“On the Move”@The Natural History Museum of Los Angeles

Dinosaur Hall exhibit

“On the Move” spent the day at the Natural History Museum of Los Angeles and this museum houses some of the greatest collections of artifacts and exhibits in the world, including Dinosaur Hall, which houses more than 300 real fossils and 20 complete dinosaurs. The Gem & Minerals Hall, my personal favorite, houses one of the largest exhibits of natural gemstones, pearls, and gold in the world. If you are a jewelry enthusiast like I am, you’ll have a tough time pulling yourself away from here!  The Building Los Angeles exhibit has artifacts from the 1800s up until today and shows how Los Angeles came to be. That exhibit also includes a California history exhibit along with a Hollywood exhibit, which is about the emergence of the film industry.

Then there’s cool exhibits such as Age of Mammals Hall and the African Mammal Hall. We also got a chance to see the Ancient Latin America Art exhibit, Bird Hall, and the very beautiful Nature Gardens. We visited two cool gift shops and the downstairs Triamana grill where we had lunch. The food there was very good!  We had the best time here at the museum, and it was a very educational experience! Seeing all the beautiful art, artifacts, and exhibits was awesome! This is a very big museum, so if you plan to go, plan on being there a full day.  Make sure you check the  museum website for full details, and don’t forget to check out my show “On the Move” where you’ll see some cool, fun highlights of our visit!~

Dinosaur Hall

The Gem Hall

The Grounds of the museum

The Hollywood exhibit

The African Mammal Hall

“On the Move” @The California Science Center

Space Shuttle Endeavour

Here I am” On the Move” covering The California Science Center and the Space Shuttle Endeavour! It was an awesome place to visit and it only cost $6.00 to see the shuttle exhibit. There are some other wonderful exhibits to see there including, the Kelp forest (ecosystems), the Rocky Point exhibit where you get to touch sea animals up close and personal ( check out the video). Also the Creative World exhibit as well as the Air & Space exhibits are well worth the visit!  There are two great gift shops ( I do love gift shops lol) they have some great finds, especially the one inside the Space Shuttle exhibit where you’ll be able to get one of a kind gifts! There is also a nice dining area downstairs where you can grab a bite and relax. Do your self a favor and get down there and check it out, you won’t be disappointed!~

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When is enough, enough???

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First let me say this, I’m NO Debbie downer.  I am the first person to encourage someone on their journey and tell them to” keep on keeping on” and to “keep it moving.”  Recently something occurred to me. When is enough, enough??? I mean when do you say to yourself, I have done all I can do and know how to do and surrendered to what is?  And is that enough? For example, I currently have the best Agent and Talent Management team I’ve ever had since being in showbizness. I am currently auditioning for TV guest star and recurring guest star level roles, as well as auditioning for Feature and Independent Films. I am also having Network level meetings for my hosting work. My jewelry collection is slowly getting out there and selling.  I get tons of compliments on my jewelry when I show at trunkshows, festivals and fairs. It has been the little engine that could. It all sounds great, and I’m not saying all of this to say “yay me”, but is it enough to sustain us until something bigger happens to go to the next level?

Yes I know I “chose” a career that is one of the hardest jobs in the world, heck all 3 of them are hard lol! Yes I voluntarily participated in the creation of all of this, and I take full responsibility in it. I really love what I do, and I feel all of these things “chose me.”  It was indeed a calling from the spirit to do these things, and I have to do them to feel a sense of connection to the world. I also stand firmly in gratitude for everything that has come my way, good and bad.

I guess I was wondering this because recently I had a recurring TV guest star audition. There were several ladies there who are or were on TV shows as series regulars. One of them whose comedic work I was a big fan of. My personal opinion is that all of these ladies should be at “offer only level” and NOT have to actually audition for a scale (basic pay), but hey the powers that be see it differently.  I also knew that no matter how awesome I was, I wasn’t getting that job.  Think about it, why would you hire a “no name” person when you can get a “name or known person” for the same price? It just makes sense, and I should be okay with having an audition period ( I was ;-D) . Now sadly this is a common practice these days, auditioning along side known actors. The way the business has been going, it’s been pushing the unknown actor out of the picture, and now we have to work three times harder to book jobs.

Is it enough for me to having just “been in the room”? Also I thought about what happens when and If I get to that ‘known Level”. Will I have to settle for that too? Probably and I’ll be happy to just be working regularly just like I’m sure they are. Is it all enough to sustain us in the struggle, the fight? Will our ego survive “the enough” in the midst of the struggle knowing that it may never happen? I guess it’s going to have to be for now. For the time being I’m still in the game going full speed ahead but is enough, enough for you??

Meeting with a Rainmaker.

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Well since my meeting at a major cable network is done, I guess now I can talk about it. I met with a high level executive-a Rainmaker, a person who is successful, influential and can change the outcome of your career or business-a game changer. My awesome manager got me an appointment at the network. I arrived 15 minutes early, signed in, sat down, and waited. I dressed nicely in a fabulous new black, white, and orange dress, new black heels, and I even made my own jewelry to wear consisting of a pair of swarvoski crystal fire opal silver disc earrings and a beautiful ring to match. I got my hair done as well. I was ready!

I put my media kit together weeks before to leave something with him, so he could see all the things that I’ve done. It included event photos, a bio, pictures & resume, my reel, as well as blog and web series mentions. Also, some writing samples, as well as some information on my acting. I wasn’t nervous because I was prepared and this time I surrendered to what is, come what may. Also, this was a second scheduled meeting. The first one was postponed and moved to another date. It didn’t really matter, I was still ready.

This time I let go of the outcome and walked in with confidence and lots of personality. I wanted to give good energy and give good face, and I did. I was escorted to a large conference room by an assistant who was very nice and was told the Rainmaker will be with me shortly. Walking thru the halls of the network, I felt I was exactly where I was supposed to be.  He soon walked in along with a lovely young assistant, and the meeting began. I felt that my being there was a dream come true.  I was at a network I love and actually watch and connect with.  He was warm, friendly, and seemed very upfront. A no BS kind of guy, and I liked that. I could tell he was reading me as they do in these situations. I could feel it.

The meeting lasted for a half an hour. It went great, and I walked out feeling like I had accomplished something. I didn’t get an offer straight out but was told I was the perfect age for their demographic, and my look was great. He also really liked my hosting reel! I am now “in” and on the “radar” and that’s enough for me. To be able to get that far, when just a few years ago I met with a talent agent who told me that because I was a woman, black, not 25 and hot, I would NEVER get hired as a host!  Yes he actually said those things thinking he was doing me a favor! He told me to go just be an actress and forget about hosting. Well needless to say this guy actually did do me a favor! Him saying that put the fire and determination in me that I needed to move forward and pursue my hosting career.

Since then I started this blog site, hosted, wrote, produced, edited and directed my own travel/lifestyle web series. I have since done over 200 celebrity interviews! Now I’m being sent in for major network meetings! What’s really funny is a few months back, I had another meeting with a well-known celebrity actor/comedian who has his own talk show. I was requested by him to come in for a meeting and it went really great. I went up against this agent’s client for that job (lol) which was icing on the cake. Oh the irony in that! No one actually got that job, but it was a fun meeting nonetheless. I got to sit in a room full of writers and producers and a funny comedian and do what I do best, perform.

So it goes to show you that people will say anything to put you down and tear you apart based on their limited perception of you, and they really have no idea what God and the universe has planned for you. I feel my meeting with the Rainmaker was just the beginning. I will be meeting with more Rainmakers, as many as possible, until I get hired at a major network hosting a TV show, or even my own show. Yes I know it’s crazy, but nothing is impossible!  I walked out of that meeting knowing I was very good at what I do, I was well prepared, focused and driven, and I am ready to step into the next experience!~

LilaRose Jewelry Presentation

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The Pan African Film Festival!

I was recently lucky enough to cover the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 21st Annual Pan African Film Festival held at the DGA theater in Hollywood! The goal of the festival is to showcase black and african films, arts, crafts and creative expression. Nearly 150 plus films from around the world were shown as well as prolific fine artists, poets and talented musicians. I was able to interview several celebrities such as Actor Tim Holmes for the film OZ, along with Actresses Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway and Ella Joyce to name a few. I was also able to chat with filmmaker Antwone Fisher and several other filmmakers who had works showcased at the festival. There was also a wonderful reception held in the lobby at the DGA theater on opening night at the festival! Here are some photos and interviews from the event, check it out!

Me with Tim Holmes Pan African Film Fest

 

 

Me with Antwone Fischer at the Pan African Film fest

Full play list can be seen here!

3 sold out shows!

Well I’m finally coming down from the high of performing in front of 3 sold out crowds at Stage 52 playhouse for the play “It Always Rains on Sunday” written by Scherrie Payne. That was my first experience performing in front of star names such as Loretta Devine, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Bill Cobbs, Kenny Lattimore (whom I have interviewed on the red carpet at events), just to name a few! We also had industry talent agents and managers attend, theatre producers as well as music producers, family and friends. It was one of the best experiences I’ve had working in the theatre. I had forgotten how much hard work goes in to doing a play. I was able to work with an amazing director/producer Don B. Welch and a hugely talented cast, I definitely had to step up my game with this project lol! All my years of training and study prepared me to play the role of “Louise Patterson” in “It Always Rains on Sunday”. I was challenged and pushed to my limit, and I loved it! I am so deeply grateful for this experience and I can honestly say that I have grown tremendously as an actor and as a person and I can’t wait to tackle my next project!

Here are a few pictures from the show,  you can see more over at Actress-Host Stephanie Garrett on Facebook!