Escapism

I’m enjoying these writing exercises of writing a short story around a poem that was written before-hand so I’m going to do it again.  I’m going to try to stretch the walls of my imagination a little more…hmmmm….let’s see…this is so much fun.  *thinking* OK ready set go!  This poem/lyric set was titled Escapism.  It was for a friend to use and chop up and make a song salad for his album.  He may still use it so keep your hands off! (;  Here’s my attempt to write a short story around Escapism….

I’ve had a reoccuring dream that I was running from something or someone since I was a child.  I can’t remember the exact age that I began to have this dream.  I never saw a face or figure in any of these dreams, but I only heard a voice within that urged me to Run!  Run, Candice!  No, not like Forrest Gump, I never had leg braces, thank God.  Maybe it was something else trying to brace me…maybe it was a fear of something that I had yet to realize?  Maybe it was something that would bring me peace, which is why I’ve been running restlessly.

What could be trying to hold me, keep me, stabilize me from escaping?  I often think about what it would have been like if I was born in the times of slavery.  I don’t think I would have made it.  I’d either have to be free or dead.  Even now its hard to work a 9-5 under somebody…an hour lunch? Please!  Can I have two hours?  So to be trapped…enslaved… I can’t fathom it!  Underground railroad? Nah! I’d dare them to catch me in broad daylight!  Kill me if you have to because this woman is running free!

But what have I been running from all these years?  The fear of committment?  The fear of being left alone?  The fear of me?  What is driving my propensity to run?  I ran, I run, I’m running….and I didn’t train for this.  But I keep running, and I haven’t yet even caught a glimpse of my destination.  I guess that’s where faith comes in.  Maybe I’ll run into an epiphany, stop and just embrace the whole of me!

Escapism Lyrics by Candice Georgia

Must have been a fleeting moment

The  day your eyes met mine.

Thought those days  would last forever,

Toffee eyes on coffee skin so  fine.

Must have been a fleeting moment,

Still, I know our  love stopped time.

Thought our days would last forever,

Thought  you’d always be mine.

I didn’t want to wake from  dreaming

I didn’t want this surreality to end.

I cherished our  days as one–

I relished in our time  spent, Together.

Our love can never be  forgotten,

Day or night my dreams are just as sweet,

No nightmare  ever befell me until

The night you escaped my dreams. Forever.

You can’t escape love when it rains or its cold,

We should love in winter as much as in Spring,

You can’t  escape love in life’s off seasons,

As true love can endure anything,

All weather.

An escapist never sees opportunity,

Forever eluding her dreams.

You’ve missed an opportunity at a real thing,

Dismissed the reality of loving me.

Must have been a fleeting moment

The day your eyes met mine;

Thought those days would last forever

Thought our love would  endure for all time.

Will it  ever?

And those were his words to me… but I ran, I run, I’m running, and I don’t know where to, I’m just always running.  Getting tired though….I never trained for this.  But I keep running, and I haven’t yet even caught a glimpse of my destination.  I guess that’s where faith comes in.  Maybe I’ll run into an epiphany, stop and just embrace the whole of me!

Candice Georgia 2012 All Rights Reserved

By candicegeorgia81

Escapism

I’m enjoying these writing exercises of writing a short story around a poem that was written before-hand so I’m going to do it again.  I’m going to try to stretch the walls of my imagination a little more…hmmmm….let’s see…this is so much fun.  *thinking* OK ready set go!  This poem/lyric set was titled Escapism.  It was for a friend to use and chop up and make a song salad for his album.  He may still use it so keep your hands off! (;  Here’s my attempt to write a short story around Escapism….

I’ve had a reoccuring dream that I was running from something or someone since I was a child.  I can’t remember the exact age that I began to have this dream.  I never saw a face or figure in any of these dreams, but I only heard a voice within that urged me to Run!  Run, Candice!  No, not like Forrest Gump, I never had leg braces, thank God.  Maybe it was something else trying to brace me…maybe it was a fear of something that I had yet to realize?  Maybe it was something that would bring me peace, which is why I’ve been running restlessly.

What could be trying to hold me, keep me, stabilize me from escaping?  I often think about what it would have been like if I was born in the times of slavery.  I don’t think I would have made it.  I’d either have to be free or dead.  Even now its hard to work a 9-5 under somebody…an hour lunch? Please!  Can I have two hours?  So to be trapped…enslaved… I can’t fathom it!  Underground railroad? Nah! I’d dare them to catch me in broad daylight!  Kill me if you have to because this woman is running free!

But what have I been running from all these years?  The fear of committment?  The fear of being left alone?  The fear of me?  What is driving my propensity to run?  I ran, I run, I’m running….and I didn’t train for this.  But I keep running, and I haven’t yet even caught a glimpse of my destination.  I guess that’s where faith comes in.  Maybe I’ll run into an epiphany, stop and just embrace the whole of me!

Escapism Lyrics by Candice Georgia

Must have been a fleeting moment

The  day your eyes met mine.

Thought those days  would last forever,

Toffee eyes on coffee skin so  fine.

Must have been a fleeting moment,

Still, I know our  love stopped time.

Thought our days would last forever,

Thought  you’d always be mine.

I didn’t want to wake from  dreaming

I didn’t want this surreality to end.

I cherished our  days as one–

I relished in our time  spent, Together.

Our love can never be  forgotten,

Day or night my dreams are just as sweet,

No nightmare  ever befell me until

The night you escaped my dreams. Forever.

You can’t escape love when it rains or its cold,

We should love in winter as much as in Spring,

You can’t  escape love in life’s off seasons,

As true love can endure anything,

All weather.

An escapist never sees opportunity,

Forever eluding her dreams.

You’ve missed an opportunity at a real thing,

Dismissed the reality of loving me.

Must have been a fleeting moment

The day your eyes met mine;

Thought those days would last forever

Thought our love would  endure for all time.

Will it  ever?

And those were his words to me… but I ran, I run, I’m running, and I don’t know where to, I’m just always running.  Getting tired though….I never trained for this.  But I keep running, and I haven’t yet even caught a glimpse of my destination.  I guess that’s where faith comes in.  Maybe I’ll run into an epiphany, stop and just embrace the whole of me!

Candice Georgia 2012 All Rights Reserved

By candicegeorgia81

Creatives Anonymous presents: Mr Salim Rashad, Singer Extraordinaire!

1.  Salim, tell me the history of your love for music and performing?

Well I would say I loved music ever since I can remember… My parents would play old Temptations songs or Earth Wind and Fire and or various others… I was even in 5th grade district choir lol oh and 1 of my favorite memories, my dude Zahir and I use to serenade the ladies on the back of the school bus during grade school, haha old Boys II Men, Dru Hill, Jodici, Htown, Silk, and many others… We did the talent shows, and through together school events to showcase our singing, rapping and dancing abilities, I mean for lunch we had nothing to do but play basket ball, play dominoes and make beats on the tables and sing, rap and dance etc etc! lol I guess music has just always been a part of me, I can’t really see my self doing anything else… I try doing other things, but I’m just really not that interested…Even when I try to leave this music stuff alone, I can’t seem to stay away from it, I’m driven back to it, its fun, I love the excitement when forming a new song, and there is no satisfaction like when some one loves and appreciates your craft… I love how you can touch so many lives through music… I love the whole creative process of it, I love the sound of a GREAT HARMONY PART!!! People really have know idea what it takes to put a great song together…

 
2.  You are a very talented person, and I know you sing, but what other talents would you say you have?

WELL THANK YOU VERY MUCH… Not only do I sing, I can rap and dance as well, play sum basketball, and pretty much any other sport, a bit of a handy man lol, I can cook a lil somethin somethin lol, I also have a talent for being an easy person to talk to, someone who is very understanding, some would say I’m talented in many arenas but I will stop here….
 
 
3.  Do you mainly desire to perform in TX or do you want to eventually be a universal talent?

Oh no, DEFINATELY  a global/universal talent indeed!!! lol

 
4.  What obstacles do you think are or have in the past tried to prevent you from realizing your dream?

Well first let me just say this list is ENDLESS!!! lol you get everything from people and I mean the from the stranger to the closest people in your life(family included)  telling you that you CAN’T do it, give it up, go try something else… To people lie’n TO and ABOUT you… People constantly trying to bring you down or hate on what you are striving to accomplish! You get broken promises, you get people who take or try and take advantage of you, you get people stealing from you, just so many things you go through for your “pursuit of happiness” so to speak, or all to fufill your dream!

 
5.  What is your proudest accomplishment thus far in your professional life and where do you see yourself in 5 years?

I would say my proudest accomplishment so far professionally is performing for over 35,000(THOUSAND) people on a beach in Corpus Christi, TX, and my latest accomplishment of my music soon to be featured in a major motion picture GOD willing… In 5 yrs I definately see myself doing major tours across the U.S. as well as overseas… I see myself with number 1 singles and albums topping charts everywhere, staring in movies, winning Grammy awards and maybe even an Oscar!

 
6.  What is your proudest accomplishment in your personal life?

The days my 2 children were born!

 
7.  What would you like the world to know about you, and what inspires your music??

I would like the world to know I, nor my partner Zahir are your ordinary everyday artist… We have a specific mission to change the face of music, to put a refreshing perspective on this thing… See we are the type of artist you can not really put in a box, we try a wide variety of music cause we love it… But to dig a little deeper, this is beyond/much deeper then just MUSIC for us… This is a platform for us to help others… It is a way for us to influence, inspire and uplift the world… This is a way to change not only our lives but our families lives, our friends and so many others in need! It is a way for us to give back, a way to be heard, a way to address social issues or problems… This is a voice for those who can not speak, glasses for those who have trouble seeing, and monetary opportunities for those who have never had access to it and need direction on how to get it following there own dreams and goals… So this and so many other things is what inspires our music… The 9to5 cat trying to make ends meet everyday… The single parent mother/father trying to just hang in there… The female stripper who dances at night to pay for school during the day or support her kids… The terminally ill, the victims of natural disasters all around the world… Or just the humble family try’na make it out the hood… I/we are real down to earth people with real humanitarian goals, so this is the type of stuff you will here in the meat of our music….

 
Thanks!

www.facebook.com/SalimRashadMusic
www.youtube.com/SalimRashadTv

By candicegeorgia81

Reggie Smith, Owner of Spedeman Production Company

website: www.spedeman.com
phone: 214-609-5726

Reggie Smith (Actor, Writer, Producer)

1. Reggie, I know you as an actor mainly from the different projects we worked on a while back, but you also are a talented movie maker. What inspired you to want to get on the other side of the camera?

Yea, I remember those days. There were a lot of good times behind the scenes. In any event, acting is what led me to filmmaking. Considering that you’re actor as well you know that one has to wait for a production to surface before there is work. Well I hated waiting; in fact, the area that we were in didn’t present a lot meaningful opportunities to be honest. So I started doing stand up. I really enjoy stand up and to be honest with you, I’m still performing here and there just for fun. Well, after doing stand up for a few months, Def Comedy Jam had an audition for a radio slot. They required the comic to post two to three minutes of material online. I didn’t know anyone who owned a camera at the time, so I decided to buy one of my own. I’m sad to say, that I didn’t get a spot on the show so I kind of put the camera up in my closet. I think it was three months later and I was still going from audition to audition. Even though I was working I wasn’t satisfied. Finally, I thought to myself, “I can make my own short films”. I had no training or anything so I read a few books and put faith in my power to observe the pros (eventually I took a few classes). I contacted a mutual acting friend and she was more than willing to help me. It took us four hours, but it was a whole a lot of fun. I have to admit that the technical part of the piece was terrible, but hey, it was my first one. I was scared to show it to people at first, but my sister saw it and encourage me to send it around. I got a good review and I’ve been doing them ever since because they are so much fun. Now I am going to take it to the next level. When I look back I didn’t get earn a slot on the show but I earned something much greater. I earned a healthy obsession. I bought the camera solely for the audition, now that I think about it; I could have probably taken it back. But I’m glad that I didn’t because it introduced me to something new.

2. Have you or are you planning to enter your work into any film festivals?

I have a few that I’m planning on sending to the film festivals.

3. Who is your idol, or who inspires you as an artist?

Everyday people inspire me. Simple people are very interesting to me. We are all artist in some way shape or form. But as far people go, I’m inspired by Rod Serling, Spike Lee and many others.

4. Aside from creating, what other hobbies or jobs do you have?

My other hobbies are business. I’ve been in business for myself now for over five years. I currently own a few businesses and I handle the logistic aspect of my companies. I’m currently creating a media production company that produces commercials, special effects and etc.

5. What is your proudest accomplishment thus far in your professional life and where do you see yourself in 5 years?

Earning my own cashflow. There is nothing like having your own company. Artistically my proudest accomplishment was actually having the heart to get on stage and perform and finish my shorts. I would like to look back and say that I gave artists a creative platform to do the thing(s) that they were born to do. I say that because genius without opportunity is a tragedy. I would love to produce a piece with new talent and established talent like Anika Noni Rose, Tarji P.Henson, Naomi Harris and Laz Alonzo. Not that they need me, but I need them.

6. What would you say differentiates your movies from others that are out now?

Hmmmmm…..the difference is that they are coming from my skill set. In addition, I am going to experiment in the same manner in which Alfred Hitchcock did without alienating the viewers.

7. What would you like the world to know about you, and what inspires your creativity??

Besides that Jesus loves them, I want them to know that they inspire me to create.

They Call Her Ms. Carter

My second interview was with Tameika, such a multi-talented young lady.  Tameika, thanks for letting us into your creative world!

1.  Tameika, you have been writing for a long time.  How many years would you say you’ve been writing and do you remember your first work?

I started writing at the age of 12. I’m going to be 30 in two weeks, so that’s a long time. The first art of work I wrote were song lyrics. I was in a girl group that was kind of like TLC and I wrote a song for us to sing.

 

2.  Writing is obviously your passion, what other creative outlet do you enjoy utilizing? (i.e. singing, writing, dancing)

 I have been singing since the age of 3. I started dancing at the age of 4. These two talents came natural. I never really went to dancing school, but everyone tells me I could have been a Janet backup dancer. I love to sing and dance. It makes my heart and soul smile.

 

3.  Where do you see yourself in five years as a writer?

In five years, I see myself owning my own literary agent/editing company. I also see myself with many novels on the New York Times Best Selling List.

 

4.  What obstacles do you think are or have in the past tried to prevent you from realizing your dream?

I have had two major obstacles in my past that have prevented me from realizing my dream. One is, I have a heart condition and my immune system seem to worsen as I became older. The second one is when I was in college and an African-American professor told me the most prejudice thing about how I will never be a writer because I grew up in Jamaica, Queens New York.

 

5.  I can’t believe a professor told you that!  I was born in Jamaica, Quens New York so we’ll show that professor how full of it he/she was!  What is your favorite genre to write in (i.e. poetry, fiction, novels, articles)?

 I acutally like all the genres because I’m able to write for all. I really enjoy short stories because they are sweet, but short.

 

They Call Her Ms. Carter

6.  What is your proudest accomplishment in your personal life?

My proudest accomplishment in my personal life is finally correcting my heart condition. I made the best decision for my life myself, when usually my parents would have made it. I no longer have black outs, headaches, migraines, and I can breathe at 95-100% instead of at 84%.

 

7.  What would you like the world to know about you, and what inspires you as a writer?

What the world should know about me is that I’m a caring person who loves and hurts deeply. I love to laugh because life is too short to be so serious. What inspires me as a writer is, just living life and observing the way people and myself react to it.

My website: http://www.theycallmemscarter.blogspot.com.

My articles:

(1)http://www.examiner.com/african-american-relationships-in-charlotte/5-signs-someone-is-not-for-you

(2)http://www.examiner.com/african-american-relationships-in-charlotte/is-physical-attraction-the-best-feature

(3)http://www.examiner.com/african-american-relationships-in-charlotte/know-your-status

(4)http://www.examiner.com/african-american-relationships-in-charlotte/5-major-things-not-to-do-a-relationship

(5)http://www.examiner.com/african-american-relationships-in-charlotte/getting-your-partner-to-try-new-things

By candicegeorgia81

Shanika Mac, Owner Mac Media

Mac Media

My first blog spotlight is on Ms. Shanika Mac of Mac Media based in Texas.  She stumbled upon the beauty of photography and hasn’t looked back since.

1.  Shanika, we went to school together…many moons ago (laughing)…what inspired you to become a photographer?

Actually, photography is something I fell into. Browsing around a pawn shop one day looking for a bargain, I picked up a camera and have been shooting since. People that is. lol
 

2.  Photography is obviously your passion.  What would you say are your favorite subjects, people, places or things?
 
I love working with models, which inspires my creative side working with different themes/ concepts. I love catching people in an uncontrolled environment utilizing natural light.

 
3.  Aside from photography what hidden talents do you have? 
 
I’m a designer by nature. I’m also a painter.

4.  How would you define beauty from your side of the lens?
When a model steps in front of my camera, she knows how to work the camera and produces some really great shots. That’s the beauty of it. Makes me love what I do even more when I’m working with a talented/ experienced model. 

 5.  Time to give props.  Who have you photographed thus far that has taken your breath away?
A model I’ve worked with, Tatiana Briceno. She is an all around beautiful person and has a look perfect for the high fashion industry.

 
6.  Do you have a favorite photographer and if so why do they or does it inspire you?
 
My favorite photographer is Derek Blanks. He comes up with the best concepts in his work, which inspires me to tune in with my creative side and think outside the box.

 
7.  What would you like the world to know about you, and what inspires you as a photographer?

I’m a very dedicated, down to earth person that loves to have fun and meet new people. My struggles in life inspire me to be a better person everyday and keep pushing for my goal of being an international photographer.

 Shanika Mac, Photographer
Mac Media
www.macmediaphoto.com

By candicegeorgia81

Creatives Anonymous Aim

Creatives Anonymous has a really simple purpose.  This blog is to showcase artists and creatives that aren’t in the limelight and are what you may call “independents”.  The artist I showcase are extremely talented and have so much potential but you wouldn’t hear them on the radio at the turn of a dail or see their CD’s in Target or Best Buy right away.  I showcase visual, musical, lyrical and poetic artists, as well as novelists, grafitti and tattoo artists, fire blowers, circus clowns, any and every talent under the creative umbrella that is within decent taste can be showcased on Creatives Anonymous.

All artists will gain distribution in terms of being promoted through my blog, events, and business cards and flyers on my blog.  I like going to arts events, music events, fundraisers, and in New York City, you never know who you will meet!  So whoever I run into, the artists on my blog run into as well!  Thanks and come one come all creatives anonymous!

By candicegeorgia81