Sunday, October 31, 2010

Week 6 Review: Accident to Destiny? Early Voting Begins Now!!!


Greetings everyone. Week 6 is what I call a mini rollercoaster week. In some ways I felt like I was losing focusing on my quest. Then again, sometimes its okay to leave the farming tools behind and just work with your bare hands. As long as you get the seeds planted. Before I get into detail about week 6, I have to provide you a some more details about week 5 day 34


Remember I wrote about the editing/job opportunity with the film distrubution company? I wouldn't call it a job. It's more like subcontracting work. The name of the company is called A1 Media Distribution. They also own the casting services company. Which is called AB Casting. Al Media Distribution basically distributes independent films all over the world. From what I've learned foreign countries love American films and there is much money to be made in the right market. On Wed, November 3, 2010, A1 Media Distribution will be representing over 100 films at The American Film Market. There will be thousands of buyers from overseas ready to purchase these films. 

While I was there on day 34, I was asking several questions to fully understand the process. Then shortly before I left, it dawned on me. I have a documentary that I created back in 2006 and its just collecting dust. Its called Echoes of a Dream: The Historical & Spiritual Perspective of the Civil Rights Movement. I've honestly became bitter about it over the years. After the completion of Echoes of a Dream, I believe that's when I started to realize the word "community" isn't necessarily a good word (That's another post. Lets keep it moving).
Moreover, here is the trailer of Echoes of a Dream.



Echoes of a Dream was the last thing on my mind when I came to L.A. As a matter of fact I didn't even bring a copy with me. Thus, I told them about my documentary and they said "Yes we represent documentaries can you bring it in." I later called my mom and had her send her copy ASAP. The potential and development of the resurrection of Echoes of a Dream will be described in the days below. 

Day 35 = Sunday, October 24, 2010

*Happy birthday roommate

*Saturday Night leading into Sunday morning while celebrating my roommates birthday (At the club and Denny's) I got an epiphany to write a movie and possibly distribute it through A1 Media. (I was literally writing down ideas in the middle of the club. One lady said to me, "Now who writes down stuff in the middle of a party. What are you writing?") It would be called The Quest of a Late Night Talk Show Host, The Movie. It would be a comedy movie based on a true story.

* Stayed home and used the computer all day.

* Later that night I discovered vocabulary tutorials on youtube and planned to start using them soon.


Day 36 = Monday, October 25, 2010

* Arrived at A1 Media around 9am and left at 12pm to do some audience work at Sony Pictures.


* I made a quick $40.00 sitting in the audience for a pilot show called People's Choice.

* All I had to do was sit in the audience and clap my hands off and on for 3 hours but it took 2 hours going and 2 hours coming on the bus. The traveling made it not worth it.

In the complex on the way to the studio
* Arrived back at A1 media and started putting in some more editing work on some trailers.

Day 37 = Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Billboard Film & TV Music Conference

* I started volunteering with the Billboard Film & TV Music Conference. (Alshante from Tampa, which is involved with Billboard found out I would was in L.A. from my business partner William Sanders and she contacted me. Thank you Alshante!).

* Myself and a few other volunteers spent a few hours packing bags with goodies.

* I returned to Al Media and put in a few more hours editing. 

* A1 Media Distribution saw the trailer of Echoes of a Dream and the loved it.

Day 38 = Wednesday, October 27, 2010

* Today started out rough. I knew I had a credit card payment due but I had -$10.00 in my business account.I had to transfer my last $200 from my personal account over to my business. I also had to acknowledge the fact that I won't be able to pay my credit card bills anymore. At least I won't be able to for a while. Since April I've been diligent about paying my bills. It many cases I didn't know how I was going to do it but I did. Now the challenge has caught up with me. Sorry creditors, I've tried. 

* First day of Billboard's conference. Volunteered from 8am - 5ish. (As the day went by I realized that this conference is mainly a music focus. Such as how to get your music into TV and movies). 

*  Even though I'm not a musician, I found some of the social media advice refreshing. In addition to a few conversations I had with the other volunteers I started to mentally redirect some of my near future plans towards social media again (I'll share with you in my week 6 evaluation below). 

* REAL TIME CRITIQUE: MUSIC SUPERVISORS REACTOR TO YOUR WORK
If you've always wondered how music supervisors select songs, here is a prime example. At this workshop, people submitted CD's for a chance to have their music critiqued live, on stage, by some of the top music supervisors in the business. Check out these videos if you have a great interest in music

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Part 2
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* Echoes of a Dream came in the mail by the way of my mom (Thanks Ma!). 
* My roommate and I later attended the conference opening party at Hunny Pot in North Hollywood.

* Someone in the club recognized me from on day 16 at the L.A castings mixer. His name is Irving. When I realized who he was I showed him my new filer and he said, "You got what it takes man! Your going to make it." Then out of no where, this guy started praying for me in the middle of the club, asking God to guide, protect me and show me the way. That was deep. Thanks Irving. I really appreciate it.

* I started passing out my fliers and one person Irving introduced me to told me my marketing material was really nice.

* A1 Media informed me about another deferred paying editing job they booked for me. Which is great but I'm not sure when the payment will come in though

Day 39 = Thursday, October 28, 2010

Meeting Carson Daily

* Today was a day to look forward to. Billboard had on their schedule a work shop with Carson Daly. He is a fairly nontraditional late night talk show host on NBC. His show is called Last Call with Carson Daly. Two volunteers encouraged me to ask him a question. Since one of them named Lisa was handling the microphones she told me she'll make sure to get it to me when the time comes around.

* Carson started speaking with his music producer Davis after 11:30am. First he gave a brief history of his show. I was so focused on what he was saying at first, I forgot to record it. He basically spoke about how much his show changed over the years. He started off trying to be like the traditional late night night shows but none of it really worked for him. His passion persevered and finally after 10 seasons he is now focusing on music. Which is what he loves most. Now his show is in more of a documentary style format then anything else.  

* Here are some of the things he spoke about:

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* Most of the workshop he was taking questions from an instant texting service. Somehow people in the audience would send a text to a certain number and it would appear on these big screens. I figured just in case if they didn't have time to pass around the microphone I would send a text. This is what my text said. "I'm on an epic quest to host my own nationally syndicated late night talk show. Can you share some advice on how I break in?"

* For some reason Metro PCS wouldn't allow me to send the text.

* I used one of the other volunteers phone to send the text but it never posted. At that point I figured someone denied it and I didn't care to ask the question anymore. I new it was a music focus conference so maybe the question was out of place.


* Then towards the last 5 or 10 min's someone suggested to pass the microphone around. Lisa told me to sit down and before you know it she came up to me with the mic. I was the first person to ask a question. (Thanks Lisa)

* I didn't ask the question the way I initially pictured myself. I didn't even say my name. Terrible! I said, "Greetings, my question isn't particularly about music but I'm considering hosting my own late night talk show one day. Can you share some advice (I know that was so weak of me.)

* Carson responded saying, "Go to TBS." Everyone laughed for a little and then Carson continued on by saying, "Just keep doing it. Keep doing your thing. Work hard and you will get it." I said thank you and he responded again by saying, "I feel bad because I just gave you horrible advice."

* Indeed the advice was bad but I didn't expect a great answer. Its really a hard question. That's why I'm on a quest. I probably isn't an answer to that question.  

* After the workshop, I got in line to meet him. I told him I apologize because I know that was a difficult question. I showed him my flier, told him what I did in Tampa and that I would love to intern for him. He seemed impressed. He said, "The Future of Late Night, nice." We shook hands and I adjusted over to his music producer. I got his business card and I also gave him a flier. He looked at the flier and looked at me. No words was exchanged. I'm not exactly sure what that look meant but it could mean one of 2 reason ( No more comment).

Carson Daly
* As soon as I got home, I emailed his music producer, told him about my quest, my movie idea and the possibility of working under Carson.

* Carson's music producer is one of the most important contacts I have to date. The only thing that could of made this day better was an immediate reply with interest but that never happens. 

* At this point I started my energy rollercoaster. I started to break into my zone. 

* I was high about my movie then some how my high become low by the end of the day (I was also fighting off the possibility of catching a cold. I did win the fight by the way.)

* As excited as I was about making the movie. The realization of the necessity of money was the only way it was going to be done right. 

* The plan then became to focus on distributing Echoes of a Dream and then using the profit to finance the movie.

* Later that night I found Carson and Davis on Facebook and sent them a message. Still no reply. 

Day 40 = Friday, October 29, 2010

* Worked most of the day at A1 Media Distribution.

* Actors Access (another popular company that provides work for talent) called me and told me what I need to do get my video uploaded. The person who called is named Micheal and he told me he looked me up and checked out my stuff. He told me he liked my stuff, congrats, keep pushing. Your going to get there."

* My USF African Student Association friend Jennifer texted me stating she had a dream I had a my own talk show on NBC.  The immediate day after I met Carson Daly and his producer. How ironic.  

Day 41 = Saturday, October 30, 2010

Wipeout Process

Now this is a day I plan to soon follow up with a breaking news report soon. I auditioned for another game show. As most of you know I auditioned for a game show on day 25.  It didn't go well. Since I have another game show audition to tell you about I will reveal the name of the show from day 25. It was a game show called "Minute To Win It."  Now you know. I'm so past that audition but now I have a new game show audition to keep secret from you.

This audition in particular I filled out an application for August of 2009 while I was in Tampa and September of this year. While in Tampa, I wasn't even thinking about L.A. however I did start thinking outside of the box then. I was in my "If something happened or waiting for something to happen state of  mind.  I also figured a reality show or a game show could be my way out.

I when I was notified about this audition through L.A. Castings, I had to debate about it. It was in San Diego. Which is over 4 hours away by taking the Subway, Amtrak and light rail. Google maps gave me easy directions plus my I was happy to know my game show application was still on file. As a result, I decided to do it.

I mentioned on week 5 about my own system for paying for transportation (I'll tell you about that another time) however, since I was on new grounds I didn't use my system for Amtrak. I was really hoping the Amtrak tickets were not expensive but for me they were. It was $31.00 each way. Remember a Tuesday, I was in the negative. Furthermore, I purchased a one way ticket in hopes of possibly creating a system on the way back.

This is what I look like when I have to pay $31.00 for a train with money that I don't have.
When I arrived I had trouble finding the place. I walked up and down the streets. No body knew where it was. I'm getting concerned because I don't like to be anywhere late. The time range to arrive was 11am-3pm. It was near 2pm and I still couldn't find the place.One person told me its on the other side of the street, possibly in the mall. I got lost some more, asked a few people and no body knew. Then, I used my cell phone to looked it up and I found out its a restaurant in the mall. Someone else told me where to go and I was on my way. 

When I arrived, I saw a line of mostly weird people outside and a young lady signing people in at her table. I knew I was at the right place because the name of the game show was on her hat. I got in line and started to think out side the box. I didn't have any costumes with me but I had some drum sticks and my son Mr. Chill was with me in my bag. However, there was something consistent about some of the people in line. They all had a small sticker their chest. I over heard  a conversation and got the impression that interviews are over and you have to sign up for another date.

At this point saying to myself, "Are you serious!!" I traveled and spent all this money for nothing." I even said something in that nature to another person next to me. When it was my turn to sign up, I asked the girl if I had to also fill out one of the sheets that everyone else seem to have filled out. She said, "No, just pick a date and schedule an appointment." I did all that and decided to stick around and observe my surroundings. While I was on line I kept hearing people shouting with lots of energy. Then I noticed someone from the game show interviewing a group of 5. She asked  a few questions they answered and told 3 out of the 5 to go sign in at the same table I signed in at. The others were asked to go home.

That same process took place again with another person. Then I realized, I totally skipped the first interview by accident. I completely didn't know I was in the wrong line. Honestly, I'm really glad that happened for a few reasons. The main reason is because I had a chance to over hear one of the most important questions that I probably would of screwed up on. That question was, "What would you do with all the money if you won?" Believe me when I tell you some of the answers I heard was horrible. Some said, "If I won, I'm going to Disney World. Another said, "If I won I would throw a big party and invite you and everyone."

I probably would not have mentioned starting a talk show because I tried that on day 25 and concluded that I might of been too ambitious for these show.  I think I was wrong. After viewing a few 1st round auditions I decided to take chance and talk to the young lady I signed in. I literally asked her, can you share anymore advice other than coming with a lot of energy. She gave great advice then genuinely answered all of my questions. After a question or two she said, "You just jumped in line didn't you. You didn't even do the first interview." I told her I didn't know I was in the wrong line and I was struggling trying to find the place. I'm not even from around here. She said, "That's okay, we should of had a sign up anyway."

Her advice was great and it gave me a visual of what to expect. In the 2nd interview I'll be video taped and the casting producers will be there making the decisions. She encouraged me to talk about my talk show because the want to see the winners use the money to start big things like their own show. I was right about one she said. The casting producers stray away from actors because they might not be themselves on camera.
They don't want anyone acting on their shows.

She even told me it was okay to show them my flier. She was great (Thank you).  Now I'm ready to take this audition on Monday, November 8th. I plan to book this one. There is no maybe's or if's about it. Sorry you will still have to wait for my official confirmation before I tell you.

On the way to the train, I returned a call from my USF Total Praise friend Judith. She called with interest about L.A. and it evolved into a prophetic phone call. She began to tell me stuff like, "I know you heard this before but your going to get what you want. I see you getting your talk show and doing greater and bigger things. You have always been a go getter and I see your not going to let nothing stop you. You going to make it."

When she was done staying that, she had to be exhausted because I felt power in every word she said. Yes, I have heard messages like that before but not quite the way she said it (Thank you very much Judith). In addition to her prophecy over my life. She also shared her newest desires to relocate to L.A. and also achieve greatness. In all sincerity I shared with her all the best advice I could at that moment. She's not the first person to be inspired by what I'm doing and she certainly won't be the last.

My primary purpose on this earth is to inspire, help people and improve the lives of others. Which is why I want to be late night talk show host. As a host, I can inspire and entertain at the same time. Judith as we agreed, all you have to do is make a decision. As well as you see success in my future I also see it within you. As well as everyone around you. Most of the time people can see someone's gift before you know you have one. Family and friends will tell you over and over that you have a gift. Or you have talent, but we ourselves have to make a decision. All of this has brought Judith to the edge. Judith you will know when its time to jump. When you jump, God will make sure you land safely. Just jump.

My day ended with a great blessing. There was no where to pay for the train outside and I was told you pay for the train inside. I entered in the back end and went into the bathroom. After I sat down, someone passed by and asked me if I had a ticket. It told him, "I didn't know where to pay, I thought you could pay inside." He said, "You can't pay outside but that's okay I'll come back to you." He put a tag above my seat and never asked me about my ticket or paying again. Praise the lord. I would of had to pay another $31.00.

This is me smiling on a free train ride home.
Check out California's beautiful scenery. There are mountains like this everywhere.

Previous Related Post: Wipeout Exclusive

Next Related Post: Wipeout Results 


Week 6 Evaluation 

What exactly is a big break? Everyone is always talking about finding "that big break." For the first 4 weeks in L.A. I was looking for the big break and the easy way out. I completely avoided my true gifts, which are to lead, envision and create. Now that I'm completely intact with the path that I must take, I've realized no matter what happens there will be no break or easy way out for me.

Instead of a big break, most likely an opportunity will arise that will be better described as a catalyst. As for the easy way out, there is not such thing. If you decide to be great and successful all be prepared to embrace intense challenge. Some challenges will subside, new ones will arrive and some will make return in different forms.


On another note, I have decided to retract one of my announcements I made on my 30 day quest evaluation. I said to The Boss I will start the recruitment and rebuilding The Motown Maurice and my new team on Nov 1st. Instead, I have need to stop avoiding the elephant in the room. Instead I will being my social media campaign. I need to first focus on building my audience. Most importantly I have to send American a message. 

Introducing...

Motown Maurice Presents: The Future of Late Night Campaign


Official Launch Date: November 2, 2010

Official End Date: When Motown Maurice has his own nationally syndicated late night talk show. 

Vote Early: Begins now. Vote by "Liking" the link below.


http://www.facebook.com/MotownMauriceCampaign

Together we can save late night. Please stay tuned for more details.

As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Day 37: Breaking News Article About The Quest

Tampa native, Motown Maurice, writes The Quest of a Late Night Talk Show Host blog while in L.A.

Published October 26th, 2010 7:30 am ET

By: Writer, inventor & previous guest of The Motown Maurice Show first season Tangela Walker-Craft

After achieving much success and experiencing some disappointment in Tampa, talk show host Motown Maurice has relocated to California.  There are many in the Tampa area that hope this move is only temporary.  Motown moved to California in September of 2010 to begin "plan B" of his quest to host his own late night talk show.  He writes about his quest on his blog:  http://motownmaurice.blogspot.com/.

Motown has already managed to party with Chris Brown as an extra in Brown's Yeah 3X video.  Motown can be easily spotted sporting his high top fade hair cut.  He dances down the street behind Chris Brown on the left hand side of the screen.  Try and see how many times Motown can be spotted in Yeah 3X.  Check out the video here:  http://www.kovideo.net/yeah-3x-video-chris-brown-1186607.html.

Motown Maurice is a young man with a dream that he refuses to give up on.  He is determined to become a nationally syndicated late night talk show host.  His effort to create jobs and opportunities in Tampa were recognized by many, including Mayor Pam Iorio.  Mayor Iorio awarded Motown the key to the city during her appearance on his show - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IhHTFBjRitc&feature=related.  Motown has interviewed well know individuals such as Dr. Eric Dyson.  He has interviewed television legends such as Bern Nadette Stanis, one of the stars of the 70's sitcom Good Times.   He has shown that he is able to charm any guest that sits on his interview couch.  Realizing that California may be more fertile ground to sow the seed of a new late night talk show, Motown has taken his dream on the road.

Now fans on both coasts can support a young man with great potential.  Those wishing to keep up with Motown on his quest to become the next syndicated talk show host in late night can follow him on Twitter here:  http://twitter.com/MotownMaurice.  Become Motown's friend on FaceBook by clicking this link:  http://www.facebook.com/MotownMaurice.  Subscribe to his YouTube channel by clicking this link:  http://www.youtube.com/motownmaurice.

Be on the look out for Motown Maurice on the television screen and even in movies on the big screen; you never know where he'll turn up next.  The Motown Maurice Show will be on during late night again soon if Motown has anything to say about it.

See the full article with photos by clicking here:

As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Week 5 Review: Chris Brown Music Video Premiere, My New Film Distribution Team & More

Greetings to all of my faithful followers. It has been a few days since my last post. After my day 30 evaluation of my quest, I had to evaluate how I'm going to further the use of this blog. I enjoyed my blog vacation and now I have decided that I will  have to significantly change the pace up for now. I've spent a lot of time on this blog and I know as a fact things are about to get very busy for me. As a result, I have established a new system so you can keep up with my progress.

I'm going post a weekly update showcasing bullet points of what I accomplished during the week, on Sunday's. Some weeks I'll have a mid week update. Everyday I'm planting seeds everywhere I go. Some  seeds grow and a lot of seeds won't. Its not necessary for me to write about each seed I plant. Thus, when one of my seeds grow significantly, I will give you a full and detailed explanation of its story. Pending on when that happens, I may post a breaking news report.

I hope you all understand. Here are some bullets of you missed so far. By the way thank you all for your comments. Please keep it coming.


Day 31 = Wednesday, October 20, 2010

* Attended the Black Women’s Lawyers Networking Mixer with my roommate.

* During the introduction segment of the program I informed the group about the planning and recruitment of the 2nd season of my show. (That felt pretty good and received a great response)

Day 32 = Thursday, October 21, 2010

* Chris Brown’s Yeah 3X music video featuring Motown Maurice has been released.

* I am seen about 16 times on the left hand side.




Previous Related
Day 13 in L.A. (Chris Borwn - Yours Truly - Yeah x3)

* Since the video release I've received 2 emails, 1  message on my FaceBook wall & at least 1 phone call. 

* As a result of money running low, I decided to strategize using Craigs List to find extra and audience work.

* Found an ad looking for extra work and went in for an interview/audition.

* I was suggested some advice and asked to return with 3 more head shots the next day.

* Contemplated on not paying credit card bills anymore, to save money.

* Decided to try out for another game show next weekend. Game show name to be announced.

* Started walking with my pocket dictionary to avidly focus on building my vocabulary at any given time.

Day 33 = Friday, October 22, 2010

* Returned to the location and turned in my 3 head shots as requested.

* Booked some audience work for Monday. 

* Reluctantly made a payment towards Bank of America credit card.

* Decided to create my own system of paying for pubic transportation to save some extra money (no more comment).

Day 34 = Saturday, October 23, 2010

* Found an ad looking for MOVIE EXTRAS WANTED for ROMANTIC and ACTION Motion Picture and went in for a meeting.

* The interview went well.

* 10mins later as I was walking toward the train station and another person from the same company called me back with interest about my show. (She noticed my flier)

* I went in, showed them my demo and they all laughed with excitement.

* They found out about my editing abilities and was basically offered a differed payment job editing movie trailers.

* After a full explain of what they did, I ended up finding out that they are also a film distribution company (Imagine a big yellow light bulb over my head right now).

* I was offered food and stayed an additional 3-4 hours getting acclimated to my new team learned a lot about they do. (I'll share more in due time)

* Ended the night celebrating my roommates birthday at a club and later eat breakfast at Denny’s.

I hope you all enjoyed my week 5 update.

Pray one of these seeds grow.

As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Donation Update # 3

Its time for another donation update. Yeahhh!!!

Since the last donation I have received donations from:

My loving mom,

My good friend from USF Club Creole Laura Saint Fleur, 

and Wide aWoke supporter Dr. Sheila O. Christy- Martin.

My total donations has increased from $1,560.00

to $2090.00

I love you all. Thank you very much.


If you would like to provide fuel for the quest please click on the link below.




Thank you all in advance.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Day 30 in L.A. (Quest Evaluation - Is this Realistic? - Special Announcement Included)

(Day 30 = Tuesday, October 19, 2010)

In this post you will read through a questionnaire evaluation of my quest, for its 1st 30 days in L.A. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine significance of my progress, and determine what’s next.    
Since I have been my own boss for over 7 years I will be conducting this evaluation by asking myself the questions. These questions will be important yet critical and will provide clear foresight for my quest. In appearance these questions may seem to be completely personal but they are also designed to help your own personal quest or conviction. 



The Boss: Mr. Motown Maurice, can you please define what you mean when you say you’re on a quest?

Motown Maurice: Well, according to Wikipedia, a quest is journey towards a goal. In literature, objects of quests require great exertion on the part of the hero, and the overcoming of many obstacles. The hero normally aims to obtain something or someone by the quest, and with this object to return home. The object can be something new, that fulfills a lack in his life, or something that was stolen away from him or someone with authority to dispatch him.

The Boss: Motown Maurice, I applaud you for memorizing Wikipedia’s definition but please define the quest on the terms that you are in.

Motown Maurice: My bad. I’m on a quest to become a nationally syndicated late night talk show host. On September 19, 2010, I left my hometown Tampa, FL and relocated to Los Angeles, California seeking to fulfill my quest.

The Boss: Motown, don’t you think you’re over dramatizing it by calling it a quest. Why can’t you just say you have taken a trip to L.A. I assume you also think you’re a hero now.

Motown Maurice: The word trip would provide a false impression. This isn’t a vacation nor a getaway.  I’m in L.A. for one reason only and that’s to host my own nationally syndicated late night talk show. I choose to describe it as a quest because there is no blue print that tells me how to accomplish this goal. Since the inception of late night talk shows in the early 1950’s there have only been a handful of hosts. Each host has their own unique story on how they received their own show. What makes my quest even more challenging is the difficulty of building a relationship with a network. The gates of Hollywood are heavily protected and are built to keep people out. I am virtually unknown in this industry and I am taking an unconventional path to achieve my goal. That’s why I’m on a quest.

Now to answer your question about me being a hero, I consider myself more as a seeker. However, I’m honored to say that in the eyes of many I’m considered a hero. I’ve lost track of the amount of people that have been inspired by my quest and envy my sacrifice. There are many people in my hometown that are living their dreams through my quest because they are not able to pick up and leave as I did. Many others are passionately rooting for a successful accomplishment. From that stand point I could be considered as a hero but I have a lot more to achieve before I truly deserve that title.

The Boss: How do you feel about your first 30 day’s? Do you feel like you have accomplished a lot? Are you satisfied?

Motown Maurice: I will never be satisfied until this quest is over. Then when this quest is over, I’m sure there will be another quest. My agent and many others say I’ve accomplished more than some people accomplish in a year. Let’s just say I’m far from content and I’m definitely not throwing a party. It’s possible I may have expected more out of my 1st 30 days. Now it’s more important to focus on the next 30 days and make sure it’s significantly more successful than the 1st 30 days.

The Boss: I understand the definition of a quest and what your quest is, but why are you doing this? What drives you? What is your motivation?

Motown Maurice: That’s a great question. Recently I was watching a 60 minutes interview with Eminem. For those of you who don’t know him, he is the most successful rapper of the last decade. If it makes any difference to you he is also white. The first thing Eminem said in the interview is, he’s trying to win the respect from the crowd and his fans.

After of a series of shows in Tampa I officially decided I wanted to become late night talk show host during the 2nd quarter of 2009. For the first time, every one of my personality traits, accomplishments and desires started to make sense. Than on January 23, 2010, I officially joined the late night race with the intentions of competing with The Tonight Show & The Late Show from Tampa, FL. I was obviously trying to gain the respect of Leno, Letterman and the other late night hosts. So now I’m in the main turf for late night shows and they still don’t know I exist. So like Eminem, a part of me is doing this to gain their respect and get their attention. Of course I also want the respect from the people. They are also the gate keepers to success.
Besides that, becoming a nationally syndicated late night talk show host is my purpose in life. As a host I am able to entertain and most importantly inspire. I love to inspire and improve the lives of others when I can. I truly don’t have any other options at this point. I have sacrificed everything to make this happen and there is no plan B.  Either complete my quest or die. If you’re not willing to die for what you want then you probably don’t really want it. As scary as that may sound it’s the truth and it’s a requirement for success in epic portions.

The Boss: Are you being realistic about this quest? I hate to sound doubtful but realistically your chances are slim and there are several variables against you. 

Motown Maurice: There are 4 things in this world that fascinates me beyond belief. There are subways, airplanes, highway/interstate and space traveling. Do you think any of these things was realistic before they were created? Yet, someone created an airplane and someone else set forth to build subways underground. Today we all see it as another way to get around but back in the days it wasn’t realistic. Nevertheless, it started in someone’s mind and we are enjoying the pleasures of it today. 


I would like to expose you all to another side of the famous actor Will Smith in this video below. Please watch it. Not only do people say I look like him, but we also think very much alike. He can probably articulate success much better than me but our thoughts flow parallel. Please watch this video.



The Boss: Very inspiring video, now…


Motown Maurice: I’m sorry to cut you off but before you ask another question I would like to touch on something Will Smith said about talent and work ethic. Like him, I have never considered myself to be talented. I have an imagination that can be very creative but I am not talented. My confidence is in my work ethic. I work hard and I devote everything I have into my quest and anything I’m a part of. My skills are developing and they will continue to develop as I create.
 

The Boss: How do you plan to gain the respect of Hollywood if you don’t have much talents? Wouldn’t you like to work your way up on The Tonight Show? You can only get that opportunity if they recognize your talents right?
 

Motown Maurice: You are asking a question that has been on the surface of my mind these last few days. The conventional way of one day hosting a late night talk show for a network is to appear as a talent on a regular basis and hope to one day work your way up. I’m not a standup comedian by nature nor do I have any special talents. As a result, that way won’t work for me. My agent told me over a week ago that my approach is different compared to most traditional actors. In deed she is right. The system that is already designed won’t work for me. I will study the system, audition and do my best to understand it all but I am my own designer.
 

The Boss: If you not going to become a late night talk show host the standard traditional way, then if you don’t mind me asking what is your plan?
 

Motown Maurice: Literally, yesterday I started to sum up all the signs that I have been receiving since I arrived in L.A. Now for the first time I’m going to announce my plan to premiere the 2nd season of The Motown Maurice Show live in L.A. Please note I didn’t come to L.A with these intentions. I came hoping to work my way up some talk show ladder, pursue acting, host some other shows and get noticed. Granted, I still need the experience/exposure and I will still attempt to find some gigs to make money. In the mean while, I have conceived a plan of action for the next season.
 

The Boss:  Can you tell us your strategy? How do you plan on accomplishing this?
 

Motown Maurice: Some answers you will have to read when the book comes out one day. The truth is I did it before and I can do it again. This time I will do it much better. I have access and I know how to access a lot of skilled and talented people hungry for opportunity and work. In many ways it’s going to be easier. All I will say is that I have a huge campaign idea and I’m excited about bringing it to life. Originally, I was going to use the idea to promote the 2nd season of my show in Tampa but this time I will use it in L.A.
 

The Boss: Did you get the results you wanted during the first season of your show in Tampa and what results do you expect from doing it in L.A.?
 

Motown Maurice: I absolutely did not achieve the results I desired or deserved in Tampa because it simply isn’t the market for late night talk shows. Each show I anticipated a sonic boom that never did happen. That sonic boom will come in due time. I am located in Mecca of entertainment which gives me access to gain the respect from the other hosts, the people and the networks. Ultimately, I have to make enough noise and execute a brand of quality that will lure the executives to me. I don’t know where to find them nor do I have time to search. I have to keep it moving.
 

The Boss: Don’t you need a lot of money to pull this off? Do you have any?
 

Motown Maurice: You’re right. I’m still in great debt from my 1st season but I’m not going to let money deter this vision. It will come and I will find it. I had no clue how I was going to finance the 1st season but somehow all the expenses were taken care of. I still have a lot of credit card bills but all the expenses were taken care of.
 

The Boss: Do you have a launch date yet?
 

Motown Maurice: All dates are to be announced but I will start recruiting and rebuilding my new team on Nov 1st.
 

The Boss: This is an even bigger undertaken from your last. Are you sure you want to do this?
 

Motown Maurice: What other options do I have? This is what I know how do. I can’t wait for Oprah or Jay Leno to come knocking on my door because that’s not going to happen. I said in Tampa that I wanted to compete right? So, I’m going to bring it to them the only way I know how.
 

The Boss: Let’s say you launch your show in L.A. will your quest be completed?
 

Motown Maurice: Absolutely not. My quest won’t meet its goal until I am nationally syndicated. Rebuilding my show from a grass roots level is just another stepping stone. Eventually, I will still need the support/backing of a cable/major network. To my benefit, many of the major and cable networks are in L.A. which makes the recognition possibilities higher.
 

The Boss: When do you plan to return to Tampa?
 

Motown Maurice: This is a good question. I don’t know yet? In my studies most seekers or hero’s never return home until their quest is complete. In many terms I feel the same way. The holidays are approaching and I know my family would like to see me. As a matter of fact, I’ve never been away from my family during the holidays. I can’t fully answer this question yet.
 

The Boss: Briefly, what are your long and short term goals?
 

Motown Maurice: They are generally the same as they have been for the past few years. Creative jobs and host my own nationally syndicated late night talk show. I still want to be part of another project that will give me some national exposure first, but that is beyond my control. Originally, I wanted to create jobs in Tampa but I don’t have a problem creating jobs in L.A. I’m positive there will be a time when I’ll be able to do something big in Tampa. That will come in time.
 

The Boss: What are going to do to prepare for your 2nd season?
 

Motown Maurice: First thing I have to do is reactivate my leadership abilities. I literally stopped leading since the conclusion of my 1st season. 2nd I’m going to have to focus more on my performance skills. I have always worn multiple hats in the past. I can’t do that this time around. As I start recruiting my team I’m to have to specially focus on finding strong producers and writers that will take the weight off of my shoulders. I also hope to start attending Monkey Butler Comedy. They offer free improvisational classes and free is what I can afford right now. Hopefully they are good. If not them, I will look for another troupe. The troupe I mentioned on day 11 didn’t work out for a few reasons I consider red flags.
 

The Boss: Even though I am your boss and we are the same person, I think you’re insane but I completely support you. I came to this interview with the intentions of beating you up with critical questions but there is no stopping a man who isn’t afraid to die for his purpose. I wish you all the best. Do you have any final comments?
 

Motown Maurice: First off, I would like to thank you for this opportunity. I never experienced such a thorough interview. You did a great job and I enjoyed myself. First I want to thank everyone that has been supporting me and following my blog. Thank you to everyone that has sent me donations for my quest. Thank you to those who have called and checked on often. Thank you Ma, Aunty Bern, Attorney Pamela Y. Robinson, Valerie, Rodney & Crissy. I recently realized that I already started rebuilding my team and didn’t know it. A few people help from time to time help with grammar errors on my blog and Reggie has always been available for technical support. Thank you all.
 


I appreciate my agents very much. First Class Talent Agency is the best. Every other day I meet someone who has horrible stories about their agents and I couldn’t ask for anything better agency right now. Thank you very much Cynthia and Sandy.  

I don’t want to get too deep into thanks because this quest is far from over but everyone should know I am grateful. Please forgive me if I left your name out. Know that are loved and appreciated.  As for this blog, I set a goal for myself to blog about my first 30 days. This blog has been a quest within a quest.  The reason I write some much is so you all can learn from my experiences and to outline the book I’m going to write one day of course. After today, I’m going to change the frequency of my posts. Blogging everyday isn’t easy. I may take a break for a few days and return on an every other day basis. I’m not sure yet of the frequency but don’t worry I will continue to keep you posted with everything as I have been doing.  

Thank you all. I look forward to seeing your comments and please share share share! I can’t only go national with your support. 

As the quest continues…
 

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Day 29 in L.A. (What Will My Boss Say?)

Day 29 = Monday, October 18, 2010

Tomorrow is my 30 day evaluation in L.A., and as a result, my focus today was to play catch up and get ready. My evaluation is going to provide a critical assessment of myself and the pro's and con's of my quest thus far. This evaluation is actually a very important component of this quest. I need to know, Where am I going? What I am doing wrong? and How can I make things better? Nothing should be taken for granted. 


I'm often flooded with all kinds of compliments from my fans but my personal prospective is a lot more harsher. Since I am my own boss I have to be my own worst critic.


I'm going to do my best to be as thorough and detailed as possible. I will also need your help. Day 30 will be the best time to comment and provide your own assessment of my quest. 

I'm also excited to share you with the rejuvenation of a campaign idea I had before I came to L.A. This time I think I may be able to bring my idea to life by incorporating Facebook.

There is much to evaluate. I hope you're ready. Don't be soft on me. Let's get "Critical!! Critical!!"

As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Monday, October 18, 2010

Day 28 in L.A. (Beat L.A., Kobe You Suck!)

Today represented what Sundays are supposed to be like. I probably would've spent the whole day working until my roommate told me her friends had an extra ticket for a pre-season Laker game. I took on that offer pronto. The ticket was brought to me by Angelica and Pernell. They picked me up around 4:45pm and we headed on our way.

Pernell & I in front of the Magic Johnson monument at the Staples Center.
On the way there I found out we were attending a double header. The first game was the L.A. Clippers vs The Denver Nuggets.

This game wasn't that exciting. The Clippers were close to winning at one point but they found a way to lose.

 The second game was The Lakers vs The Utah Jazz.  

The Lakes right before the game.

Its half time baby!
In the most recent NBA finals I was passionately going against the Lakers. Now that I live in L.A. I don't plan to start being a Laker fan. I'm also learning I'm going to have to be careful of what I say around some of these die hard Laker fans. I don't think they embrace non-Laker fans very well. As for Kobe Bryant: I'm also not a fan but that man is dangerous. He didn't really play much in the first half but he was on fire in the 3rd quarter. Again, I'm not a fan but you can't hate on that man's talents. For your viewing pleasure, I captured some of the Laker game for you to enjoy.
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Unfortunately, the record button cut off during the exciting Laker intro. Sorry about that. Most of what I recorded was Kobe hitting his shots, but I was honestly trying to record him missing.

A special thanks to Angelica and Pernell for bringing me along. I'm hoping to connect with Pernell in the future and play some real basketball. He plays ball often and is a part of a few leagues. I was playing ball every day in Tampa until I arrived in L.A. I need to bring basketball back in my life.

The Lakers were actually losing in the beginning but they were winning by 4 points when we left in the 4th quarter. We left a little early.

Very soon I'll be evaluating my first 30 days in L.A. That is going to be a very important post. Be on the lookout.
 
As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Day 27 in L.A. (Music to My Ears)

(Day 27 = Saturday, October 16, 2010)
 
Doritos anybody? Today I finally took part in the Doritos commercial I've been telling you all about. Please refer back to day 13 for audition details and day 21 for the casting call.

Within the past couple days I finally started to get a better understanding of what this Doritos commercial is all about. Apparently, its a contest that takes place every year. I'm not sure how long its been going on for but they definitely had one last year.  Its called Crash The Super Bowl. The winner will be awarded a lot of money plus their commercial will air during the Super Bowl. From what I've been told the competition is fierce. One person told me there was 1,500 submission last year. Another person told me there was over 15,000 submissions.

I'm not 100% sure about the contest guileless but I think Doritos will pick the finalists and the winner will be chosen by the people on youtube. I know what your probably thinking, "You want me to vote for another video again Motown?" If that's what your thinking, you may possibly be right. For now you don't have to worry about it. If we do advance, I will inform and you better be ready to vote.

Below is a finalist from the 2010. I remember seeing this during the Super Bowl. It still
makes me laugh. I guess its also safe to say this is the type of competition we'll be up against.


As for the video I was in, I'm sorry but I can't and won't release the details. The director/producers
put a lot of work into their concept and I wouldn't ruin the chances of the commercial winning. For now just know its was excellent concept. Myself and a few others were casted because we were unique and interesting.

The shoot was located at the Brooks Institute in Ventura County. Its off the coast of California and an its 1 & 1/2 hours away from L.A. Initially I thought I could take the bus or train but as I wrong. It may be possible but I couldn't pull up any directions on the website I normally use. Thankfully my roommate arranged for one of her attorney friends to drop me off. Thank you very much both of you.

When I arrived at the scene I realized for the first time that I've been casted by students. Which in many ways in a great thing. My agent said, "Student filmmakers around here are the future directors and producers of tomorrow. When they make it big they will remember you when they need you for a part." Moreover, these students had it together. I don't know much about the Brooks Institute but I can safely assume film is a major focus.

The moment I arrived I was warmly greeted and informed about the set up. I lingered around the free food for the first 30-45mins. That's one thing I love about productions out here. They sure know how to feed their talent. While eating I told one of the directors that I wasn't sure how I was going to get back. Suddenly, finding a way for me to return home became his top priority. I didn't expect him to response so immediately but he did. Thankfully, one of the other actors lived in the L.A. area and was able to take me home at the end.

There were 2 other actors present when I arrived and we all had to wear a costume. The scenes were shoot separately and I was the second actor up. Everything flowed smoothly and took less time than expect. I want to tell you more but just know the scenes were fun, different, awkward, funny, uncomfortable and very creative. Be sure to stay up with my blogs because I will be posting it when its complete. I want to show you all a picture of me in my costume so bad, but you will have to wait. I believe the commercial has a chance, lets see what happens.


My notable mention goes out to the actor who took me home, his name is Quincy. This is another story of motivation. This young man is only 20 years old and 2 months ago he left his hometown Minnesota to pursue his dreams. On the way to California his car broke down 3 times. When he finally arrived in L.A. he had to sleep in his car for 1 week until he found a place. Now he's living in a garage and using that as a motivation to work hard and move out. He has no agent, yet he's been making some great moves on his own. Both of us has found some success using Craigs List as a resource. 

At the institute and on the way way home we had great conversations. He told just by looking at a mountain and finds motivation to continue. He puts a picture of his niece on his keys for more motivation. He thinks about his family back home and finds the motivation he needs to keep pushing. I was very impressed with this young man because he is a prime example of will power and determination. After he told me he taught himself how to plan the piano in 9 months just from watching tutorial videos on youtube, I was convinced that he will be successful. One thing that we shared in common is our desire to inspire. He wants to be an actor that inspires others to do great things. 

His original plan was to relocate with a friend back home who also wanted to be success but that fell through. Quincey said that person worried more about the possibles of failing that actually making things happen. He then had no choice but to pick up and go on his own. He also said, "Being successful in L.A. isn't rocket science, if they can do it I can do it."

I love hearing about other peoples stories like this. I know I've made a lot of sacrifices but I'm not sure if I could of relocated to L.A. without knowing someone. Nevertheless, when you are determined there is no obstacle that can deter you.   

Before I close, I have to explain to you why I wrote "Music to My Ears," as the title of this post. Shortly before my scene I was shaving and getting ready in the rest room, then one of the directors walked in. He asked me, "Have I been shooting any more R&B videos." I didn't understand what he was talking about until he explained what he remembered about the day we met. When I auditioned for the commercial I literally just left the Chirs Brown music video shoot and I told him about it. After that was clear I told him that my focus was hosting shows. He responded by saying, "I think you would make a great game show host." At that point I pulled out my latest flier and said, "Well, my ultimate goal is to host a nationally syndicated late night talk show..." I believe I told him most of that at the audition but I think my new flier is what sold him. After a few seconds he said, "I'll love together with you and shoot some pilot episodes." Now that was "Music to My Ears."

Did you read day 26? If not, please go back and read it. I talked about the signs that have been pointing in my direction. I have no doubt that we'll make an awesome team. Seeing their work ethic with this one commercial enlightened all kinds of possibilities. Now, I'm overwhelmingly excited because there is not telling how serious they are. My eyes are just open to all the signs I've been receiving. If I don't work with these young men, its just a matter of time before I hook up with the right production crew and bring back The Motown Maurice Show live from L.A. 

The more and more I think about all the signs I've been receiving it makes me want to... However, its not time yet. I'm still stuck in a financial hole. If I can just get one big gig that will take me out of my deficit I could make a strong come back before know it.


As the quest continues...

Motown Maurice

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Day 26 in L.A. (One Down and Many More To Come)

(Day 26 = Friday, October 26, 2010)

As some of you may have already realized, I normally publish these posts the morning after. I'm a day late with this post because of everything that has been going on. First off, my schedule has been changing direction like wild fire. To make a long story short, I'm back to shooting the Doritos commercial tomorrow, which cleared my shoot with the promotional skit today. This was the original plan.

I started shooting the promotional skit on day 21. I met with the cast for the first time on day 18. The project is actually called, "Celebrating Differences" by Rushare Productions. I played a character named Derek who lived a life on the streets. While hanging out with his friends he found himself in a life threatening situation. With nowhere to run, Rushare Ministries was nearby and they safely guided him to a better life in the church.

I really enjoyed myself. This is the first film project I've been involved with and didn't have to write, direct, produce or edit. Or I should say, this is my first film where I was strictly a talent. The experience was refreshing and exhilarating. I honestly didn't know my complete role at first or realize how big it was when I got it.

The acting scenes were not difficult, but there were moments I couldn't hold my smile. There is one scene where me and 2 other guys are on the street playing craps. I rolled the dice thinking I won, but I was actually in the process of getting ripped off. A character played by Arien Rollins, (thanks for leaving the comments -day 25- by the way), and I had this hard core face to face situation. Since I was getting ripped off, it would've make sense to have a serious face, right? After he delivered a few lines he ended by saying, "You're either in or you're out." Almost every time he got to those lines I had to force my smile away. I really have to work on methods of fighting my giggles. Either that or there is something "special" about me trying to play a thuggish role on camera.

I'm looking forward to the day when I have a huge role on the silver screen, but hosting a late night talk show is my heart's desire. I won't spoil the entire project by writing about it in this post, however do look forward to seeing the video it when it's released. I'll be sure to post the video on my blog then.

Since I had that game show audition on day 25, I started thinking about what got me where I am today. I'm not who I am because I was discovered, nor am I a contest winner. I am who I am because I am a visionary and I know how to create with little resources. I've always did my own thing, non-dependent upon anyone. My only problem now is that I've exhausted all of my resources. As a result, strategically I'm hoping I take part in some project that will help me to replenish my resources. Either that or win the lottery.


I'm thinking this way because I've been getting signs from other people that have been throwing hints at what I do best. After the filming a young lady named Kori, who seen a little bit of my work on youtube asked me, "When are you going to start shooting again?" That was a "Wow moment" for me. I haven't even been promoting that aspect of my skills. Since I knew she was talented and hungry for opportunity I asked her, "Why, do you want to work with me?" She said, "sure." As I began to tell her more of my accomplishments, I started to look around and I had some type of epiphany. Without a doubt, I saw at least 7-10 people I could recruit for a project if I tired. (My leadership powers may be resurfacing again, who knows?).  

People in L.A. are hungry for opportunity and I honestly think it would be easier to build a strong production team here, than it was in Tampa. I've had a track record of experiences since I've been here that have been leading me in that direction. I left this out on day 10, but Moon even told me how hard it is for black actors these days and in many cases, we are better off doing our own thing. I didn't come to L.A with that mind set, but the signs have been pointing in that direction. (Wait until you read day 27).

The night ended with interesting improvisational conversation, a few pictures and an unexpected surprise. Let's just say I experienced one of the best hand shake experiences possible.  

Kem Anyanwu, Motown Maurice, Alexander & Seda

Kori, Motown Maurice, Alexander, Seda & Irwin Moon Miller
So I'm officially an L.A. actor now. I completed my first film project in L.A. and I believe it was a success. There were many trails, but everyone one was dedicated and driven to make it happen. On the way home, Alexander showed me a picture of a car completely flipped over on his phone. I thought it was a random car he was making a joke about, but it was his car. Early this morning as he was driving up a steep road, his tire slipped on some oil and his car flipped over. This car was literally upside down. Kori and I were thankful the brother was still alive. Thank God he wasn't hurt, but his car is totaled. Besides that, he still made it for the filming on the same day.

I'm not even sure if I would have showed up and if I did, you would have seen every last detail of the accident in my facial expressions. The whole shoot went by and this guy was upbeat with high energy. After he showed me the pictures he said, "I guess I'm going to have to get a bike to get to work for a while." I was in disbelief of how positive Alexander was. In addition to that, acting isn't even his focus. He participated as a favor and to be a part of the experience. If that's not a prime example of motivation and character, then I don't know what is. Alexander, "big ups" to you! Keep trucking and inspiring others. Thank you to everyone for being a part of my quest.

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As the quest continues...

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