Keeping it Crafty!

Have you ever wanted to know how to make your own DIY Jewelry/Crafts? Well I’ve got you covered with my new web series “Keeping it Crafty”! In this video series you will learn a step by step process to making your very own sophisticated, cool, and hot on trend jewelry and crafts! You’ll learn what tools and supplies you’ll need, some tips and tricks of how to execute it, all while making it fabulous! There are video’s on making a one to three strand chunky beaded bracelet. Also how make your own cocktail rings, how to dye your own canvas market bag, as well as how to use some craft supplies tips and tricks! There are a lot more videos coming, so be sure to subscribe to my youtube channel StephanieGarrett3360 so you don’t miss anything! Thanks for watching!

Here is a playlist for “Keeping it Crafty”, check it out!

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

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“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

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!~

“It Always Rains on a Sunday”

It Always Rains on a Sunday is a staged play written by Scherrie Payne a former member of the The Supremes and sister of 70’s singing star Freda Payne. It opens September 14th at 8pm and runs thru the 16th at 6pm, 3 night’s only! It will be held at Stage 52 playhouse 5299 West Washington Blvd, Los Angeles CA, 90019. It will be directed and produced by Don B. Welch. I play a lead role and her name is Louise Patterson a wife, and mother caught up in the family drama of  lies, pain, betrayal and heartache. “Will the forgiveness of God be enough to mend this broken family?” For tickets call Inglewood tickets 310-671-6400 general admission is $25.00 get them asap as they are selling out! See you there!

Meet the talented cast!

 

Project Angel Food Awards!

Recently I was asked to host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at the 17th annual Angel Awards for Project Angel food. The project angel food program prepares and delivers meals to people who are afflicted with Cancer, HIV/AIDS and other  life threatening illnesses. It is supported by volunteers and donations and if you’d like to help out, check out their website.  The awards honored Pauley Perrette of NCIS and Chris Salgardo the President of Kiehl’s for their contributions. I was able to chat with Pauley and Chris also Kristen Vangsness of CBS’s Criminal Minds along with Gilles Marini  of “Dancing with the All Stars” and many others, check out the interviews from the event! To see full play list from the event go here!

Remnants of a year.

Well the New Year is in full swing and the remnants of last year is gone. I always feel that if you start off a new year better and more productive than the last, then you’re doing good. When I started 2011, I didn’t have any of the ideas and goals that I eventually reached last year. Everything just started to unfold, and I made my mind up that I would just roll with it. I got rid of things, people, and stuff that wasn’t serving me well and made room for new and exciting things!  Last year I started the year 30 lbs heavier, and this year I’m a little over 30 lbs lighter and feeling fabulous! At the beginning of  2011 all I had was ideas and visions, not really knowing how to execute them.  I figured out a way. I learned what I needed to know, and now I have something to show for all of my hard work done throughout the year.  I made my web series On the Move” with Stephanie Garrett  happen last year.  I want it to be bigger and better this year.  I  have also  started a jewelry line LilaRoseJewelry ,which is doing better than I’d hoped.  Not to mention that I started off this year 2012 with an awesome new theatrical talent manager. I’m sure some theatrical bookings are not far behind! With Facebook pages,  businesses cards, emails addresses, and twitter accounts for all of my business,  I think this will be a busy and prosperous year.

I think we should all aspire to be better and more productive in the New Year and every year for that matter. Get rid of things and people who don’t serve your highest good. I think the ultimate goal is to evolve into being the best you that you can be. Stop putting so much stock into what other people are thinking of what it is you’re doing.  Heck, if I worried about what someone was saying about me,  I’d never leave the house and wouldn’t get anything accomplished! (LOL!) I heard a quote that said” What others think of me, isn’t my problem” and it’s true. So go out and put positive energy and hard work into your goals and visions and make them happen. This is the year to live out loud and in full effect, Go big or go home!~