I can see how important it is to have multiple streams of income through your proven work ethics and Steve Harvey is a perfect example of this rule. My question is how or when did you determine when you were in comedy it was time for you to transition to business management and brand development? Have you ever considered going back to stand up? – Dwayne
Going back to stand-up comedy is not an option. That is a lot of work and I really don’t want to travel on the road that much anymore. I also performed as a stand-up on cruise ships. Now I will be a speaker or TV personality as other options outside of creating and producing TV shows. I transitioned when I realized that I was a talented comic, but that was not what I wanted to do long term. That was very key, because a lot people will stop what they are doing until it is too late. Every six months you should evaluate how you feel about your life, if you are happy then keep doing what you doing, but after 12 months you feel you need to change, then you need to use the next 6 months looking for that new inspiration.
I published a book called the Golddigger’s Club with Simon & Schuster and I want to turn it into a movie. I wrote a script and I have a lawyer submitting it to production companies but I wanted know what else should I be doing? – Janelle
I have a very good friend at Simon & Schuster. Her name is Dawn Davis. She handled Steve Harvey books when she was at Harper Collins. Please look her up and have her call me.
How do you get someone like yourself to hear and see ideas that can create more wealth? – Dathien
You need to lose the scary profile picture and I will consider a conversation. You have just learned the first lesson in branding.
I am a Filmmaker / Media Producer. For the last 7 years I have operated a production company and I am finally at a place where I can produce my own original content without worrying about cost. I create what is called “feel good” media and I’m wondering what is the best way to get corporate eyes on my content? I have branded shows that will work for broadcast and other short format content that would work for the web. How do I move it to a profitable product? – Vanessa
If your production quality is good, then you can make submission directly to them through social media. We live in a different era now. Social Media is the new door Knock! It is the nee door to door salesman. Good luck.
I have created custom magazine clutches for sororities and I have one for Breast cancer. How do I go about getting my product highlighted or featured on a major talk show? Do I contact producers? – Quinn
Please do not limit your product to such a small group. There are a lot more people who are not members of a sorority or fraternity to sell too. Expand you brand and you will expand your financial opportunities.
How do you know its time to leave corporate america for the entrepreneurship route? Feel like the entrepreneur route is pulling me to leave corporate America and be my own boss. – Kenya
I left when corporate life was not my dream anymore. I got my degree in Mathematics and I worked at IBM. Feels like the perfect marriage, but it was not, because I did what everybody wanted me to do. When I left to do stand-up comicwas what I wanted to do. So you have to ask yourself are you doing what you want to do in the corporate space? If not, then create an exit plan. I planned my exit one year before my job separation.
Please share three things that an entrepreneur must have when meeting with an angel investor? – LoResa
You need to have a business plan, financial records and three years of taxes.
I’m thankful for my job, but I’m completely burned out. I want so badly to change careers, but I’m not even sure where to start. I would love to have a job writing full time, but although I am a strong writer, my degree is in business not journalism. Any ideas on how I can get started? – Rise
My degree is in math and I become a writer. So don’t let the degree stop you. Create a blog so you can develop your writing style.
What is an effective way to obtain a literary agent? – Pamela
You need to start small to gather reaction from them as to what you need to sell your project on.
I’m thinking of starting my own business. I only have a AA. I’m thinking of going for my bachelor’s. Is this a better idea ? – Pam
High school dropouts are millionaires. I got my degree in math, because you cannot repo an education. But if you have that can be successful, continuing your education may not be the right decision.