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Walking the Plank

In Communication, Griot, Movies, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on October 18, 2013 at 2:49 pm


Arrrgh! I’m being blessed to walk the plank 
and I have Derek Neighbors and Rich Frazier to thank.

Yes, I’m a pirate but I don’t wear a patch,
for reel creative vision isn’t something I lack.

A chance to collab and give back – thus I’m building a scene
of talented crew members, none above the age of teens.

I’m feeling like Janelle Monae‘, I’m on a futuristic thing.
I’m looking for the next Spike Lee, John Singleton and Steven King.

I’m looking for the next Shonda Rhimes and Oprah Winfrey too.
I’m looking for those future creative minds; does one belong to you?

I needed a place to house future talent in
that’s when GangPlank stepped up and called me ‘friend.’

Therein is collaborative work space shared by many minds;
Collab not compete – what a productive environment find.

The awesome studio that has been given to me to use
cost me nothing in paper – so how could I refuse?

So I put on my pirate wardrobe and joined others at the plank.
My heart is grateful – to my mission I’m faithful & I have Rich & Derek to thank.

The Law Of Attraction

Who knew, that when I offered my help to this seasons Youth Advisory Council that I’d be paired up with one  of Chandlers hottest fundraisers whilst we interviewed incoming members? During a brief intermission in our interviewing process I mentioned to Rich Frazier that I wanted to bring back those awe inspiring ABC After School Specials of yesterday (1972-1997) but produce them with a full teen production crew. I figured I was just airing out my thoughts, my wishful thinking, however, by the end of our interviewing session Rich reached into his pocket and pulled out a card and handed it to me, asking, “Qui, do you ever need a producer for any of  your Qui Films projects?” A producer? Who doesn’t need a producer? I can’t tell you how long Rich stood there with his card in his hand waiting for my response, because I was in my mind pondering, ‘Does he really mean a producer? Does he know the hard work that film producers do? Is he pulling my leg?’. None of that actually came out of my mouth, but then suddenly as if a switch inside of me overrode my internal pondering, I turned to Rich and said in my (honest to God) Scooby Do voice, “Well yes I do.” Rich’s facial expressions did not respond to the voice I answered him in, he just smiled and continued to extend his hand to me with his business card. I snatched it from his fingers – quick – and put it in my wallet, saying nothing more. As we exited the interviewing room, Rich said to me, “Qui we should get together and grab a cup coffee or something.” I, (still stunned a bit), replied “Absolutely Rich and we shall.”

connecting people and professionsI emailed him a coffee date inquiry that same night and he responded within 8 hours with a date. We met. We sipped the bean (for an hour and a half) and by the end of our sip Rich contacted 3 of his associates that he thought could be of help to me in establishing my dream.  4 hours later Derek Neighbors  emailed me and offered studio space inside of their downtown GANGPLANK building. I’m still stunned.

What is GangPlank? Wow! It’s an awesome concept for the creative types, like myself. They introduce their mission as:
“Creating quality jobs and opportunity by focusing on people. GangPlank provides the physical infrastructure for those entering the new economy. We are a space for innovative ideas to spawn from new collaborations, existing businesses to grow and established companies to support future entrepreneurs. We have more than 25 mentors specializing in operations, finance, legal and design/marketing volunteering their time to move these companies forward and increase the retention rate of smart minds in Arizona. By providing mentoring, educational opportunities and connecting people, GangPlank supports those considering starting companies, as well as those already in business, to be more successful.”

And so, in my effort to help YAC, Rich ended up helping me.
I told him, I’d charge the kids nothing – and he found me a studio for FREE.

You get what you give – be it add or subtraction.
I’m always giving my best – The Law Of Attraction.

There’s no other way in the world I could have come across such a blessing.
I’m Qui
Thanking God for providing for me – with absolutely no corporate stressing.

And now I’m a creative pirate of sorts – and I have the Law of Attraction to thank.
I’m also grateful to Rich Frazier, Derek Neighbors and those creative collabors at the plank.

Arrrrgh! Walk it with me
as we make REEL teen history.

It’s time for ACTION that equals reel fun.