Where did the year go? It seems as if it was only January and now the calendar marks the final days of yet another year. As I reflect upon 2013, I am grateful for so much. Unlike 2012, I spent few less time in the hospital (only 2 occurences). My battle against diabetes still rages on, but I'm feeling more confident about my forthcoming victory! I finally produced, What You Won't Do for Love and we had a great audience. I finally made it to the Urban Playwrights United Conference this month, and wow, what a great experience. I learned so much about taking this theater thing to the next level, not to mention, the wonderful playwrights and speakers I met. My friends and I are doing a murder mystery dinner, WHO Shot POOKIE, on December 28 and I am tickled brown over that. There's a gospel song that says, "Down through the years, GOD's been good to me" and this is true. But GOD's been so good, that I can look at yesterday, last week, and last month and declare GOD's really been good to me.
Like most, I have no idea what the future holds and that's okay because GOD continues to give me my daily bread. He has and always is faithful. I look forward to a year filled with accomplished goals. I will co-produce Why Am I Black (Raquel Draper), produce Things We Missed At Home and Whispers in the Dark (stage plays), develop two web series (Me and My House and Hoods Sisters Investigation), assist other playwrights, continue to minister the good news, and hopefully say or do something that has a positive effect on others. I don't believe in New Year's resolutions, but I do resolve to be the best that I can be with the gifts GOD has bestowed upon me.
I encourage you to do all you can to make the world a better place. Be the change you wish to see in the world. Love a little harder, hug a little longer, and believe a little bit more than you have before.
I can't believe it's already November...it seems like it was just January and a brand new year laid in waiting. Undeniably, 2012 has presented its share of challenges. I went through some health issues that kept me in and out the hospital for about 6 months, struggled to mount a show (The Deal-Breaker) while ill, almost lost my job and my mind - but GOD held onto me and I am better for the experience. As I reflect on the past few months and look toward the next few months, I can't help but feel optimistic!
Having been bed-ridden and healed left me with a new found sense of...life! As I fought for my healing, I began to ask myself "why not?" Why not complete the original TV series I started working on a couple years ago? Why not have a professional set built for my next play? Why not demand the absolute best from my actors? Why not go back to school and get that degree? Why not live everyday with the attitude of endless possibilities? Why not trust GOD to do some amazing things in and through my life? Why not me?!? Why not now?????
We often put off our passions, dreams, and goals due to a lack of money, time, or an over abundance of fear. We don't feel a sense of urgency until something happens - a loved one dies too soon, we receive a bad prognosis, we think time is slipping away, or we compare ourselves to others and feel inadequate. Why can't we just wake up in the morning expecting great things to happen to and for us? One of my favorite quotes is: What would you attempt to do if you knew you would not fail? (Robert H. Schuller)
I am convinced that greatness lies not just on the inside of me, but everyone. Afterall, we are made in the image of GOD and there's nothing boring, lacking, or ordinary about Him. In this coming year I look forward to stepping outside the box and going for it! Full steam ahead, standing on faith, pushing toward higher heights with expectations of great things. If it's GOD's will, several stage productions will do forth: What You Won't Do for Love (April 2013), The Deal-Breaker (September 2013), and Keeping Secrets & Telling Lies (December 2013). The webseries of Me and My House will be shooting throughout the year and whatever else GOD puts on my heart.
It would be nice if I had everything I needed for these productions already set in stone, but then again that wouldn't require faith. If I've learned nothing else this year, I've learned to trust GOD. I am convinced that He is concerned about me and that He will never leave nor forsake me. Armed with this knowledge, I stand boldly in the face of life and ask, Is there anything too hard for GOD?
I invite you to explore those things you've put off and consider throwing caution into the wind and living your best life (Oprah Winfrey). If you only get one life to live - live it well and suck everything out of it you can!
GOD Bless You,
Well, we're into the full swing of production. The cast has been solidified, rehearsals are off the hook and the flier has been designed. I know right? This update is a far cry from my last post and as I exhale, I prepare for the real work - marketing and promoting.
From the first event I organized and planned, I realized that you could have the best party, production, or baby shower planned - but if no one knows about it - then you're wasting your time and resources.
Marketing and promoting is a double-headed monster. On one hand, I have always enjoyed marketing. I love ad and commercials that stay in your head and become a part of pop culture: Where's the Beef? Yo Quiero, Taco Bell! Bud Wie-ser. The California Raisins. Almost any Coca-Cola commercial with the Cldyesdale horses and the list goes on.
Undeniably a good marketing compaign has the ability to become infamous...which leads to the other side of the coin. Obscurity. As much as I love marketing, at the pit of my stomach is a little pebble known as FEAR. I know, I know...God has not given us the spirit of fear, but one of power, love, and a sound mind. That is scriptural and comforting, however, to thine ownself be true. And the truth of the matter is that promoting an event can be stressful. If you fail to tell everybody and their mama about your event and it flops - there's no one to blame but...
We have the flier designed and at the printer's, and wouldn't you know as I was blasting it to my listserv, I realized that there was an error in the design. Oh well...it can't be helped now and all I can do is hope that we'll need another 5,000 and correct it then. I've sent at least one press release and God has blessed us to part of this publication's article and we're giving away tickets through their online site.
We have over 200 churches to call, at least 10 possible sponsors to approach, a number of vendors to invite, at least 1 fundraiser to host, and did I mention the additional press releases I need to send?
There are so many nuances to successful promotions that it's mind boggling and I'm constantly trying to think outside the box. I dunno, maybe we should plan a flash mob? I'm sure it can't hurt and besides, I've yet to see one performed in Detroit.
Whatever it takes to entice people into spending their disposable income on our production, the first item in the recipe calls for prayer, followed by a well-thought out calendar of things to do. Everything else will fall into place, it always does. Flier, anyone?
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