The Creative Professional's Ultimate Resource Guide

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The Creative Professional's Ultimate Resource Guide

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I made time, and I made this for you. A resource guide for my creative professionals, and freelancers.

Twice a month, I send out a eMagazine where I share behind the scenes of my creative and personal life. I also share resources and guidance on the how and why your creative work benefits the world and can change the culture for the better. 

When you sign up for the eMagazine you’ll get a copy of this resource guide. Instead of spending all your time googling things like “what is the best platform for managing my projects”; I’ve provided that for you. You should be spending your time on other things 😚😏😉. Sign up in the box below

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A Series of Artful Portraits for Your Gallery Wall

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A Series of Artful Portraits for Your Gallery Wall

Imagine filling your space, whether it's your office at work,  your home, or even your studio..imagine filling that space with a series of artful portraits that that tell a specific story. Nice, huh?

Well, you are in luck. I'm currently taking commissions. If you reside in Atlanta or DC, you can now commission me to capture a series of moments for you that would can be used on your gallery or any other purpose you see fit. 

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5 Ways to NOT Get Disenchanted While Pursuing and Working Your Passions

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5 Ways to NOT Get Disenchanted While Pursuing and Working Your Passions

5 Ways to NOT Get Disenchanted While Pursuing Your Passions

If you were to ask me what are some things I would have done differently while on the path of persuing ny passions and being a creative professional, I would first let out s big, "TUH!". While on this journey of living a passion driven life, we all experience the ebbs and flows that come with perusing your passion.Many of those ebbs are clogged with moments when we feel like we are just not into it that much anymore, thus becoming disenchanted. We experience things, encounter certain clients, or go through certain moments that may make us not want to keep going or that  burn out the passion that we once had. Here are 5 SIMPLE way to not become disenchanted:

 

1.       Work on projects that TRULY excited you. Period. 

2.       Be particular about the clients you take on: Every client is not good for you. Just like every guy or girl is not a good for you, every bad shoe won’t fit. Every client is not for you. Yeah, I know…  “But, Bessie the..” I get it, they are paying and you may really need the money,  but taking on clients that don’t fit your over all mission is a waste. A waste of time and energy. 

3.       Say NO-You just simply cannot say yes to every opportunity that comes you way. Although it may be tempting, don't. Which leads me to number 4....

4.       Take a break when necessary- In a world where people are so quick to say, “I’ll sleep when I’m dead”..umm..me? nah, not so much. It's cool to take a break when you need to. It's actually necessary. Taking a break does not mean that you are quitting. Not taking a break is one of the quickest ways you can burn out. Sometimes taking a moment to step a way and breathe allows you to assess what you really have going on.This way you can alway pick right back up with a fresher perspective. 

5.       Pay attention to your thoughts-There are times when we let our negative thoughts get the best of us. Once we begin to feel discouraged we end up going down the rabbit hole of doubt. DON'T. Be mindful of your mind, how powerful your thoughts are, and what type of thoughts you choose to dwell in. 

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My Latest Collaborative Project: AfriGens @Work DocuSeries

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My Latest Collaborative Project: AfriGens @Work DocuSeries

Growing up in America as a black woman born in Ghana to a Ghanaian mother has been quite an interesting experience for me. An experience that is shared among many other 1st and 2nd generation immigrants in America. We all seem to share a dual consciousness of sorts. Our journey through the education system in America along with our careers are a bit different primarily because of the culture that raised us is not that same culture that we are thriving in. 

I was privileged to work as the Creative Director/Videographer/Photographer on AfriGen @ Worka docuseries created by Janet Asante of Notes from HR and produced by Clarissa Bannor of This Afripolitan Life

 AfriGens @Work documents career stories from next-gen Africans adulting in the West. Why? Because so many of us are affecting change in our everyday lives and doing radical things to push our careers and the cultural envelope our parents so securely wrapped us in. We believe it's important for us to see and share our stories and celebrate our successes.

We invite you to tune in every Sunday, beginning tomorrow November 20th as we release each episode. You can find the episodes on our YouTube Channel. We'd LOVE to hear you feedback! 

Oh, and follow our hashtag #AfrigensatWork

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2016 Has Been a...

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2016 Has Been a...

*forgive my rambling* A faith walk.  2016 has been a faith walk. It's been one hell of a year so far, hasn't it? I mean as soon as the first week of January 2016 came, I was amped, in my groove, optimistic, and so ready to take my career to the next level. I'd been  back in the states for about 6 months by that time so the adjustment period was long gone for me. 

But, then shift started happening.

What seemed like every day, people started dying. People with reallly amazing jobs and talents that I just happened to be inspired by began to leave. People like..

Vanity

David Bowie

Daisy Lewellyn

Phiffe Dawg

Pat Summit

Zaha Hadid

Muhammed Ali

Prince

Prince

Prince.....

An artist that had entered my life when I was 7 years old and had been part of it ever since then. The one and only artist whose talent, skill, and creativity I used as a guide for my own. An artist whose passing I still have not been able to come to grips with...but...

People started dying. 

Bombings and mass shootings continued to happen all over the world, And right here. In America.

In our own neighborhoods. In front of convenience stores. In the clubs we partied at. In the office building we worked in. 

More and more people that I'd either gown up with or knew through mutual friends began passing away. Whether it had to do with health reasons, or because they felt that it  was just their time to to leave this life. 

With all of this happening, I began to feel like a part of me was dying.

The part that usually keeps me amped in my game and optimistic. I found my self in not just a creative drought but an emotional one as well. I was paralyzed by fear, anxiety, and uncertainty. Unable to create the way I knew how to and the way I wanted to.

But as the universe would always have it,  I came across an affirmation written by one of my dearest friends and creative soul sisters, Kaira Akita. This affirmation came at a perfect time and it puts into words everything many people like myself have been experiencing.

Here is an excerpt from her "AFFIRMATION FOR BLACK ARTISTS IN MOURNING"...I hope it helps you like it's been helping me:  

My divine wisdom tells me a shift is happening. I am part of a new tribe of messengers for a new time in the world. I claim my personal territory with my unique gifts, talents, and voice. I am part of the healing. I am a keeper of culture. I am a host of humanity. I am the answer to mourning.
Revival is inevitable. I am inevitable. This is not the end. This is the beginning. And though it feels I am in the middle of an overwhelming storm, I will brave it by staying committed to creating stories, strategies, spaces, and systems that reach the heart, mind, and machine of injustice. -Kaira Akita

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10 Multi-Passionate Creatives Showing Us How to Blend our Creative Passions

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10 Multi-Passionate Creatives Showing Us How to Blend our Creative Passions

If your are a creative person, I am sure you have heard this,

"You've got so many things you want to do, just pick one thing and stick to it.."

or

"Well all those passions and goals sound nice and all, but you don't want to be a jack of all trades and of master of none do you.?."

and one of my "favorites"..

"If you keep pursuing all the different things you enjoy, no one is going to understand your brand, they'll be confused..."

Here's the thing, there was a time when I actually thought all of those remarks were true. Now? Not so much. I believe that you can absolutely pursue your many passions and even bring them all together to create a flourishing creative brand and business. And this is something multi passionate people have been doing for years.

Another name for people *like us* who pursue multiple passions is Multipotentialite which according to Wikipedia is...

   “An educational and psychological term referring to a pattern found among intellectually gifted individuals. Because gifted students generally have diverse interests across numerous domains and may be capable of success in many endeavors or professions, they are confronted with unique decisions as a result of these choices.” 

You CAN integrate your passions, transferring your energy, style, esthetic, expression, skill sets, expand your creative energies and drive to other projects. 

In case you have ever doubted that it was possible, here is a high level list of creative professionals who are pursuing their many passions and interest, while still staying true to their identity and brand. 

And if you need some guidance on HOW to go about blending all of your creative and artistic ideas and executing them, click HERE to learn how we can work together to do just that. 

1.  Erykah Badu- Musician, Actor, DJ, and Doula.. AND she is actually considering opening her own practice, 

"We don’t know where these babies are coming from—their souls, or their spirits of mind, or if they’re born wholly as soon as they get here—but whatever it is, I just want the environment to be one of tranquility for the mom and dad and everyone involved. A home birth is about being able to create exactly what you want, because it’s such a violent moment inside of the body that you want everything else to be as beautiful as it can be. So I started studying to be a doula and got my certification in 2011 and now I’m in training to become a midwife. I’m almost there and before I know it I’ll be able to open my own practice, if that’s what I desire."

2. Lance Gross- Actor, model, and *yup* photographer. In an interview with JET Magazine Gross says, 

“Photography, for me, it’s like my therapy,” Gross explains of his self-taught craft. “It’s something that I do when I’m on hiatus from working and something I feel like I own completely. As an actor, I’m still working for somebody else. It’s not completely mine.” 
 

3. Oprah Winfrey- Talk show host, media mogul, Actor, Philanthropist, and Producer. 

4. Gordon Parks- Photographer, musician, writer, and film director who became prominent in U.S. documentary photojournalism in the 1940s through the 70s. Parks was slow a musician and composer. As a writer, her wrote the book, The Learning Tree and continued to author several books of poetry, which he illustrated with his own photographs. He also wrote three volumes of memoirs. Was a painter AND the co-founder of ESSENCE Magazine. 

5. Jill Scott- Singer, Actor, Writer/Poet. Published in 2005,   Jill Scott's,  In The Moments, the Minutes, the Hours: The Poetry of Jill Scott she shares her personal poetry collection. 

6. Jamie Fox- Actor and Singer. 

7. Terrance Howard- Actor and musician. In summer of 2008, Howard release and album titled Shine Through It which he wrote and produced. 

8. Lenny Kravitz- Not only a singer and multi-instrumental list. But he also rock interior  design and photography as well. Kravitz's design firm; Kravitz Design, provides commercial and residential design services as well as specializing in product development and branding. In Summer of 2015, Kravitz release his book titled "Flash" which features his photography where he captures the essence of what it’s like to be a rock star who’s constantly in the public eye.

9. Jayda Pinkett Smith- Actress, activist, philanthropist,  AND leader of the band Wicked Wisdom

10. Swizz Beatz- Producer, Visual Artist,  and avid art collector. 

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Reminding Yourself Who You Are

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Reminding Yourself Who You Are

When you forget your creative potential, and who you are, and all of the magic that is in each and every layer of you…What do you do?

You start peeling back the layers.

I’m fortunate enough to have in my tribe people who I can have enlightening and meaningful conversations with.  One topic that seems to always come up lately is the idea that sometimes we have to step back and remind ourselves of who we are. And we do, because sometimes we forget. It’s normal.

But we don’t have to stay in that space of doubt long.

As passion driven people it is inevitable that during our journey there will be times when we will have to step into ourselves and remind ourselves- that we are indeed the shit. When these moments seem to hover over you and paralyze you, give yourself a moment.

Take a moment and reflect on all the times you finished a project, the times when you were celebrated by your peers, your family, and yourself. Visualize all your victories and wins, every time you launched something, and all the moments and seasons in your life when you were unstoppable. And marinate on that. And lose yourself in those feelings those moments created. Because, by design, if you have done it once you can certainly do it again. And again.

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