Friday, December 09, 2005

ADAPTATION

I preach a lot about going after your dreams, and not taking no for an answer, and hustling and making it happen. But there is a flip side to that. Sometimes you have to listen and take advice. Sometimes you have to change your way of thinking to see a bigger and better picture.

You should never go through any trial or tribulation by yourself and not seek advice. Somewhere, somehow, and at sometime, somebody else has been through something similar to what you're going through. So don't think you have to do it all by yourself. Or that you have to prove anything to anybody. You have enough people that believe in you to make your dreams come true. Trust me. And sometimes, the people that believe in you come from unexpected places. But when they reach out to you and they say "I believe in you", trust that.

This is hard for me, because I am such a control person. I like the ball to be in my hands when it's clutch time. I need certainties. Why? Because, when it comes to a project I believe in or am involved in, I know what needs to be done and how to get it done. It's hard for me to let somebody else take control. Shit, I'm an aries. But! I'm also smart enough to know when I need help. Or when I need to let the steering wheel go and get in the backseat. Because you can't do it all by yourself.

....point of the story is...adapt.

"...if the route you've been using all your life ain't working right, take the scenic..."
-Jada Kiss

Monday, December 05, 2005

The Frat

Yesterday was my fraternity's founder's day. We're 99 years old. Alpha Phi Alpha is the nations 1st intercollegiate Greek letter fraternity established for African Americans. We were founded by men who recognized the need for a strong bond of brotherhood among African Americans in the year 1906 at Cornell University. Our principles are scholarship, fellowship, good character, and the uplifting of humanity.

"First of all
Servants of all
We shall transcend all"


I am a proud member of this fraternity. I have served as chapter president, social chair, parliamentarian, and almost every other position there was for my chapter. I created new programs, ideas, and social events. My brothers were my family. And I did this because I loved my frat. I loved what I did. I remember freshman year, when I saw the Alphas on the yard. I was astonished. They were what I wanted to be. Smart, intelligent, popular etc. And at that point, I was intimidated. I didn't know how to approach them. I didn't know how to speak to them. Because they were 'above' me in a sense. But I knew I wanted to be one of them
Sophomore year rolled around, and that nervous, hopeful freshman was gone. Now I was the "I'm going to JOIN this fraternity." Not only join the fraternity, but take it to a level that it had never been. I had met the brothers and they accepted me. I had to earn my way in, but the door was open. Now it was time to grind it out, go through what I needed to go through, and cross the sands. Then, after I was in, I did what I set out to do. I made Alpha the hottest thing since sliced bread. We won awards, chapter of the year, president of the year, outstanding programming...you name it. We won it. I can honestly say that I took the chapter to a different level. And I was good.

This entertainment industry is the same thing. It is a fraternity in a sense. There are the popular 'presidents' and cool kids. And there are the role players. I came out here with high hopes, but somewhat intimidated. I would see actors and writers on the big screen and writing great projects, and want that, but I had no idea how to speak to them. I was on a different level. After a few months of that, I changed my mindset. Instead of the freshman with wide eyes and hopefulness, I turned into the sophomore with great expectations. I then told myself not only am I going to be an actor, I'm going to be a writer/director/producer etc...and be one of the best ever. Becuase that's how my mind operates. I don't know how to go half speed. I don't know how to fit in. I don't know how to follow. I know how to lead. I know how to inspire. I know how to create.
So now I'm a sophomore in this entertainment fraternity. The doors are open. I'm at the beginning of my 'process'. I'm going through the fire. But trust me, when I emerge on the other side, I will be one of the best that ever did it.

holla
J Lee
What fraternity are you trying to join?

Friday, December 02, 2005

Think about it

"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, man"
-Jay Z

"what color would you be, if you didn't know what color you were"
-Random cat at Starbucks

"I got soul in me, that's older than you. I got my mans with me, he colder than you"
-Slum Village

"DAMN she's fine. I think I'll add the R-E in front of that, and see if she's D to get with a cat like me"
-Black Star

"My mind doesn't operate on a level of unsuccesful"
-J Lee

"I find that the harder I work, the luckier I get"
-past blog

"Don't let nobody rob you of your dreams"
-Carol Lee

"I'm raw, like 1 divided by four"
-Jay Z

About Me

Just a guy trying to put his stamp on the world. Everything else you need to know about me, will probably be in this blog.