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This Week’s Guest – Monday, June 26, 2017


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

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June 26, 2017


8:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

This Week’s Dr. Maxine Thompson will be the Guest – Monday, June 26, 2017

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June 26, 2017


June 26, 2017


Valerie J. Lewis Coleman
Author of

The Wait of Success:
How to Become
an Overnight Success in 7,300 Days



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January 4, 2010

Dr. Maxine Thompson

Author of
Hostage of Lies

Voted A Best Book of 2009

EDC Creations
Black Pearl Magazine

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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, May 15, 2017


Maxine Thompson

Dr. Maxine Thompson,
Publisher, Literary Agent, Author, Host of Internet Show is cross-referenced to her other businesses

Dr. Maxine ThompsonArtist First Internet Radio


Dr. Maxine invites you to join her this week on her various shows where she will be speaking with some interesting people.


May 15, 2017


9:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

This Week’s Guest – Monday, May 15, 2017

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May 15, 2017


May 15, 2017


Dr. Maxine Thompson
Publisher, Author, Founder of

Maxine Thompson Literary and Educational Services
Author of
Affirmations and Essays for Melanoid People

With Prolific Author, Lee Charles, Author of Governess of Seductive Abuse: Order at msprecise@frontier.com



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Dr. Maxine Thompson

Author of
Hostage of Lies

Voted A Best Book of 2009

EDC Creations
Black Pearl Magazine

Black Butterfly Press

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http://monicacartertagore.com/creativity-and-business/5-life-laws-for-creatives-artists-and-others-where-talent-is-the-gift/

Talent is never the determining factor for success in the career of a creative — an artist, author, designer, or anyone else whose ability and imagination play into the development of work.

That’s a lesson some creatives never quite get.

And it’s very sad.

It’s sad because they spend their lives struggling to be acknowledged for their talent, and wondering why they’ve not had their big break, why the stars haven’t aligned, why someone hasn’t given them the shot they feel their talent must surely deserve.

Don’t get me wrong: Talent helps. It’s important. You’ve got to start with some basic ability. But talent is simply not enough to turn your aspiration into a career. For that, you need a whole lot more.

I saw an episode of America’s Got Talent a few weeks back in which a singer was auditioning for his big break. In the profile they did of him, they shared that he had already landed a recording deal some years back and had even received Grammy nominations (or did he actually win?). Yet, there he was, along with the others who had never seen any deals, some of whom had never performed for an audience beyond their families. How did he get to that point, that he was auditioning along with amateurs, when he was talented and had already attained some success? I actually liked his voice and was rooting for him. Unfortunately, he didn’t make the cut.

I don’t know the answer to the question for him, but as someone who helps individuals market businesses based on their gifts, I know that many creative people have talent but never quite turn it into much more.

Some try. But, lacking the skills to turn that talent into a livelihood, they have packed it away and are working soul-crushing jobs, leading lackluster lives, unhappy and unfulfilled. As a creative myself, I decided very early on that I would take control of my talent and my life and not leave my happiness and my aspirations up to others’ whims. That, in a single thought, is what is necessary when you want to make a living around your talent.

In my case, I chose to go the indie route, as a way to simply get going and not wait around for someone else. I self-published my first two books, and, based on going my own way, I landed a book deal. Actually, I landed two deals, but canceled the first, as it turned out not to be what I wanted, once I realized how little say I would actually have in the creative choices related to my book. I went on to land on a couple of best seller lists, travel the country selling books to anyone I could, and doing all the other things one does when one is building a career as a creative. I didn’t limit my aspirations to simply selling my books; I learned how to package my abilities and expertise into offerings clients would pay for. And that’s how my business grew.

You see, our talent is our gift. We can’t waste it waiting around for others, or let it languish when we finally give up hope that others will choose us. No, life blessed us with that talent to actually do something with it. But the talent was just a starting point.

As a life strategist and business consultant who helps people use their gifts — talent, skill, expertise, message, or big idea — in business, I have identified several life laws for the creative. These life laws can help you navigate your own creative career and create your own success, so you’re not waiting around for someone else’s blessing.

Here they are:

Life Law #1 for the Creative: Nobody is coming to give you a big break.

Strategy: Create your own big break.

We’ve all heard stories of people who were just minding their own business in their ordinary lives, not even pursuing work related to their talent, when somehow — miraculously — some big executive or big player discovered them. They were whisked away to success, almost without lifting a finger.

Yeah, that won’t happen for you.

Don’t leave your life and work up to somebody else. Choose to own your life and the aspirations for what you’ll do with your talent. Rather than look longingly and wistfully for a big break bestowed on you by someone else, make it your business to create your own break. Choose to take daily and consistent action to build the career you dream of; when you attain success and look back, you’ll see your big break, not necessarily as one magical moment orchestrated by someone else, but as the moment you chose to take control and make it happen. And by taking control through daily and consistent action, you will attract bigger and bigger opportunities.

You’ll have to be disciplined and work sometimes even when you don’t want to, but that’s what’s necessary when you’re creating your own big break.

Life Law #2 for the Creative: Art and money are not an either/or.

Strategy: Become a creative entrepreneur and work on ways to turn your talent into a marketable offering others will pay you to deliver.

The poverty mentality of some creatives truly disturbs me. It disturbs me because it automatically casts the talent the creative has been blessed to have, into a position of not being a part of the equation for earning that creative a living. When we creatives stand stubbornly on an idea that we work just for the art and not for money, we put ourselves in the compromised position of seeing our work as either giving us joy or earning us money. If you need money (and every person does) and refuse to allow your gift to be a part of your money-making equation, that is poverty thinking. Your gift can and should do both — be something used for art and be something used to earn money. Why else do you think you have the talent?

You must be an entrepreneur, if you want to be a working artist. It’s just that simple. So think of yourself, not just as someone who creates art, but as someone who builds a business around that art.

Choose to embrace the entrepreneurial mindset and marry your talent with business strategies, principles, and practices. You can enjoy your talent while creating something others will pay for. What are the needs in the marketplace? In what ways can your talent be used to help others? How creative can you be in turning your talent into something others are absolutely happy to hand over money to receive?

Life Law #3 for the Creative: Your audience wants to find you.

Strategy: Build a website and online presence that attracts those who will “get” you.

You don’t have to try to blend in and be like everyone else. And you shouldn’t even try to appeal to everyone, because you’ll dilute your brand and end up so general and generic that you risk appealing to no one. But you need to appeal to the right ones — those who get you and who are interested in (and some of whom ultimately buy) what you produce.

If you want to appeal to such an audience, you’ve got to create the infrastructure to attract that audience. That means building a brand that evokes a certain emotion, a certain feeling. Be sure that brand is reflected in your career assets such as your website, blog, social media profiles, one-sheets or bios, posters, etc. Do you have certain basics on your site such as samples or a portfolio? Do you have an easy and effective way to convert website visitors into people you can build a relationship with on an ongoing basis? If not, then you’ll have a site that may attract visitors, but then you’ll never hear from them again and so won’t be able to market to them in the future — won’t be able to tell them about the latest project you’ve produced, the events you’ll be hosting or are featured at, etc. Make it your top priority to create an online presence to attract your audience. There are several layers to this approach, and you need to take this seriously because converting casual visitors into fans and people who want to hear from you is pretty important to your long-term success.

Life Law #4 for the Creative: You have to make it great and let it go.

Strategy: Go for excellence, not perfection, and build a body of work.

Too often, we are under the misguided notion that we should keep working on our projects and working on our projects, in some elusive hunt for perfection. While it sounds good to say you are a perfectionist and will only release work that is perfect, that is actually a trap. It’s a trap to keep you stuck in being unproductive. You see, by nature, a creative project can be changed and changed and changed. Sometimes, more changes don’t make it better — not even perfect — but merely different. Sometimes, too many changes can actually destroy the work.

Besides, being on a quest for “perfection” can actually be a mask for procrastination. You claim that you are busily working in your studio, so you can produce your next perfect masterpiece, but somehow the work never gets completed. All under the guise of “perfection.” In reality, you’re afraid to release the work, for fear of success, of failure, of rejection, of whatever you’re afraid of. Don’t get stuck there. Build a body of work. Only by actively producing new works can you build a body of work.

Most of us aren’t like Harper Lee, who published To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960 and released her second book, To Set a Watchman, this year, more than a half century later. That may have worked for her. But for you, and for me, we need to be producing more — a lot more.

This isn’t about simply churning out your art — books, songs, photography, paintings, whatever you do. But it is about the fact that we need to work in our art to get better at it, even if we start out with a healthy dose of talent. Plus, the more we produce, the more opportunities we give ourselves, as new clients, patrons, etc., can find and fall in love with our work.

Go for producing your work in a spirit of excellence, and go for getting it done and out. After all, you’ll never reach your greatness just by thinking about the work you want to do. You’ll only get there by actually doing it.

Life Law #5 for the Creative: You got talent, not lost half your brain.

Strategy: Embrace your abilities outside of your creative abilities.

For the longest, because I am a writer, I had this idea about myself that said I simply could not do numbers. After all, you’re either a words person or a numbers person, I thought. This limited view of myself resulted in more than a few “not-great” grades in math class in school and caused me to avoid the idea of business for quite some time once I was out of school. But in time, I learned that I could grasp numbers. I’m no rocket scientist, but I certainly realized I knew enough about numbers to figure out how to keep a positive bank balance. I discovered I had capability beyond my creativity and talent.

So do you. You don’t need to be a math wiz, but you are capable of grasping ideas and concepts thought to be beyond the grasp of creatives like us.

You’ll need to draw on other abilities outside of your creativity, if you want to take charge of your creative career and become a creative entrepreneur. Even if you choose to hire people to help you in certain areas (and, in time, you will need to do so, as your business grows), you’ll still want to have at least a working knowledge of how all areas of your business — especially the money side — work. After all, if you are taking ownership of your creative career, you can’t bury your head in only your art and leave everything else up to someone else.

You have a gift. Own it. And use it.

So there you go. Five life laws that can truly help you build a great career as a creative. If you already have someone who can help you in your creative business, then be sure to set a meeting soon (like yesterday) and see how best you can use these five laws. And if you need my help to take your gift to the right audience, click here.

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Monica Carter Tagore is The Greatness Strategist. She helps you do something great. That most often relates to showing up in a bigger, better, bolder way in life — writing your book, spreading your purpose-driven message, monetizing your expertise or creativity. She helps you design your life and business to use your gifts in a way that speaks to who you truly are.

She lives in the Greater Los Angeles area with her husband and two sons.

Hollywood Blues Fund Raiser Press Release

Check out both videos. Hollywood Blues Fund Raiser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UBbHAAIZ1hI&feature=youtu.be

Hollywood Blues Trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NlpQS18oE7U

Immediate Release

Contact:
Dr. Maxine Thompson (323)242-9917
http://www.maxinethompsonbooks.com
http//www.maxinethompson.com
Hollywood Blues Trailer: http://youtu.be/NlpQS18oE7U

Former Social Worker and Former Foster Child Producing Film Based on an African American Family Raised in the Foster Care System

In the era of globalization, we still have people of color, in the other parts of the world, who think that African Americans don’t experience any disenfranchisement, racism, poverty, or discrimination as they do in their counterparts of the world. Particularly, since we have a Black President, people think African Americans live in a post-racial era.

Hollywood Blues, (screenplay written by Villalobos Odell Body, Executive Producer, based on novel, LA Blues by Maxine Thompson, Co-Producer) dispels that myth as it takes a look at dark, unexplored narratives here in Los Angeles. We’ve seen a male perspective in films, Training Day, Boyz n the Hood, and Menace to Society, but we’ve never seen the underbelly of LA from a Black female perspective.

Hollywood Blues is a tale of a woman, Zipporah Soldano, aka Z, who, as a result of her mother being imprisoned, grows up in foster care, then later becomes an LAPD officer. Some of the issues covered in the film will deal with domestic violence, (#whyIstayed), women in prison, The LA 1992 riots, the foster care system, LA Black/Hispanic gangs, police corruption, Mothers of Murdered Children, and stop the violence movements.

Although the LA Blues storyline took place in 2007-2008, these are reasons these issues still persist:

-Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).[1] Census data for 2000 of the number and race of all individuals incarcerated in the United States revealed a wide racial disproportion of the incarcerated population in each state: the proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeded the proportion among state residents in twenty states; the percent of blacks incarcerated was five times greater than the resident population. For example, around 50% of Washington D.C.’s black young men are currently spending time behind bars. 1,000 people get arrested each month in our nation’s capital for dealing marijuana. But they are almost all young, black men. The impact to their future is significant. These men can lose college assistance, their driver’s license, their job, even custody of their children.

-Nationally, 400,540 children spent time in the foster care system during the 2011 Federal fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th). For race demographics, there are more children of color in the system compared to the overall U.S. population, but child abuse and neglect occur at about the same rate in all ethnic groups.

- http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/. February, 2012 Black females had an imprisonment rate nearly three times that of white females.

-Black and Mexican gangs continue to war. (May 2014) MEXICANS AND BLACKS KILLING EACH OTHER IN LOS ANGELES GANG WAR TIME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MjSmgor5Dw

-The Trayvon Martin case, the Eric Garner and the Michael Brown case, which are just the more publicized cases showing ongoing police brutality.

Therefore, telling stories that reflect our different realities 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement are necessary. Hollywood Blues is a story of triumph and healing. We don’t just want to look at the problem, but to see how in adversity, there is a seed of opportunity. We want to inspire other foster children to be over comers like the main character, Z.

For radio interviews or print, contact Dr. Maxine Thompson at 323-342-9917 or email: maxtho@aol.com; or contact Villalobos Odell Body at 323-313-6068, or email: dale.body@gmail.com.

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Dr. Maxine Thompson
maxtho@aol.com
http://www.maxinethompson.com
http://www.maxinethompsonbooks.com

Immediate Release

Contact:
Dr. Maxine Thompson (323)242-9917
http://www.maxinethompsonbooks.com
http//www.maxinethompson.com
Hollywood Blues Trailer: http://youtu.be/NlpQS18oE7U

Former Social Worker and Former Foster Child Producing Film Based on an African American Family Raised in the Foster Care System

In the era of globalization, we still have people of color, in the other parts of the world, who think that African Americans don’t experience any disenfranchisement, racism, poverty, or discrimination as they do in their counterparts of the world. Particularly, since we have a Black President, people think African Americans live in a post-racial era.

Hollywood Blues, (screenplay written by Villalobos Odell Body, Executive Producer, based on novel, LA Blues by Maxine Thompson, Co-Producer) dispels that myth as it takes a look at dark, unexplored narratives here in Los Angeles. We’ve seen a male perspective in films, Training Day, Boyz n the Hood, and Menace to Society, but we’ve never seen the underbelly of LA from a Black female perspective.

Hollywood Blues is a tale of a woman, Zipporah Soldano, aka Z, who, as a result of her mother being imprisoned, grows up in foster care, then later becomes an LAPD officer. Some of the issues covered in the film will deal with domestic violence, (#whyIstayed), women in prison, The LA 1992 riots, the foster care system, LA Black/Hispanic gangs, police corruption, Mothers of Murdered Children, and stop the violence movements. .

Although the LA Blues storyline took place in 2007-2008, these are reasons these issues still persist:

-Approximately 12%-13% of the American population is African-American, but they make up 40% of the almost 2.1 million male inmates in jail or prison (U.S. Department of Justice, 2009).[1] Census data for 2000 of the number and race of all individuals incarcerated in the United States revealed a wide racial disproportion of the incarcerated population in each state: the proportion of blacks in prison populations exceeded the proportion among state residents in twenty states; the percent of blacks incarcerated was five times greater than the resident population. For example, around 50% of Washington D.C.’s black young men are currently spending time behind bars. 1,000 people get arrested each month in our nation’s capital for dealing marijuana. But they are almost all young, black men. The impact to their future is significant. These men can lose college assistance, their driver’s license, their job, even custody of their children.

-Nationally, 400,540 children spent time in the foster care system during the 2011 Federal fiscal year (October 1st through September 30th). For race demographics, there are more children of color in the system compared to the overall U.S. population, but child abuse and neglect occur at about the same rate in all ethnic groups.

- http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/bjs/. February, 2012 Black females had an imprisonment rate nearly three times that of white females.

-Black and Mexican gangs continue to war. (May 2014) MEXICANS AND BLACKS KILLING EACH OTHER IN LOS ANGELES GANG WAR TIME: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0MjSmgor5Dw

-The Trayvon Martin case and the Michael Brown case, which are just the more publicized cases showing ongoing police brutality.

Therefore, telling stories that reflect our different realities 50 years after the Civil Rights Movement are necessary. Hollywood Blues is a story of triumph and healing. We don’t just want to look at the problem, but to see how in adversity, there is a seed of opportunity. We want to inspire other foster children to be over comers like the main character, Z.

For radio interviews or print, contact Dr. Maxine Thompson at 323-342-9917 or email: maxtho@aol.com; or contact Villalobos Odell Body at 323-313-6068, or email: dale.body@gmail.com.

###

Dr. Maxine Thompson
maxtho@aol.com
http://www.maxinethompson.com
http://www.maxinethompsonbooks.com




Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, January 27, 2014


Maxine Thompson


Dr. Maxine’s Show provides sponsorship for entrepreneurs and the literary community.
Dr. Maxine Show is cross-referenced to her other live Internet Radio show where she is a
host on ArtistFirst

Dr. Maxine invites you to join her this week on her various shows where she will be speaking with some interesting people.


January 27, 2014


9:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

This Week’s Guest – Monday, January 27, 2014


January 27, 2014

Elliott Connie

Author of
The Solution Focused Marriage:
5 Simple Habits That Will Bring Out The Best in the Relationship

Dr. Maxine Show


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January 4, 2010

Dr. Maxine Thompson

Author of
Hostage of Lies

Voted A Best Book of 2009

EDC Creations
Black Pearl Magazine

Black Butterfly Press

Divas of Literature

Queens Book Fair



If you are interested in becoming a guest and/or a sponsor you may visit:

www.maxinethompson.com
,

www.maxinethompson.com/artistfirst.html for available dates
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Dr. Maxine Thompson Live Internet Radio Shows
This Week’s Guest – Monday, December 2, 2013

http://alturl.com/64rbi


Maxine Thompson


Dr. Maxine’s Show provides sponsorship for entrepreneurs and the literary community.
Dr. Maxine Show is cross-referenced to her other live Internet Radio show where she is a
host on ArtistFirst

Dr. Maxine invites you to join her this week on her various shows where she will be speaking with some interesting people.


December 2, 2013


9:00 P.M. Eastern Standard Time

This Week’s Guest – Monday, December 2, 2013


December 2, 2013

Jude Bijou

Author of
Attitude Reconstruction
A Blueprint for Building a Better Life

Dr. Maxine Show


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Sponsored by:


Dr. Maxine Show
is made possible by the following SPONSORS:

EXECUTIVE SPONSORS:

January 4, 2010

Dr. Maxine Thompson

Author of
Hostage of Lies

Voted A Best Book of 2009

EDC Creations
Black Pearl Magazine

Black Butterfly Press

Divas of Literature

Queens Book Fair



If you are interested in becoming a guest and/or a sponsor you may visit:

www.maxinethompson.com
,

www.maxinethompson.com/artistfirst.html for available dates
or via e-mail: maxtho@aol.com or maxtho@sbcglobal.net

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This press release may be viewed with links at www.maxinethompson.com/pressrelease.html


  
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