“Setting one’s intentions is so important, I believe, and I never start a project, whether it’s a new album or a new role in a movie, without establishing intent. Love and intent are interlocked.” -Common
Lots of Love,
The book, “Miss Jessie’s: Creating A Successful Business From Scratch- Naturally” By: Miko Branch with Titi Branch, is a great read! It is a must read for entrepreneurs; two sisters who built a brand, an industry, and a business from the ground up. Support this tome.
The following quotes from the book is top-notch business advice:
“Be your own best representative of your brand. Pay attention to how you dress and carry yourself. The manner in which you present yourself speaks volumes about your self-worth and can have a direct impact on your business relationships.”
“Turn crisis into opportunity. There’s no better time to take a risk than when you have nothing to lose.”
“Ownership is key. Why do all that work only to risk losing everything to imitators with bigger resources?”
“Investigate before you dismiss. Don’t assume you know everyone’s motives. When you filter too much, you risk overlooking a golden opportunity.”
“Keep it moving. No business can afford to rest on past success.”
“Be a work in progress. The most successful business owners know they must continually evolve.”
“Many young businesses are tempted by the large amount of up-front cash that can be one of the immediate benefits of doing business with a large distribution partner. But you have to consider the longer-term costs of such short-term gains. Those percentages could ultimately kill a business. Besides, there’s power in saying no. It frees you up for the next opportunity. You just have to believe that something better will come along. If you continue to work had to build your brand, it almost always does.”
“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.” -Beverly Sills [Gleaned from, "Miss Jessie's: Creating A Successful Business From Scratch- Naturally" By: Miko Branch with Titi Branch]
Lots of Love,
I want to have a frank conversation about an inner sickness that I see few, if any, addressing: how and why Hollywood creates a f***ed-up mirror for you to look in. How you are seeing yourself through your own eyes, but perhaps not your own mind. Hollywood affects your life in ways you may not even be aware of.
In my past of being sold as a product, I have been a part of massaging your brain. I wiggled into your mind professionally. I was the cigarette the advertisers told you you needed. I’ve also been on the other side of the looking glass. Watching you. Studying you. Impersonating you. All of us in Hollywood, media, and advertising do. And you know what? We are really good at it. We have had it drilled into us how best to be marketed to you. How best to be sold to you. How to implant what “we” want into your brain, into your thoughts, into your wallet. And it works. You’re sold a fake reality all for the rock-bottom price of $14.
The men who thought they owned me think that they own you. They are the latest in a long line of myth peddlers, from the men behind the Bible to these modern-day ‘content-creators.’ They’re mostly self-aggrandizing, egomaniacal abusers of power. And they’ve never been more dangerous. Few in Hollywood, and no actress that I can recall, has gone rogue. Hollywood operates like the Mafia when it comes to protecting its own. Especially if your ‘own’ is a rich white male. Yes, I said it. But here’s the thing, it’s true. I didn’t make it so, it just is. In other news, the sky is blue.
By telling some of my story, I aim to shine a light. For those who think Hollywood is a silly joke…it’s not. It’s a deadly serious business and one that keep its winnings. You may think it’s as simple as forking over hard-earned cash for a night out at the movies or paying a cable bill to be entertained. I’m here to tell you the price you are paying is much higher than you know. You are paying with your mind, your behavior, and your patterns. Things that should have no price tag. In our as-seen-on-TV society, the simple fact is that what you have watched and consumed, from birth, has formed you and continues to form you. Even those who’ve opted out of its false reality have to stay vigilant to remain free from the lies and from the messages that do far more harm than they should. Because they are insidious, and they are everywhere.” -Rose McGowan
“Quiet time. I must have directness and self-confidence to triumph over my surroundings. God gave me a gift and he meant for me to use it. He did not mean for me to waste my time…I must pray for help in difficulties I now face. I must have strength of character, courage, and determination.” – Philippa Schuyler
Lots of Love,
“You’ve got to find what you love…Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.” -Steve Jobs
Lots of Love,
“I could always talk. My problem was knowing when to shut up. Articulating my feelings was never a problem. But I don’t believe artists are cultivated like corn or cotton. Artists are messengers from God. They get here on earth and express themselves because of Him.” -Afeni Shakur