this.
I say a big YES, most promoters, DJs, don’t work for the government. And you can be a fulltime writer.
How did you make your dream a paying job?
Your dream becomes a paying job if only you wake up and bring it to reality.
How long does it take for one to rise to the top?
As long as you are well branded and work hard until your signature becomes autograph… hahahaaa!
What educational preparation would you recommend for someone who wants to advance in this field? Can you recommend any courses one should take before proceeding further in this field?
I may not try to be a course centered because I know a medical doctor who does poetry and publishes novels. All I can say is if you want to be a good writer, be a good reader too.
Considering all the people you’ve met in your field, what personal attributes are essential for success?
They say “Good things come to those who wait”. That’s true, but I continue to say ” Better things come to those who chase them and the best of things comes to those who don’t QUIT”.
Is there anything else you think an ambitious youth would need to know about this field?
The field of Arts is so vast, so I challenge everybody to identify their talents and follow it no matter what. People may try to discourage you but just keep pushing your dreams because them who hoot at you today will sing your halelluya if you are able to make it to the top.
How can the society/your fans contact you?
I can be reached on Facebook through my pages:
Braynes Poetry and AndySaves Klodinz, my poetry group: Brayne Wit Krazie Poets.
Instagram: Andy Brayne
Poem Hunter : Reskk Andy Brayne..
I can’t end it here without remembering the following bloggers and arts promoters:
Frederick Noamesi and his brother Fred Noamesi
And these Artists:
I’m and still remain Reskk Andy Brayne ( The Naughty Poet )
To my die hard fans I say Keep following Braynes Poetry for a well garnished, sumptuous and delicious poetic meat.
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