Life hasn’t always been easy for Kareem Daniel Ryce, and today he shares his story. He opens up about the role music plays in his life, the goals he currently has with his music, and the mental struggles he has overcome to get to where he is today.
Kareem is a father of two, advocate for mental health, and served as the Peace Ambassador for Trinidad and Tobago in 2020. He’s also a musical entrepreneur with over seven years of experience, going by the name SPLIT MIND. He’s a truly creative individual who is talented in singing, songwriting, performing, and poetry.
On this episode of the Live. Love. Engage. podcast:
- What inspired Kareem to become a peace ambassador.
- The role that music has played throughout Kareem’s life.
- Why Kareem ran away from his music class at a young age.
- When he gravitated back towards music and why.
- What was happening in Kareem’s life at the time he entered rehab.
- How his mental struggles have actually been a blessing in his life.
- Where Kareem’s music career is at right now.
- The goals Kareem wants to accomplish with his music.
- His best advice for young entrepreneurs just starting out.
- What it means to create value in the intangible.
- What Kareem is most grateful for in his life right now.
- Insight into the life Kareem has created despite his struggles.
- One thing most people don’t know about him.
- Where you can learn more about Kareem’s music.
- Why learning to love your home is so crucial right now.
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[00:00:02] I am Gloria Grace Rand, founder of the Love Method and author of the number one Amazon best seller, Live Love Engage How to Stop Doubting Yourself and start being yourself. In this podcast, we share practical advice from a spiritual perspective on how to live fully, love deeply and engage authentically so you can create a life and business with more impact, influence and income. Welcome to Live, Love, Engage.
[00:00:37] Now, let’s stay and welcome to the Live Love Engage. I am your host, Gloria Grace Rand, and today I am delighted to have a guest with us on the show. And I’m dropping my notes. And as you heard, we heard a weird noise that sort of just was his name is Kareem Daniel Rice, and coming to us, I believe, from Trinidad and Tobago. Is that
[00:01:04] Correct? Yes, that’s correct.
[00:01:06] Yeah. Well, welcome. First off, welcome to the show. Appreciate you being here.
[00:01:12] Happy New Year. Yeah.
[00:01:15] Well, I let me share a little bit about about this young man. He is a father of two who is an advocate for mental health, and he served as Trinidad and Tobago Global Peace Ambassador for the Global Peace Challenge 20 20, which is actually how we met. This was a program that was sponsored by an NGO called the PSAP, and he’s also a musician, musical entrepreneur, I should say. He’s been involved in the music industry for the last seven years. He was formerly known as Split Mind. He’s a performer, songwriter, poet, recording artist. So just a few things. And not only that, he’s also a writer and producer of Survival Scholars Stories over statistics, campaign song and also contributed to the Global Peace Challenges music event that they held. But he’s also got an interesting or maybe not interesting, but hasn’t. Let’s so you say life hasn’t always been easy for you. You’ve also had some health struggles. And maybe we’ll talk a little bit about that as well today. But you have certainly turned things around. And I thought maybe we’d start off with the fact that since we do connect through the global peace challenge, why did you decide to be a peace ambassador? What attracted you to that program?
[00:02:56] Well, thanks for that. I really appreciate this. What attracted me to. Tell us 20 2020 program. I think I found myself in the right online forum and I use my voice at the right time and everything doesn’t mysteriously just happen from there. I would have found out about the. The program from missileers are bedding down young, she was speaking at a refugee conference where you can make friends on the last day of the year with a shared presenter and gave give testimonies about the personal lives without her disorder. So we can directly communicate that part of my story as well. And I said from sharing that she told me that a few days of Instagram to introduce me to the project. Then from the that’s where the story began with me. The compliment on coming on board. I knew about this one because it was just like, well,
[00:04:40] Yeah, I was it was a really good program and a sensibility. What’s really just to be able to bring people together from different cultures, from different countries and and to be able to bring more peace into the world and do whatever we can to promote that. And certainly, as we’ve seen over the last year or so, it’s been really important, needed more often than not. And and I love that that you’re a musician, too, because I think that is one way that people can help create change. I guess cultivate a positive change in the world. Is something that has music always been a part of your life?
[00:05:35] Yes, I know when I was a kid, when I was a child, I was attending a music class and not too far from where I live and. I ran away from it. I ran away from the music class, I was living on National Park and we played with fantastic side and this fighting on it started and I looked up on the stand. There was like a whole stand up stand up. And I was playing with my stick and it fell into the hole where I love the good stuff. And I got scared because I had to take any instrument off of the bandstand and have already started to get my pants out. And that scared me away from music at that point. And then the football. And only until when I when life began to get rough is when I graduated in Boston and Mosul. Right. And so. Yeah, yeah.
[00:06:56] Well, tell us a little bit about what happened, because you, I guess, evidently wound up in a hospital. And tell us a little bit about that journey and, um, and then how you managed to turn things around.
[00:07:15] Well, I landed in the hospital from I was in rehab. I was in rehab and halfway through my rehabilitation process or program, I. I had a psychological breakdown at several of those before going in there. Alan. They recommended that I was operating, I was essentially at risk for myself and they recommended that I do water at the psychiatric hospital and psychiatric hospital are under the and that was quite an experience.
[00:08:09] And so did. Were you exposed to music there or was it after you after you got out or did it’s wonder I’m curious to know if music sort of helps you to be able to recover.
[00:08:25] Before going into rehab, because I was going through a marijuana induced psychosis, so before I went into rehab, I really like KRS One is one of my my mother’s. So I would be influenced by the fact that the universities are the most positive stuff to me. Before with the rehab, I would have been like Restylane over instruments and stuff like that. And there’s an understanding that I am going crazy because I’m just trying to Rimon and. That would have been be the big game changer for me in my life and really coming down on this and that, and maybe that’s my thought and that’s my gift. And upon coming out of rehab, I really began to have the right and the of the. Right, and. On every piece of scrap, I could get my hands on a range all over the place. I have at that point where my hands literally began, we can go like that, but yeah, and. I can actually read the musical notes on the right musical notes like I’m schizophrenic, right? That’s my composition. That’s my disorder. I got this. If I if I maintain a certain lifestyle or diet, exercise on hair, the NORAD thing and like. I think it’s a lesson to be with the voice in your head or rhyme or reason Bazan and. Yeah, I’m not sure if I answer your question, though, because
[00:10:49] I think so I think it did, yeah. Tell me what so so what are you doing today? So what what are what are because now you are actively doing music. Are you creating so you’re writing songs or tell us a little bit about what what your what your career looks like right now.
[00:11:13] I just finished a project. It needs some more. It’s for a Engleberg agreeable A.l device. I see that collaboration coordinated my goal for the city some more and some other organizations globally connected with. I don’t want to miss this right now, but I wrote the song, I was on the phone and they reached out and said if I didn’t make our contribution, I currently working on something. So finish the project, collaborated with some with some more of our love under fire in the name of Freddie Mac. And we will a that project on. As one of the things musically I’ve worked on, I did one of the songs, the first song, and failed to express their feelings on how last year went for me musically right now. I found medical Greg Smith from Washington, D.C. I live in Washington, D.C., as I accepted into the and to be able to attend professional organization, but mentorship, 20 21 cohort. So from now until September, the major and I’m finally put out, I left more than.
[00:13:06] Oh, that’s wonderful. Awesome. Well, that kind of leads me to my next question is where what what are sort of your goals that you want to be able to accomplish with music? Have you thought about that?
[00:13:19] Yes, I have I have I have early I’m from based on in my groin area out, there’s a lot of challenges for is trying to penetrate the global markets and. One of my goals is to be somebody who penetrated the global market and trying to get out of my way and that that is actually a good day for me. I put one of the final steps of this. It is my business, especially my my studio, the music business show. Create my own power and I create my own publishing company. I’d say my major goal is to create my own industry, human I where and this will come through my new you and you do it on the creation thing where I will be OK, awesome.
[00:14:39] What what advice would you have knowing now? Because going through some of the things that you’ve gone through, what advice would you have for someone, you know, a young entrepreneur maybe out there or even just just a young person out there who’s trying to get started in life and maybe not quite sure what they want to do? Do you have any advice for someone like that?
[00:15:06] I say. There’s great value in the intangible, and what I mean is that because you can see a. Exactly, and that doesn’t mean that I will. So long as I can see it in my mind’s eye, go for it. They can think about it as possible and. The following your dreams in order for you to plan for the following. Very good.
[00:15:54] Absolutely. And I do believe in like visualizing it and seeing it. I think that is really important to to have in your to have in your mind’s eye. And you say what it is that you want to create and this world, because that’s that’s how it’s going to start happening if you do that. And that’s good. What are you most grateful for right now?
[00:16:18] I’m grateful for what everybody says they are grateful for life, right? I’m grateful for life, yes. But I’m grateful. From my where? Power without nuclear power to pursue the reality that I’m present for myself right now. And ironically enough. You will often hear persons who have the condition that I have coming out, and I’m grateful for being brave enough to do that because then it is said and done that this is like me, suffer from delusions. And I mentioned, ironically, a couple of seconds ago, years ago, when I was saying that I would have been able to see in this is taking those photos of me being on stage and all these different things. I know I can see that those delusions are delusional. Yeah. If I had taken. What was that I mean, seriously, I have not had all of those things I needed because I’m grateful for. They like that, I have no idea, it’s all.
[00:18:01] Yeah, that’s awesome. Well, that’s that’s good. You know, it really is important to focus in on being grateful for where you are right now, because that’s really all we can focus on. You know, you can’t do anything about the past. It’s gone and and the future is not here yet. So if you can be grateful for where you are right now, I think that is very important. Is there anything about maybe about you that most people don’t know about you?
[00:18:37] I love I love them, and that’s really therapeutic. But the Ramsey guy, OK, I digress, I’m extremely stressed out. There’s just something really common about separating me or something. I mean, I was combining them and ensuring that it was all right. That really comes, you know, I think a lot of people would know every time I go, I carry on my carry lunch with my mom every time I look at it.
[00:19:20] Oh, very good. That’s nice. Awesome. Well, let me ask you if where can we hear your music? Where or and some of the where can someone, like, learn more about you, even also about the recording business that you got? And how can people learn more about you?
[00:19:43] Everyone I own, I have songs on Spotify, and that would be on a split mind. OK. But the message that I was saying before, I’m not. It’s like looking back at or for Google. And I’m for stories about you and your suffering, and that’s what we do. But I have those memories. No, I’m not. I’m not that. Please. No. With some of the earlier I had back then was positive. I don’t see the violence or anything like that. But you can find my music on Spotify, you can find my music iPod, the Apple store was on YouTube. Yeah, but I will be on my own. Be different than BMI. Yeah.
[00:20:58] All right. Awesome. Well, good. Well, I’ll make sure that I’ll put some information about that in the show notes so people can check you out and listen to even some of the older things. But that’s good.
[00:21:12] So is there
[00:21:14] Anything else that anything else that you would like to share with our audience today that we haven’t talked about that you feel would be important?
[00:21:29] Well, as we all know, that the world is in a state of global finance and they may find that that are trapped indoors against their will. Fearful for their life even. I separated myself from the world by Margot. A couple of years ago, so I chose to isolate myself, I now and come out of my home when necessary, if I need to go to the supermarket or the bank or go and visit someone who performance productive. Movements for the past couple of years, so everyone understands this is I’m adopted so that my condition I’m prepared to. Earn the love home and create. Heaven in your home and everything look inwardly I’ve got the. It all speaks well.
[00:22:54] I love that. That’s excellent advice. Yeah, awesome. Thank you so much for being with us today. I am very impressed with you. And I know that you’re going to do something. You are doing great things in the world and you will continue to do great things in the world. And you’re managing, you know, managing your life. And that’s a good thing. So thank you.
[00:23:20] Thanks for having me, I really appreciate it. You know, I feel like anybody right now is that we’re
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