Saturday, October 20, 2012 is Finally Here!

I'm been talking about my love-child Real Talk TV for a while now, and everything is finally coming into place! (note that I didn't say "falling". That  would mean that the success we're having is based upon luck and not good, old fashion 'ASS-BUSSING', cause that's what I've been doing!!!

HUUUUUUGE Shout out to Sid Naidu and Jon Blak our INCREDIBLE photographers, without whom, our launch success would not have been possible!

Oh, you probably want to know more about the show... So what are you still doing here?! Check out the site! I'll also be blogging there from now on, so don't forget to check out the blog section

So for, what may be the last time for a while:

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Inspiration: Leading With Lolipops

On my Mondays my supervisor typically pulls our team together, debriefs on our projects for the week, and shares an inspirational video with us to get us motivated for the week.

Last Monday this is what he shared:

Here are some of my favourite quotes from the video

"As long as we make leadership something bigger than us, as long as we keep leadership something beyond us, as long as we make it about changing the world, we give ourselves an excuse not to expect it everyday from ourselves, and from each other"

"We need to get over our fear of how extraordinarily powerful we can be in each other's lives. We need to get over it so that we can move beyond it, and our little brother and our little sisters, and one day our kids, or our kids right now, can watch us start to value the impact we can have on each other's lives more than money and power and title's and influence."

"We need to redefine leadership to being about lollipop moments. How many of them we create, how many of them we acknowledge, how many of them we pay forward, and how many of them we say thank you for. Because we've made leadership about changing the world, and there is no world. There's only 6 billion understandings of it. And if you change one person's understanding of it, one person's understanding of what they're capable of, one person's understanding of people caring about them, one person's understanding of how powerful an agent for change they can be in this world - you've changed the whole thing."

How Many Lolipops Have You Handed Out in Your Lifetime?

Saturday, July 14, 2012

Advice for Post-Secondary Students in Industry Jobs

I've already been caught slippin on my 30 day challenges, but I'm going to redeem myself.

Thursday, July 12, 2012: We added a new opportunity board at work where  employees can post job opening/internships/workshops for students. Some of my co-workers drew this Monopoly Man to add to the board lol it gives characters
Applying to job positions and receiving multiple offers shouldn't come down to who's offering to pay you the most. Sometimes Opportunity Knocks at your Door, but you open it to find out that it's really a Jehova's Witness in Disguise. Not to knock the Jehova's Witness faith, but just don't knock my door! Have you ever heard a knock at the door, become so excited because you're expecting someone else, only to have men in suits wearing backpacks asking if you know the Lord? ... =| 

That's how I felt on Thursday. I had an amazing job opportunity with a well known TV company, where I would have been happy to fetch coffee as long as I'd be soaking up some of their knowledge. They were offering an amazing position that definitely would have challenged me and taken me out of my comfort zone, but transferring those skills to be in line with the actual job that I plan to have in the near future would be damn near impossible. I'm not saying that this opportunity wasn't incredible (because my God it was!)  but I am saying that this being my final year of university, I have to be conscious of my career moves and assure that everything lines up with my career goals.

Things to Keep in Mind when Applying to Industry Jobs in Post Secondary School:

1. In your early years of college/university (1st, 2nd year) use your summers as an opportunity to get your feet wet. The chances of getting paid as a freshman/sophomore are pretty slim but experience on your resume is priceless!
During the summer of my 1st year in university I had an internship at Corus Entertainment's CosmoTV, and I couldn't think of a better way to gain industry experience right off the bat, test different aspects of television production, and learn to build my working integrity. I made mistakes... a lot of mistakes and built an invaluable network of TV professionals whom I still speak with and seek advice from.
PA for CosmoTV's Oh So Cosmo. Yes, I had purple hair in summer of 2010... forgive me
2. By your third year you should have a better understanding of what you don't want to do. This doesn't necessarily mean you'll know exactly what you do want to do with the rest of your life by this time, but don't stress out. Stats show that the average person changes their profession 7 times in their lifetime! Profession, not job! As in I'll be a TV producer this year but an eye doctor the next lol alright maybe not that drastic of a change but 7 changes nonetheless!
By this time you can start getting selective with the jobs you apply to.
For example by the summer of my 3rd year I was the production assistant/fashion blogger at (building my writing, videography experience + getting my face out into the community), blogger + videographer for Ryerson University's Student Life Blog (again, building my writing/videography portfolio and networking within my own school community), and the web content coordinator + videography+social media liaison +... a whole lot of stuff at The Media Huddle because I wanted to get my feet wet in producing/managing my own content, while still having the ability to appeal to my producer if I'm in need of direction.
The Media Huddle interns + volunteers with founder Nneka Elliott
3. By fourth year even if you don't completely have one, pick a direction which best fits your passions and run towards it!
When I started university I thought that I'd be building my portfolio to be an on-camera corespondent, but while at CosmoTV I realized that my passion lied in being behind the camera and producing. Now, in my fourth year I'm producing my lifestyle TV show this summer, and working as the media relations liaison at Ryerson University's TriMentoring Program. Both of these give me experience as a front man. I have a lot of creative freedom, I get to brand my projects and implement strategies. Of course at the TriMentoring Program I have a great supervisor who gives me the freedom to create but is also there for advisory or to help with direction.
Ryerson TriMentoring Program's Student Staff 

Although this wasn't completely conscious, as I'm entering into my 4th year of university this summer I'm realizing that my experience worked out pretty well. I haven't had any crappy internships. I've had positions where I was putting in 80% of my time, but only getting 20% of return on my investment of time. I've had positions where my co-workers despised me because I wasn't perfect, or I was in my 1st year and was still learning the ropes. But I haven't had any crappy positions. Crappy pay? OH GOD YES! But I was able to walk away with a lesson from each of my positions.

4. Map out a goal for each position.
When you're hired into a company your job is to help advance the company in some way, but it is also your personal job to allow to the job to advance you in some way. Start each position with 5 goals you want to accomplish. If you're lucky enough to have an open door policy at your job, speak with your supervisor/someone directly above you and make these goals known. They should be happy to help you meet these goals in the time you're there, but it's also your personal job. Reassess these goals at the midway point of your contract.
What's working? What's not working? How can you improve? Who can you work with to improve? 
Finally at the end of your position go back to these goals and see what you did/did not accomplish. Don't feel bad if you didn't accomplish all of them, just do better the next time.

5. I turned down the offer because it wasn't in line with my goals going into my 4th year and it wasn't in line with the path I've chosen to run with in my career. Above all of this:
 Have an advisory team/Mentor/trusted, experienced professionals who can give you sound and educated advice. 
I am lucky as hell to have Sid Naidu, Kareem Rahaman, and Hamza Khan in my corner, with an open door policy, ready to give me advice whenever I need it.

What advice would you give to post secondary student looking to further their career experience?

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

30 Challenges for 30 Days of Growth

At the beginning of the month one of my co-workers, Ghazala shared a 30 day challenge for a personal growth with us. I typically tend to stay away from 30 day challenges because
a) I lose interest easily
b) ... sorry I forgot what I was talking about... ooh look a butterfly!

For once, I'm actually quite excited about a 30 day challenge because it focuses on goals that (at least for me) bring instant and long term gratification. The fact that we've shared our goals with one another at work also brings a sense of accountability to the table, because we ask each other about our progress, or call each other out if we start slipping.

I figured that sharing my challenges here on the blog will make me that much more accountable for my goals and help me to keep track of my progress... unless I fail miserably, in which case sharing this will only bite me in the ass in the long run.
Here are the challenges that I chose for the next 30 days:

1. Document Everyday with one photograph and one paragraph
2. Pay down debt and don't create any new debt for 30 days
3. Have a conversation everyday with someone you rarely speak to
4. Exercise for 30 minutes everyday for 30 days
5. Every morning, watch or read something that inspires you
6. Define one long-term goal and work on it for an hour everyday
7. Dedicate an hour a day to something you're passionate about

To check out all 30 challenges visit the Marc and Angel Hack Life blog
If you decide to join the challenge leave a comment with some of the goals you choose to meet, or post a link to your blog post so that we can be accountable to each other.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Oprah's Life Class - The Tour : Toronto

Yet another check on my Bucket List; on Monday, April 16th I stood in the same room as the Queen Mother, Ms Oprah Winfrey! There were more than 8, 500 people lined up to see her, making Toronto her largest Life Class yet!

Waiting in line for a few hours, had to take out the kicks

After a few hours, Finally inside!

Deepak Chopra

Taking in some knowledge from the greats

O's Newest Cover Girl

Living My Best Life

Coming up next on OWN Canada

It was a life changing event that I was blessed to be a part of! Thank you to my mom for such an amazing birthday present! Here are a few of the many powerful quotes that I took away from the incredible class

"Your eyes wil adjust to the level of deficiency present" - Iyanla Vanzant

"If God gave you the vision, He will give you the provision" - Iyanla Vanzant

"What deficiencies are you holding about yourself and adjusting your life to fit them?" - Iyanla Vanzant

"Be wiling to do the thing that scares you" - Iyanla Vanzant

"Success without fulfilment is the ultimate failure" - Tony Robbins

"It is healthy to say 'this is not good enough for me'" - Tony Robbins

"Are you really busy or is your life just bring cluttered with things that occupy your time" - Bishop T.D Jakes

"You give your power away to other people when you're caught up with opinions and comments" - Bishop T.D Jakes

"The difference between a CEO and a janitor is simply their thoughts. If we'd just de-clutter our minds and life, we'd be able to shift our thoughts" - Bishop T.D Jakes

"You cannot climb the ladder off of someone's thoughts" - Bishop T.D Jakes

"Forgiveness is giving up the hope that the past can be any different" - Oprah Winfrey 

"Until you heal the wounds of your past, you will continue to bleed" - Iyanla Vanzant

"Unfogivenss unchecked becomes a cancer in your soul. Cancer does not say in one place, it spreads" - Bishop T.D Jakes

"You're expecting someone to love on a gallon level, but they are a pint person" - Bishop T.D Jakes

Life Changing.

Friday, February 17, 2012

Incredible Whitney Houston Tributes

DJ OhSo 
I listened to this and was damn near tears

Soca Singer - Destra Garcia
Now I always knew that Destra could sing but I didin't know that she could take us to church! She did Whitney some justice

Toronto Poet - Dwayne Morgan 
The greatest Tribute of All, was Toronto poet - Dwayne Morgan's. It was truthful, brutally so, and insightful.
A Poem For Whitney
I can’t judge your life.

I don’t know the demons

you had to fight;

I can only wonder why.
This feels sudden
And too soon;
While you may have
Slipped from your path,
I wished that Clive Davis
Could have resurrected you.
We all hoped for one more note,
The beads of sweat
On your forehead and nose,
Reminding us to hold out hope
That you still had it.
All at Once,
I’m feeling So Emotional,
Sitting in this Heartbreak Hotel,
Reading obituaries
written in tweets
On the eve of the Grammys,
Where you will once again shine
Like you did when you were alive;
Once again the spotlight
Will be yours.
It seems like this
One Moment in Time
Is standing still;
I’m searching for words,
But I have nothing.
Why Does it Hurt So Bad?
I feel like I’ve lost
A piece of my childhood,
And I Will Always Love You.
Where Do Broken Hearts Go?
My head is spinning,
Like The Greatest Love of All On vinyl.
Death is the final reminder
Of how precious life is,
And right beside
your heels that will never be filled,
You’ve left us a gift,
That we can pass on to our kids.
Through your music
You will live forever,
Without the rumours and demons,
But just with love and adoration,
As it was meant to be;
Sometimes greatness comes
With heavy crosses to bare,
And I wish that your shoulders
Were broader.
While you were busy
Being every woman,
We just wanted you to be the old you,
The woman that we loved,
But we don’t get to choose
How another walks in their shoes.
I’ve been Saving All My Love
To pen this tribute,
As an ode to your life,
What you gave,
And what you lived through.
If this is your judgement day,
and you’re standing on the front line,
and the Lord asks you
what did you do with your life,
Please say,
that I tried to live it for you.


Dwayne Morgan

Please continue to pray for this incredible woman's family. 
May you rest in paradise Ms Houston! Thank you for sharing your soul with us

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Don't Want Mac & Cheese! Dalton, Drop the Fees!

On Wednesday, February 1st I gladly joined in with my fellow post secondary students and marched down the streets of Toronto to Queen's Park (Ontario's Legislative Building). This is has been an annual rally that unfortunately has to keep happening.

 During my first year of university (2009) we rallied to reduce poverty in Ontario, which fell hand in hand with lowering tuition fees. When a student cannot afford the damn near impossible tuitions fees in this province (for example my program costs $25, 000 and this price goes up by the thousands every year), they are forced to take out a student loan. OSAP is an inevitable debt sentence. 
Beyond the debt that one has to graduate with, OSAP still doesn't cover school needs. 

I can only speak from my experience; I commute to school which means I have to buy a metro pass every month. The price on metro passes went up to $104 this year. For books I'll say at least $200 a semester (only because my program isn't book heavy) plus essential equipment needed in my studies (radio and television arts - just imagine the type of equipment I invest in). 

I work for the school blog and the application process required me to not only outline my financial need but also apply for OSAP (which I already had to do anyways). After they assessed my financial need they found that after the amount of money that OSAP gives me every semester I still have a TWO THOUSAND DOLLARS UNMET NEED that hasn't been met by my student loan/grants. 

In the recent Ontario election, the liberal government promised to reduce tuition fees by 30%. Stupid us, we believed him. Turns out that a lot of us aren't even eligible for the reduction. 
If you're a part time student, been out of high school for longer than 4 years, international student and both of your parents make $165, 000 combined you are not eligible. 
 The liberals promised that the new tuition grant would benefit 86% of undergraduate student population but then in response to the protest Minister Glen Murray said that "more than half" of post secondary students are eligible...
I'm no math wiz but more than half doesn't exactly add up to 86%. 

So this year we rallied to drop fees and counter the 30% reduction lies. 
Here are a few photos below:

Instagram photos: 

In my broke student swagg

My girl Char touted this video of us as we were beginning to take off