Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Remembering Margaret E. Miller


Sitting in the student lounge of Full Sail University on this Thursday morning, I have so many things to be thankful for. But why does it all seem like a blur to me? I started my morning reading my youngest sister's blog about my granny and I am basically holding back my tears. It's weird, I spent so many days and hours sitting and laughing about absolutely nothing and today it's hard to grasp that she is gone. It has been just over a year since her passing and I'm facing one of the greatest accomplishments in my life because of her. 

Margaret E. Miller, I remember praying for her at a very young age. I prayed almost every night that God would save my mother's side of the family. Growing up in religious home, I learned the concept of "Heaven and Hell," well before my peers. I knew that the Miller side of my family never attended my church, so in my mind, it was the same as them not being saved. The year that my granny came to stay with my immediate family was the beginning of our unique closeness. That's when she had stopped smoking and started attending church. I remember her advising me to stay in school and reach my goals. She made me promise that no matter how sick she got, I would still move to Florida to pursue my Master's Degree.

I feel like I'm trying to summarize all that she meant to me, and I can't begin to explain. A part of me wants to spill all of my hurt and pain out into these paragraphs. I will forever remember our bond and conversations. I can turn the television on and be reminded of the different shows and seasons we would watch together. Even after being diagnosed with Pulmonary Fibrosis, she never stopped her life. She was content with the smallest things; her home, her rocking chair, sitting on her porch, and reading the Flint Journal. I'm still trying to get a hold of that concept of being content, but I feel like I have a long ways. 

After her death, I realized how close she was to God. Her spirituality wasn't this extravagant portrayal of running up and down the aisles or even screaming "Hallelujah" at the top of her lungs. There were letters written to God that were stuffed in her bible. That made me aware that she had prayed for family's needs and her personal struggles.

On November 14, 2010, at roughly 7:00am I remember standing over her feeling her hair. I kept rubbing her forehead and pushing the small hairs back in place. The only things that crossed my mind was to tell her how much I loved and appreciated her. I knew at that this would be the last time that I would see her. I wanted her to be confident in knowing that her grandson was about to grant her wishes and leave her dying side to travel onto his dreams. So now that my promise to her has been fulfilled, I am very proud to look back over the last year and know that I made her smile. 


I can only thank God for allowing her to be a part of my life. So that's all I can muster my heart to do right now... Thank God for Margaret E. Miller.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Full Sail University Reflections...


“Promise me that you’ll take the risk and JUMP,” my Granny asked. My response was, “I promise…” My grandmother had been diagnosed with a deathly lung disease, leaving her with only days to live. She wanted me to follow my dreams and obtain my Master’s Degree from Full Sail University. So upon my departure from Michigan on November 14, 2010, my grandmother, Margaret E. Miller, departed from this Earth and a promise was to be fulfilled.

Arriving to Full Sail University, my first class was Media Literacy and Research Methodologies. This online course taught me the importance of the many business media outlets, such as, Diigo, LinkedIN, and Twitter. I learned that these different outlets could lead to many business connections and keeps me informed of the leading news within my industry.

The importance of starting any business is good leadership skills. In my second class, Executive Leadership, we learned the different methods of becoming an effective leader. In this course we studied public speaking and how to present to our peers and superiors. I enjoyed reading the texts on Maxwell and Greene, which highlighted reputation, leadership, and influence. These skills have equipped me to manage or lead a team of people.

Project and Team Management was something I had never heard of until I began the course. This course taught me to plan, prioritize, and predict any problems that may arise. I now know the challenges a project manager may face and how to plan for failures. We formed groups to create a proposal for an event, where we focused on a SWOT analysis. The SWOT analysis focuses on strengths, weakness, opportunities, and threats, while offering solutions.

In my fourth month, I learned the importance of building a brand. Business Storytelling and Brand Development taught me the importance of not only a unique business name, but also it’s story. We designed our company logo and created a tagline. While building my business’ story and brand, I researched the industry market to create a buyer persona and identify my target market. This class helped create a foundation for an online presence for my business.

In Entertainment Business Finance, I was able to understand the importance of financial planning. Our professor taught us about investing funds, the stock market, and a business pro-forma. The pro-forma highlighted the financials for the first three years of my business plan. It required detailed numbers for expenses such as rent, utilities, travel, salaries, and equipment. I learned that potential investors want to see realistic projected numbers. That way, they could see my business prospering and obtaining a return on their investment.

I’ve always had an interest in making deals and bargaining. But in Negotiation and Deal Making, I learned how to conduct negotiations and focus on coming to a mutual benefit. Our class conducted mock industry negotiations where we had to analyze both sides of an argument. A mediator was selected and we as a class had to act out the entire meeting until a solution was determined. These exercises related to real world situations and helped me learn about dirty tricks and tricky tactics.

Product and Artist Management was one of my favorite courses. This class taught the difference in roles between an artist and their management. A manager takes care of almost all of the worries that an artist may have in order to keep the artist in a creative mindset. I got the chance to review contracts, riders, and copyrights of actual industry leaders. I learned about non-compete agreements and release forms. This class really helped me in forming different services that my business would provide to artist.

In Advanced Entertainment Law, I felt overwhelmed with valuable information! I’ve never had an interest in law, but after this course I really had a change of heart. Learning about applying for copyrights, trademarks, and patents has helped me understand that my intellectual property can be protected. I reviewed cases from past litigations and presented the legal issues. I also learned about the different structures of a business. I understand what the different structures consist of and how they can benefit a business.

In Entertainment Media Publishing and Distribution, my eyes were opened to many personal business opportunities. This course went into further detail about publishing my creative works and how there is a traditional model and also a self-publishing model. In learning about the self-publishing model, I became aware of a higher percentage of royalties offered by choosing to be independent. Our class came up with strategy plans to self distribute our creative works by using social media outlets.

Digital Marketing was something that I thought I had a niche for. But after taking the course, I feel that I’ve learned more in one month about the opportunities the Internet can offer, that I was once blind to. I learned about Google Analytics and advertising using keywords. My professor taught me about different websites that could increase my online presence and connect subscribers back my company website. I learned about different marketing channels such as search engine optimization, mobile marketing, and how to set up a marketing campaign for my business. This course offered valuable information that will definitely remain with me for years to come.

Business Plan Development was the course where I took everything I had learned from the previous courses and applied them to my business plan. I constructed my company description, target market, and a marketing plan.  The development of my business plan required me to pull information from each previous class to form how I wanted my business to operate. This class taught me about creating a plan that would attract an investor to believe in my ideas and be willing to support a business opportunity.

In Final Project: Business Plan, I wrote my executive summary and put the final touches on my business plan. I constructed the financials and added an appendix. Our class presented our final business plan to our peers and other professors from the program. This taught me to be comfortable in presenting my ideas to potential investors. Also, the program instructors asked questions that investors may wonder about the business. This helped me prepare to be able to pitch my business plan in the future.

As I look back over the past year, I cannot believe the amount of information that I’ve learned. I not only will be obtaining a Master’s Degree, but I will leave Full Sail University with the ability to stand on my own in the world. I am grateful for all of the professors and their knowledge that they have imparted to me. I now have the strength and confidence to look to the heavens and simply say, “Granny, I jumped…”

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Kierra Sheard is... FREE!


On February 28, 2011, Kierra Sheard and Bold, Right, Life (BRL) recorded a LIVE CD at The Harold Washington Cultural Center. In a previous blog post, The Dunlap Digest highlighted the event (click here to read). Now the album has been released! On October 18, 2011, the album “FREE” was released in physical and digital copies.

Kierra has been under the EMI Gospel record label for her last 5 album releases. This is the first release from her on her family’s gospel label, Karew Records and produced by her younger brother J. Drew Sheard, Jr. (JDS). According to the Billboard Gospel Charts, the album “FREE” has kept the #1 chart listing since its release.

The powerful urban sound invites listeners to pause and really pay attention to the words of each song. Kierra’s past records have brought a mix of dance tracks, worship selections, and uplifting messages. The track list on this release takes her original message of God’s love and intensifies the call of worship. Each song is filled with scripture and attention to God’s grace.

In the Gospel recording industry, live recordings has dwindled, but after hearing “FREE,” it’s popularity may come back. I would love to suggest one song as being an album favorite, but each track flows into the next and highlights the spiritual freedom one can receive from a relationship with God. “Desire,” “You Are,” “Free,” & “Indescribable” are songs that will change the spiritual outlook on how one views their relationship with God. She has definitely earned her title as the Princess of Gospel Music. Her strengthened vocal ability is showcased and it sounds like all of her emotions have been expressed on each song.

Kierra Sheard and “Free” being the second release from the independent label makes a statement in the industry that the family label will be around a while. This is a MUST buy! The album “FREE” is available on iTunes, Amazon, and most retail stores. Check out Kierra Sheard’s Facebook, Twitter, and Website.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Minding My Business... Plan!


The Entertainment Business Master’s Degree Program at Full Sail University has challenged students, along with myself, to create a business plan. I had no intention of ever thinking of becoming an entrepreneur until I began this degree. Each month I have added more ideas and business strategies of building my company’s brand. This month, we started to finalized our business plans and bring everything we’ve done to fruition.

Starting an independent artist consulting firm requires key connections within the music and entertainment industry. Because my company is new, selling my company’s services and myself is what will help prosper the business. In writing my business plan, it is important to highlight the potential success my company will have. In the previous blog, Guy Kawasaki states that the most important part of a business plan is the executive summary. This portion of business plan is what hooks the reader, investor, or loan officer to continue to read the entire plan. The executive summary for my plan will express the problems independent artists face while trying to break into the music industry.

I have taken Simone Brummelhuis’ advice and changed my business plan to work from home and eliminate rent and lower office bills. Simone suggests keeping the office in a separate room of the home or apartment. This enables the entrepreneur to stay focused while in the office and not view it as just another room. I have planned to rent a 2-bedroom apartment and have one room as the office. This has cut rent, utilities, and commuting costs.

I believe that the most important portion of a business plan for an investor to read would be the monthly income statement for the first three years. Investors want to see bottom line numbers to see if the business is something worthy of the risk. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

If you fail to PLAN... Your Business PLAN may FAIL...


Starting a business can be a headache if things are not done properly. One of the key steps is creating a business plan. This plan will help guide a successful company. The plan can be used to present to potential investors and banks letting them see that your company can prosper in this declining economy. When writing this plan, it is important to research others who were successful and pull some tips they used to benefit your business plan.

Here are two individuals that I’ve read on and found very interesting. Hopefully, some useful information is gained to benefit your business ventures!

Guy Kawasaki:
Guy was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and studied at Iolani School, Stanford, and obtained a MBA from UCLA. His work experience includes evangelizing hardware and software for Apple Inc., writing for Forbes, and many entrepreneurial ventures. Currently he is the co-founder of AllTop and partner of Garage.com.

He operates an American Express Open Forum Blog, where he shares excerpts from his many books and also insight on how to write a business plan. Guy states that the most important part of the plan is the Executive Summary. His explanation is that it is the first thing a reader sees. It should capture them to read further and gain interest in your ideas. I must say, this is a good read! Click here to read the entire blog. Also, Guy lists 10 sections that are key:

1.     Contact Information
2.      Executive Summary
3.      Description of the problem your solving
4.     Description of how you solve it
5.      Underlying magic
6.     Marketing and Sales Strategy
7.Competitive Analysis
8.     Financial Projections
9.     Team
10. Status/Timeline

Simone Brummelhuis
With a background in international law and publishing, Simome Brummelhuis is the CEO of the first women’s internet business magazine. Entitled The Next Women Business Magazine, issues are in the UK and Netherlands. Being a speaker through Women Inc., Simone was nominated for the Media Woman of the Year 2010. She also helps judge business competitions and awards.

She has a blog post entitled, “Working as a Remote Entrepreneur.” She speaks on how the economy has made it hard to start a business in a new working office. She suggests that new businesses start in a home office. This saves office space rent, commuting costs, and other fees. She also mentions how important it is to separate your home space from your workspace. This will enable you to keep focused while working. Who wants to have a conference call and hear the laundry machine at the same time? (LOL) But by creating an office space, others in your home will know that business is being done.

I really enjoyed both entrepreneur’s stories and hope you find articles to help your business plans!

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Obama, President of Digital Marketing


One name that stands prevalent for setting an example for digital marketing within the political world is President Barack Obama. Instead of being named POTUS (President of the United States), his title should be changed to POTDM (President of the Digital Marketers)! In 2008, he made history becoming the first African American President. But before his reign, Obama took a different path to victory.

If you are like me, then between the times of 5:00 pm and 6:00 pm, I change the channel to avoid seeing the depressing news of murders, approaching storms, and most of all the boring political developments. I’ve never been one to be interested in taxes, vetoes, elections, and decisions made by Congress. But that all changed in 2007! Obama actually changed my stance on our democracy. “How?” you ask… Through TECHNOLOGY! In addition to the normal political campaigns that include nationwide tour speeches and televised broadcasts, Obama targeted the youth through:
 
  • Twitter
  • Email
  • Facebook
  • Text Messaging
  • Smart Phone Applications
  • Personalized Involvement


Obama’s Twitter was updated regularly and contained tweets that sparked the interests of my demographic. His tweets included information about government spending towards higher education and increasing jobs. Also, there were retweets from followers that offered additional details. Obama reached a younger audience by targeting their social past times. Facebook groups were made that supported his campaign and also those who opposed. Either viewpoint, Obama’s online presence was established.

The President became accessible to the one device that everyone deems as a necessity. A mobile application was developed that kept a video library of his recent and past speeches. At the click of a button you could find out where the next speech would be held and the closest city for any upcoming rallies. Personalized text messages prompted subscribers to donate and volunteer; helping stimulate the “Change” Obama projected to all of America. The text messages and emails continued all through his campaign and throughout his presidential reign.

Now that the 2012 reelections are approaching, Obama’s team is using the different platforms to gear up for his new campaign. Emails and text messages have been sent to Obama’s subscribers to distribute redesigned car bumper stickers. Below is part one of a speech (which I was informed about through a text message) the President made about the economic progress, potential growth of jobs, and tax breaks for small businesses. Regardless of your political stance, there is something to be learned from the reigning President of Digital Marketing, President Barack Obama.


Click here to check out Obama’s website and register to donate for the chance to have a meal with him and three other supporters.

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Wednesday, August 31, 2011

A Mary Mary Marketing Plan...


I am now in a Digital Marketing course, and we are learning to analyze websites, their capabilities, and how to attract an audience. I remember back in the Myspace days when I felt like it was my personal website. The Internet has become an important aspect of our everyday lives. We wake up, get dressed, listen to music, run through our daily plans, drive to our destined locations (work, school, errands, etc.), and end our day back at home. These are the basic details, but the details include: checking emails, getting locations or directions, search the Internet for information, and enjoy streaming music and videos. All this is being done without even thinking!

Accessing the Internet has becoming another sense that us humans do without even thinking, unless the WiFi is slow and then IT IS A PROBLEM! While accessing and feeding our need for the World Wide Web, many businesses and individuals have benefitted from this addiction the world has. 

dIgItaL mArKeTiNg

The music industry has really benefitted from digital marketing. One of my favorite Gospel artists/groups are testaments to it: Mary Mary. These two sisters have bridged the gap between the Gospel world and both Christians and secular audiences. On the Columbia Record label, they have extended their marketing far beyond just the labels efforts. Using Social Media outlets, SMS, and Email blasts, they have gained a vast following. I am a part of their email list, Twitter follower, and Facebook fan. These updates broadcast to their audience new products and appearance dates. But beyond their number of fans, these numbers can be marketed to for contests and potential sales. They have released to date 6 albums, 2 books, and working on a female cosmetic line.

Their website is a very interactive site. It spotlights:
·     Home Page
·     News
·     Blog
·     Show Dates
·     Music
·     Media
·     Bio
·     Community
·     Shop Page


In analyzing their site, it is very user friendly and easy on the eyes. One unique feature is instead of a search bar (which no one really uses) they have a subscribe bar that allows an individual to stay connected. The Twitter timeline, and links to their Facebook, Myspace, Vevo, YouTube, and Ping accounts are all accessible. This is a GREAT site to hear some GOOD singing and a positive message!

Click here to view the Mary Mary website!

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Friday, August 26, 2011

The Passing of Pastor Zachary Tims...


On Friday, August 12, 2011, the 42-year-old Pastor Zachary Tims was found dead at W Hotel in Times Square, New York City, NY. A hotel employee found him at approximately 6 pm. The worker went to the room to check the minibar and noticed that the room was locked from the inside by the deadbolt. It is reported that he was in New York City for a meeting/conference and was supposed to preach that next Sunday in Texas.

I want to first state a disclaimer that the Dunlap Digest is not making any claims of opinion on the rumors of his death.

Pastor Tims founded New Destiny Christian Center with his then wife Riva in 1996. The NDDC grew to what now has a congregation of 8,000 members and two locations. The main sanctuary is located in Apopka, FL, where there is also a youth ministry building and a gymnasium and sits on 21-acres.

In his published biography, “It’s Never Too Late,” his memoir tells how a teenage criminal transformed his ways and became a prospering pastor. The book sold more than 25,000 copies through Charisma House Publications. In many of his sermons, he spoke of his addictions to drugs and his affiliations to gangs and selling drugs. It was reported that his body was found with a white powdery substance, hinting that there may have been a drug overdose. The drug toxicology test has not been released, so no cause of death has determined. The NDCC has experienced a great loss. There have been rumors that his ex-wife, Riva Tims, may be considered the new pastor.

Upon moving to Orlando, FL, I attended NDCC from January 2011 to June 2011. I began by just visiting and then joined the ministry and joined the choir and praise team. I can remember many messages Pastor Tims taught that seemed to be addressed right to me personally. He spoke and preached on faith, tithes, and success in Christ.

Amidst the many rumors regarding his death, I can only sympathize for his family and church members. What comes to mind is a saying my grandmother always told me, “Everyone is human and makes mistakes. What you judge may become your future.” I pray that others can live by this and realize that everyone has their own struggles and adversities to overcome. With that being said, let’s continue to stay prayerful and remember the good more so than the bad of anyone. RIP Pastor Zachary Tims.

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Soaring into the iCloud...


If you are an addict to Apple Inc. products like me, then you are excited about the new storage space created! iCloud will be released this September 2011 and will be replacing their previous file sharing and storage application: Mobile Me.

iCloud will function similar to Mobile Me, whereas you can upload photos, documents, music, and calendars. But the new features allow you to upload apps and music directly from your iTunes library! What is uploaded can be pushed wirelessly to your iPhone, iPod touch, iPad, Mac or PC.

When you sign up for iCloud, you receive 5GB of FREE storage space! Any purchased music, apps, books, and TV shows from iTunes will NOT count against your storage space. So you can upload your entire iTunes library (if all were purchased from iTunes) and still have 5GB of space to use! If you have music on your library that was not purchased on iTunes and you want to upload it to iCloud there is a $24.99 fee. This fee allows you to upload any music that you own legally and enable you to share it to your different devices.

Are you in need of more space? Below are a listing of the price packages you can receive:
 
10GB - $20.00 a year
20GB - $40.00 a year
50GB - $100.00 a year

But wait! Don’t forget to add your FREE 5GB on top of whatever package you get! The service will allow you to upgrade your storage package from any device that has the iCloud service.

I have to say, that I’m very excited about the upcoming release. There have been apps that I purchased on my iPhone, but cannot share or sync with my iPad or my Mac. (Yes, I am addicted to Apple Products) I encourage all to get ready to SOAR INTO THE iCloud!

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

What's Your Verdict...



Being in an Advanced Entertainment Law class, many things have come to light that I had no idea happened behind the legal and entertainment scenes. I took a listen to two podcasts from Gordon Firemark – Entertainment Law Update Podcast. The podcasts are hosted by Gordon Firemark, who is an attorney representing artists, writers, and directors. Also, Tamera Bennett hosts and represents clients in legal matters in trademark and copyright law. Below are some stories and cases that were discussed:

Episode 20:
Mattel® v.  MGA Entertainment
There has been a retrial concerning the Bratz dolls franchise and ownership of the dolls. The federal jury has ruled that Mattel® had misappropriated trade secrets from MGA Entertainment and Mattel® was ordered to pay $88.5 million dollars. The court ruled that Mattel® was NOT the owner of the copyrights of the sketches of the dolls. The first district court jury ruled in 2008 giving Mattel® $100 million dollars for the ownership of the early sketches. A man by the name of Carter Bryant, who is the designer of the dolls, came up with the idea back in 1999 while working for Mattel®. He sold the drawings to MGA Entertainment while on a “leave” from Mattel®. The appeal ruled in favor of the opposing company arguing that Bryant was on a “break” from Mattel® and they did not own the rights of the dolls. It came as a complete surprise that the appellate court decided to favor MGA Entertainment.

This is a tricky case, because the appeal ruled the total opposite than the district court. Both lawyers stated that they can foresee another appeal to clarify in detail who had ownership. In my opinion, Carter Bryant could be in suit for non-disclosure (not sure if Mattel® has this contract), because he went back to work for Mattel® after he sold the designs of the dolls to MGA Entertainment. In my business plan, I want a non-disclosure for all employees while they are employed and that would extend a short time after they leave my company. This, hopefully, will avoid any similar issues and steer clear of litigation.

Visual Artist Rights
The Seventh Circuit Court of Chicago, Illinois rejected that a landscape artist’s rights of integrity was violated. The city changed Chatman Kelly’s artistic garden in Brant Park. Wild Flower Works was a living, elliptical flower bed planted in 1984 and Kelly had a grant to plant by the Chicago Parks department. The district transformed Kelly’s ellipses into rectangles and cut down the square footage of the flower beds. Kelly had his living designs copy written under the visual arts right which protected his flowers from being changed without his consent. But the courts ruled that the art was a living form and not a fixable tangible medium of expression and ever changing, which meant that it would not be covered under the visual artist copyright of 1990. So Chapman Kelly was ruled NOT the author and it originates in nature and not in the mind of the gardener.

Both attorneys were shocked at the courts decision based on nature (flower beds) not being an applicable visual art. They stated concern because of Disney’s annual arrangements that bring so many tourists to view the Disney characters formed by flowers. I was shocked by the ruling as well and still wonder what the gardener could have done to protect his work. Chatman Kelly’s work had existed for 19 years without any disturbance and now the work is able to be transformed by the city’s parks department.

Episode 11:
Bryant v. Media Right and Orchard
Bryant made a deal with Media Right to distribute two specialty records entitled Songs for Dogs and Songs for Cats.  Media Rights was to be the sole distributer for the physical discs in exchange for 20% royalty of all sales. Media Right licensed Orchard to distribute the records digitally without Bryant’s consent. From the 2002 to 2008 the albums grossed $12.14 from the physical product, and $578.98 in digital copies. Bryant claimed copyright infringement on both Media Right and Orchard claiming statutory damages for each of the 20 songs totally $3 million dollars. The court ruled that each album (2 albums) was counted as one work  of art and did not acknowledge copyright infringement on 20 tracks. The district court also ruled Media Right NOT to be a willful infringer and Orchard innocent of infringing. Also, no attorney fees were awarded but granted the minimum amount for infringing on each album ($200) as well as $1,000 in damages for each album. So Bryant was awarded $2,400 total damages for his claim against Media Right.


This relates to my business plan because I want to represent independent artists who may be looking for distribution deals. I was unaware of the fact that albums accounted for one work of art. The attorneys both brought up an interesting question of how would a compilation album claim copyright infringement because it would contain several artists with their own copyrights. 

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Citations:
Firemark, Gordon (Host). (2011, May 11). Tattoos & Topiaries [Episode 20]. Entertainment Law Update. Podcast retrieved from http://www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/

Firemark, Gordon (Host). (2010, May 24). Hot News [Episode 11]. Entertainment Law Update. Podcast retrieved from http://www.entertainmentlawupdate.com/page/2/


Monday, July 11, 2011

Court Cases

With high hopes of developing and managing a celebrity, along with success comes hard times that may involve the law. On the management side, there is a lot of damage control that has to be done to make sure the artist/actor/celebrity is represented in high regards at all times. Below are three celebs that have been had run ins with a court’s decisions and the Dunlap Digest’s response on how a positive conclusion could be represented:

Lindsay Lohan
Lindsay has had many visits in the courtroom, including cases on drugs, alcohol, and most recently theft. It is reported that while on probation from her 2007 drunken driving case, Lohan is allegedly blamed for stealing a $2,500 necklace from Kamofie & Co. In 2010, she was sent to jail twice and also to rehab twice for violating her probation. In order to find the necklace, detectives are in works to issue a warrant to search the Lohan home.

Being on the management end of this client would be hard to reach a positive end. Because of Lohan’s legal past, as her management I would be forced to release her from services. Although it seems harsh, it would be a good move to make professionally.


Mel Gibson
A major part of our legal system are the legal FEES. Some lawyer services give their clients until after the case to pay their fees. So what happens once the trial is over? Ask Mel Gibson, who is being asked to pay close to $1.5 million dollars in lawyer fees used by Oksana Grigorieva, Gibson’s ex-girlfriend.

If I were to represent Mel Gibson, I would have to advise him to pay up the amounts unless there were substantial cause for him to fight against it and battle it in court. I would keep him as a client because despite his public nuances, as an actor/producer/director, his work is of high quality and can be looked on high regards.


David Beckham
The super star soccer player David Beckham was ordered to pay $272,000 in legal costs because he sued In Touch magazine for reporting allegations that he was cheating on his wife. Beckham sued the magazine for $25 million dollars. The case did not reveal if he won the suit in regards to the infidelity allegations, but Bauer Publishing will be receiving the ordered legal fees.

If my company were to represent David, I’m sure that the funds would not hurt his pockets nor his image. He has had pretty much a clean record. With the payment, I’m sure that the allegations will soon be forgotten.


The business plan of Mar Lamar Consulting will be representing high end clientele. Being aware of the legal system and how to properly represent my clients will help the company handle any legal issues that may arise.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Let Goo Dress You!

Something significant happened to the fashion world in 2003. Goo Atkins entered the scene as one of the most dynamic forces to ever be called stylist. Specializing in curvy figures, Goo is also a costume designer for stage and television, with clientele that includes the likes of Michelle Williams of Destiny's Child, gospel greats Mary Mary, and leading actors Laz Alonso and Morris Chestnut. There's nothing she can't champion having coordinated runway shows, and created looks for major red carpet events like the Grammy's and AMA's, album cover art, and editorial shoots for Jet, Heart &Soul and Sophisticates. Although she is technically a celebrity stylist, Goo is "non-industry" and enjoys working with everyday people as much she likes working with her celebrity clients. Her passion is helping everyone look their very best and reach their optimal style potential!
~Written by Christopher E. McMullen


The Dunlap Digest got the opportunity to interview this woman of fashion! Below are the questions and links to all of her social media outlets.

Questions:
DD: Many people may not know, but you have a huge musical history in singing background vocals for major artists. Can you tell us some you have sung for?

GG: I've sang with Mary Mary, Patti LaBelle, Mario, Kelly Price, Kanye, Common, Mos Def ....

DD: When did your artistic flow begin, in regards to designing and styling?

GG: I can remember drawing sketches of ideas as early as 14 yrs old.

DD: Who has been your favorite client to style and can be versatile with different looks? Who would you like to style?

GG: I don't have a favorite client. But I do have a favorite "type" of client. That's the client that while they know what they want, they allow me to make their visions & ideas come true...As in, they give me their ideas & quietly go away & allow me workspace. I always like to style "new comers" or those who don't have an established "presence" fashionably. So that I'm not riding anyone’s coattail, but rather take full responsibility for creating their fashion presence...in other words, I'm not hype therefore I don't have the least bit of interest in styling "big names" in fashion JUST BECAUSE their big names. I like creating it all from the ground up, day one.

DD: Where do you see yourself in 5 years? Do you envision your own clothing line?


GG: In 5 yrs Let Goo Dress You will consist of great stylist all over the world, who are capable of wearing my name...My clothing line will be in major stores everywhere.

DD: What are some “Do’s and Don’ts” in dressing females?

GG: Do's & Don’ts: The average female wants to look taller and/or thinner, ALWAYS. So always shop with this in mind.

DD: What are some “Do’s and Don’ts” in dressing males?

GG: Do's & Don’ts: Male's should always look distinctly different from a female.  Tread lightly around pattern & print mixing. Leave that to the trained pro's.

DD: What styling advice can you give to the “saints” both male and female?

GG: "Churchy" looks always require "one less item" to me. It’s usually over done. Just choose any one item & leave it at home.

DD: What motivation can you give those who are aspiring to follow in your footsteps?

GG: Aspiring stylists should be "good" and not just "into fashion". If I hear that term again I'll scream. They should not be designer label driven aka "hype". They should picture all of their work & shop their best work to agencies. They must know that they work in a "service" industry & that they "work for" divas. Which won't work is stylist is one. They should be nice. They should be diligent.

Random Questions:
What’s your favorite color?

~Blue

Are you a morning bird or a night owl?

~Night owl

What’s your favorite vacation spot?

~Sydney, St. Barths, London, Maui, Miami

Blackberry vs. iPhone?

~Team Blackberry

What is something you do that nobody knows about or notices? (Ex. Count your steps, bite your nails, or have a collection)

~I'm always looking. I'm very observant.

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