1. What you’re really afraid of is the thought of doing something, not the action itself. Now that we put it like that, what’s the point of being scared of something you haven’t tried yet?
2. Fear leads to overthinking and slowly robs you of your faith. You’ll begin to dwell on the worst case scenario as opposed to having faith that God works everything out for your greatest good.
3. It could cause you to miss your calling to be a catalyst for positive change in someone’s life.
4. You will stop yourself from obtaining a blessing that’s more within reach than you thought.
5. Once you truly begin to believe and feel that you deserve it, your passions will be so strong that fear won’t be a factor.
6. “On the other side of your maximum fear are all of your best things in life.”—Will Smith
7. You will never be completely happy staying right where you are.
8. Comparing the time it took for someone else to find success to where you are on your path only hinders you from achieving your dreams. Don’t forfeit because of other people or your fear of failure. Remember— God is with you.
9. You have to be able to listen to your soul and take the leap of faith and SOAR.
10. "Your greatest fear is not that you will fail. You greatest fear is that you will live a full life and never fly. So start talking yourself into it and stop talking yourself out of it."- Lisa Nichols
WEEN—Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network—is a non-profit organization that seeks to provide women of color with the tools to affect change by providing a blueprint by which they may educate, empower and support each other. To that end, they offer a 4-week course with a rigorous curriculum that covers everything from on-air talent and branding to philanthropy and social justice. WEEN Academy is filling a longstanding void: the industry has always been overly saturated with programs to develop performing artists, entrepreneurs and models—think American Idol, The Apprentice and America’s Next Top Model—but, until WEEN Academy came about, there were none to help young women of color succeed in the broadcasting industry.
Competition for admission into the Academy was stiff— out of 400 applicants, only 25 were admitted into the Academy. The audition process consisted of three rounds of a nine hour day, during which we were made to demonstrate how well versed we were in the broadcasting industry and how dedicated we were to succeeding in it. It seemed like each round was more brutal than the last, and to raise the stakes even higher, just because you were admitted didn’t mean you were guaranteed to stay; you could be cut from the program at anytime for underperformance—my class started with 25 students but ended with 22.
Until I started the program, I had never been in the same room with so many women who were pursuing the same goal as me. I found the experience to be invigorating, humbling and also very informative. WEEN Academy and my classmates taught me how to step out of my comfort zone and it also gave me new insights. To think I knew about the media industry and broadcast journalism was laughable. I may have thought I knew my stuff on day one but, as early as day three, my confidence flew out the window. Sometimes, if I wasn’t careful, I’d catch myself questioning my place in this field that I so desperately wanted to make my mark on. This academy was no joke. They pushed every single day that knowledge was key and to always be LIVE!
WEEN Academy equipped me with integral skills that I’ll be using for the rest of my life. From how to create a business plan, pitching and closing a deal, to how to market myself and leave a lasting memorable impression. What I’ve gained from that four week course has been indispensable. I feel so fortunate to be able to count myself as a graduate of the program.
If I had any advice to give to an aspiring reporter, audio engineer, publicist, marketer, editor or director, I would implore you to know your industry from the inside, out. That way, you can identify a void and fill it in your own unique way. Also, if you want to join an elite academy to help take your career to the next level, I would advice you to audition for next years WEEN Academy. Be on your toes, be transparent and most importantly, remember that your story is the only thing that distinguishes you from the rest of your competition. And like Valeisha Butterfield Jones would say… KNOW YOUR WHY!
July 2018 was crazy! I’m proud to say that not only did I complete WEEN Academy, but now I can say I gave a speech at Google!
Edited: Empire Editors
I created a vision board last year and listed a couple of things that I wanted to accomplish. Growing the Fluharty Book Scholarship and putting together an event called "Business Of Blogging" were apart of the board. I didn't get to accomplish them in 2017 because I was still trying to put the pieces together. I was figuring out the best ways to effectively grow my scholarship and host an event that will be able to enrich, uplift and educate people on how to truly turn their brand into a business and bridge the gap between their major and their creative passion. With much preparation and a solid team, on April 21st, 2018 I was able to host my very own event and raise $800 for the Fluharty Book Scholarship, which will be awarded to a Meade High School senior to help fund their college books and dorm supplies. It's been a goal of mine to increase the amount each year and with the success of the Business of Blogging event, I hope to put this event together annually.
Wow, the 60th Grammy Awards were held in New York City at Madison square garden. I did not have any tickets to attend the glamorous event but I know that one day, the opportunity will pass me by. Instead, I was invited as a plus one to the Universal Music Grammy after party, which was filled with A-list celebrities, talented producers and creative masterminds from the music industry. I had such a great time jamming to Eryka Badu on the ones and twos. I have never seen her DJ or perform live before so it was pretty amazing to see her on the turntables. And if you watch Empire you would be familiar with Bre-Z who plays a rapper named Freda Gatz on the show. She was super sweet and so pleasant to speak with. Overall, I had a long night but I am glad I got to connect with industry top creatives.