NBC Universal Summer Press day announcement!

I recently got a chance to come out and cover for PressPassLA.com at the NBC Universal Press day announcement of upcoming summer network and cable shows. It was held at the beautiful Langham Huntington Hotel & Spa in Pasadena. We were able to get the inside scoop from such talent as TV Legend William Shatner and Christian Slater. We also spoke to Peter Facincelli, Heidi Klum, Mel B, Soap actress Deidre Hall and comedian Craig Robinson, and the oh so fabulous Rupaul, just to name a few! Check out the photo’s and interviews from the event!

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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!~

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!

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!

The 27th Annual Imagen Awards!

I was to asked come out and host the Red Carpet Report for Mingle Media TV at The 27th annual Imagen Awards, which was held at the fabulous Beverly Hills Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills. The Awards honors and recognizes the positive portrayal of Latinos in all media forms as well as in the entertainment industry. I was able to chat with veteran actor Hector Elizondo, also Lou Diamond Phillip, Constance Marie, Judy Reyes, Jon Huertas and Ian Gomez to name a few!  Here are some interviews and photos from the event!