What The Hobbit, The Battle of the Five Armies Can Teach You About Diversity

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First off, I love the Lord of the Rings franchise. I read the books back in the day and instantly fell in love with Middle Earth. Many times while reading I wanted to live there, always as an elf, and other times I found Middle Earth to be a scary and frightening place. Nevertheless, when Meatball said he had tickets to the IMAX, 3D advanced screening I could not hide my excitement while at work. The movie didn’t disappoint either. There was more than 1 scene that either had me jump because it felt soooo close and real, or I wished I had a sword so I could help kick some ass! All that being said, who knew The Hobbit would be dropping gems about diversity. Salute!

1. Never Underestimate The Little Guy – Those damn dwarves were not to be slept on. They may have been “vertically challenged” but they worked together to find solutions to their shared problems/issue – reclaiming their throne. Now, King Thorin went through some trials in this one. After taking back the kingdom he pretty much lost his damn mind. He thought everyone was trying to steal from him, and he became obsessed with finding one heirloom! His lust for his new found wealth, and his inability to think for the team almost ruined it for his dwarf subjects AND cousin all of whom came to his aid to hold onto the kingdom he’d JUST gotten back! He did finally have a come to Jesus moment – though it took most of the film. Nevertheless the dwarves heart, fire, and eventual focus allowed them to come together and overcome! And believe it or not, despite the few moments of selfishness their reputation as warriors preceded them.

So remember: don’t sleep on the little guy, the funny girl that seems like she’s not on her job, or the quiet guy in the back with his head down. They might just muscle you from your position and you won’t see it coming!

2. Pretty People Can Be a Pain in the Ass – Now I want to be an elven lordess as much as the next girl, but that father of Legolas, Thranduil was conniving, petty and pretty as hell. You got to watch those pretty people, they might be too pretty to think clearly for the team. He too was concerned about reclaiming some FAMILY heirlooms that King Thorin was now sitting on, that he was not heeding wise counsel, from GANDALF mind you. Who was telling him to make nice with the dwarves and work together to tackle the REAL issue…the damn orcs that were en route to slaughter EVERYBODY! However in Thranduil’s defense when you step on the scene like thissssss 

I have to give you a pass. I mean what is this beast of majesty he’s on? The elven army slayed that day! And these costumes.

3. Keep Magic in your Heart & Old People on the Team – Wise counsel, divine intervention. To be successful all it takes is a little faith and a discerning spirit. Be able to spot out prophetic counselors for your life. Everyone needs a Galandriel and Gandalf the Grey on their team. Their insight is of another world, and their power is unmatched. After witnessing Cate Blanchett in yet another elegant, ethereal, and frightening performance as Galandriel, I know exactly who I’m channeling for the 2015 Halloween galas!

4. Diverse Teams Fight the Good Fight – If everyone is on the same page, giving of their individual strengths and talents then all you can do is win. It might not be easy to find your footing or voice at first, but find a cause you believe in and your voice will be heard – do your part and fall in line. Everyone can’t and should not lead but we can all do what we can to push HUMANITY forward. In this film you had elves, dwarves, men, and wizards come together to save the day. Is your team as diverse or does everyone look and think the same? When you’re up against a group of orcs who’s only purpose in being created is to takeover EVERYTHING and EVERYBODY you’re going to want some diversity on the team!

The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies comes out this week, December 17TH. Check it out in Imax, 3D for an unforgettable experience.

 

 

 

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.

GirlfriendDay

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

The Top of The Standard Interior

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.