So I put it out there .. that I wanted to try something new and earn more money to fund my dream (YKBEADS). Who would have known that it would have brought me this far? Last month, with all of my good intent and positive energy, I sent a self made audition tape over to The Lucas Firm and landed a part in a comedic commercial series for H&R Block franchisee Charles Buck.
Is This Someone You Know?
For their latest project, a series of comedic income tax commercials were filmed called, “Is This Someone You Know?”, where I played single mother LaKeisha. The hilarious video series puts a spin yet much needed light humor and dash of seriousness on the many different income tax situations Black Americans are dealing with today.
I had absolutely no problem playing single mom LaKeisha, hell I’d been there before. She was busy raising her son alone in Detroit and paying the bills. She wanted the H&R Block Emerald Advance during the holidays so that she could buy her son Julian everything he wanted for Christmas as any mother would.
She spent all of her time working multiple entrepreneurial business ventures and taking care of her son Julian. LaKeisha went to Charles Buck’s H&R Block early in December and was happy to tell the world about her story.
LaKeisha is someone you know. A busy body energy filled beginner entrepreneur. She needed Charles to explain to her that not only could he give her a portion of her income tax refund early with the Emerald Advance, but that she was more than entitled to receive it, being that she worked hard all year.
The video series directed by Shalece Daniels, President and Founder of The Lucas Firm, includes a look into various personalities and income tax filing situations in a very easy to watch question -answer format.
Part One of the commercials show the actors in their natural habitats revealing how they really feel about filing taxes, while Part Two includes franchisee Charles Buck explaining to his new clients how important it is for them to file, as well as diffusing the infamous tax time myths with an informative group meeting .
My number one goal and purpose is to live and show others how to trust in the power of the mind, manifestation, and dreams come true. Turns out my role in that same commercial filmed last month also landed me an amazing job as the administrative assistant and office coordinator for Mr. Buck’s 7 metro Detroit and SE Michigan locations and over 50 employees. OMG.
Get Your Billion Back America. Your billion dreams and your billion purposes. I am apart of something bigger than me and so are you.
I had no idea what to expect when my sis Mylissa sent the invite for us girls to go and Paint With A Twist. It had truly been a rough holiday for us all with the recent passing of her mom Mrs.Tinsley not even a month prior. With her birthday drawing near and still no solid plans we could all understand her not wanting to do anything to celebrate her birthday although I secretly wished she would. Thank goodness Mylissa listened to her inner voice and at the very last minute decided against a non-celebration.
With the touch of a button a very simple mass text was sent to just a few close family members of her would be birthday plans. Mylissa is a simple girl. It doesn’t take much to please her at all. She is very non confrontational and so not about the drama. She spends her time taking care of her son A.J. and also her Mom before she passed from Pancreatic Cancer. It had been a rough year for us all but especially for her being that she lost her very best friend, her mom.
When asked what would your mom want you to do the answer is always “have the time of your life”. With this in mind, the one thing that Mylissa did want to do for her birthday was Painting with A Twist. Mylissa was a regular at the Farmington Hills location and the Wicked Moonpainting was one she had wanted to master for a very long time it was perfect timing.
Painting and Twisting
The only difficulties I ever had was finding a place to park in the plaza because that joint was packed! It was a great thing too because the room was filled with even greater energy and lots of super amazing women. There were helpful staff members there to greet and check me, being the very last one to arrive I really appreciated the fact that everything was already set up for me and that my seat was saved within our group of girls.
The very last thing I’d ever drawn or painted was in the 5th grade at Hill Elementary and it was of my shoe. My art teacher had us take off our shoe and literally place it on the table to draw. Had I known we were going to do that I’d have worn a pair of my favorite because that shoe was so plain Jane in my opinion. On that day we had just lead pencil to draw with but I sketched my shoe like my life depended on it. I did such a great job that I’d won a place in our school art show and my shoe was put on display and framed the entire year.
Sitting in on Painting With A Twist quickly reminded me of my 5th grade art roots, and rather than feeling intimidated it really boosted my artist ego. For the first time I was fully geared up with easel, brushes, and smock the only thing missing at first was my 5th grade confidence. The art instructor must have been an intuitive and part time motivational speaker because she is the reason why all of our paintings turned out so beautifully. Trust me, the only time you ever feel lost is maybe before you arrive because the instructor really makes the biggest difference.
The room is filled with so much artwork it makes you wonder how in the hell you could you ever paint something so detailed but the instructors there work the rooms full of women taking the time to go over each step with ease and guidance. Our wine breaks and laughs in-between I’m sure helped to channel our inner Van Goughs too.
Have you ever Painted With A Twist?
Painting With A Twist (formerly Corks n Canvas) is the largest employer of aspiring artist in the country. Started in 2007 by Cathy Deano and Renee Maloney in Mandeville, Louisiana, the concept pairs instructional art with friends, wine and a lively instructor to produce individual works of art. With four locations in the Greater New Orleans Area, the company began franchising the business as Painting with a Twist® in 2009.
To date, 185 franchise locations are open all over the country including the one my sister-in-law invited me to for her birthday festivities last December in Farmington Hills, MI. Although I have never met these women I am super grateful for the amazing place of creation they manifested into this world. Our time Painting With A Twist was one of the most memorable moments I’ve ever experienced.
Our thought and mind chatter bring us all that we want and in some cases don’t want. In other words your world will always be filled with whatever fills your mind. If you want to completely change your world then don’t just stand there like a perfect victim describing the details, cringing at the site, explaining it to others.
Do something about it with your thought first and the world will conspire with you to achieve all that you desire. Nothing grinds my gears more than a self inflicted wound. #WorldofYonni
It was Monday morning in Detroit and I needed my hair done asap. I am not the girl that commits to just one stylist, my hair motto good looks and great health. Hairstyling is an art form to me, I love experimenting and most of all I love the experience.
My hair-limma, I did not want to call around to book an appointment, that in itself is a process and in the hair world anything less than a few days notice is considered last minute and extra tip worthy. I thought immediately. Go Dominican.
In Atlanta authentic Dominican Salons are notorious for their affordable wash and go, quick in and out, and signatureblow out styling, curling any grade of hair with blow dryer and brush alone. In Detroit, I became determined to find the very best Dominican Salon to tame my natural hair now growing like wildfire.
After Googling “Dominican Salons Detroit” I came across only one that met all my needs, Paralee Boyd Salon in Southfield, MI.
When I called, surprisingly I was greeted over the phone by salon Owner Dana. She was very pleasant and explained their walk-in only policy which I loved, also the fact that they are open 7 days a week. This already to me was an amazing sign. Most Dominican Salons are Spanish speaking only establishments which creates a huge language barrier. Contrary, some may feel Paralee Boyd not authentic enough because English is the language, but this was not the case.
Once I arrived, Dana also explained the difference between a traditional Dominican Blow-Out, described above, and a Blow and Go, which uses a flat iron or curling tools to assist in styling rather than blow dryer and brush alone. She educated me, that the Blow and Go is used to train the hair and the traditional Blow Out can be done once the hair has learned its lesson (usually after a few visits).
I was washed and given a protein treatment to strengthen my hair. The salon was very peaceful on this day. The music played house music just at the right volume and the walls painted a calming blue. After just a few minutes under the dryer I was rinsed again and blow dried by my stylist.
Moments later, I was then styled by stylist number 2. She asked how I wanted it curled, I said just curly and full. She asked where I’d like my part, I told her that I was not particular, allowing her to do her thing.
I came and went in a hurry but I absolutely hands down, L-O-V-E my hair! I recommend this salon to anyone living or visiting the Metro-Detroit area. The cost of styling is about $35-$40 and you are in and out in about an hour and a half. Paralee Boyd Salon is open 7 days a week and takes walk-ins only.
The Dominican way of doing hair has been around for years and my sisters are just starting to catch on. In my opinion the days of depending on hair weaves for growth is over, right along with short unmanageable hair and 8 hour salon visits.