What do you do when you’re brimming with talent, and the cup can’t hold all of it? You be Vineeth Vincent and spill over into multiple careers. MC, Voice Artist, Musician, Serial Entrepreneur and renowned Beatboxer; for now, who knows what this immensely talented artist will do next.
Beatboxing was a bi-product of being an idiot on stage with a microphone cracking jokes and making stupid noises.”
Vineeth got into beatboxing as a way to balance his successful career as an MC with his desire to be a voice artist. In his own words, “Beatboxing was a bi-product of being an idiot on stage with a microphone cracking jokes and making stupid noises.” What started out as a mere interest led to him directing ‘Can You Say Beat Box?’ that won the Guinness and Limca world records in 2011 for the largest human beatbox ensemble.
The typical struggle of people expecting him to do shows for free still plagues Vineeth, despite being a successful artist in the field for almost a decade, sometimes even losing out to newer beatboxers who are willing to work for nothing. “People still struggle to understand that this is a profession and not a hobby. But in majority, people do receive it positively in most circles.” Nonetheless, Vineeth has made a name for himself and not too bothered by the competition. He says, “I’d like to think that clients call me to hire me and not just a random beatboxer. A majority of gigs that I get are due to personal references and word of mouth.”
People still struggle to understand that this is a profession and not a hobby.”
For different people inspiration comes differently. Some are struck with ideas out of the blue, while others actively pursue a line of thought to get it. There is no right or wrong way. Vineeth too has his own method. “I would just say I spend a lot of time having conversations with a lot of interesting people and networking. I also spend a lot of time on research online.”
Unknown to many Vineeth is quite the sharp businessman, having three successful companies under his belt – The Meditating Monkeys (co-living space started in 2015), SideStep (artist management firm started in 2011) and Musical Cube (music studio started in 2014). And it doesn’t end here, Vineeth is on the lookout for more. Sharing his plans, he says, “There is so much to do and so little time. I’ve been trying to get a few ideas off the ground, but finding finances and the right people to run it are turning out to be the two most difficult things to come across.”
There is no substitute to hard and smart work.”
Simple and fluff-free advice, with a tinge of humour; Vineeth’s typical style: “There is no substitute to hard and smart work. Unless you are filthy rich and/or have a rich daddy. Then that is a good substitute.”
‘Jack of all trades, master of none’, the saying goes. Vineeth Vincent proves that adage wrong. Succeeding at more than one career takes more than skill and talent. It needs drive, diligence, and mad blazing passion, that makes it all worthwhile.
Photo Credits: Anand VM & Auditya Venkatesh