Preparation and Celebration

Hi!

So this week and last week have been all about preparation. I’ve had a few print auditions and a trade show casting coming up in addition to learning how to do my hair and writing scripts. Needless to say, it’s been a lloonngg and busy week…but I think it’s a good thing. My birthday is tomorrow so I think it’s the universe’s present to me!

Last week I continued writing for the art studio (which is where the picture above is from…it’s the doors to the working area where the mosaics are created!), went to a casting in LA where I sat in my car for hhoourrsss in traffic(the worst part of auditioning). While that was going on I was trying to learn how to do a flat twist on my hair. For those of you who don’t know what that is, it’s like a way to braid your hair except instead of three strands it’s two…it seems like it’d be easy to learn but for me, it’s not. There are some things I’m good at, but hair certainly isn’t one of them. I’m going to make it a priority this year to learn, though, so wish me luck!

The thing about being a performer of any kind is that you end up learning a lot about everything in regards to presenting, marketing and producing yourself. Learning how to do your own makeup, hair, wardrobe, social media, website, editing photos and video, etc just comes along with the territory. I have a good hold on everything but editing and hair, haha! But like I said I’m learning so I’ll get there eventually.

This week I’m getting prepared for shoots and auditions, feels good to stay busy :-D. Since it’s my birthday I’ll be spending time with my partner but that’s really the only break I’ll have til next week! I like it that way, though, my jobs are so fun so I never really feel like I’m working.

That said this week was an epic week for people of color in entertainment. Moonlight, a coming of age story of a black gay man cleaned up the award show circuit, including winning Best Picture at the Academy Awards. Viola Davis also won an Oscar, which means she’s only one Grammy win away from being an EGOT! All in all, I’m happy that African-Americans were able to win such prestigious awards, it feels like the entertainment industry is making progress in telling more stories that aren’t based one type of person or narrative. However, I’m waiting for the day that stories of all people, no matter their ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, ability or profession will be able to share their stories in film and TV so the diversity of the human experience can be shared. That’s the point of art, entertainment, and the media, right?

Well, that’s all for now. I’ll be back next week…one year older and one year wiser!

Ayo

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