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Multi-Award Winning Artist Conya Doss is very excited about life right now. With the April 2012 release of her 6th album, Pocketful of Purpose, daily joys of her young son, global philanthropic efforts, and being very comfortable with her authentic self, Conya knows that her best years are ahead of her. After over a decade creating music that her loyal fan-base can't help but love, she delivers an 11-song compilation that showcases her wide vocal range. This project teases music lovers as she takes listeners on a sojourn to lands where love reigns and individualism is celebrated. As an Artist who strives to be transparent and real, she lays down tracks from a "situational perspective" - further ensuring industry nods and accolades from the likes of Michael Baisden, Avant, Raheem DeVaughn, Indie Arie and Anthony Hamilton. Singing since she was five, Doss' musical influences run the gamut of Donnie Hathaway, Stevie Wonder, Natalie Cole, Chaka Khan, Prince, and Sade. In a Soul Train.com interview Conya states that "I had exposure to a wide genre of music from Nina Simone to Stevie Wonder to Charlie Pride to Steely Dan. The music that I create has a touch of everything. I call it "Musical Gumbo." Music just gives me a feeling that's connected with my soul, so much emotion. I want my music to inspire, just as I was inspired by those who were before me." She attended the Cleveland School of the Arts along with Avant, became a teacher of children with special needs in the Cleveland
Public School system, and began using music in her classroom as a way to connect with her students. The world
industry…from recording to hiring producers to PR, etc.... There were many people who doubted my approach, which just increased my drive. After my
owes thanks to a heartfelt letter from one
child was born, there was doubt that I could
of her students which inspired her debut
continue… I just stay on the grind.
album "A Poem About Ms. Doss". Tell us about some of your career
In 2001, Conya started her own recording label Conya Doss Songs and began recording her first album. Despite industry pressure to adapt to become mainstream, Doss chooses to "keep it real" and trust that her destined musical path will be realized.
accomplishments? Releasing all of my projects has been quite the accomplishment and to receive notoriety without a large machine has been quite rewarding. Working with artists whom I admire, such as Dwele, on the McDonald’s McCafe commercial was surreal. Also, sharing the stage with so many artists that I admire has been an honor as well. Beyond the
Describe your career so far as an artist? It’s been a journey as life usually is. I have had my ups and downs but overall it’s been great to be able to create music that is well received by people, worldwide. I’ve been blessed to be able to work with some very talented individuals What unique experience can you tell the readers about in your career? My first project was released through a major label where I had everyone else handling everything. When I decided to release the next project independently, I had no idea of what it involved but it’s been a positive learning experience as I now know more about the business aspects of the music
music, being able to participate with BET’s RAP-ItUp program has been wonderful as I have been able to give back. Lastly, having a story of resilience and life experiences is priceless. What are your short term goals in your career and what are your long term goals also? My goal is to continue to grow and inspire others with the gift of music that God has given me. What do you feel are the good aspects of the career you have chosen for yourself? The good aspects are staying true to myself and following my vision. What motivates you in your career on a daily basis? My life experiences and talking to others about their experiences inspire me every day.
What do you consider to be your
What type of support system did
weakness in your career and
you get as you grew up in school
how do you work on strengthen
and at home?
this weakness each day? My mother has always been my I count my drive and not resting
greatest cheerleader as well as
until my work is done both a
peers and teachers encouraging
strength and weakness, which
me constantly. I grew up in a
my body tells me, “Okay, Conya
community where neighbors were
enough. You have to wait
like second parents, as well as
another day to complete this
aunts and grandparents.
task”. LOL What do you feel you bring to your What do you feel is the next step
career and what do you feel you
for you in your career choice?
have contributed to others in your field?
Just to keep creating music and seek other avenue to extend the
I bring transparency and
music in other areas.
inspiration, through my music. I also motivate others to persevere.
What is your normal day like at work?
What advice can give our readers to the choice they make in their
There is not any normal day. I
career and the choice they make in
just do whatever I have to do and
their educational growth?
when my tasks are complete, then I’m done.
Stay true to yourself and get an education as it is very important
What do you feel is the most
not matter what field you choose.
memorable time in your childhood that set you on your goal of being successful in your career choice?
What do you feel is your biggest competitor in your field and what do you do to overcome those competitors?
Singing “I Got Love On My Mind” around my family and them
Myself. Sometimes, I can get in
cheering me on.
my own way by being too critical of my work.
How do you feel is the state of the music industry and how do you feel about the amount of reality shows dealing with music? It’s in a funny place. There are pros and cons. The Internet has helped artists such as me; however, there is still a struggle with soul music being exposed in a wider spectrum. Have you considered entering any of the reality music shows and which one would you consider being on? Why consider that reality show? I haven’t considered this. However, I would not rule it out. As a mentor and leader in your industry what type of leadership example is best to exhibit for our youth? To stay positive and keep in mind that others are influenced by your music, so it is necessary to be mindful in addition to staying true to yourself. Can you tell our readers some of the projects you are currently working n and how they are coming along? We’re wrapping up the next video single which is very exciting. I am also working on my next album, launching a radio show, and collaborating with BET’s Rap-It-Up campaign… just to name a few.
I noticed that you attended the Cleveland School of Arts can you tell us about how things were for you at this school? I met a lot of great people there and my class was like family. I learned so much from my peers and I also learned that there is always someone who is equally as talented, therefore having drive is so necessary. So can you tell us what your recording label has done since its beginning in 2001 and what is the plan for the recording label? To keep recording and perhaps take on other artist who have a desire to create music independently. Are you planning on making any appearances on stage in 2013 and where can we look to see you? Definitely! Management is working on next yearâ€™s schedule. Updates will be posted on my Conya Doss fanpage and website at www.conyadoss.com.
Lisa Yolanda George, fondly known as Lisa Gee or LG, has decades of international travelling under her belt, which has allowed her to witness the many ailments of the world such as chronic poverty, hunger, inadequate health care, inadequate housing, and issues that affect youth. Lisa has always enjoyed working with underserved communities, in both volunteer and employment positions -- as a result, she has put in thousands of hours of work for the American Red Cross, on CDC-funded projects, with various hospitals, clinics, and laboratories, community based organizations, and campaigns. In her “previous life”, as a Program Manager, she enhanced program growth by 70% and strengthened collaborative relationships to the end goal of “making big things bigger. Her love for social causes led her to become a member of Chicago's HIV Prevention Planning Group and elected Co-chair of the Gap Analysis/Needs Assessment Committee and Executive Committee. In this capacity, she was involved in the priority setting process and helped determine where limited resources will go towards HIV prevention. She served in similar positions for over ten years. Her passion for fighting social ills continues to spill over into various areas. Her journey has taken several twists including thinking she wanted to be a physician when younger, grantwriting, and wondering if and how she could combine her various loves. Today, she heads up ConnectingYOUto PR Firm which focuses on developing marketing, advertising, and PR programs for and with Fortune 500, high-profile individuals, nonprofit and government clients. Her knack for seeing the impossible and creating effective PR campaigns came from her years of working with non-profits to “tap into the mindset” of target populations with key health messages. Under her guidance, ConnectingYOUto PR Firm gets people noticed.
This requires people reading my autobiography when I write it in a few years. LOL. There is not one thing. My parents, international traveling, growing up around music, and being creative in many ways being exposed to different things. I think these things somehow came together to play a role, in the success of my career choice. When I look back, at my life, a lot of occurrences make sense now – the dots connect. It was a journey though. I once thought I wanted to be a physician. Go figure. (Pictured above) Lisa George with Alexander Hamilton
Escapades: What type of support system did you Escapades: Lisa can you describe your career to us? Getting companies and individuals noticed! Public Relations is the name for it. LOL. It involves getting “entities” noticed, in a manner that reflects the essence of whom or what they are and their end goals. It also involves truly getting to know your client, keeping a pulse on a lot, being savvy, maintaining ongoing key relationships, being creative and flexible, and having fun with it. LOL. Oh, and having the ability to identify unique opportunities and work closely with the client. Lastly, but definitely not least, being honest with the client, as part of successful PR involves a mutually respectable and goal-oriented relationship with the client. Escapades: What do you feel is the most memorable time in your childhood that set you on your goal of being successful in
get as you grew up in school and at home? I have the best family (extended and immediate). My parents and siblings. They encouraged raising bars, surpassing goals, believing in myself, and living out your dreams while … they don’t encourage a belief system that leads away from success. We laugh a lot and have loads of fun. By extension, my son, boyfriend, and some really kick-butt friends have joined this circle of love. Escapades: What unique experience can you tell the readers about in your career? I get to have loads of fun every day because I am doing what I love and get to work with the most creative, real, funny, and hard-working people. Also, the clients that I work with tend to be really wholesome and have a sincere desire to have a positive impact, on the world. So helping them strengthen their brand is really nice as I get to help make people more aware of them and their “works”.
your career choice?
Escapades: Tell us about some of your
professors about McDonald’s and their
suppliers. For some of these suppliers, McDonald’s is there only client. Wouldn’t you
Wow, honestly, there are many. I have been privileged to work with many Fortune 500 companies over the years to help them gain visibility for their cause campaigns. In this respect, I have connected celebrities and sponsors, with the biggest hearts to such causes to help make the campaign more successful. I think this is where one’s definition of success and accomplishments
want to keep that client happy? Escapades: What do you feel are the good aspects of the career you have chosen for yourself and what are the bad aspects of the career you have chosen? I get to do what I love and love doing it! It encompasses so many things that kinda defines
comes in. Knowing that I played a role, in helping make something successful always makes me feel accomplished… whether it is the number of people, product placement, raising funds for something… Hearing the excitement, in a client’s voice is also something I treasure. Escapades: What are your short-term goals in your career and what are your long term goals also?
Grammy nominated Syleena Johnson and nationally – renowned singer Terisa Griffin at
Truthfully, they are the same. This answer
Magic Johnson Point Forward Day - 2011
may annoy my former business class professors. LOL. My short-term goal is to keep my current clients happy and my longterm goal is the same. Happy clients stick around and I have always wanted to maintain a small firm, with a few happy clients. Of course, for each client, there are specific goals that we have and my plan is to make sure those are surpassed. That way, I can keep doing what I love and balance my life, in a way that is truly important to me. I have always loved the story told during class, many moons ago, by one of my
me such as music, philanthropy, creativity, challenges (yes, even these – LOL), writing, working with cool people, and being able to define my day. I won’t say that there are bad aspects of being a business owner however; one must be prepared to be truly disciplined and be familiar with many, if not all aspects of your business operations such as legal, accounting, IT, HR, and so much more. But I will take that over not owning my own business any day.
Escapades: What motivates you in your career on a daily basis? To continue creating the life that I want and do what I love. It’s just that simple. The freedom that comes with running your own business is exhilarating! I also want my son to get a peek into different ways of working and knowing that one can create the life that they desire. Escapades: What do you consider to be your weakness in your career and how do you work on strengthening this weakness each day? I stopped believing in weaknesses a while ago. I sometimes want to believe in something more than a person but I successfully fight that. This deserves an example. I have worked with companies that
(Picture above)Lisa George with performers and presenters.
were quite capable of getting funding or sponsorship for an event but for whatever reason, they didn’t want it as badly as I did.
Escapades: What is your normal day like
The result is that my time was spent in ways
that shouldn’t have been and the funding not received. It’s a mutual partnership and I look
I don’t think there are normal days in PR.
for that, in all my clients.
There’s a lot of follow-up, following new leads, paying attention to the pulse of the
Escapades: What do you feel is the next step
industry and world at-large, networking,
for you in your career choice?
checking that my company’s actions are in line with each client’s strategic plan,
Well, that’s an easy answer since this is my
keeping myself organized, keeping a level-
career choice. Of course, we never know
head, and honestly having fun. I tend to
what twist life may throw at you but I have a
laugh a lot with my colleagues and clients,
strong feeling that the only thing that will
on a daily basis.
change, is the nature of PR in our rapidly changing world.
competition! Escapades: I see you have worked with Fortune 500 companies and high profile individuals; along with other companies such as non-forprofit and government agencies. What do you feel is the reason why companies continue to come to you? What type of service is it that makes them return? (What I am getting at is most companies that deal with major companies and individuals such as you have begun to lose that personal touch of service. What makes you grounded and stay the course of the personal touch?) I’m real and personable. And I treat people the way I’d like to be treated. People like people and continue (Pictured above) Part of the team.
to work with people that they like. I immerse myself in the essence of a company and its
Escapades: Can you tell us how you
staff. I also bring a high level of integrity,
came to the idea of starting
professionalism, and personal touch to my work
ConnectingYOUto PR firm? What drives
while realizing and often surpassing goals. I
the concept of your firm compared to
also don’t have a problem doing menial work to
some of your competition in the PR
get the job done. Lastly, but certainly not least, I
I have always been a connector and am
Escapades: Do you try to stay within a certain
pretty good at it. I love connecting great
type of clientele in your PR firm? And if not how
things, people, and companies to others
do you pick one client over another; because
doing great things. It just sort of came to
you can’t handle everyone all the time and still
me after doing it for so many years.
offer the best service? As a lesson learned by
ConnectingYOUto connects entities to
business owners “You can’t please everyone”.
media, sponsorship, other entities, etc. That’s what we do! I think the world
I tend to attract people who seem to share the
could be in such a better place if we
same life goal. I can safely say that most of my
collaborated better than we do now.
past and current clients have genuine hearts,
Regarding the “competition”,
are goal oriented, and enjoy true partnerships. I
ConnectingYOUTo is it’s only
tend to stay away from entities that do not want
“it” badly enough because then we are not in
a partnership and unnecessary challenges
Escapades: What do you feel you bring to your
arise in trying to reach goals.
career and what do you feel you have contributed to others in your field?
Escapades: How has the recession affected your business in regards to clients spending
I motivate others, through my actions and words.
funds for marketing?
I dare people to think outside the box and look into “other ponds” when looking to enhance
Truthfully, I lost all of my clients, at the
one’s brand. The world continues to rapidly
beginning of the recession because they
change. So I think people need to keep the “old”
were affected. But that was good for me
ways in mind, but adapt, in a strategic manner.
because I learned a lot and am now better
When I say “old”, that could be two years ago.
business operator. Businesses should be
prepared for all types of economic
Escapades: Can you explain the academic
conditions and that I am. I’m also much
background it takes to do your specific
happier now with the make-up of my clients
job/career and what is the future of continuing
because I am staying true to myself and
education look forward to for people in your
what I love doing. I also feel more secure of
my operations and continually strive to make them better.
I was biology major, in college and furthered my education with business and public health, so I
Escapades: What do you feel is your biggest
do not have formal PR “training” with regards to
competitor in your field and what do you do
education. Mine was more hands-on when I
to overcome those competitors?
worked for non-profit organizations on social marketing campaigns with the goal of “tapping”
I am my only competition. I think Oprah said
the mindset of the target audience. Social
something like that years ago and I
marketing involves the art of persuasion, social
embraced that fully. If I spent time looking
perceptiveness, critical thinking, active listening,
at what other entities are doing, then I won’t
writing, analysis, problem solving, coordination,
focus on doing what I need to as much. The
and so much more. Its activities parallel that of
world has enough for everyone so I firmly
public relations. However, one can get a college
believe that if you do your ultimate best and
degree in public relations, journalism,
are prepared, “your time” will come… over
advertising, or communication. Internships are
and over again. Now, I do pay attention to
also great hands-on learning experiences. There
the industry trends and offerings but I don’t
are also certificate programs out there.
focus on others. That requires discipline
Escapades: What advice can give our readers to the choice they make in their career and the choice they make in their educational growth? Follow your heart and believe that you can achieve what you desire to. Look at what it is that makes your heart soar and do everything that you can to make it happen. Pay attention to the offerings of the world, be honest with yourself, and align yourself with people that will stretch you... teach you… and encourage your inner eagle to soar. Escapades: As a mentor and leader in your industry/career what type of leadership example is best to exhibit for our youth? A leader should be able to actively listen. They should also know when to yield, learn, and be quiet… know that there is not necessarily always a right way… keep the big picture in mind and treat people right. Oh and say thank you. People don’t do that enough anymore.
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and/or sour cream and pass crushed red pepper. Makes 4 main dish servings. From the test kitchen Variation Chili for Two: Prepare as above, except divide all ingredients in half. Variation
Chili Makes: 4 servings Prep: 15 mins. Cook: 20 mins. Ingredients 1 Pound lean ground beef ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper (1 small) ½ cup chopped onion (1 medium) 4 cloves garlic, minced 1 15 ounce canned tomato sauce 1 15 ounce canned red kidney beans, undrained 1 14 1/2 ounce canned diced tomatoes, Urban Chefs undrained 2 – 3 Teaspoons chili powder ½ teaspoon salt ½ teaspoon dried basil, crushed ¼ Teaspoon ground black pepper Shredded cheddar cheese (optional) Chopped onion (optional) Dairy sour cream (optional) Crushed red pepper (optional) Directions In a 3-quart saucepan cook and stir ground beef, sweet pepper, 1/2 cup chopped onion, and the garlic over medium heat until meat is brown and onion is tender. Drain off fat. Stir in tomato sauce, undrained beans, undrained tomatoes, chili powder, salt, basil, and black pepper. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Simmer covered cheese, chopped onion,
Cincinnati-Style Chili: Prepare as above, except omit sweet pepper, basil, and optional garnishes. Add 1 to 2 tablespoons unsweetened cocoa powder, 1 tablespoon cider vinegar, 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce, 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice, 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin, and 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper with the tomato sauce. To serve, place 1/2-cup hot cooked spaghetti on each of 4 serving plates; make an indentation in center of each portion. Top each serving with some of the chili, 1 to 2 tablespoons shredded cheddar cheese, 1 to 2 tablespoons chopped onion, and/or 1/4 cup additional kidney beans. Nutrition facts (Chili) Servings per Recipe 4
Calories 381, Protein (gm) 32, Carbohydrate (gm) 35, Fat, total (gm) 15, Cholesterol (mg) 71, Saturated fat (gm) 6, Dietary Fiber, total (gm) 9, Sodium (mg) 1265, Potassium (mg) 905, Calcium (DV %) 111, Iron (DV %) 5, Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000-calorie diet Recipe supplied by Urban Chefs. What did you think of this recipe? Share your thoughts and rate it now.
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½ Pound Lean ground beef ½ Cup chopped onion 1 Clove garlic minced 7 cups water 1 (14.5 oz.) Urban Chefs Whole Tomatoes undrained cut into pieces ½ cup Barley uncooked ½ cup sliced celery ½ cup sliced carrots Beef bouillon cubes ½ dried basil crushed 1 Bay leaf 1 (9oz) pkg. Frozen mixed vegetables In a 4-quiart saucepan or Dutch oven, brown meat. Add onion and garlic until onion is tender. Drain Stir in remaining ingredients except frozen vegetable. Cover bring to a boil. Reduce heat simmer 50-60 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add frozen vegetable: cook about 10 minutes or until vegetable are tender. Additional water may be added if soup becomes too thick upon standing: MAKES 12 (1 CUP) SERVING Recipe supplied by Urban Chefs. What did you think of this recipe? Share your thoughts and rate it now.
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church, or any outings. Her father now deceased; mother to this day is a diva and will not have any excuses on showing any signs of lacking on her appearance, courage and wisdom. Viola is the eighth child out of nine children, and very blessed that she came from a strong, supportive, loving family. She grew up on the south side of Chicago, left at an early age then moved to Oregon, Viola was always known as a trendsetter growing up and kept her following. Viola got her first start into makeup Viola Nicholson is a makeup artist/innovator, mom, entrepreneur who loves the beauty-fashion industry. She grew up surrounded around beautiful women, and well dressed men. With that she always had a passion for fashion and makeup. As a little girl she always remember her parents never leaving out the house very well groomed taking the family to school,
professionally 21, while being a Fashion/Print Model. She always had her motherâ€™s makeup bag for every shoot at that time the artists werenâ€™t educated on women of color. She always had to do her own makeup, a photographer notice her craft and told her to seek it professionally. She did and can recall her first job behind a makeup counter, and with her style, smile and warmth her reputation grew and her clientele. She's worked for Fashion Fair, Este lauder,
Prescriptives, MAC, Christian Dior, and
Steel Mill Worker, Appearances Always
Bobbi Brown. She freelanced also
Made Huge Impact On My Family, My
throughout her career, and will always give a
Mother Kept She Together.
special thanks to Reggie Wells for allowing her to share her vision on what the industry
Escapades: What type of support system
is missing (A Day Of Beauty With Reggie
did you get as you grew up in school and
Wells) and being her mentor, Sam Fine (A
Fine Day Of Beauty, With Sam Fine) for
Viola Nicholson: I always was pretty
taking the time out on educating her and the
much popular in school, trendy in school
invite to Atlanta for his seminar. She
and at home, my family loved to hear
returned back to work with her Mentors and
other goals; especially my two brothers.
Created Events for All to Enjoy. Get inspired
Close in age
and pursue their Goals. And with that vision she Developed Line of Cosmetic brushes. Brushes by Viola... Viola's goal is to bring any image to a different level in life, whether you are a Politician, Musician, Teacher, Parent, Stylist, Designer, Writer, Chef any walk of life she can bring out the best in you. Viola is currently working on her Non for Profit for the male youth and is continuing being a mentor for other great aspiring artists.
Escapades: Can you explain the academic background it takes to do your specific job/career and what is the future of continuing education look forward to for people in your field? Viola Nicholson: I Was A Nursing Student, Model Part Time. Professionally Modeling. Early 90s, They Didn’t Have African Americans Teaching Beauty in the Northwest (Oregon).Many Levels in
Viola Nicholson’s Educational
This Industry. Encourage All To Learn
Business/Management. Chemistry, Public Relation, Marketing, Engineer,
Escapades: What do you feel is the most
memorable time in your childhood that set you on your goal of being successful
Viola Nicholson’s Career Choice
in your career choice? Escapades: Viola can you describe your Viola Nicholson: My Father Started His
career so far as a makeup artist?
Own Business From Scratch. Former
Viola Nicholson: So Far. I’m truly blessed. Grown Into My Own. By 36
Learning From The Best, Surrounded Myself/Craft Around Knowledge Wisdom.
Viola Nicholson: I’m here. Someone Finally Here to Share Blessings for All to
Escapades: Tell us about some of your
Grow. Believe There Is Room to Expand
Viola Nicholson: Well Getting Hired On
Escapades: What do you feel is the next
As a Professional Artist. Since
step for you in your career choice?
1991...Most Women Of Color Never Last In The Beauty Industry Without Going
Viola Nicholson: Continue Networking
With Fellow Artists Different Countries.
Escapades: What are your short-term
Viola Nicholson’s Career Motivation
goals in your career and what are your
Escapades: What motivates you in your
long-term goals also?
career on a daily basis?
Viola Nicholson: I want to see the Next
Viola Nicholson: Expressions On What I
Viola. Continue Sharing My Craft &Vision
See On Everyday People. Reaching Out
To All. So Many Eager Aspiring Artists.
To Everyday People. Engaging To All
That Are Ready. Need Mentoring. Us to Listen...
Escapades: What do you consider to be your weakness in your career and how
Escapades: What do you feel are the
do you work on strengthen this
good aspects of the career you have
weakness each day?
chosen for yourself and what are the bad aspects of the career you have chosen?
Viola Nicholson: Doors Still Need To Be Open. I’m working on Getting More
Viola Nicholson: Good Thing I’m
Following My Heart and Dream. Bad Aspect. My Son Had To Wait Up Late
Escapades: What do you feel is your
For Me From Long Hours.
biggest competitor in your field and what do you do to overcome those
Escapades: What do you feel you bring to your career and what do you feel you have contributed to others in your field? 37
Viola Nicholson: I’m My Own Competitor. I’m Much Harder On Myself. I Challenged Myself to see if I can Capture Chicago/Midwest 10yrs.ago.I Did It. Escapades: How do you feel is the state of the fashion/make up industry?
Viola’s Mentoring Advice Escapades: As a mentor and leader in your industry/career what type of leadership example is best to exhibit for our youth? Viola Nicholson: Reach Out To Them.
Viola Nicholson: Quality. I’m All about
Share Show Our Youth We Love Them
Class & Professionalism. Sort Out The
and We Are Here, We All Can Learn
Quality Artists and Fashion.
From Our Youth As Well. They Give Me Hope. I Give That Love Back By
Escapades: In regards to the various
reality shows out there such as Tyra’s Top Model how do you think the make-up
Escapades: What advice can give our
business turned out?
readers to the choice they make in their career and the choice they make in their
Viola Nicholson: She Gave It A Huge
Boost. Tyra Is A Business Woman. Viola Nicholson: Do Not Give Up. Network with the Right People. Stay Connected.
Together, That’s How You Build. Escapades: What did you get out of
Brushes By Viola’s Future
working for some of the other fashion companies such as Fashion Fair, Estee
Escapades: Can you tell our readers some
Lauder, Christian Dior, and MAC? And
of the projects you are currently working on
what are you finding is the best
and how they are coming along?
advantages you have taken from each one to your own line?
Viola Nicholson: Right now I’m working on Several Productions with Fashion Legend
Viola Nicholson: Each Line
and Makeup Artists That Is Set in spring
Accomplished Their Goal, Since Majority
2013, Relaunching My New Line Brushes
Companies Are Owned By Lauder &
L’Oreal...It’s great to understand the History behind Each One, Why They
Escapades: Viola we would like to thank
Create It and Still Going Strong over
you for sharing some time with us here on
Decades in the Business. I Learned from
this interview and we wish you all the
That. My Late Father Said to Me
success. We also hope that you will stay in
“Understand the Business”. Let Them
touch and let us know some of your
Understand “Viola”. Work Effectively
accomplishments in the fashion industry.
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Escapades: In high school and in college who was your mentor? Who did you look up to for motivation in your career choice and why? In high school my dreams were so random and interchangeable that I had many mentors. I dreamed of being a Teacher and Writer so the Senior English teacher Mrs. Johnson was my mentor then. I wanted to sing, so I looked up to Brandy. But as far as modeling goes my mentor, from afar, was Tyra Banks. This was before “America’s Next Top Model”… and before Google had been created. I had to dig up info on her at my neighborhood public library, and in the magazines at the convenient stores. She was my Idol as a teen, and still is today. Escapades: What were your best subject and your worse subject? And why? How did you overcome dealing with your worse subject? My best subject was English. I’ve always loved to write so it came natural to me. But I can’t say the same for Geography. It took a lot of studying, and staring at maps before I started to understand. I contacted my Geography teacher for help. She was more than happy to do so. In the end, I earned a 44
B. It’s not quite an A, but I accepted it considering that I know I really tried. Escapades: What was your most memorable moment that made your decision to pick the career of fashion? Well, I had a passion for modeling since I was 9 years old. I was over 20 when I finally jumped in though. It was actually an accident. A cousin of mine had taken an interest in photography and asked if he could take some images of me. He posted the images on Facebook and the rest is history. The most memorable moment didn’t come until the next morning when I logged into Facebook and saw that I had hundreds of requests from Models, Photographers and Promoters… and people that just wanted to support my career. It was an awesome feeling! And at that moment I began to accept that a career had started and I decided to take it on at full force. Escapades: If you would have to pick another career other than fashion what career choice would you pick and why? I would choose to sing. I have the talent to sing, and write. So maybe one day that will come true as well.
Escapades: What advice can you give our young and adult readers in regards to education, career, and family? Education is the key to life. Some like to say that school isn’t for them, but I say school is for EVERYONE. All it takes is 4 years of your adult life to get your Bachelors, so why not? It could mean the difference of choosing a career, or getting a job. Escapades: What is your best advice for our young readers about dealing with bullying and peer pressure? Never succumb to peer pressure. Be yourself! With that in mind, it is simple to say no to things that you know are not “you”. If you’re being pressured to do something, the person pressuring is not your friend in the first place. Find new friends. When it comes to bullying tell someone! Talk to someone at home; talk about your feelings, talk about why you think they’re bullying you. Go to the dean at your school and let them know you’re being bullied. If its cyber bullying contact the police. Since 2009 Cyber bullying has been a serious offense all across America. It’s considered a felony in some states.
Escapades: What is your normal day
Constance Renee they will always get!
in the life of a fashion model and what do you like about it and what do you
Escapades: How were you discovered in
not like about it?
the fashion industry and what did you have to do from beginning to end to make it in the
My normal day consists of promoting
fashion industry to get to the point that you
and networking. A model’s job is 24/7.
are at right now?
Even when I’m taking care of other business, my eyes are open for
Well, as I mentioned about my memorable
networking opportunities, and paid
moment, I was discovered by accident.
Monty Montgomery was one of the people who had joined my Facebook friends. I
Escapades: Can you tell us what your
started to do a series of photo shoots with
ultimate goal in the fashion industry is
him which brought my agent to me. Byron of
and what are your next actual steps to
LBMG has believed in me from day one! I
achieve that goal(s)?
thank him for his support and encouragement, as the opportunities he’s sent my way.
My ultimate goal is to become a house hold name. To achieve that, I remain consistent so my fans are not surprised by sudden/random moves I make. In order to do so, I express the real me. The Constance Renee they know is the
in topics from Real Estate, Health Wellness and Fitness, Boating and Marine Life, and another about Antique Collection. I also have a TV series I am developing about characters and players in the Legalized Marijuana business, and a reality series about six families that spend their summer Owner of KDH Media. Currently producing "The Network" Relationship TV show. Also producing and developing other film and TV projects. Have previously worked as a TV News Anchor/Reporter for Network Affiliates around the country. Hosted an
on Martha’s Vineyard. And finally I have a Relationship show that helps couples improve their relationships before and or after marriage. Oh, and I have a magazine featuring aspects of West Indian life in the Caribbean and a couple of screenplays which I won’t go into what they’re about here.
Entertainment Magazine TV show produced in Boston called "The Unscene".
What unique experience can you tell the
Produced and Anchored TV news show for
readers about in your career?
NASA. Well, my career has evolved and has had Describe your career as the owner of KDH
many facets. I began as a writer and became
Media and what that entails?
an actor, then became a director and producer. Then I went back to school to
KDH Media is my baby. It’s the entity that
study TV journalism (And worked as a radio
allows me to produce programming the way I
personality while in school) then I became a
see fit. It’s all about creating relationships
TV News Reporter. My first big story was
with people who are interested in any
covering the events of 9/11. I was living in
manner of film and video production for their
Birmingham Alabama working for NBC at the
own professional needs. It’s also the
time. That was such a crazy and intense
company that is behind many of my own
time for people working in News for obvious
productions. I am currently developing and
reasons. It was such a huge story with many
producing four local TV shows. They range
stories of heroism and tragedy that came out of it.
My next big story that took
And the show also had a
Boston until I was hired to
place also while living in
celebrity segment. We
produce commercials and
Birmingham was covering the
featured folks like John
corporate videos for a company
murder trial of Bobby Frank
Legend, India Arie and
in Charleston South Carolina.
Cherry, and Thomas Blanton Jr. The Rock. The show was
Then I left there to write
They are the two ex Ku Klux
produce and anchor the TV
great and very ambitious
Klan members who bombed the but as it happens some
news show for NASA. The
16th Street Baptist Church killing times, it was canceled
studio is at the NASA/Langley
four young African American
after the first season.
Air Force Base in Hampton
girls back in 1963. I went on to
Tell us about some of
Virginia (where I still live) that
stations with different network
was extremely interesting and
affiliations in Raleigh/Durham
fun. The main objective of the
North Carolina, Charleston
show was to highlight and
South Carolina and Norfolk
feature the latest research and
Virginia. I covered other
discoveries from all ten NASA
national stories from the I-95
centers nationwide. The
Sniper Shooter to the Gulf War
mandate we had from the
to the Anthrax threats. And local
Obama Administration was to
stories from a Mayoral
create a program to get K-12
candidate accused and
students interested in STEM
convicted of murdering his wife,
to poultry worker strikes, to the
Engineering and Math)
phenomenon of adult thumb
Education. Eventually (during
sucking. I next took a job hosting an entertainment magazine TV
your career accomplishments?
budget cutbacks) NASA pulled the funding and the show ended. I now work for WSKY
show produced in Boston. It
Specifically can you tell
SKY4-TV (Virginia’s last
was a great show that
us about your time as an
Independent TV station) as an
highlighted the unique
anchor and producer for
Account Executive. I sell
accomplishments of African
the news for NASA?
advertising time for commercial
American’s that many have never heard of. We featured a woman who owns a beer brewery in Harlem, New York to a man who built a business providing inexpensive gourmet meals to underprivileged families, to a racecar driver.
And also tell us about your current television show “The Network”? I went on to teach Communications at a Community College in
clients. I also write, direct and produce many of my client’s commercials.
What are your short-term goals in your career and what are your long-term goals also?
where some people you never
very organized. But I work
expect to see again, show up!
on it daily. Also, something
What motivates you in your
that cannot be overstated is
career on a daily basis?
remembering people’s names when introduced or
I wake up everyday expecting
when you meet them.
something new and exciting
People love to hear their
to happen, and it usually
name and are always impressed when you remember it, especially after
My journey is ongoing.
just a single meeting. Find
Eventually I will be writing and
ways to remember names.
making movies full time. That
It takes work but is always
has always been my goal. I’ve
worth the effort. Make word
just taken a very unorthodox
associations to remember
route to get there.
What do you feel are the good aspects of the career you have chosen for yourself and what
What is your normal day like
are the bad aspects of the
career you have chosen? It starts with answering It’s all been a fantastic learning
emails and phone
experience. You can always
messages. No day is the
learn from experiences. Even if your experiences aren’t exactly
what you want to do, there are always aspects of the
What do you consider to be
experiences or people that I’ve
your weakness in your career
met that have been valuable
and how do you work on
assets when you least expect
strengthen this weakness
them. Especially when I was freelancing in NYC. Many of the
jobs I landed were because of
I am terribly disorganized.
people I had met along the way.
And with so many things on
Never underestimate the power
my plate, it is an area I really
of networking and knowing a lot
can’t afford to be less than
of people. You will be surprised
same. There are usually meetings about current and
upcoming projects, sales meetings with management or clients. Then there is a lot of script writing and production either in the studio or on location. What do you feel is the most memorable time in your childhood that set you on your goal of being successful in your career choice? I was in a play at the college where my father was teaching. They needed a child for the production and I got the part. The first time I walked out on that stage and felt the audience, I was hooked. Then I saw “The Wiz” on Broadway staring Stephanie Mills as Dorothy. I fell completely in love with the theatre after that, and couldn’t get enough. I was in every school production and eventually got an agent. What type of support system did you get as you grew up in school and at home? My parents were supportive but hoped I would study something in school to “fall back on” I do not think they were happy when I dropped out of school to move to NYC to be an actor. What do you feel you bring to your career and what do you feel you have contributed to others in your field? I bring lots of experience. I have helped others stay motivated to pursue their dreams too.
What advice can you give our readers to
Can you explain the academic background it
the choice they make in their career and
takes to do your specific job/career and what is
the choice they make in their educational
the future of continuing education look forward to
for people in your field?
Learn as much as possible about things
Study Mass Communications and Journalism. In
you care about and things you don’t. It’s
most cases a bachelor degree is a must. I have a
best to be as well rounded as possible.
Once you decide what you do want to do or go after, go after it hard! Make it your
What are some of your favorite television shows
passion! Learn all you can about it and
that are out now; such as reality shows and
about others who are doing it! Get as many mentors as you can in the field. Never stop learning.
television series? Also, are you familiar with the new stations that are out such as ME-TV, Bounce TV, and other stations similar that are bringing
What do you feel is your biggest
back shows like the Jeffersons, Good Times,
competitor in your field and what do you do
Knight Rider, Star Trek and other shows from the
to overcome those competitors?
60s and 70s? What do you think of these stations?
Especially knowing that the network (television and movie) business is so
Stations that carry the nostalgic shows are great
competitive already. I don’t worry about
for reminiscing and for younger people to see
that and just do my best work.
what we were watching back in the day! My favorite shows are “Mad Men” “Boardwalk Empire”
How do you feel the state of the
I especially enjoy any show where the direction
television/film industry is today and how do
and writing is above the usual TV drama
you feel the future looks with all of the various internet television websites; such as Fancast (Xfinity), and other websites? Everything is going online. Everything. It’s all about convenience of delivery and convenience of viewing. It doesn’t bother me. It’s just the way it is and where it’s going.
standards. We would like to thank Kurt Hogan for spending the time to do this interview with us here at Escapades. We wish him all the success and happiness in his career.
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