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The proof is here!

20180509_132238.jpgI received a proof copy of I Am More Than My Hair book. How exciting!

After review, Robin Benson, my Designer, made a minor change then I gave the OK for printing. All copies are expected to arrive by or around July 23, 2018.

In the meantime, I’m working on plans for distribution, marketing, speaking/book tour and of course…¬†grant applications.

This time around, I’m applying finishing fund grants. And in a few weeks I’ll launch…

iFundWomen crowdfunding campaign

I discovered iFundWomen last month while attending Light City Baltimore. How cool is it to have a crowfunding platform dedicated to women only. Amazing!

After speaking with one of the coaches I decided to launch a crowfunding campaign to help cover the finishing cost of I Am More Than My Hair film. I’m almost there. I just need one more push to complete it.

At this point, I will edit the film on my own (rough-cut) and will hire an Editor to complete the fine-cut. As much as I tried to avoid it, I’m guessing the Universe wants me to edit this film. ūüôā I’ll keep you posted.

Pre-order your copy

If you’re interested in pre-ordering a copy of I Am More Than My Hair book, you can do so via PayPal. It will also be available on Amazon but won’t go live until I receive the shipment of books. Pre-order your copy here.

 

HuffPost covered the Fashion Show!

HuffPost Editor, Jamie Feldman, covered the Bald, Beautiful, & Bold Fashion Show. If you missed it, read more here.
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“…beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.”

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“If you look closely at a tree you‚Äôll notice it‚Äôs knots and dead branches, just like our bodies. What we learn is that beauty and imperfection go together wonderfully.”

~Matthew Fox

MoCo Grantee Awards

Last week I attended Montgomery County’s 15th Annual County Executive Awards for Excellence for the Arts & Humanities (#ExecAwards2016). This event recognizes the individual artist, art organizations and art projects awarded grants for the 2016-2017 fiscal year.

It includes the grant I was awarded to cover production cost of I Am More Than My Hair.¬†Seeing my name on the screen at the ceremony, as an individual artist grantee award recipient, was confirmation that I’m headed in the right direction.

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In that moment, I felt an immense amount of gratification as I thought back to all of the hard work and time I’ve invested, and continue to invest, into my art. Not only has it opened a new door and path for me but also also proven that passion and dedication makes dreams come true.

I’m feeling thankful!

Feminine Transitions Re-Design

Feminine Transitions book cover
Feminine Transitions Re-design

I’M IN LOVE!

No more…”What is¬†Feminine Transitions?”

It was a bit frustrating when I received responses via email or my social media pages ¬†asking, “What exactly is¬†Feminine Transitions?” At first I would pause and say, to myself, “What do you mean? Can’t you tell by the cover?” ¬†In order for me to process this, I had to take myself out of the equation (as the Creator of¬†Feminine Transitions) and look at it as an outsider. My niece really helped me to clarify the difference. ¬†She told me that she liked my old design but, comparing the two, the old resembles a poster and the new looks more like a book. ¬†She also mentioned that the various images above shows a transition of ages and tells a clearer story.

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The title spread

The new design of the front and back cover as well as the inside page were created by Robin Benson, a retired publications designer from the UK.  I originally contacted someone to do a book review for Feminine Transitions.  However, because this contact does not evaluate photography books, he referred me to Mr. Benson.  After connecting with Robin and sending him a few jpgs of my book layout, which I constructed myself, he informed me that my publication was in need of serious help.

Let me first admit that¬†I AM NOT A DESIGNER! Due to the fact that I am self-published and wearing many hats, I did what I thought was (or should I say looked) best at that moment. ¬†Mr. Benson never said my arrangement was horrible but made very valid points, as a¬†TRUE DESIGNER¬†should, about the consistency, flow and color scheme. ¬†Although I previously hired someone to do the actual pre-press work for me, he never mentioned or made reference to any of Robin’s points. All I can say about that is…ASK FOR WORK SAMPLES¬†before hiring anyone. Lesson learned!

Old sample page layout
New sample page layout

So instead of white type on black pages, Feminine Transitions has a beautiful color spread that really compliments the portraits. ¬†Not to mention, I’ve learned more about design in the two months that I’ve connected with Robin than I have in life thus far. Did I mention, Robin’s helped me free of charge? ¬†When he first introduced that idea of course I was extremely appreciative of his offer. ¬†I also thought,¬†YES! MY GOOD KARMA HAS COME BACK TO ME. ¬†I pride myself on sharing what I’ve learned along the way by passing the torch. What use is it to have a wealth of information and talent and keep it to myself?

Although I loved MY previous design of Feminine Transitions, I AM IN LOVE with the new.  I see growth in it, just as I do in myself. I am so very thankful for the continued blessings that are showered upon me. Mr. Benson is one of them.  I thank you for your sincere advice and guidance and send many blessings back your way.

What are your thoughts?