No. 31

June 11, 2012

in Personal

It was my birthday last week and while I usually don’t care much about my birthday, in recent years it’s always been a positive milestone in my life. While I typically cringe at growing older, my birthday acts as a great launching pad for good things to come. I started working my current job last year on my birthday. Four years ago I met my current boss for the first time on my birthday. Two years ago I planned my very first birthday party as an adult–and people came!

Overall, my thirties have been pretty great so far. I’m still working on being an actual adult, which means I still gotta figure out my health, my home and my relationships. Maybe that will be my focus for year 31. I feel as though I am really transitioning into that next phase of life. Gone are those years of insecurity and doubt from my quarterlife crisis. I may not know all the answers like I wish I did, but I’m okay with not knowing everything. And somehow someway I have managed to be confident about a lot of things I was never really confident about before. Growing up. It works.

I’m really looking forward to this year, I’m looking forward to what God will do in my life. He’s been pretty amazing, I swear He always tops Himself year after year.

And now I leave you with this bit of awesomeness:

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I remember I used to love to blog. I used to love to write. I still love writing, I just don’t have time for it as much as I used to. Or, let’s say I don’t make time for it as much as I used to. What’s been taking up my time?

Work.

I’m not sure I could love my job any more than I already do. It’s the right mix of fun and adventure with just enough challenge to keep me interested and inspired to do better.

Anyway, enough gushing about my job. We’re here to give an info dump on what I’ve been up to, what I am loving and more. So here we go:

  • I gave a pretty detailed Q&A interview on Madame Noire about my career, schooling, etc. Go read it here.
  • I went to the GRAMMYs for the third time. It was amazing! Read my posts about this past season here. I have pictures somewhere. I may upload them at some point.
  • One of the web series I produce, How I Made It, is in its second season (yay!). Check out the new batch of fashionistas here.
  • I’ve been flying all over the place. Mostly NYC and LA, but I was in Houston and SFO recently. Going to Utah and Florida soon. I love to travel! Need to get out of this country, though.
  • I’m still hiring. I am always hiring, it seems. New jobs. New positions. I’m slow to hire, as I’m always looking for the perfect fit for my team. My team? They’re all awesome, and I love to do work with them. I strive to preserve this about my team.
  • I’m producing a documentary. I am working with some great people. I am excited about this. I wish I could tell you more.

Other than that, I’ve been sitting around counting my blessings. Let’s talk about that, shall we? I may not have everyone’s approval in terms of what I do for a living, where I work, how much I work, where I live, how I live my life, who I hang out with, what I do with my time. However. I know this one thing, the most important thing of all: I was created and made to be exactly where I am at this moment in time. And nobody can say or do anything to make me feel any kind of way about it. Nobody. This is not shade I’m serving to anyone in particular. Really. I just need to get this off my chest, and perhaps I needed to type it out so I can keep this at the forefront of my mind in times of doubt. Also, so I can remember who is really in control here.

I don’t know how long this will last, I do not know where it is going. But when you’ve been through a series of events wondering where all of this is going and then you get to a point in your life where it all “fits” like a convoluted masterpiece, you sit back and look at it all and realize, there is no way I could have gotten to Point X, if I hadn’t stopped at Point J first–no matter how miserable Point J seemed at the time–Point J is what I needed in order to get through Point L and whoa, Point X is kind of amazing. This is how I know God is with me, and has been with me the entire time. I’ve been in this special place before, where everything fit like a glove, and it is the most amazing feeling ever. I know it doesn’t last forever because you’ve got to keep moving, keep growing, and growth doesn’t happen in places of comfort. But for now, I’m happy. This season of life is great.

By no means is life perfect right now. But I wouldn’t trade it for anything and honestly, my improved relationship with God the past few years has been the best thing to happen to me. I very much appreciate the legacy of faith my mom and parents have instilled in me. I have no idea where I would be if I hadn’t found Jesus, even though I found Him when I was 6 years old and can barely remember life without Him. I don’t mean to get all preachy (I hate preachy), but I just needed to share this sentiment that is on my heart.

I feel good.

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I’m looking for interns, producers and editors for my department over at my job (new site coming soon!).

If you aren’t aware, I’m the Managing Director of a production studio for a new media company and I manage production staff/interns for our LA and NYC offices. I need to find some people as soon as possible (interns are ongoing)

Some of the NYC positions may be able to hire/work out of the LA office if I can’t find anyone in the NYC area. Or maybe I’ll hire for both in both offices. My department is growing really fast, so you never know!

LA OFFICE

NY OFFICE

Apply. Send to people looking for jobs. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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I Miss Writing.

January 11, 2012

in Personal

More regular writing in 2012.

Promise.

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Yesterday I launched a new series for my job (job? yes–I have a job! more on it later—I’m too busy working). It is called “How I Made It” and it profiles Black women who have made it in the fashion and beauty industry. Our first episode features Mikki Taylor, former Beauty & Cover Editor for ESSENCE Magazine. Mikki is a pretty awesome lady. Shooting this was the first time I have experienced her in the flesh, and I enjoyed every minute of it!

This is the third series I’ve launched for the job so far. Each project is special to me for one reason or another, and every new series is my new favorite. I am pretty proud of this piece, which is saying a lot–I am hardly ever proud of my work for longer than 10 seconds immediately following launching. The team I put together to pull all of this off was amazing. From the makeup artist to the motion graphics team to the director, editor and DP, to the producer, the musician who created the music and of course our regular staff who had lots of input. I think this may have been the first piece we’ve done that I couldn’t stop watching over and over again. I think my favorite part of this whole thing is I got it done right under budget, ha!

I really enjoy producing video content for the web. It’s happening for me really quickly, but being able to tell visual stories that you can’t find in mainstream media–especially those about and for Black people is kinda….cool. I am loving the opportunity to be able to do this.

Watch the video below. [click to continue…]

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