Monday, August 29, 2011

St. Pete Times and the Critic


In the back of my mind I've been waiting on the release of this article. I knew it was going to be in print this past Sunday (August, 28th) in Tampa but I noticed it by accident online two days before, on Friday. The more I read it, the more I realize it does nothing for me. Its not the best article and its not the worst. Its medium.


There is so much more that could of have been reported but it was left out. Most importantly he could of choose a stronger perspective of my journey but he's a news critic. Its partly expected. This is the 2nd time he wrote an article about me. The first one I didn't really like much. This one I can tolerate.
Continued thoughts are below...please read.



With visions of late-night talk show stardom, Motown Maurice heads to L.A.

By Eric Deggans, Times TV/Media Critic
In Print: Sunday, August 28, 2011
[Photos by NANCY PASTOR | Special to the Times]


Motown Maurice, formerly of Tampa, rehearses a test for a new Web show called the New Jack Web Attack in a garage that serves as a makeshift studio in Los Angeles. 



LOS ANGELES
Motown Maurice doesn't look one step away from homelessness.
The onetime Tampa TV host — born Maurice Jeoffroy, he insists everyone use his signature nickname — keeps his clothes in a storage locker in Koreatown. In a town where no one walks, Motown mostly travels by bus and foot. For a time he lived in a facility filled with mentally ill transients and drug addicts.


Motown Maurice packs his belongings after sleeping on the couch of a government-subsidized flophouse. He paid his rent at night instead of in the morning, and his bed was given away, forcing him to sleep on a small couch.




But as he speaks about his lifelong dream to host a nationally aired late-night talk show, there's no sign of stress or fear. Not even as he describes losing upward of $30,000 last year (mostly in credit card debt) financing his homegrown late-night talk show, which aired 10 times last year on Tampa's MyNetworkTV affiliate WTTA-Ch. 38.
Now, courtesy of a county employment program, he has a two-week voucher for a motel in the city's tough South Central neighborhood. With some food stamps, bus tokens and a little cash also coming, it's paradise for an aspiring performer who hasn't lived alone since he flew west from Tampa last fall.
"The timing is perfect," said the 31-year-old, sounding almost giddy. "Literally, when I'm at my most homeless point, this comes along. Before this, I spent my days at cafes, libraries, Denny's. I couldn't get anything done."









He speaks of this goal as if it already has happened. His enthusiasm is infectious, prompting family, friends and acquaintances to donate cash, space on their apartment floors, discounted acting lessons and cheap plane tickets to help turn his vision into reality.
He has an enthusiastic agent and a growing list of audition experiences, from commercials for Pepsi Max and Miller Lite beer to ABC's Expedition Impossible and game shows such asLet's Make a Deal.
But mention that most big-name talk show hosts have backgrounds in standup comedy or comic acting — experience that he has almost none of — and his rebuttal comes with slow emphasis, as if he's explaining math to a toddler.
"I'm on the edge of destruction, and the best things come where you're on the edge," he said, digging into a barbecued chicken wrap at his favorite Koreatown restaurant. "All of this is nothing but a test . . . I'm enjoying every last aspect of it, because it's going to one day encourage somebody else that's going through the same thing."
Indeed, Motown has an unshakable faith that he will earn late-night TV glory, by sheer willpower if necessary.

Motown has to visit his storage space once or sometimes twice a day, dressing for auditions and juggling bus schedules. “I can adapt to any environment, you know?” he says. “It’s not the most comfortable, but I adapt to it.”


But what if he's just fooling himself?
Not looking back
At his lowest point came the beard.
Cultivated over five months last year, Motown's "beard protest" (a bit of face shrubbery grown until he could find a new direction) became a long, flowing reminder of his exhaustion after The Motown Maurice Show failed to launch a second season in Tampa.
The program debuted in January 2010 with a determined crew of volunteers, a surprisingly well-built set at Ybor City's Cuban Club and a guest list that included former Good Times co-star Bern'Nadette Stanis (a.k.a. Thelma Evans) and the then-mayor of Tampa, Pam Iorio.
The result still looked amateurish, filmed by eager novices and aired in a low-rated 1 a.m. time slot on the MyNetworkTV affiliate. Aside from about $12,000 donated in two chunks by different sponsors, the show generated little income. Motown wound up unable to pay rent, moving into a condo owned by one of his sponsors and drained of creative energy.
"That period was the most dreaded of my life," he said. "I almost cringe when I'm referred to as an actor or host; I'm a visionary. And it's like, for the first time in over 10 years, I had no vision."
He tried a few things, even applying for Your OWN Show, an unscripted competition established by talk show queen Oprah Winfrey's OWN cable channel. When producers for a TV commercial lost interest after they realized he didn't live in Los Angeles, Motown made a decision.
It was time to head west.
"Right now, (he's young enough) to risk it all and have someone there to catch him," said Marie Maurice, a coincidentally named friend from Florida A&M University. It was there that Motown first gained his unique nickname — taken from the sticker on a car he drove around campus.
Maurice, a Los Angeles lawyer, didn't hesitate to offer her old acquaintance a rent-free crash pad. Even when Motown decided that although he had run his own photography business in Tampa, he wouldn't work a side job in California. He would focus on his quest.
"When I first moved here, I didn't have anyone. I didn't want him to go through that," she said. "He reminds me of those times when I had big dreams."
In Los Angeles, he quickly signed with a small talent agency, developing a promotional flier calling himself the "future of late night."
Among the endless streams of auditions, his funniest moments come in the hazy world of unscripted so-called reality TV programs and game shows.


Motown has to visit his storage space once or sometimes twice a day, dressing for auditions and juggling bus schedules. “I can adapt to any environment, you know?” he says. “It’s not the most comfortable, but I adapt to it.”


Many of these projects avoid actors, though they need a steady stream of participants in a town teeming with underemployed attention seekers. With a few hints from producers, Motown learned to avoid talk of his showbiz quest in auditions, citing a long-ago bank teller job as his occupation.
So far, he has been on Jerry Springer's dating competition Baggage and will appear twice next month on a new dating show, Excused (casting directors seem to like him more than the women onscreen do).
In September, he'll appear in an episode of Wayne Brady's Let's Make a Deal, and he nearly was cast on ABC's adventure series Expedition Impossible. He's even got a hosting job: helming a Web series called the New Jack Web Attack. (for details, see his blog: motownmaurice.com).
Motown says casting directors remember his name, tickled by his charisma and good humor. "Jerry Springer came up to me (at the Baggage taping), shook my hand and said, 'You're really funny. Do you do standup?' " he said. "I've learned to keep my ultimate vision close to my heart and not blast it into people's faces. Because it can be really intrusive."
No faking allowed
The argument was a bad one. Motown and a friend fought over a book project about his grandmother, drawing anger, tears and sharp words on racial oppression.
As the conflict ended, acting teacher Allen Levin piped up with a tough assessment: "The sadness . . . you didn't believe it," Levin told Motown, noting when he tried to cry on stage. "It was a cartoon."
Levin's counsel came during Motown's regular Thursday night class at the Lifebook Playhouse, an unassuming, 30-seat theater on the tough end of Hollywood where he has taken acting lessons since March.



[Photos by NANCY PASTOR | Special to the Times]

Motown Maurice prepares to perform a monologue in class at Lifebook Playhouse, where acting coach Allen Levin says he thinks Motown has a shot: “He knows exactly what he wants, and he’s not lazy.”



Lifebook has become an important part of Motown's experience, allowing him to trade work as a stage manager, on-site photographer and all-around helping hand for a steep discount on acting lessons.
"The better you understand dramatic acting, the better you understand humanity," said Levin, an actor and acting coach who insisted that Motown has a realistic shot at the stardom he seeks. "The thing that's great about Motown is he knows exactly what he wants, and he's not lazy. As long as he keeps his health and stays strong mentally, he can make a go of it."
Even Motown admitted he's not the greatest actor, revealed in his improvisation's awkward transition from anger to tears. At times, the Lifebook session felt more like group therapy than a classroom, as participants shared stories of success and fear.


Motown Maurice, 31, receives some constructive criticism from his coach at Lifebook Playhouse in Los Angeles, where he works as a stage manager to get a big break on acting lessons. 


Levin wasn't surprised by Motown's story, though he disagreed with his decision to avoid a side job. He recalled how Sons of Anarchy co-star Dayton Callie once told his class about living in an abandoned building and working eight years before landing his first real acting job.
"If you're walking up a mountain and you keep stepping, you'll get to the top," Levin said. "I just hope he's not putting himself in harm's way to get there."
Being 'realistic' not in the plan
Times are tough for people of color in the late- night TV game. So far this year, comics Wanda Sykes, Mo'Nique and George Lopez have seen their shows canceled or suspended; gifted mimic Affion Crockett debuted his In the Flow sketch show to disappointing audiences on Fox a few weeks ago.
True to form, Motown sees such developments as a sign the universe may be making room for his dream. "I remember somebody once said, 'Being realistic is a commonly known path to mediocrity,' " he said. (Will Smith actually dropped the line in an interview with CBS's The Early Show.) "I will refrain from calling this a dream. It's a vision I see in my head. And I'm bringing it to life."
As proof, Motown recalls the moment during a panel discussion last year at the Billboard Film and TV Music Conference when he asked radio-DJ-turned-late-night-host Carson Daly for advice. After offering a generic, "keep doing what you're doing" speech, Daly had to admit he just gave "the most horrible advice ever," Motown said, because there is no blueprint.
"We shook hands afterwards and I got the e-mail of his manager," Motown said. "I e-mailed him, got no response. No big deal, but I can almost guarantee that I'll cross paths with him again. And that time, Carson Daly won't forget me."



Final Thoughts
There are a few unnecessary mentions. One blasphemous comment about my team and show last year. It looked far from "amateurish." That's ridiculous. I don't know what he was smoking. Then there are a few errors. What can you say it happens. You can't believe exactly everything you read. Its best to witness for yourself and be your own critic.

There's always hope that someone will notice the story and reach out to me in support of my quest but I'm not counting on it. I'm not dismissing that possibility however, I have realized something else. Within a short period of time since its release I realized this story isn't for me. This story is for the people.


For that reason I am blessed. Most of my comments have come from Facebook. The vase majority of my supporters who made comments have stated that they have been inspired and encouraged. If this article is inspiring others then it's fulfilling its purpose and I am on the right path.

I am therefore blessed by the motivation the story has sent to others. It will be a while before a story about my quest is told in its truest form. Which is why I have to continue to be my own story teller. No matter what, I am still grateful for the article. Thank you Eric Deggans for the written exposure and Nancy Pastor for the wonderful photos.

Most of all, thank you everyone for reading the article and being inspired by it.

One comment in particular came through text from an old basketball buddy, Chris Lafave. He told me to look up Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Thank you Chris. I have received this message.
With love to you all...




Next Related Post: Paper or Online Version (St. Pete Times)


As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 49: "Always Something There To Remind Me...

My quest will be fulfilled and that there is an abundance of prosperity ahead waiting for me."



Its obvious the song above is written with a woman in mind. There is no woman in my life but there is always something there to remind me that I'm on the right path. Since I've been in LA... more specially since December, I've always had at least big project pending. A project that could completely change the coarse of my quest instantaneously. I'm referring to reality show opportunities such as Expedition Impossible & Craftsman Crew*d. Each time I progressed closer and closer but unfortunately I wasn't chosen in the end.  After the fact, it was clear to me the benefits of not being apart of those shows and I continued to press on.

Since the Craftsman Crew*d contest and Life Styles of the Storage & Community Housing auditions began to slow down week by week. I've been spending most of my time adjusting to my ever fluctuating lifestyle.

I've even mentally decided to stay away from those time consuming reality show/game show application processes.

Since the end of July, I've actually had two projects pending. I soon after dismissed both of them from my mind because of the time which elapsed since I started the process. The first one is The Great Escape (Day 312) and the other recently surprised me with an unexpected email. I already dismissed the project on August 5th on this blog. I long before dismissed it in my mind. Now I'm suddenly a semi-finalist according to the email.

I'm not going to use any of my energy towards getting excited about it but I will say its good to have some things pending. I honestly need a few more things pending to raise the temperature of my attraction levels.

I met with a potential management company (Day 317) a few weeks ago and I'm glad to know he are still interested in me through a reply email sent this week. I can also consider this as another big thing pending but its not enough. I need 20 or more projects pending. Make it 40!

Day 336 Sunday, August 21, 2011


* I visited the Korean Maum Meditation center and watch an introductory video. I've been meaning to do this for a while and I finally did today. I can't afford the monthly fee of $150.00 but I will attending at least once at a reduced free to experience the benefits of meditation.

* I took a break and watched Toy Story 3 for my friends Netflix hook up on my laptop. Toy Story 3 was really good. I loved it.

Day 337 Monday, August 22, 2011


* In attempt to separate my work from home I just decided to relax and watch some TV. That's a new endeavor for me.

* Received notice from agent for an audition tomorrow.

* Mysterious email came in for the reality show. Nothing to be excited about. Its lacking lots of details.

Day 338 Tuesday, August 23, 2011


* Auditioned for Wendy's ESPN commercial.

* Picked up mail from my old roommates place and received a check from the second episode of  Excused. Its not a lot but I totally forgot about it.

Day 339 Wednesday, August 24, 2011


Read Post: Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle) Music Video Release

* Received a 14 day extension for my motel.

Read Post: 3rd time charm with the Carnival

Day 340 Thursday, August 25, 2011

* I treated Danny to some breakfast. He's the source of my Food Stamp & Motel Rich connection. Through his laptop he saw my work for the first time and his predictions of me were on point. He even read the link on my blog in which I wrote about him. He read it out loud and I'm not sure how to describe that feeling/experience of hearing the words from my blog/soul spoken out loud by someone else. I can't pin point the right words yet. It was kind of an out of body experience. All I can say for now is that my writing ain't half bad. It actually sounded really good.


.Famous,  Danny & Motown Maurice at Cafe Novel.



















* Actor Paul Ben-Victor visited my Lifebook Acting Class and shared some of his wisdom. He has played in a lot of films but I remember him from the HBO series The Wire.

Paul Ben-Victor visits Lifebook Acting
















* Made the decision not to spend the night at my motel but at secret back up floor. The bus runs really slow to South Central at night. I didn't feel like waiting plus I figured I would meditate and go to the movies in the morning. That never happened. I ended up going home after I woke up.

Day 341 Friday, August 26, 2011


* Worked from home.  


Day 342 Saturday, August 27, 2011

* What happened to my high top? Click on the link to find out.




Read Post: Rough & Stuff High Top Puffs


Final Thoughts 

The release of the St. Pete Times feature story about me could even be considered as my 3rd project pending. I'm again in a position where significant results are needed and thankfully I have somethings pending. I want more projects pending but I am very appreciative for the 3 that I have. Those 3 will soon multiply.

"Always Something There To Remind Me..."

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Rough & Stuff High Top Puffs...

Post Represents: Saturday, August 27, 2011


Cause baby I'm a THUG!

Motown Maurice - "Its the thug in me." 




















High top puffs
                                   

High top puffs back profile


















Motown Maurice - "This would make a good album cover."


Motown Maurice is the new thug in South Central LA. 






















Thug life baby! 
Final Thoughts

Okay real talk. I'm not satisfied with the height of my high top so that's why I did that to my hair. Don't worry its only temporary. I'm actually proud of myself. I did that all by myself without the help of a woman. Even if I wanted a woman to do it for me it wouldn't happen. I don't have any personal relationships with any women in LA. Its generally been like this for the past year. I don't even know if I know who to interact with women anymore. lol,...

Moreover, tightening my hair with the puffs should support faster growth. Believe it or not, I went to my senior prom with a full head of puffs. I wanted to go with braids but it wasn't long enough. I'll never forget that night. I had a girl from school put them in for me and she did it too tight. It ended up being so painful. My mom had to loosen them up for me that same night. I was barely able to put my head on the pillow. I'm tender headed you know.

In addition to all that, I'm living it the hood so the environment brings out the thug in me.

Yes baby. I'm a Thug! Can't you see it.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Sunday, August 28, 2011

3rd time charm with the Carnival


Post Represents: Wednesday, August 24, 2011


I'm back on The Electric Carnival for the 3rd time and this time we're blaming everything on Obama. 
Damn it, Obama!!!






Support Eric and The Electric Carnival on the links following links. You can check out my interview and on his ITunes Preview or go straight to his page on Facebook: The Electric Carnival Facebook Page. 

Motown Maurice visits the Carnival with Eric for the 3rd time




















Related Post: Motown Maurice returns to The Carnival!


As the quest continues...


The Future of Late Night


Motown Maurice 

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Hey Hey Hey (Pop Another Bottle) Music Video Release

Its been a long time coming and finally this video has been released. This video was shot on March 31st and I was notified by Mr. Swift K.I.D himself last Friday that it has been released. Check it out. I'm noticeable a handful of times in there. I was told it may air on TV on September 28th.




Related Post: Behind the Scenes With Hot New Artist Swift K.I.D


Final Thoughts

I was really jooking in this shoot. Too bad they didn't use more of me. Its algood. I believe my days as an extra are about over. I'll soon be featuring in these music videos.

The cool thing about working on multiple projects is you never know when its going to be released. Finally when the project is put out you barely remember and someone tell you that they saw you. More than likely there are newer and better projects to focus on the time of the release.

Hollywood is all about looking and moving forward. That's moral of life period.

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 48: Lessons, Meditation & Training for my Destiny

After one particular instance this week, this distinct thought crossed my mind. “If my mom wasn’t my mom we probably wouldn’t be friends.” The reason I believe that is because I often pose challenges towards her. Sometimes it’s related to religious perspectives or towards her resistance to use technology. In the future, I have ideas that will present more challenges that I know she will one day thank me for. If she doesn’t appreciate the challenges I present, she will love and tolerate me regardless because I’m her son. If I wasn’t her son most likely she wouldn’t deal with me at all.

The reason for this theory is because most people don’t like to be challenged. Another way of saying it is, “Most people don’t like to change from their ways.” If anybody is going to be apart of my life I’m going to do my best to make their life better. If we’re not making each others lives better, then there is no reason to exist in each others life.

“When everything evolves, everything around that thing evolves as well.”

For trying to encourage someone I connect with last week 47, I was told through text that I made that person feel belittled, awkward and odd. All I did was invite that person to a free improv class and I encouraged that person to take advantage of one of the activities. I did nothing but encourage and somehow I was made into a villain.  I’ve been around long enough to know that I’m not the real villain in this predicament. The true villain is the fear that lives in side of most of us. I’ve done nothing but attempt to help this person since we connected and the intervention of fear totally diminished all of my efforts.

"Fear is worse than cancer and spreads faster than a parasite."

Since I have been aware of my powers and abilities and I have taken the initiative to improve the lives of people in my life by helping them address their fears. For example, if I’m working on a project with someone and I know they have a fear of public speaking I would delegate them to speak for the project. I’ve taken initiatives like this in the past and I tend to be loved or hated for it. There is no in the middle outcome.

My recent mind boggling disconnection reaffirmed why I am such a loner. I have no fear and millions upon millions of people protect and contains their fear. Fears must be diminished if one desires progress in their life. As much I would love to assist everyone personally, I can’t because the fear lives in their universe not mine.

In small towns my previous approach may have been useful but not in LA. I’m singling out LA because everyone here is trying to create their own universe. Everyone believes they know everything and how to get it done. Its hard to advise people anything here. To a degree I could understand that. Nevertheless, the containment of any type of fear I won’t ever understand.

The smallest advice I can give to anyone who desire to relocate to LA is to get rid of your fears first. The advice needed towards myself is to be as elusive as possible. Through this experience, among another, I understand why celebrities are so elusive. As much as I want to be available and have one on one relationship with everyone I have to impact people in an elusive yet esoteric demeanor. I'm sure I will touch on this topic again in the future.  

Meditation & Training for my Destiny

Earlier this week I had a hosting audition that did not pan out the way I hoped. Immediately not happy with my personal performance during my audition. I thereafter felt disappointed, irritated and restless for a while. I concluded that my most of my energy went into producing (The New Hero of Late Night is Emerging). I didn’t take any time to rest and celebrate as I should of.

I also realized some important signs flashing in my life. I realized that now is the time to fully take the transition I’ve been anticipating.

By Wednesday I began to meditate and thoroughly enjoyed it. I also made an appointment at a Maum Korean Meditation center. I’m looking forward to adding the power of meditation of my mind. Most importantly, I begin training in my purpose solely as a talent on Saturday.

Day 329 Sunday, August 14, 2011

* Blogging…Editing…


Day 330 Monday, August 15, 2011

Read Post: The New Hero of Late Night is Emerging


Day 331 Tuesday, August 16, 2011

* Hosting audition for a new show called 8 on a Date. I made silly mistakes that should of never happened.

Day 332 Wednesday, August 17, 2011



* The need and desire to clear my mind was evident. I took it upon myself to meditate and it was an amazing experience. The experience was a mix between meditation and imagination and I loved it. I imagined myself hosting my late night talk show and the pictures in mind seems so real I busted out laughing several times.

* A second attempt was made for me to be on the show Operation Repo tomorrow since last week but the circumstances were way too difficult. Using public transportation it would of took me 4-5 hours to get there. It wasn't worth even considering.

* Emailed the bookings for my 2010 tax income taxes to my accountant in Tampa. I'm still waiting on a response yet joyous it's all down.  

Day 333 Thursday, August 18, 2011


* Prior to class I assisted in organizing the Lifebook Showcase meeting, followed by class work. 

Sharon & Motown in an Improv scene






















Day 334 Friday, August 19, 2011

* I had to attend orientation for the GROW program and although it wasn't very long it gave me flash back from my last 9-5 job in 2004.

* I got creative with my camera and posted it on this transformer and timed this sweet picture. On the way back from the barber...

Motown Maurice about to catch the bus on the way back from the barber






Day 335 Saturday, August 20, 2011

* Read Post: Training in Full Affect



If you haven't read already I'm Food Stamp Rich and I'm loving it. Almost everyday this week  I went to the deli at Ralph's used my EBT card for Chicken wings, Cake (Carrot or Red Velette), water & fruit. 


Motown Maurice is living food stamp rich and is eating well.




















Waiting for Bus 81 at night from Downtown LA (Hill & 5th) to Figueroa & 98th is long and tedious but other than that life is great. I'm loving my motel more and more. I'm eating great. Most importantly I feel prosperous.

I'm much more focused on becoming a better host now. After my own session of meditation this week, I started to brain storm new ideas for my late night talk show. I'm having newer and greater visions. These are exciting moments for me. My imagination has been taking me places. 

There are a lot of stuff I'm not wasting my time on anymore. I've been graduating and focusing in on training and craft development. I will explain in my 3rd quarter evaluation soon.

On a separate note, I'm trying to weed myself out of text-ing. Not only because it always leads to trouble but mostly because so many people use it as a cowardly act. Hence to someone who text-ed me when that person should of returned my calls but its no big deal. I'm just really hoping to cut away from text-ing soon. Or at least for certain situations. We'll see how that goes.

"The path of every great person is laced with tests. Relentlessness & rigorousness tests that challenges the mind, body & soul. Persevere and each test will reward you with a new lesson and a gift to compliment your next path."

~ Motown Maurice

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Training in Full Affect

Post represents: Saturday, August 20, 2011


Below are a few behind the scene shots of the First episode of New Jack Web Attack. The person in the picture below is named New Jack.

With all the hosting experience I have, this is a new and humbling point for me. It also many involves learning curves. I have been cast for this project solely as a talent and this is a first. In the past I have been the writer, producer, director, editor and host. Now I have to learn how to quickly grasp the vision of my producer and director and translate their vision for a successful show.

I feel blessed and I know without a benefit of a doubt that this is part of the necessary training towards the journey to my destiny. As a matter of fact this is one of my 2011 goals coming to life in real time. Read Post: Specific 2011 GOALS Part 1

Introducing New Jack

New Jack is kind of cute

No body does it old school like New Jack

Related Post: Following the Paths of my Purpose

Final Thoughts

Every time I meet up with my producers I realize more and more of the potential with this project. I really feel blessed to be apart of this. There is so much more to share and I will share more in due time.

Stay tuned for the launch of New Jack Web Attack.

As the quest continue...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Monday, August 15, 2011

The New Hero of Late Night is Emerging

I am fanatically excited about this video. I shot the footage around New Years. The same time I produced this: TAMPA LOVES MOTOWN MAURICE. I wanted to put it out but oddly enough there were no enthusiasm to do so at the time. Besides I was overwhelmed with a bunch of other stuff. I decided to wait and focus on more important projects. Over 8 months later it hit like a speeding bullet. The new additions are inspired by a series of things.

1. Since The Monique Show & Lopez Tonight has been canceled, I've been notified by a few people via text and email. As a result, I planned to at least write about it in my blog. Its great to know people think about me when things stir up in the late night arena.

2. I have a news paper article pending and I thought it would be great timing to put it out.

3. The fact the I'm living motel large right with my own privacy and space, I have the accessibility to stretch out and be creative. The idea came to me Saturday night just before I sat on the toilet. That's the second time recently an idea came to me like that. (Sorry if that's too much information?)

4. Lastly, I can just let that footage collect dust. This become the perfect opportunity. This video is much  better when what I originally intended and that's great.

"I just love it when an accumulation of ideas come together!"

Check it out and let me know what you think.
 


I completed it within a day and with your help it can go viral.

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The Future of Late Night Is at Stake

As the quest continues...

The Future of Late Night

Motown Maurice

Week 47: Living Life Golden...Homeless & All

I'm living my life like its golden, homeless and all.



This has been one of the best weeks of my quest and I'm what most people would call "Homeless." I prefer to say, "I'm free and blessed."  This week only, I made a couple awesome connections with two people that I would of missed if I was spending my time in a home. 

Most days this week entailed lengthy hours at random cafes and I only managed to shower a totally of two times.  Since Sunday, I've sleeping on the floor of you know where and I never once possessed any concerns and/or interest to find a place to live. Despite these minor trials I felt free. By Tuesday, I got sick and tired of carrying my laptop everywhere. As a result, I locked it up in my storage and exonerated myself from the burdens of technology. Instead, I focused on using the internet at the library during the day with restricted amounts of time.

It was a necessary challenge because at the library my time is limited to 2 one hour sessions. Normally, I type my life away on my laptop but having put it away, I had to use it with caution and proficiency. The discipline forced me to concentrate on completing my reading of the alchemist and applying my attention to my craft as I'm suppose to. As much as I love my laptop it will be seeing the storage more often. I realized that disciplinary measures for separating ourselves from technology is very necessary. After working and living from home for several years, I know how important it is to do so. Now I've found a great tactic that seems to be helping me. 

Day 322 Sunday, August 7, 2011

* Official left the community housing facility and never turned back. 

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* Before I left, the newspaper photographer Nancy, met up with me for the last time to capture me in my living situation. She was very compassionate towards me and my situation and offered to help me several times before we parted. 

* I got a call to be on the show Operation Repo on Tuesday but it never happened. The follow up call came in late Thursday (The date of) and based on the amount of money and distance it took to get there, I believe it was meant for me not to part take in it.
  
* Later that night, I used some free movies passes and I took out a young lady I kind of indirectly met through at Born to Shine but we connected officially on Facebook. We saw Rise of the Planet of The Ages. It was my second time seeing it and her first. Off and on I desire company Since I'm A lone Ranger. I got what I desired today. Overall, it was an okay experience thus she’s young and "human." I would have been just fine to myself as I was.

Day 323 Monday, August 8, 2011

* I had an audition for an upcoming show called Man Up. The coolest thing about this audition is I repacked some of my tactics from The Craftsman Audition process.


Day 324 Tuesday, August 9, 2011

* Locked up my laptop in my storage to free myself from technology. 


* Realized CafĂ© Novel has breakfast half off from 8am-10am. It’s on now.

Day 325 Wednesday, August 10, 2011


* Rehearsal for New Jack Web Attack

Day 326 Thursday, August 11, 2011


* Lifebook Acting Class

* I checked into my motel earlier with my voucher but I still slept  in you know where for one last time. It takes an hour to get to my motel on bus and train from where I normally hang out. I didn't feel like going through all that traveling. 

Day 327 Friday, August 12, 2011

* I played tour guide for a friend of a friend and gained a new friend. Meet Jermaine from Washington, DC. I don't think I was the greatest tour guide but we had a good time talking.  

Motown Maurice & Jermaine 




















* Slept in my motel for the first time.

* Brained stormed a exciting idea for The Late Night is Too Damn Boring Campaign. I started working on it the immediate next day.

Day 328 Saturday, August 13, 2011

* Went to my storage to pick up a handful of necessary items to finally start the completion of my 2010 income taxes. With the convenience of my motel I have to take advantage and get some serious work done. I started at the Pico library in Korea Town and later took it to the motel. The photo below shows exactly how I spent most of my day traveling from place to place. Too bad I don't have a picture of me crammed up on the bus.


Motown Maurice coming from his storage on the way to the library while carry bags and a heavy box of folders. 


Motown Maurice getting work done at the Pico Library in Korea Town



 Final Thoughts

Again, despite the lack of hygienic accessibility and living room convenience, being homeless hasn't been that bad at all. I only had one audition this week and I was glad I didn't have to deal that all that hustle and shuffle of casting. God doesn't give you more than you can bare. I'm blessed, I must confess.

From an analytically point of view, I literally live in the hood right now. I've never lived in the hood before. It doesn't take much to realize when your living in the hood. The Mini-Markets and hookers working the street corner are obvious enough. The location I'm wasn't even were I was suppose to be. I got another location previously and I spent a few extra hours at The Metro Special Services just to get to change to the recommended motel Danny told me. It was unavailable and my current location was the first one that become available. Now I'm off of Figueroa and 98th street.

During my first day at the Community Housing Facility I evaluated my purpose for being there. It was later revealed to me through my connection with Mbeti Hitt on why I was placed there. Now I'm in the hood but why I am here? I am so developed as a being on this earth that I know with a benefit of a doubt that every last person and situation in my life has a divine purpose.

Will I influence the mind of a young man and show the way to become a great person.

Or will I come a positive influence for a young lady that doesn't realize or self worth?

I don't know yet. For now I'm just going to be attentive, open and obedient. I am very curious to find out just as well as you are. As soon as I get my taxes done among other things, I'm going to walk the streets more often, go to the library across the street and probably attend a few of the dozen churches on my block alone.

What ever the future holds I'm excited and looking forward to it.

As the quest continues...

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