Look for the advocates and ambassadors in your network Can they introduce you to folks who have the capital you need? In the beginning, you might have to invest in yourself so others learn to invest in you later. But as I started working with artists and other clients, I started to understand negotiation as advocacy.
Jonathan Koffa born May 14, ,  better known by his stage name Takun J often stylized as Takun-J , is a Liberian rapper, songwriter and activist. He is regarded as one of the pioneers of Hipco , a politically-charged music genre. Takun J's music addresses socio-political issues in Liberia.
Liberian musician Takun J creates music with a message. He speaks out against sexual violence, which is rampant in Liberia, and hopes that by using the popular medium of "hip co" music he'll be able to reach Liberians far and wide and slowly help change ingrained attitudes toward normalized sexual violence. Sexual violence is rampant in Liberia, and the situation is made worse by a weak justice system and unwillingness to report the attacks. Watch an interview with Takun J about why he speaks out against sexual violence at the right. Stories, lyrics and community activities have a unique ability to accurately depict how a survivor can come forward and how men and boys can be allies to women and girls while cultivating a community around this issue. Takun J and other Liberian musicians will produce songs and music videos containing messages on preventing sexual violence that will be broadcast throughout the country, the artists will then embark on a five-county tour to engage communities through concerts, school visits and town hall meetings. By the time he graduated from high school, he had fully committed himself to music.
Liberian hipco maestro Takun J is known for being an outspoken critic of his nation's government. In "Justice", the songwriter-activist addresses rampant corruption from law enforcement and government officials while making a plea for Liberia's disadvantaged populations. I talk about Edwin Snowe in the song. The culture of impunity is too strong in Liberia, so I had to write the song. They can embrace me when they see me. They understand the message in the song. Lots of people were confused, not knowing where it came from.