THE RED BULLETIN: In 2004, at the age of 13, you were the youngest solo artist ever to have a number one on the Billboard Pop song chart. But around 2006 your career came to a standstill…
JOJO: That was because my record label no longer had distribution and wouldn’t allow me to sign other options to release my music officially. For almost 10 years I didn’t own the voice that came out of my body. It was only recently that I was finally able to get out of that contract and sign to Atlantic Records.
How did you keep strong and focused?
I wasn’t always resilient and strong. That’s not how I always felt. The secret is that there really is no secret. You’re going to have good days and bad days and I think it’s important to have a support system who will see you through those times and believe in you, even when you feel like you’re not seeing the light or a next chapter.
What’s the best way to deal with a career crisis?
Try to keep your blinders on. Try not to look to the left and the right to see what your peers are doing. Focus on what you can control and take things one step at a time. Always remember that life is a marathon.
What do you mean by that?
Break down life into intervals. Take things a step at a time. It’s like when you’re on the treadmill: you run your ass off for three minutes, then you slow down for the next two. In those two minutes, you recover and prepare yourself so that you can take the next sprint fully charged.
How did you get to that realization?
I read a lot of interviews with high performance athletes and there tends to be a common theme: We can choose how we perceive things. We can choose to shift back perception and prospective.
How did you apply this piece of wisdom to your own life?
If you want to look back and be angry and blame other people or be angry at yourself even, I just think that holding on to that negativity is not productive. Focus on the things you can control in order to manifest more positivity in your life. This will also help shaking off the ill feelings that you might have.