4 Business Lessons/ Office Romance Tips from Eddie Murphy’s Boomerang

I have always admired Eddie Murphy’s original content. From ‘Harlem Nights’ to ‘Coming to America’ he has always thought outside of the box when it came to cinema. His romantic comedy ‘Boomerang’ left no stone unturned. From the script to the wardrobe and directing Murphy again showed that he knew what audiences wanted to see. In the midst of a recent movie night unbeknownst to me I uncovered some business lessons and office romance tips I just had to share.

1. Office Romances Can Get Messy – Set Clear Boundaries! The longer you put off having a real conversation about what exactly your situation is i.e dating, hook – up, monogamous – the harder its going to be. Put your cards on the table and set it free. I always find re-visiting a situation after 3-6 months is enough time to gauge trends, patterns and to determine if continuing makes sense.

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2. When You Look Good, You Feel GoodHair done, nails done, everything BIG. -MJB, Drake’s ‘Fancy’

And when you feel good, you can do anything!

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3. The Bottom Line is the Bottom Line – Never forget that you were hired to do a job! If you happen to fall in love during the process, fine. However, that’s not why you were hired. Put 1st things 1st, don’t let your numbers slip and make sure you are still adding value to the company. Or else have the guts to fire yourself!

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4. You need a tribe. These folks might be discovered inside or outside of your company. These are people you can confide in and gain insights and fresh perspective to issues that might be bothering you.

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Live The Moment

Last week I worked on the crime reenactment show – My Dirty Little Secret

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Myself and the unsuspecting victim, in happier times.

The show airs sometime next year. I was originally signed on to play a congregation member and when I got there the CD asked me if I’d like to take on an  additional part. I said YASSSS Jesus! It was so much fun, the cast and crew were great. All the actors talked about what else, acting, and giving tips on getting more work. But, it was a long day. I took 6 trains to get there,  3 of them were different 6 trains for various issues. It was hard to keep it cute though. The delays made me late to set, but I made it, and got FAVOR!

Last week I also finished The Essentials of Burlesque. I learned the history of Burlesque, came up with a on the fly name using ONLY a cheese and a flower – I came up with “Muenster Rose”. We also Tassel Twirled ON. THE. FIRST. DAY!

It was a lot of fun and I’m glad I did it, after the tassel twirling, wasn’t nothing to it. Our headmistress Jo even let us play with her HUGE red feather fans when she taught the Art of Fan Dancing. I felt like a showgirl.

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Get into THIS girl, and check out The School of Burlesque’s tumblr here.

Out here in these streets with friends and family last week.

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Lastly, I just can’t stop listening to Gabriel Garzon-Montano. I was on THE Spotify, which I love, and the cover art caught my eye and I started listening. I fell HARD!

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His EP is so worth the money. It’s perfect for every part of the day, and this video for ‘Keep On Running’…WOW! It really, really puts the lyrics into perspective. Speaking of lyrics, I searched for a couple songs and came up empty handed, I am sooo pressed (eager) to connect with them. Cause I know they’re all ovah (fantastic)! OMG, and I just checked his website and he’s coming to NYC 3 times starting this week! JESUS. IS. REAL! Now I really NEEDS these lyrics, so its authentic when I’m sanging in the crowd, waving my lighter and what not. Please check out the video and let me know what you think. I am really interested in hearing from you.

 

 

5 Things

I am not done blogging about my trip to Istanbul, I haven’t even shared the food! But even I got tired, momentarily — of writing about it. So I decided to do another 5 Things post.

1. Growing – My friend Janelle, owner and founder of fashion and beauty firm Suite PR took time out of her busy schedule to spruce up my part of the web.

I LOVE the redesign. We had so much fun cutting up between her designing headers, us deciding on workable colors – she’s for no color, while I need to see all the crayons, and watching the RHOA reunion Pt 1.  If this is your first time visiting then you have no idea how wretched, but effective the last theme was. This current one though, speaks to my soul. Its classic, timeless and fresh.

2. Acting Life Pt 1 – Law & Order SVU Intensive – I had my fist casting director intensive yesterday at Actors Connection.  It went…blah. I made a choice based on the script and the casting direction (CD) interpreted it differently. It could have been because of how that particular episode actually aired, but we definitely approached it from different angles. Nevertheless, he did say I was getting closer based on my second take at it. I m glad I went though. I got a lot of information and am starting to form relationships with some of the gate-keepers. I’ll give it a couple of months and try his intensive later in the year.

3. #GirlfriendDay – I love when I can link up with my friends and decompress. Last week Janelle, myself and The Style Maverick decided to have lunch at one of our favorite restaurants and my first ever hostess job Locanda Verde. It was sooo good seeing my old co-workers and managers; they even sent over desserts!

Below is a pic of Janelle and I as we were leaving the restaurant. I call it #GirlfriendDay because it’s always the full day.

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After lunch we grabbed drinks at The Top of The Standard in the Meatpacking District.

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4.  Acting Life Pt 2 – I finished a on-camera commercial class right before Istanbul and as of yesterday an intensive with a casting director (CD) so I scheduled time to meet with my career counselor Chantal over at TVI studios, she’s been a great help to me in navigating my career and she agrees that its time to take things to the next level, which means showcasing with agents/management and getting in front of more CD’s. She also gave me a list of things to do and a lot of insight and clarity overall. Now I have to take all that NEW information implement and test it.

5. Viewing – I’ve become a bit of a you-tuber. I am always watching T.D. Jake’s, Fulton J. Sheen…etc.  I’ve been getting more focused on my health and fitness and before Istanbul I got into Jillian Michaels videos. This week however was all about hair “typing” videos. I’ve decided I fall in the 4A-Z category.  I have been devouring the techniques and minimalist approach of  Alicia James. I too suffer from major shrinkage so I tried both her blow-dry and flat-iron methods and my hair came out lovely. I did a twist out the following day and it was beautiful. I’m going to continue the approach and check my crowns health at the end of May. Check out Alicia’s “No Heat On Ends” technique below.


 

 

Books, Bags, Boots & Baubles

Who wants to dress better, make more money, and excel in their respective field…MEEEEEE!!!

Thanks to my parents gifting me with a ZARA gift card over the holidays I was able to grab a pair of boots, and a new bag. Both of which I was in dire need of. I also want to increase my knowledge of acting and asked for some books I had saved in my AMAZON wish-list since grandmother was a girl. So my parents got me Sandford Meisner on Acting & Stella Adler – The Art of Acting . As an avid reader I decided that THIS year I’d choose 12 books to read over the course of the year, instead of just randomly reading books and barely finishing them. This month I’ve been reading Sandford Meisner on Acting, Acting As a Business,  and I ‘m also re-reading The Pimp Game by Mickey Royal . I’ve learned that scared money, don’t make no money so as I transition into a full – fledge, profit earning entrepreneur I have to take the reins and learn as much as possible about acting and business in general. Hell, Stella has to get her groove back by her own-self!

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In another entrepreneurial move I opened up an online accessories boutique. Introducing Savage Gazelle at Kitsy Lane where I specialize in well-known brands and emerging designers. Accessories have always been my thing, so much so that a few years ago I invested in this jewelry armoire. Very similar to one my mother has had since I was a child. So naturally when the opportunity to open this shop came about, I jumped at the chance. I understand how important it is to have income coming in from multiple sources, and doing work that you love. I have spent years doing work that is unfulfilling while being underpaid and underutilized and those days are over! However, I can honestly say that those particular positions allowed me to grow, and strengthen my commitment and focus on what God has always had in store for me.

Below are some recent acquisitions to my shop…I encourage you to join my email list to be notified of sales, coupons and virtual trunk shows!

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I’m just having a ball, learning and growing. Here’s to 2014 and my world domination.

You’ve been warned!

Get Yourself Situated

I don’t know about you, but I am preparing myself for a Luke 6:38 blessing. For those that DONT know, lemme show you…

…”A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

In the words of Diddy, “Lets Work”!

My friend Janelle, founder and owner of Suite PR NYC recently invited me to attend a 2 hour workshop put on by the Daymond John Academy. Daymond is one of the original founders of FUBU, and aside from being a serial entrepreneur he is also one of the sharks on Shark Tank. The seminar was great, I left with a lot of business tips and insights and am going to make it my business to join his academy by the end of this year. So without further ado I present MY NOTES! I hope that it will give you insights and ideas, and possibly confirm some things about your own product/services.

Branding – separates your business/product from everyone else’s

  • your product has got to sell a lifestyle
  • you’ve got to get to a point where your business not your product is investible

5 Types of Business Stages 

  1. Dream/Seed stage
  2. Start Up/Chaos – this stage separates the entrepreneur from the wannabees
  3. Stability/Survival – this stage is the most dangerous because its the widest
  4. Growth/Wealth
  5. Exit Strategy

TIP 1 – Build Your Business FAST

  • get your idea/product/service out there be it 6, 9, or 12 months – by out there we mean getting it exchanged for money

TIP 2  – Make Sure a Patent is Worth It

  •  in the case of clothing its usually not. design changes can be so small that you waste money by paying for a patent

TIP 3 – KNOCK YOURSELF OFF 1ST! 

Every Business Needs 4 Things 

  1. Market Demand
  2. Marketing – in some cases marketing can create Market Demand
  3. Operations – can your infrastructure handle a regional order?
  4. Finance = sustainable profitable revenue growth

Taking Your Business to the Next Level 

  1. Follow a solid business plan with a Executive Summary, Marketing Plan, Operations/Management Plan and Financial Plan – *you dont need a business plan if crowd-funding or friends and family are your financial resources
  2. Marketing Plan should answer 2 questions : What Need Will I Fill? & What Is My Target Market?

Whats in a PROVEN marketing plan?

  • Value proposition – whats makes you different
  • Simple sales process
  • Marketing strategies that work
  • Branding your product/service
  • Fundamentals in place

Types of Marketing 

automated, social media, ex. FaceBook ads, lifestyle marketing, content marketing, online selling, direct mail

Types of Capital 

operational, marketing, prototype, angel investor or VC

* You need to know what type you need and whats right for your business. Do you need cash, contacts or both?

  • remember your business can survive without profit, it cannot survive without cash flow

About Celeb Endorsements 

*The RIGHT celeb endorsement can build your company 10x faster than marketing alone

When choosing celeb endorsements

  • Find the BEST fit for your company
  • Figure out how much to pay – some celebs might be undergoing their own re-branding so the affiliation with your product and demographic might be payment enough!
  • Choose the correct product to place with the celeb

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Questions to consider:

  1. Why do you start a service oriented business? Answer – to sell it
  2. Why do you start a product oriented business? Answer – to license it
  3. What is the scalability of your product/service?

Other Ways to Build Wealth 

  1. Solid tax strategies/asset protection – why pay uncle Sam a penny more than you have to?
  2. Buy > Build > Sell other businesses
  3. Do business with the government
  4. Leverage commercial real estate within your business i.e.: Build > Own Real Estate > Sell Biz > Lease Real Estate back
  5. Flip Businesses

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I hope this post assist you as you make better business decisions for yourself in 2014. If you have tips to share and/or found this post useful please comment and share!