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So I had to moved on..
I went on to the Dell card and and purchased items to make money.
Ink cartridges: black&white, color
Paper: various sizes [a] business cards [b] for promotional purposes
Video Recorder [UltraHD]
live audio devices [Yamaha Pocketrack CX] for live shows
I put this together for my uncle Bruce
My uncle Bruce ' the Robin Hood of the hood, and my favorite uncle when I was growing up ' lived and worked in Olde Town Portsmouth. He was a Muslim. He was very well respected throughout the city. He had a variety of trades.. Here is a picture of Bruce . He was Mr. Fix it seen above in the picture. He worked for a Realtor in Olde Town, Portsmouth. He walked me in the office and introduced me to the people that he was working for, and it looked very nice. He did residential and commercial work. I worked with him a couple of times - one time in 2002' and another time in 2004'. The work I did above was done around Oct, 2009. We stopped interacting because my mother felt she should be the middle-woman in our business relationship. She told me she didn't want him coming to the house. She wanted transaction to go through her. I didn't/don't want her in my business then now or in the future, especially after she messed up my last plan which involved me connecting with family and enormous risk.
I took it like she was too interested in my business. I'm the King over myself and my business. She was saying if you want to deal with family, you have to move through me.
I offered Bruce a media show opportunity & photographical work but in exchange I wanted to use his apartment to record music project.
I offered him a talk [community-conscious] show with me producing it. I had the cameras and resources to get things going until Bruce did well enough to do it on his own. I told him there are better people out there but I could get him started for free. I told him just let me use your apartment to record artists. He had an excellent location. It couldn't be any better with a better person. I was thinking of starting off with poets and r&b artists..
He was close to the water I could take a ferry boat to Waterside where there are numerous festivals with live performances which would definitely strengthen our networks. There are malls: Waterside Mall, Mac Authur Mall; The Norva; Tidewater Community College and much more. Norfolk State University is about 15 minutes from Waterside and Old Dominion University is about 25 max.
I feel the main reason he refused was because my mother, his sister was uncomfortable with us relating.
I explained to him the importance of me connecting with family and he went down stairs and said something like ' connect him with his people...' nothing else was said. Soon, Bruce and I stopped talking.
Dawn Kroboth did my taxes the last 2 years. When she did my taxes earlier around October-November, she told me to pay her back when I could. Early December, I asked her if I could pay her back by purchasing something, a [ Christmas] gift or something. She said yes. We check out the Dell catalogue and I purchased her a mp3 player.
I also approached her with a photography special I was running. 5 photos for free.
5 Photos for free special
I decided to give 5 free photos away if the selected individuals put my business card/flyer on their desk. I just got the camera set: Camera [T1i- Rebel], 3 quality lens, Flash and I was ready to take things to next level. I figured they're getting it for free, how could I lose? Immediate arguments and drama. I took too many pictures, black, and not enough power.. That went horrible because I took too many pictures and it got too personal. But opportunities were offered to me and people like the work.
Opportunities for photography work at events, business card inquiries, and so forth came through. The response creatively was better than I thought but the respect wasn't there. A powerful image is as important as heart.
Bucephalus Media: I had promotional devices
I had a variety of media running including an internet radio page - Bucephalus Media.
I had the resources to record live acts with quality sound Yamaha Pocket CX, and video Cannon T1i Rebel. I went to a club called Luxury Brown off of Baker Rd to record live poetry, but I immediately bumped into issues. My car broke down. I had to get picked up and the car problem only elevated. The tags were up, the inspection sticker was expired and there was no telling what was wrong with the vehicle.
By the time I started interacting with people, my vehicle became usable with a sticker on it reading ' Vehicle will be towed in 6 days '
I sold my vehicle between the first
in the first quarter of 2010
We were at the apex of a global financial crisis; credit card companies were calling constantly; and the attitude of majority of the people were very nasty, because of foreclosures, bankruptcies and the likes..
To top everything off.. I got letters from the city about business licenses, property taxes, incorporation fees... I sold my vehicle sold my vehicle in the first quarter of 2010, I pawned precious studio equipment and ect.. I had to let it all go.
There was an attempt on my part to do a studio set up because an associate had a room for rent. I wanted to use his room for recording because I couldn't have company in my family's house.
I asked him the price for the room. I through up number and told him to challenge it, but he refuse to do so. We went absolutely no where due to different interests. He wanted to manage me like an artist when I owned an entertainment business and basically have all of the equipment. His propositions didn't make sense. I was only interested in that room. I needed decisions to be made without restrictions, especially now. It's like this, my business is my business, whether it's cutting grass or cutting records. [a]I told him I could set up a myspace music page for him wit his music [b] I told him I could record his music with Protool because he played bass. It could have been an instrumental CD. I had a quality camera that could also be use for video services. He said he had people that could do the same work for me, I offered him. Some people were probably upset I didn't add them on Myspace - I didn't want to add people until my project was complete.. that's how I was doing it and I have no regrets. Other people feel probably feel I'm doing too much on my own, that I should just be an artist..
' Business had to come to a cease '
' Business had to come to a cease '
' The Fall '
2010-2011: I was in the
The home environment was like ' The Twilight Zone '
She would ask why I wasn't doing anything and I'd say I can't my credit is so screwed I'll be working for free because of the creditors. And I'd mention how if she stayed out of my plan I wouldn't be in this sitituation. I also had this large lump on my rib and dental issues. The dental issue was crippling and the tumor started to feel uncomfortable. I didn't know if it was cancer and that effected my mind state. I had absolutely zero moves. I felt like I could die because of health issues. I thinking, know I aint going out like this. I caught the shivers one time, and an extremely large blood clot came out of my nasal. The dental issues was hell on earth. It took a toll on my body and mind.
Bankruptcy process from Jan 2012'
until the Summer
Dental Work process from Jan 2012'
Tumor process from July 2013
to Oct 23rd 2013
I had the tumor since around 2000' . A friend [on my myspace friendlist, whom I never spoke to] posted how she had to get her chest cracked open because of heart issues that were rooted from dental issues. So I was thinking maybe my dental issue is the cause of the lump. I put so much of my efforts into getting the mission complete which was to have my business established that I put my health issues aside. Well it came back on me.
I already had a chipped gold tooth and while I was in the house I accidently hit my other front tooth with a bar, So I was looking crazy. A chipped gold and a chipped front tooth. I have no problem reimbursing these things. But I'm out before that.
The Positive was I started writing blogs in 2012' and meeting people online
The main reason I started writing blogs was to somehow connect with someone in the industry so I could pay off the credit card debt. I felt if I connected with someone in the industry, I could pay off my debts and start a new. I wanted to connect with Russell Simmons or Bill Cosby. I could be an A&R or some type of executive with a salary and from that salary I could pay off the debt, re-incorporate Shemariah Inc for music and movies while living in the NYC, Atl or LA, then i would re-connect with family. It sounds far-fetched but the plan worked, to a degree.
I felt I had an impressive hand:
- I had music production: 3 songs on the internet which I produced, mixed, written ect.
- I had an internet radio show: Bucephalus Media
- I had written and recorded a couple of comedy skits: ' The Twins ' - 2 parts
both in which I recorded and edited; and I had recorded a Disc Frisbee video
- I started writing blogs in the first quarter of 2012' , and I met [online] a lot of industry people whom were interested in doing some type of business.
Opportunities came my way and I connected with valuable people from all levels, all over United States and the world. There were artists, musicians, music producers, publishers, movie makers, fashion designers... but my situation, financial debt and the lack of transportation stopped me from being able to make money. My health prevented me from relocating. I had dental issues, and a tumor or cancer, I didn't know at the time. I was in the process of getting a bankruptcy debating whether I should get it or not because I was getting great deals negotiating from creditors. I was in the bankruptcy office asking questions, but I eventually gave in.
I couldn't do anything.
I tried the idea of working with new artists, but their inexperience effected the opportunity of any work, they wanted things done free. I didn't have my business paperwork and the home environment wasn't stable enough to leap into anything correctly.
2010 - 2012'
No money, no way of making money..
mind - games[absolutely -10 trust]
Industry people came to me to promote for them, to partner up on projects with payment methods but I couldn't accept their money because of debt. I'm not going to slick the government and go to jail.
industry people wanted to meet me from Jersey, Georgia.. to do stuff but I'm broke.
I came to the conclusion I couldn't meet the likes of a Russell Simons if he wanted to because I didn't have a penny to buy a glass of water.
But the opportunities came and I have the letters to prove it. So if people would have stayed out of my business, I would have been set.
I tried to leave but I met obstacles
mind games [absolutely -10 trust]
I met all kinds of people. Quality opportunities were there world-wide. I connected with people that did music, theatre, film work but I couldn't do anything because of credit issues, health issues... I met people ahead of the people I dealt with in the past, but I couldn't accept offers because of credit issues.
At the end of 2014 opportunity finally came. I got a credit card, opportunity.. and I took.
Now I'm ready to [physically] move again
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