“Whoop there it is!” Now let’s bring it back to the starting line so I can elaborately share how the day started.
|Wide shot of the entrance to the train|
After I spent a few minutes dusting off the smell of my Nike's I equipped myself with my presentation material, directions, camera and GPS from out my car back in Tampa. As I started my walk I couldn’t help but appreciate the beautiful cool weather. It’s a gentle breeze anyone would fall in love with. According to my directions I was suppose to take a bus to the train station. Since I noticed the train station was so close I decided to walk instead. When I arrived at my destination I was suppose to take the Metro Red Line (Train). I was thoroughly confused because I couldn’t find the entrance to the train station anywhere. What I should have done was ask someone where the train station was but instead I tried to ride the bus. I attempted to enter two buses but the drivers told me they are not going my way.
As I entered I couldn’t help but be amazed on how massive the underground infrastructure is. The escalator ride by itself was an eye catching experience.
|Metro Rail Red Line (Union Station Gateway Transit Center)|
|The train is coming!!|
With knowledge of my financial situation and awareness of my skills in video production she recommended I try to bring in extra money by editing reels for some of her other talent. I then shared I my semi retirement from video production and my complete focus to be in front of the camera. I also shared how blessed I’ve been to receive a few donations from my supporters to help me survive for a while. When that runs out I plan to at least work as an extra.
Hosting my own late night talk show is my ultimate goal but I’m in no rush to return as a late night host just yet. As famous as I am in Tampa, FL I don’t have any national exposure yet. My vision is to begin commercial, television and film projects that will help me expose my brand nationally. After a few years of national work I will return as a stronger national late night talk show host. After sharing my vision with Cynthia, she thoroughly agreed and we began to go to work. First we went over a list of needed photographs and video demos. Then she popped the big question. She asked me if I want to sign with First Class Talent Agency. With a smile and over extended answer I said “yes.”
The summer of 2009 I started my first attempts toward finding an agent and I basically wasted my money on postage. During the late stages of my 5 month hiatus I started again until I finally received a response from First Class Talent Agency. They sent out a posting on Craigs List in July and stated they are a brand new agency looking for new talent. Just from the Craigs List posting they received over a 1,000 replies. They interviewed 150 and now they have about 80 clients and I’m proud to say I am one of them. Cynthia told me booking an agency on my 2nd day in L.A. is pretty good based on how hard it is to find an agent these days. Many agencies or closing down and others are not able to find enough work for their rosters. I felt special. As a matter of fact Cynthia told me I was special a couple times throughout the meeting and she also said many people will open doors for me.
During the rest of the meeting she spent time working my profile, issuing contracts and explaining the procedures between the agency and the talent. One of the most memorable moments of the meeting was when she was trying to describe my hair type on a website. She said “why isn’t there an other option on here for hair type.” I came to the meeting open minded about the chances that I may need to cut my hair style but she said many times how much she loves my hair. That’s inspiring because believe it or not I’m sometimes bipolar about my hair (My hair has a story of its own. I’ll share that in future post or my book one day). The meeting lasted for an hour and a half and we concluded shaking hands in a historical photograph.
|Cynthia signs Motown Maurice with First Class Talent Agency.|
I started to walk in to let them know Motown Maurice is in town but I have a feeling they will be calling me in due time.
Until the next post