“Whatever you can do or dream you can, begin it. Boldness has genius, power and magic in it!”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Tariq Akoni In the Round Tour Toyota Center, Houston November 13 2013 Taken By Wylde Soul Photography
Tariq Akoni
In the Round Tour
Toyota Center, Houston
November 12, 2013
Taken By Wylde Soul Photography

99 Days

Dear Josh,

After I got home that night, I could not sleep. I spent the night reviewing my 400 or so images. I whittled them down, edited them and really let it sink in. The rest of the week went by in a bit of a daze as things often do for me when I am really deep in thought. Touching base with my “inner”. Really sorting through the ideas.

What I did know was that I had to get involved in the music scene. I also had to start defining exactly what it was and exactly how I wanted it to be expressed. You see the OMG ah-ha moment was about a path and not really in particular about you. Do I admire you, yup more now than before. Am I a “fan” umm no. Don’t  like the word, have not since my position at the hotel in San Francisco, and this is a topic that would take some time to discuss and not on topic with today’s letter/post.

Lest you think that this is the letter of a crazed fan I would like to present this. In order for opportunity to present itself, one must be prepared. Prepared means a plan and research.So that I couId truly develop a logical, thoughtful, successful idea.

  • I bought the albums missing in my library so that I could listen and absorb the growth of your voice.
  • I identified  and then defined what I wanted to do
  • I reviewed all the literature I could find
  • I clarified and defined the concept by creating a mock-up book
  • I analyzed and then developed a sales plan

In January of 2014 I took that plan to twin sisters who owned a successful marketing and branding company AND whose judgement I trusted implicitly. I laid my research and my mock-up before them and I told them the story and the idea.They felt that it was sound and had a great deal of financial potential. That was not really of interest to me, now do I know it is important. You bet, BUT the drive here for me was to take the “vision of the final product” and see it in 3-D form. To have the experience AND to accomplish a goal. Would I like to make money doing it…you bet BUT I don’t have in mind a figure. I was and still am wide open to a discussion and a mutual agreement. I also thought it would be a great way to create a flow of money into your Find Your Light Foundation Coffers via a percentage of or set dollar amount from the sale of each book. But I digress.

The twins then referred me to a Hollywood Scout that we mutually knew. I feel that it is important to point out that the agent was not low level. Many of her students are now making their dreams come true as actors/actresses and singers. In Los Angeles and New York. In film and on the stage. Many of them, rank at your level of acting and accomplishment. She is not a fly by night or a light weight.

The twins felt that starting with her would be a great way for me to decide whether or not I truly wanted to move ahead. I made the appointment, gave the presentation and shared with the her the mock-up, the rough draft of the proposal and a CD of my images. While at that meeting, she could see that I had the knowledge, was not some raving lunatic and was actually of sound mind-and I came through my first “vetting”. Her advice-polish it up and create a polished proposal packet and then come back to her, present it and she would treat it as if it were a business proposal and advise me. I did that and the finished product did set me back financially but it was worth it to see the idea as a “finished” package.

I went back to the Talent Scout and presented it. At the end, she told me she was impressed with the package/idea and proposal. She did forewarn that this dream was going to require-faith, determination and sheer drive to be able to bring it before your management, specifically your publicist  or music agent for the initial presentation.

She told me that while no, she would not be my manager(she no longer does manager/agent work) she would reach out to several of her contacts, one in particular who had even higher connections; a record CEO who had worked with David Foster

…..and so began my education.

Until tomorrow,

Regards Miriam

*PS-Dear Reader- The only favor I ask is that you follow the story, Share if you are so inclined. Know that I am following dreams as you do.

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