April 29th, 2018
Watched Black Panther for the 3rd time in the theater. The film came out in February 16, 2018. The first time we watched it in the theater I shed tears of joy. The second time we watched it, my love shed tears of joy. The third time we both thoroughly enjoyed it just as much as the first 2 times. I love how movies really touch the human emotions, they can reach far. I will say this is the first movie I've seen where I actually felt bad for the bad guy/villain. I actually wept for him, his situation was absolutely based on circumstances from the past. Powerful performances throughout the entire film. I stopped buying dvds a long time ago but I would love to own this one. (I previously owned over 600 dvds, now I have less than 100).
This week's unique project consisted of recording multiple sound bites for a client in front of a green screen. A video marketing agency that creates spokesperson videos for their clients (quite brilliant idea) acquired my services. The company has people like myself record several different lines that they can splice up and change the background to whatever is needed such as a company's building/store front etc. I spent almost 2 hours on my feet recording in front of my green screen at our office. It was fun to bring out the green screen and be creative with it again. Learning chromakey/green screen technology was a fun skill I acquired almost 3 years ago and I need to start doing more things with it again. Gotta get my creativity going! The job was absolutely worth the price and it is the most I've made per hour on any of my jobs, cha-ching! I love what I do!
My books arrived so I can spread my genius out into the world more! I'll be either giving a percentage to a few people to go out and sell them or I'll get the experience of selling to others in person by doing it myself. That way I keep all the money and also gain valuable experience. I will be donating a percentage of the sales of my books to Save the children. I have a sponsored son named Meabel from Ethiopia (pic) through save the children and I feel it is a beautiful organization. I have a goal to one day sponsor a child in every 3rd world country. I am on my way to making that dream happen.
I am inching in closer to completing my second book. I planned on completing it before the end of this month, April, but I will have to adjust that deadline. By May 15th is my new deadline. I wanted to have completed 2 books in the first year of being a member of You Are The Project. This, my second business, is still coming along. We are working on a few things we can do in terms of social media and getting the business out to those who spend most of their time online. We look forward to new improvements!
Book I will be reading: the greatest salesman. Had a friend mention this one to me a couple times and since I have to get used to sales I'm checking it out for sure. Gotta start branding myself as a sales woman. I put in a reserve at the library for the book and hopefully it will come in this week. I look forward to reading it.
Keep shining your light, remain thankful and let it flow. Karma is cosmic. -Shenteria
MIND MY OWN BUSINESS
This week, I created a video for a new platform for supporters of President Trump. The creators feel as though they are being censored for their views by liberal platforms so they created their own platform. I feel it is a great idea to start something new when you feel your voice isn't being heard. Although I do not share the same views as the platform, as an entrepreneur I do not mix business with personal. I gladly created the video with my voice over explaining their site. I would never get personally involved in a business transaction as I know it can harm my business relationships. Besides as a human being I must respect everyone's opinions. I've been quite controversial myself with my first book Growing Up Black in America Without Experiencing Racism, A new reality and hope for the future. A lot of people disagree with my experience, but as they say the truth shall set you free. It certainly has for me. I applaud anyone taking a stand for what they believe in. Another positive transaction completed, I'm sure there will be more with this client in the future.
I was approached through Instagram by an empowering woman named Miriam Fairclough who has a business called Black Diamond, Mining My Own Business and she liked my MMOB shirt. She asked if she could repost the picture in which I wore the shirt, of course I was honored she asked. I took a screenshot of the new post, see pics below. Be sure to check out Miriam and Black Diamond, Mining My Own Business (MMOB) in 2019 when she officially launches her conference. Her website is www.drlisabaxter.org
This week's You Are The Project lesson was about replacing bad habits with good behaviors and habits. The best way to get rid of a bad habit is most certainly to replace it with something far better. They say it takes a month to create a routine to stick to, so start your new routine today! If you need help staying on track and keeping on top of your goals, check out You Are The Project. They can most certainly give you a leg up!
This week, I am reading 2 books: Hope for the flowers and I have a dream (borrowed from the library). Hope for the Flowers was given to me by my mother-in-law last year. It is a beautiful story about caterpillars and butterflies. An inspiring read about life, revolution, and hope. I've read it twice before but since I love it I decided to pick it up again and renew it within my mind. Of course the I Have a Dream book needs no introduction. It is the remarkably empowering speech delivered by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr in 1963. This book contains his entire speech with a foreword from his daughter Reverend Bernice King. It is wonderful to read such empowering words that inspired a nation to rise up and make a change!
Learning new skills! I saved a lot of Udemy courses in my account that I will be taking for marketing: digital marketing, social media marketing, Facebook live marketing, etc. Two days ago, I completed the zero budget marketing course and received the certification for it. My problem with marketing was I kept feeling we had to create new content for our business, even though we had not spent enough time recycling the great content we already have. I'm most certainly learning.
The more I mind my own business, the more I make magical things happen. Stay blessed and keep shining! -Shenteria
MY WEEKLY PROGRESS
This week's unique voice overs consisted of a Harvard University research paper I recorded for a client for one of their classes on the famous campus. It's unimaginable that my voice will be heard in a classroom inside Harvard University, but it certainly has or will be! YEAH!!! Just yesterday, I recorded a voice over for Cantu the famous hair product brand. It was fun to go into my bathroom cabinet and pull out a product from a company which I recorded a voice over for. What an accomplishment! I do love Cantu's leave in conditioner. There were also countless videos I had to put together for clients and quite a lot of podcast intros for clients in Michigan. One of the best parts of being a voice over artist is being able to work with people from all over the world.
In terms of my self-improvement progress through You Are The Project this week I am working on getting back focused. The car accident threw a big wrench into my life! I'm now bouncing back and moving forward again, I can't stay down for too long.
I plan on taking more time to meditate and doing it more than once throughout my day. I have learned that I need more alone time to talk with God and bring myself back down to Earth, to connect and center myself.
I also plan on reading a new book once a week as I honestly love reading and I know how much my ancestors fought for me to have such a privilege. I cannot take that for granted.
I am working on becoming more patient and understanding and I know how impatient I can be and have been. Since I'm such a forward moving person, I move at a much faster pace than most of the people I know. In doing that, I have often times become impatient because I just assume that everyone can go as fast as I do, but that isn't the case. I recognize that my impatience has made me somewhat judgmental as well so I am practicing patience and understanding. Two wonderful virtues to have.
I must pick my Spanish up again! I am learning that I take for granted things that are free, as does most people, so I am going to hire a tutor to help me with my Spanish. I already purchased a Spanish learning course, now I think the tutor will certainly keep me focused even more. I look forward to truly being bilingual.
I have lately been thinking that I want to revamp my first book, Growing Up Black in America Without Experiencing Racism: A New Reality and Hope for the Future. It is still a mouth full for a title and subtitle, but I love it! I have a friend who recently moved back to Vegas and she wants to go out with me and market my book so I'm thinking a revamp might be great. Technically, this version on Amazon is the second edition since I made an edit not too long after it was published. The people who purchased it from my kickstarter have a unique version. I could make another edited on into he 2018 version, but I may just order more copies and market it as is. We shall see.
My second book, my voice over book, is coming along pretty well! I wrote majority of it while I was in Japan this past December & January. I am now putting some finishing touches into it including adding pictures and more helpful tips for those who want to become a voice over artist. Below is a cover I created for it, but I'm not sure if it will be the final cover just yet. When I wrote my first book, a lot of things changed when I was going through the process of writing it including the cover and the title of the book.
Last week I reserved a book about Madam C. J. Walker at the library. She was the first female millionaire in America! I found it so exciting to read about a black woman who was the first female millionaire in America all the way back in the early 1900s! I'm sure I learned about her in school, but could not recall anything except that she created hair products for black hair. It was a fascinating and empowering experience to read all about her as an adult, especially as an entrepreneur. Since I do have financial goals myself, I look to Madam C. J. Walker in terms of my possibilities. Seeking out the opportunities that are unlimited. She has totally opened my mind, just by reading about her life. It goes to show, you never know whose life you can affect by living yours to the fullest. Oh did she do exactly that! Below she is being a total BOSS LADY while driving her Model T Ford. You go Madam C. J. Walker! YOU DID THAT!
This week I am reading: Don't sweat the small stuff...and it's all small stuff by Richard Carlson. It is an amazing read for the mind. It is a must read for those who stress out about a lot of things that do not matter in the long run. I used to be one of those people so I am glad I purchased this book! It contains 100 small chapters of about 2-3 pages each of very useful information to help us all navigate life with a bit more ease. Stay blessed, smile, and be thankful. -Shenteria
2 days ago, 4/2/18, I had my most profitable day of work. Of course it was a Monday the day in which I also give presentations at my office here in Vegas for our You Are The Project business. I also set up the live stream right after. So I had to juggle a lot of work for my voice over business and YATP. Since I work from home I often times put off work til later unfortunately. But since I had a lot to do I did some work at home, then went to the office for the presentation and lesson. Needless to say I had left over work yesterday to complete. I was swamped! It feels great to be swamped with work! I remember when I first started out in voice overs and I wanted days like that.
I spent most of my work day at our You Are The Project office yesterday. I began to realize if I get myself in an environment such as an incubator for my business I can really flourish. When I have no distractions I get in my zone and that's exactly what I was able to do yesterday. Some might say working from home is its own incubator, but not exactly. Sometimes I get distracted by the TV and lounge around because of the environment. In working at our office yesterday from 3pm to almost 7pm, I had the incubator epiphany! I did notice however that since You Are The Project is people centered I wasn't as focused as I know I could've been when working in the office. As there were people coming in and going out constantly. So I started to recognize that I need my own office beyond our You Are The Project space and beyond my studio at home. I need my incubator space, with it's own studio to make my voice over business flourish even more.
So today begins my quest. I need to set a specific date to accomplish this goal otherwise I will let it go uncompleted like a few others I've been jumping back and forth to and from. I will also eventually need an assistant when I have my own office. If I want both of these goals to happen I have to JUST DO IT! Thanking God every step of the way. I AM THE PROJECT. Stay blessed. -Shenteria
Voice Over Actress, Author, Spokeswoman, Motivated Millennial.