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Do not waste your time planning!!!!

8 Dec

I use to plan everything.  I realize how little planning helps. Now planning is necessary but it is not the most important thing,  I  planned at this age to be in a different industry, hanging out with different people and talking about a different things. I think about all the career planning I did and career coaches  and where am I now is not where I planned in college.

When I was in college I really wanted to be in the entertainment industry. Currently, I work in the mortgage industry which is hardly creative.  I wanted to hang out with people who were ambitious and driven and I want to speak about my journey and experiences.   I am still trying to figure out what is the next best step and what actions I can take to get there.  It is not about the destination it is about the journey to the destination.

You can only control your reaction to a situation, I am not advising not to plan at all. I have a planner in my purse and jot down ideas and things that I would like to accomplish. What I am trying to say is spend more time doing and less time planning. Life will be more enjoyable.


Fashion Week, Apollo Theater, Film and Toni Braxton Concert

15 Sep


I have not been as active on my blog but great opportunities  and events have come my way.  I recently was a production assistant on a feature film shoot in NY city. I can’t provide many details about the film because I signed a waiver but it was really exiting. I have never worked in film but it was amazing opportunity to expand my creative services.

Yesterday, I want to a free taping of the famous Apollo Theater. I met Dougie Fresh  but Gladys Knight and Michael Biven also attended the event as guest judges.  Most of the acts were great and few were terrible.  I never realized how long it takes to shoot a television series. Many of the clips were reshoot multiple times.  The live performance was Chrisette Michael, a popular R&B singer.

My favorite thing that I did this month was attend Fashion Week. I was able to snag  a ticket to Fashion Week 2013 Premiere Event Feat. Project Runway Designer Irina Shabayeva and Vogue Published Designer Long Tran.  The  event was held at Empire Hotel Rooftop on44  West 63rd Street, New York, New York 10023. The cloths were amazing. I defiantly preferred Irina line because it was more practical while Long’s collection was more futuristic. It has always been a dream of mine to go to Fashion Week. Every year I would try to volunteer but never could get a position.

In August, I went to a Toni Braxton concert at the State Theater in New Brunswick, NJ. It was awesome and the State Theater has defiantly upgraded there line of events.  The place was packed as she perform some of her greatest hit  such as Unbreak My Heart and Breathe Again. Ton’s sister Towanda, Trina and Traci performed as well. Trina is also launching a solo career and had a mini concert within the show. I thought that was very nice of Toni to let her sister shine as well. Tamar was not there, I assume she is busy with her own career.

This is shaping up to be a wonderful September and my birth is this month. Super excited  about turning 24.


18 Aug

We will be filming scenes for an upcoming feature film in this area. This Tuesday 8/20 we will be filming a Carnival scene in the Courtyard behind 1 Station Square where the Forest Hills Inn. This Carnival in the movie takes place in 1957 Munich, Germany. We need dancers to participate in a couples Waltz to help bring this scene to life! Please come join us at 2pm in front of the Courtyard if you wish to be in the film! All dancers must be wearing one of the following outfits:
•   1957 German Traditional clothing; 1950s authentic Lederhosen or Trachten
•   Carnival style clothing; Masks, cloaks, capes accessories, etc.
•   Animal costumes, Shakespearian dresses, colorful clothing.
•   Please DO NOT wear any commercial type costumes (i.e. super heros, specific characters, name brands, etc.) or anything that occurred after 1957 (i.e. hippies, disco, 80’s, etc.)
What: Film Shoot
When: Tuesday August 20th
Where: 1 Station Square, Forest Hills.
Time: 2pm-7pm
Other: EmailStingray@oddentertainment.com for any questions or if you are interested in being apart of the film!

Like According to Samah J on Facebook,Please!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

2 Nov

I am starting a campaign to increase my likes on Facebook. I have only 20 likes. I know I can do better than that.

I really enjoy writing and creating this blog. It defiantly has become a passion of mine. I apperciate all the followers and the comments so much that I decide to create a Facebook page.  I would really apperciate it if people would like the page. PLEASE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1


Stressed and Blessed

2 Nov

I have moments where I am grateful for the success that I have. The opportunities that come my way and the new people I meet every single day. However, being successful comes with a lot of stress. Trying to pursue multiple projects at once, work and maintain a social life can leave little room for personal growth. It is important on this journey to success that you develop a separate identity from you work, family and relationships.

How do you go about that?

1. Give yourself space to breath from your own success.  Schedule personal time each day or week. Give yourself time to mediate on other things outside of your success. Volunteer for a day or read a book about a subject you know nothing about.

2. Pray your stress away.  Any way you choose to pray, do it.

3. Do not spend every second planning your new step. Letting things happen organically sometimes is the best way to success.  Let opportunities come to you for a change.

4. Collaborate with others on their success. Volunteer to mentor someone or help a friend or family in need.

How do you relax from all the stress created from your success?

Those are my suggestions. Have a great weekend.

HOT 97.1 Push 4 Peace

20 Sep

I wanted to give you a quick update on my career. I was offered the opportunity to help out the SWS Organization (An organization for women)  at Hot 97.1 Push  4 Peace event. It was  hosted by Lisa Evers  in Harlem. I  met Antonique Smith who played Faith Evans in the Notorious movie. I spent the afternoon with her and she was a doll. It was a great opportunity to network. I met Rose D who is the Associate Producer for Hot 97.1.It was a great day for networking and giving back to the community.

Top Ten Things Not To Do At Work

4 Aug

1. Everybody has an Ashley. I worked at a book store for a short period of time and ran into a co-worker named Ashley. She  would make  unecessary unproductive  useless comments. She would cry at work and talk about other intimate details of her life. Many times I dreaded having to work with her. It really was uncomfortable dealing with such an open person.

2. Get hired is easy but keeping your job is not. I have noticed when people first start working there are super professional. However, people become less professional as the time goes on.  People start coming to work late and not staying on top of assignments. Everyone is watching  your performance and with such an unstable job market, it is imperative to be on your A game.

3. Not following company rules. Rules are made to be followed,  not broken. For example, a temporary worker was extended at my recent job. Unfortunately, he was caught using google searching for  lyrics. Now he has put him self in jeopardy of losing his job.

4. Asking unproductive questions. If your going to ask questions at work make sure others can learn from the answers. Asking questions that are in the work manual are unproductive questions. The hand book is there for a reason.

5.  Being late for work everyday and being shocked that you were fired.

6. Not knowing how to perform basic tasks of your job.

7.  Not continuing to grow in your job. You have to keep training in your field to get promoted and be seen as an asset.

8. Not respecting people in authority.  In my current job,  I have seen people get fired over not follwoing  simple directons. You don’t want to be that person who loses their job because u were texting?

9. Not showing up for work. I have seen this behavior constantly. You are offered a job, you accept the position  and fill out all the paper work. The first day of work arrives and you are nowhere to be found.

10. Not networking at work. I have met a lot of people who are interested in entertainment at my current job. You can network at your job and build connections that can last a lifetime.

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