Friday, December 28, 2007

The Little Book Of Confidence

Little Book Of Confidence

A long time ago, my mom gave me 2 books. One was called the "Bible Promises" and we'll get to that in a future post. The other is called "The Little Book Of Confidence", written by Susan Jeffers. And it is literally a 'little' book. It fits inside of your hand. And in this book, it gives small words of encouragement to affirm your self confidence and self worth. What's interesting, is the fact that we all have the ability to shape how we are viewed. Just by believing in ourselves. I suggest you go out and get it. You can read it within 10 minutes probably.

Now, some people say confidence, I say swagger. Really, it's one in the same. But if you doubt yourself, others will doubt you. If you don't think you're capable or qualified, you better believe nobody else will. So it starts within.

So I challenge you to set a small goal. Doesn't matter what, but just set a goal for something and then do it. Go out and make it happen. Once you realize that you can do it with smaller things, you will eventually start to see that you can do it with all things. And then, you find that balance of preparation and readiness and when your opportunity comes, you'll be not only ready, but expectant.

"Behind me is infinate power.
Before me is endless possibility.
Around me is boundless opportunity.
Why should I fear?"

"Having money's not everything,
-not having it is"

-Kanye West

Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Peace to the 07!

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I have no clue where this year went! It flew by so fast, as do most years I suppose. And even though I got a LOT accomplished in the year 07, I feel like it was gone in a blur. But I took the time to sit down, and write out all the things I was thankful for and all the things I accomplished in the year, and I had to sit and smile and thank God. He has brought me so far in so little time.

This is a marathon, not a sprint. And I've noticed that I've been planting seeds constantly since I've moved to Los Angeles. Constantly finding new talents and ways to make it in this industry. Constantly growing as a person and as a man. Sometimes, I feel like a seasoned veteran. A man who knows exactly what he wants out of life. A man who doesn't understand the words 'failure' or 'cant'. A man who has it all planned out. And then other times, I'm like a kid in a candy store. A kid who doesn't want to have it all figured out. A kid who wants to just go with the flow and see where this 'thing' takes me. A kid who smiles at the most random things.

I like those guys. Then there's the 'it ain't never enough' guy. He's the guy who comes out and demands deadlines and tells you that you aren't nearly as successful as you should be. Work harder! Grind harder! He takes the other two and kidnaps them and comes out to take control. He's the guy who gets stuff done, but can't even enjoy it, because he's on to the next thing. He doesn't come out often. I try to keep him busy. He's never full. So the more I stay busy, the more he's satisfied. I don't think he'll ever truly get full, but I can keep him satisfied.

But, 07 is almost gone and 08 is about to rise over the hill in a few weeks. I don't do new years resolutions or anything. But I do map out a plan for the year. Goals I want to meet. Things I want to accomplish etc. It's a good feeling. And, I wrote a blog last year (Let's Get It http://jlee25.blogspot.com/2007/01/lets-get-it.html) Go read that. What's funny, is that everything I wrote in that blog, came true. I looked at my list and I had to smile to myself.

So continue to grind it out and make your dreams happen but take them day by day and be thankful along the way. Nobody can rob you of your dreams faster than you can. Trust me. Go make your list. Holla!

"If you are what you say you are
a superstar
then have no fear
the camera's here, and the lights are on
and they want a show!"

-Lupe Fiasco

Sunday, November 25, 2007

Good F*****N Movie

I like good movies. I love 'em. Matter of fact, I'm probably one of the worst people to watch a movie at home with, because I'll keep pausing and rewind over and over. If it's a funny part, if it's a well acted scene, if it's a well written monologue...I just love it. It makes me smile. And I'm corny like that sometimes. I just like good movies.

I like movies that make you feel something. I've said this before...when it's said and done, and I've put my stamp on this industry, I want you to either love or hate my s***. But don't give me 'eh, it was alright'. Alright is for the birds. Alright is just good enough to forget once you leave the theater. But I want "I loved it" or "I hated it" , because you remember those.

I'm about to get back to watching Good Will Hunting. Goodbye.

"Class back in sessions so I upped it a grade
In two years Dwayne Wade became Dwayne Wade"
-Kanye West

Laaaaazy Sunday

It's Sunday. December is almost here. Nov 18th was my 7 year anniversary of joining my wonderful fraternity, Alpha Phi Alpha. 7 years. Man, I can't believe it. But as they say, college days swiftly pass.

But that has nothing to do with today. Today, I'm just chillin at my place watching movies all day. I've been pretty bored/restless lately. I'm waiting for stuff to happen, but also trying to be proactive in the downtime. Umm...what else. Oh, side note. Coming To America is a HILARIOUS movie. That' what I'm watching right now. After that, I'll probably go to the gym. Because that's about all I do: Eat, go to the gym, hoop, write, audition. I can't wait until we start shooting my next film.

I'm just rambling because I haven't posted in a while. I'm out.

JL

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Waiting...

Ahh, waiting is soooo difficult. Sometimes, you just want things when you want them, ya know?

Update on Medusa: The Beginning: The studio gave us an offer and now, my new entertainment lawyer is going back with a counter. Just putting some things in the contract that will protect us in the end. The deal looks like it's going to be great. Just waiting for the final go ahead so I can really get excited. Until then, I'm apprehensive because I don't want to count my chickens before they hatch. But on the flip side, I'm pretty sure everything will work out fine.

Seth MacFarlane gave me a bottle of Cristal when I left Family Guy. And I told him I wouldn't open it until a sold a script or a TV show. I'm hoping I can pop this bottle within the next week or so!!!

Umm, what else? Oh...I was a part of a table read yesterday. Tim Story (Barbershop, Fantastic Four) is directing a new film, and they had a read of the script. I did a pretty good job...well, that's what I was told at least. And the part I was reading is perfect for me. Don't know how far along the project is, but I'll keep ya posted.

I'mma go make some ice and get ready to put my bottle on it.

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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Today...

Was hillarious to me. I woke up, went and hit the gym to get a workout in. Then I had to rush home and take a shower so I could get to the barbershop. Had to get a fresh cut. Going out of town this weekend for a big 'ol Alpha reunion so I gotta look fresh...anyway, I've digressed.

So, I end up being a little late for my cut, because traffic in LA sucks monkey balls. Left there, rushed to an audition (which I think I did a pretty good job) and then went to the mall to drop of something for a friend who works there. While we're walking through the mall, she's like "are you looking for part time work?" Now, if you've been following the life and times of J Lee ,you'll know that I have some HUGE irons in the fire. Some pretty big projects on the horizon and in the midst of being finalized. But until that check comes through...ya boy has to make ends meet. So the idea of a weekly check, doesn't sound that bad right about now.

So, she takes me into the store and introduces me to the manager. The manager was excited and wanted to do an interview on the spot. I told her 'well, lemme fill this out real quick, and then I'll bring it back'. So I go out, sit down, and start filling out this application. And I got as far as writing my name down and then just started laughing. Do you know how long it's been since I've filled out a normal application. My damn resume...is an ACTOR'S resume. Not the kind with "I'm seeking employment blah blah blah", but mine has my acting credits on it. I couldn't even finish the application.

I'm at the point where I don't need jobs. I need my career. When I moved to LA, it was to be an actor. Since I've gotten here, I've learned about some other talents (writing, producing etc) and am continuing to hone those down as much as possible. But, at some point, I have to do what I say I do. Some people say "well, J...it's not that easy. Acting jobs are hard to come by and the number of actors outweighs the number of gigs. You have to have a side gig to pay bills etc." And I totally agree with that. My bank account is on tilt right about now, and not tilting in the right direction. But that's the way it goes. I'm gonna keep riding this train until my ship comes in. I refuse to lose confidence in myself. Once that goes, that confidence and that drive and that will to do it no matter what it takes...once that goes, it's a wrap. You might as well pack your bags and head back to the hometown. But not me. Broke or rich, I'm still an entertainer. But I won't be an entertainer working a job I hate. That's the whole reason I moved out here; to chase the dreams. To not wake up and hate going to work. I don't want that. So why do it?

In closing I say, to each his own. I know a lot of actors/writers who have side gigs to stay afloat in LA. And I don't knock the hustle. But if I don't want to go to a job. I want to work on this career. Bump money. Soon, I'll have so much money that it will be the least of my worries. I ain't trippin. I'll eat these peanut butter sammiches until my ship comes in. But I know it's coming. I know it. There's no doubt in my mind that it's coming. And it's close. I'm bout to go pack...holla

JL

Wednesday, October 10, 2007

New Rep

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I just got off the phone with my new manager! Looking forward to working with her. She specializes in multi talented artists, so this seems like it may be a perfect fit for me. She already has a pretty solid plan to get on board with the J Lee career and I'm just excited to have somebody else excited to be working with me. So far, my 3 years in LA have been mainly me doing everything on my own. I mean, I'm walking into studios, sitting down with execs and selling my materials without as much as an agent. So, it'll be a much different feeling to be able to have my manager handle all of the nitty gritty stuff, and I can just focus on acting and writing and being a creative talent.

Also, I have a new entertainment lawyer. He's been great so far, helping out with the studio deal. Hopefully, that deal is finalized this week! Then, I can pay some bills, ya dig. lol. I'm afraid to even open up some of these credit card statements. I just wanna call and say, "I want to pay off the whole balance. Don't tell me how much it is...just make sure it's a 0 balance".

And, besides that...I'm trying to enjoy the new status of my career, but also keeping my eyes on the prize and not rest on my laurels.


J Lee

Tuesday, October 02, 2007

Moves

Soooo..

Ahhhh busy busy bumblebee. The past 2 months for me have been crazy. As you probably know, I had my big 1 man show performance a week or so ago (damn, it went by that quickly) and I'm stuck in the horrible position that an artist is always stuck in....now what? As an artist, you work day in and day out on a project and then, after your performance(s), you celebrate for a quick minute and then it's time to get back on the horse.

I had a great meeting with a studio yesteray regarding one of my big projects. And I'm trying to walk the fine line of speaking positively and getting too excited, but I think things are about to explode in the very near future. Not only that, but I've got 2-3 other projects on the slate ready to go.

So with all that being said...I'mma go hoop. But I will leave you with these words from Kanyeezy

"Heaven'll watch, God calling from the hotlines
Why he keep givin' me hot lines.
I'm a star, how could I not shine?"

JL

Thursday, September 20, 2007

It's SHOWTIME

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Ahh..is it already Sept 20th? It seems like it was just yesterday that I had 2 months to get ready for my 1 man show, and now, it's here in abou 3-4 hours. Where did the time go?

But if my morning is any indication of how the night's going to be, I will be a happy man come 7:45pm. I recorded a voice for "Family Guy" this morning. As I'm coming out of the booth, Seth Rogan (Knocked Up, 40 Year Old Virgin) is going in. We were introduced and then I left. Cut my programs and got those ready for tonight.

Then, you know there's always something trying to keep you in a bad mood. I had a long and hard fought battle with a hair bump, but I eventually won. So now, it's time to chill. Relax for a lil bit...maybe watch some judge judy and get mentally ready for tonight.

My boys Gary and Kevin just got in town as well. So tonight, it's time to thank God for my talents, put on a great show, and then sip and tip a lil bit.

Holla
JL

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

LAST MINUTE HEADACHES

So my show is in a week. I'm finishing up last minute rehearsals, scripts, step practices etc. And I've been working my butt off, ya dig? So I bought a ticket to go back home to St. Louis the weekend after my show. Get away for a sec and breathe some good 'ol midwest fall air. Drive under the arch. See some old friends and relax. And in true Carol Lee fashion, my mother has already set up a concert/film viewing with a bunch of people I have never met before in my entire life. And I am absolutely irritated.

Why does this bother me so much? I'll tell you. Ever since I was a little kid, my mother has made me play for other people I don't know or care to know. And I have grown to dislike it with each passing performance. Even in college, I'd come home to see my mom. And the next thing I knew, she would take me to some random person's house and I'd be playing. Now, I love playing for my mom. I'd play for her for hours on end. I have no problem with that. I do have a problem when I'm practicing, and she slips out of the apartment and opens the front door, and then when I turn around...there's a crowd of 3 people I've never seen before hovering over me watching me play.

I don't know why I despise it so much. I just do. And I think I have a right to not like some things. And I think what makes it worse, is that I've told her from day 1 how much I hated it. And it doesn't seem to make a difference at ALL. I still get the same puppy dog eyes and guilt trip if I even hesitate to play. And to bring it back...I had planned on having a nice relaxing weekend in St. Louis, and now I've got some performance at a senior citizens home with a brand new piano and people I don't care to meet. I don't want to play in this new facility. I don't care about their piano. I don't care about any of that.

And I know my mom is excited. And I know she's excited to see me. But my mom is so worried about spreading my talents and showing me off to other people, that she forgets to just enjoy my time home.

okay, just wanted to vent a sec. Holla

JL

Tuesday, August 21, 2007

re: No Subject

What it be like peoples out there in the real world?

So as you may or may not know, I've got a big show coming up Sept 20th. It's my first live performance here in LA and is much needed. Sometimes you gotta get on stage and do your thing to remember that you're actually good at something. lol So I'm pretty excited about it. I'm finishing the script, have a couple production meetings now, and looking to have a great show.

Also, on the heels of our '818' script, we just finished a comedy. It's funny too. Hence the word 'comedy'.

That's about it. Back to the 1 man show script. I'll hollllllllllllla

J Lizzle

Thursday, August 02, 2007

What Will Yours Be?

I'm just chillin at my place right now watching tv. I went to the gym and came home, took a shower, and plopped down on my couch. I just finished watching the Late Show with Dave Letterman and Matt Damon is on. To all my aspiring actors out there, in my opinion, there is almost no better class to take than watching other successful people. Really watch them and listen to them. Either in person, or on the red carpet, or in personal interviews like Inside The Actors Studio. I say this because you really get a chance to learn that, at one point, they were EXACTLY where you were. Stop and think about that for a sec. At one point, the most successful people that we idolize and try to shape our careers after, were at one point, nobody on the scale of 'fame' or 'successful'.

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In the Matt Damon interview, he said something that caught my attention. When he did the 1st of the Bourne Identity/Supremacy/Ultimatum films, his career was at a low point. He had done some pretty big films, but he said 'there's an unwritten rule of 3 strikes and you're out. As far as the Box office goes". He said he was proud of the 2 films he did, but they didn't do very well in the box office so he was pretty nervous about the Bourne Identity. Not to mention, that before the film came out, the writer of the film fought NOT to have sole credit of the film. He didn't want to be the only one taking the hit if the film was horrible. So they're all, the director, actors, editors, trying to make this project the best it can be in the 11th hour. And after the weekend of the film's opening, Matt said that by that Monday he was already being offered films.

As an actor, it's quite inspiring to see someone who is pretty much on top of the game right now, say that he was nervous about a project. And this project that went on to thrust him into the upper echelon of the industry. And what that means to me is; you have absolutely no clue as to what is going to get you to that next level. None. Go look at the credits of some of your favorite actors on IMDB. See how they started. See what project took them to that next level. Look at someone like Chris Tucker. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
He had a small bit in House Party 3, did some stand up here and there, and then did a film that put him on the map. Friday (1995). After Friday, did a few more films that were halfway decent, and then comes Rush Hour (1998). The next year, he signed a 45 Million Dollar deal, which included 20 million to star in Rush Hour 2. Now, ask yourself, do you honestly think that Chris Tucker, after doing Friday, thought he would go on to be a 20 million dollar per movie actor, just 3-4 years later? I'mma go ahead and say no.

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Mark Wahlberg? Didn't grow up in the theater. Didn't start studying Shakespeare at the age of 5. He was locked up as a teenager and hit the weights. Then got into the music game and born was Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. After a horrid Sophomore album, he decided to take a stab at acting. Had a small part in a film (which people were skeptical about anyway because he was this 'bad boy musician' and people didn't think he'd be able to make the transition). Then, just as people were beginning to think he really was a joke, he turned heads in "Basketball Diaries". Then "Fear". Wait...then 1 year later guess what. "Boogie Nights". And the rest, as they say, is history. So, do you think Boogie Nights made him a star? Or did Fear before that? Or was it Basketball Diaries? Or was it Calvin Klein? Or was it his music? Nobody knows. It just happens. But when it happens, you have to be prepared for it. And he has definitely taken his career to a much much higher and respected level.

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And on the other side of the coin, look at someone like Don Cheadle. In my opinion, one of the top 3 actors in the game and always has been, but just recently is really getting his props. He's been in the game for years and always comes through with his performances. But before Hotel Rwanda and Talk To Me and the Ocean's trilogy, Don was Godilocks in the film Meteorman. Now, I've always been a fan of DC, but even after hits like Devil In A Blue Dress, Rosewood, The Family Man, Traffic, and Manic, he STILL wasn't getting his due props. So what I'm saying, is you just never know.

Eva Mendez. Was actually in the Will Smith "Miami" video. Studied as an actor in college and did some random films here and there until she landed the role of Denzel's girlfriend in "Training Day". After that: Hitch, Ghost Rider, and other projects in the works.
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So take every project as a blessing. Every role as a gift. Every opportunity as just that...an opportunity. An opportunity to continue to further yourself as an artist and as a person. Because you never know what will be that thing, that got you to that other thing, that gets you there! I'll go ahead and write my story now.

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J Lee. Born and raised in St. Louis, MO as a classical pianist. Studied some theater in college and then moved out to LA. Did some random student films and even did a an actor's reality show competition, which got him on TV for the 1st time. After that, he dibbled and dabbled in directing, producing, writing his own projects until surprisngly, he was HIRED to write a film. '818'. And being the writer, he wrote a role for himself. After that, he did a few other small films until (Future project still in the works) came his way. Then, the hit show "Hurry Up And Get Famous" got him the buzz he was looking for. And after that, you see what the man has done. Everything from acting, writing, producing, soundtracks, directing, and editing, J Lee has re-defined the word 'multi-talented'.


It's very rare that you're born as a household name. And with that being said, you have every opportunity that any and everybody else has to do what you want to do in life. I believe we shape our own world. However you envision yourself is how the world will view you. So continue to strive for excellence, see yourself where you know you should be. And when obstacles get in the way, which they undoubtedly will, step on it. Shake it off. And keep rising. Do you have your story ready?

Holla
JL

"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
- Eleanor Roosevelt

Monday, July 30, 2007

The Delay...

I wake up this morning and go about my usual morning routine. Go to the computer. Check and respond to e-mails. Make breakfast. Then write. And while I do my usual work routine, I'm usually waiting on something. Waiting on a call back. Waiting on an e-mail. Waiting on an audition. Something. And in that time, it's easy to get down on yourself.

But a funny thing happened. I was just about to send off an e-mail to someone pertaining to my career, and my sister called out of the blue. She says "What's up lil' bro. Who's bothering you?" I said "what? What do you mean?" She says "Somebody's been aggravating you or something. You've been in my thoughts a lot lately". My sister has this very unique ability to really be in tune with other people. Especially her family. So I asked her "Does the industry in general count? Cause I'm aggravated about that right about now". She goes on to tell me that while I'm waiting, remember that The delay does not equal defeat. It equals development.

That was the sermon that her pastor preached last sunday at church. She said that when we're waiting on something (the delay) we automatically assume that we're defeated. We say to ourselves "I've done what I'm supposed to do, I did this, that and that...and I'm still not where I thought I'd be". But in that time, we're just developing. We're preparing for that next step. Things may not happen exactly when WE want them to happen, but when they're SUPPOSED to happen.

And I was just about a second away from clicking 'send' on my e-mail. But I thought that was very interesting and inspiring. We're not defeated. We're developing.

Holla
J Lee

"J Lee in the house, ya'll seen flyers"

Friday, July 27, 2007

I HATE SPRINT

I absolutely HATE sprint wireless service. I woke up today, early, refreshed...ready to get my day started but sprint had to go and s*** on it. I decided to do a follow up call concerning my plan which I recently changed, and let me tell you, if sprint was a person, I'd beat his ass. I was on the phone for over 2 and 1/2 hours, cleaning up the mess that another sprint employee made a week ago. So in total, over 4 hours of my life has been s*** away by Sprint and it's dumb ass employees.

I mean, flat out lies too. "Yes Mr. Lee, we can offer you a preferred rate and plan of blah blah blah". I say "Wow, that's great. Sounds wonderful. Excellent news!" Then when I call back a week later to make sure they didn't screw it up, another dummy tells me "No Mr. Lee, we don't offer that". And then I say, "well, another one of your dumb ass employees told me that you do." Which they reply only by saying "sorry, Mr. Lee." And then I say, "what the f*** am I gonna do with a sorry?" She says "Excuse me. I don't know what you mean". I say, "B****, what I'm saying is that your apology doesn't do s*** for me. I want what was offered". 2 and 1/2 hours later, I'm mad, my morning is shot, and I end up ON THE SAME DAMN PLAN THAT I HAD FROM THE BEGINNING!!!!

I'm telling you, I haven't been this mad in a loooong time. Pissin me off. Now I gotta try to salvage my Friday and the rest of my weekend. I'm 'bout to watch Judge Mathis.

Holla

JL
F*** Sprint. Yeah, I said it.

Friday, July 20, 2007

Staying Focused

My mom used to tell me 'focus on your mission, not your position'. What this means is, focus on exactly what you're trying to do without getting distracted by what others are doing. Now that's probably one of the hardest things you could ask of an actor. We are in a field where you have nothing BUT time and opportunity to compare yourself to this person and to that person. In a career where every 100,000 actor you have, only 50 of them are considered 'stars', it's natural to want to be one of those stars.

My suggestion is to just stay dilligent. It may not feel like you're getting far, fast enough, but you'll get there. ( don't know if I'm writing this blog for my readers or myself lol)

Mother Teresa was once asked why people lose their spiritual passion. She replied simply, "Distractions".
Jesus said "No one who puts his hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God" (Luke 9:62) So keep working hard and eventually, it will pay off. Don't get bogged down with the results

Now, all I have to do is take my own advice. Easier said than done...

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On another note, we had a photo shoot for the film I wrote '818'. Here's a photo with the partial cast. From left to right - Isaih Williams, Cory Hardrict, Michael B Jordan, Arlen Escarpeta, and J Lee.

Friday, July 13, 2007

Broke as a joke?

Isn't this saying an oxymoron? Broke as a joke? What's funny about being broke? That's not funny at all actually. Now that I think about it, that makes me feel the opposite of how a joke is supposed to make me feel. I don't like that.

My account sucks right now. But that's okay. My turn's coming.

JL

"Name still buzzin' even when I'm doin' nothin,
but I'm never doin' nothin' 'cause I'm always gettin' money
That's simple jackass and if you don't get it, you're a dummy"
-Lil Weezy

Sunday, July 01, 2007

Beautiful Weekend

Ahhh....just had a beautiful weekend in Chicago. One of my close friends got married in Chicago. It was a huge traditional Indian wedding and I was honestly honored to be a part of it. There were over 750 people there, all just to wish my boy Badal and his wife Sonia blessings and well wishes.

It was also great to see so many people there to support one family. I've got plenty of feelings on this and how this relates to my Black people...but I'll get to that in another blog. I just got home from the airport and ya boy is tired. But as a people, they support each other, they love each other, and they are there for each other. It was a beuaitul thing.

Anyway...I'm about to take a quick nap and rest. Them Indians like to PARTY boy. lol

Badal and Sonia...congrats!! Thanks for letting me be a part of such a wonderful day for you two and I'll never forget it.

Peace, Love, and Nappiness.

Holla

JL

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Slighty Bitter

Today was a pretty good day, even though it was also bitter sweet. I met up with a friend for lunch on the Fox lot. Got to meet some cool people and some casting assistants and had a great lunch. Afterwards, I had a meeting with a pretty reputable manager. And that meeting went VERY well. For the first time, I was able to meet with someone who could potentially help with the multiple facets of my career.

So the day is just rolling along greatly and here comes the bitter sweet part. Today is the BET awards show. And I started watching a little at the crib, but I just had to turn it off. I just can't stand sitting at the crib and seeing an event that I feel I should be at live. Just kinda sucks, ya know?

Oh well. Next year, maybe I'll be up on stage receiving an award and I'll be able to say "just last year, I couldn't even watch the show because I felt like I needed to be there".

Yep. That's it. I'll let you know what happens with the manager. Looks like it might work out. Peaces

JL

Friday, June 22, 2007

Book Me!

I'm getting restless. I need to book something, write something, shoot something, producedirectscorelightedit a mickey fickey project cause your boy is sitting at the crib watchin Judge Shows, ITT Tech commercials, and a 1993 episode of cops.

Sidenote... I see why they took this show off the air. It was basically 'Find a negroe and chase him down" for 30 minutes. Can you imagine how folks would react if cops was still on the air? If they had footage of shooting a young kid 70 times for pulling out a wallet or something like that.

anyway...I digress.

I'm about to go walk around the block...4 times.

JL

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Thursday, June 21, 2007

It's Me Snitches!

The kid is back. Been a lil minute since my last post, so I have some updates and all that jazz.
I just checked one of my saved messages and I laughed. One of my good friends/business aquaintances left this on my message.
"You're a multi faceted, multi-talented, multi media mogul right now."

I told you in a previous blog, I'm standing at the plate ready to swing this bat. Not only that, but there's no doubt in my mind that I'll take this veteran pitcher yard on the first pitch. Fastball (acting), Curveball (writing), Sinker (music), 2 Seam (Producing)...I got him covered.

The past 2 weeks have been kinda crazy for me. My nephew came out for a few fews before he heads off to college. That's my boy right there, but I'm a little nervous. He's moving from St. Louis to South Carolina and to the world...he's a grown man. To me, he's my little nephew but I'm just praying that he makes the right decisions. He'll be straight though.

What else...Oh, I have a meeting with a potential manager today. All jokes aside, this is how I'm thinking of going into the meeting. I'll write it as a script so you know I ain't bulls*****g.

INT. MANAGER'S OFFICE - DAY

Sunlight beams through a window of a seemingly normal office building. At the front desk,
a receptionist filters calls through her ear piece like a seasoned veteran.

But her usual routine is shifted for her next visitor. The front door opens and a young man steps into the room. She doesn't know this man, but something about him makes her stop what she's doing to see to his needs.

Dressed casually, holding a computer and an arm load of papers, enters J Lee - 20's. He speaks first to the receptionist
and his light and inviting face makes it easy to respond.

J LEE
Hello.

Receptionist.
Hi. How can I help you.

J LEE
I'm here to see Jane Doe.

Receptionist.
No problem. Hang on one sec.

The receptionist quickly dials an extension. Someone answers on the other end.

Receptionist
Hello, a Mr. J Lee is here to see you. No problem
(to J Lee)
You can head on back. She's waiting for you in the main conference room.

J LEE
Thanks.

J Lee smiles and heads deeper into the office. He finds the main conference room and enters.

INT. MANAGER'S OFFICE - CONFERENCE ROOM - CONTINUOUS

JANE DOE - 30's, sits at the conference table dressed in a blue pants suit.

JANE DOE
J Lee. Nice to finally meet you.

They shake hands.

J Lee meticulously places the following things on the table: Three thick feature length scripts, a spec script, A DVD box which at the bottom reads "directed by j lee", A manilla folder with numerous 'upcoming projects', and 4 magazines. Denzel Washington, Jamie Foxx, and Nick Cannon are on the cover of the various magazines. The last magazine, however, has a blank cover.

J Lee sits back in a chair. After a beat, he speaks.

J LEE
I'd like to begin by quoting one of my favorite rappers of all time. DJ Quik.
(a beat)
Can you work with that?

FADE OUT.
THE END.

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Haha. And best screenplay goes to....J LEE. See you at the Oscars. Umm...what else? Griffin & Lee Entertainment is making some powerful moves. I'll keep you posted on that. Other than that...I'm ready. I'm just ready. I'll let you know how the meeting goes.

"I'm so hot I freeze
big balls and they jingle like a lotta keys
even deaf women say hi to me
she tell a blind chick and she say, 'I gotta see"

-Lil Weezy
Holla at your boy.

JL

Friday, June 15, 2007

We're up!!

So my new project '818' is coming along quite nicely. We just launched our new site, which has production info and photos. Go to www.818themovie.com to check it out!

We met with the director last night and went over the first draft of the script. Surprisingly, there were just a few minor things and the director and producers are really diggin' the 1st draft.

So we'll clean that up, get a 2nd draft out and continue production on the film. I'm really excited because this will be our first script that goes into full production. Everybody on board with the project is great and I'm really looking forward to shooting. Right now, we're looking to shoot October 1st. And of course, since I'm an actor, ya boy wrote a part in the movie for himself. I'll be playing Officer Pike.

So anyway...go check out the website. Leave comments and be sure to keep your eyes out for 818 coming soon!

J Lee

"I'm a champion, where's the f****g Rocky theme.
Damn, rest in peace Apollo Creed
I'm a monster, everyday is Halloween"
-Lil Weezy
Da Drought 3

Monday, June 04, 2007

HBFF 2007

So the Hollywood Black Film Festival kicks off tomorrw (June 5th) in Beverly Hills CA. I'm pretty excited to say the least. My film "Battle For The Crown" was chosen as one of the films to be screened.

It's a good feeling to know all of your hard work will pay off. I moved out to Los Angeles about almost 3 years ago now and have been on my trying to find my way to the top since I crossed that California state line. But one thing I must do is enjoy the journey. And this week, I will definitely do that. I will be able to go and support other established and up and coming directors/actors/writers and just to be in that mix is a blessing. And I never thought I'd be directing this soon in my career. But it just happened to work out that way.

So if you see me during the week, don't be afraid to say what's up. I'm looking forward to a good week of films, films, and more films.

Holla at your boy.

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JL

Director/writer/actor/musician/funny guy/nice guy/hooper/typer/dude who hates to lose arguments/'O'Shamus McPherson/leader/horrible follower/so so softball player/jack of all trades/chess player/dude who can't do a back flip/and that's about it....

"Monday I'm sippin and tippin, Tuesday I'm sippin and tippin, Wednesday I'm sippin and tippin,
Thursday I'm sippin and tippin, Friday I'm sippin and tippin, Saturday, after the show...I'm sippin and tippin'
-Brandon Williams
"Battle For The Crown

Monday, May 21, 2007

818!!

So the first draft of the movie is finished! We turned our first draft in to the producer last night. I must say, I'm pretty excited about it. My writing partner and I started writing the project exactly 2 months ago. Oh yeah...and it's called "818" (which is the San Fernando Valley for all you non-Californians) The thing I'm looking forward to is seeing "WRITTEN BY J LEE & TOM WELCH" across the bottom of the poster! Close your eyes and visualize that, home slices.

The script is a gritty LAPD cop drama set on the 4th of July! Think Crash (multiple story lines, characters connected in various ways) meets Black Hawk Down (a simple routine day goes wrong, turning into the longest evening in 2 cops' lives)

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Here's some concept art thus far. In the near future, you'll be able to check out 818thmovie.com for more info.

Okay...holla at your boy! More on 818 soon!!!!

J Lee
"Party like a rock...
Party like a rock star
t-t-t-totally dude!"
-Shop Boyz

Saturday, May 19, 2007

Hollywood Black Film Festival

"Battle For The Crown" will be playing in the 2007 Hollywood Black Film Festival. I'm very excitded as I have heard great things about this festival.

It screens June 7th, at 2:00pm at the Fine Arts Theater. 8556 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills. You can get tickets at the theater or purchase them through http://www.brownpapertickets.com/producer/4242

Hope to see you there!

J Lee

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

J Lee on Fox

So this Sunday, I'll be on the season finale episode of "American Dad" on Fox. My character is O'Shamus McPherson and I'm pretty excited!

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Just in case you didn't know, he's a black pimp leprechaun.

So be sure to check out American Dad this Sunday night 9:30/8:30c.

Also, the Hollywood Black Film Festival is coming up! My film "Battle For The Crown" screens June 7th, at 2:10pm at the Fine Arts Theater. Hopefully everyone can make it out to support.

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Address is 8556 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills! See you at the festival!

J Lee

Tuesday, May 08, 2007

It's Titled!

So I think we finally came up with a title for the screenplay. If you've been reading, you know that I was hired to write a feature length film for an independent producer. I've been writing for almost 2 months now and my writing partner and I are almost finished with a pretty solid first draft. Don't think we'll have to go back and make TOO many drastic changes and that's always a good thing. If the producer likes it, I love it. (I'll let you know the title once it's 100% locked and loaded)

This summer is shaping up to be a pretty busy one for me. Of course I wrote myself into the film. That'd be against the J Lee law to write a movie and not have a lil cameo. So if (when) all works well, we'll be shooting that later this year. Also met with another director yesterday and read for a lead part in an indepenent film. My production company (Griffin & Lee Entertainment) is in talks to co-produce the film. Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket

And, I'm shooting a short film this weekend called "Back yard battle robots". I play the "Molten Rock" guy. (Think The Thing from Fantastic Four). It's a full suit. Should be interesting.

Alright, back to writing. Just needed to give a quick update to all my peeps.

OH..and check out my new trailer for "Battle For The Crown". It will be playing at the Hollywood Black Film Festival June 7th, at 2pm at the Fine Arts Theater. 8556 Wilshire Blvd, in Beverly Hills. Get your tickets and support the film. go to www.hbff.org for more info.



PEACE, LOVE, and NAPPINESS

JL

Monday, April 30, 2007

I Miss College

As much as I like being an adult and out here in Los Angeles pursing my dreams full time, I gotta admit, I miss college life. I was a piano performance major going into school. While there, the rigorous practice schedule and rehearsals and recitals and theory and sight reading and music history classes were strenuous, I miss it. In the midst of all that craziness, I had structure. I had to pratice. I had one of the best piano professors I've ever had. Studied under world recognized musicians, and performed in beautiful recital halls.

Funny story: there is a huge music dept at Indiana University. Some of the best students from across the world study there. I used to get sooo busy, that I didn't have time to practice during the day. But what I'd do, is wait until 11:55pm and go to the main recital hall. The building closed at Midnight, but if I could get in before the doors locked, I was good to go. By that time, they had already cleaned out the halls and were on to other rooms. I'd sneak in, put the spotlight on the 9 foot Steinway, and practice until 2-3am. Just me. No distractions. No audience. Just me on stage with the spotlight on.

I miss those days. I'm looking for a new teacher as we speak. I've been without a piano teacher for toooo long now. Can't let that happen. So I contacted a few teachers at USC to see if they'll take me on privately.
I'm also getting ready for my 1 man show which is supposed to be this summer. Piano & Performing = J Lee

Okay...done practicing, and now it's off to the gym! Holla

"Tonight I might, just boost my feature price
'cause to each his own and the lights is bright
and I'm feelin' like Mike at a Tyson fight"
-Lil Weezy

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Multi

I was sitting here on the computer, drinking a Newcastle and reflecting on my day and I smiled. You know what I did today? I woke up. I continued writing on a screenplay I was hired to write, finished that and decided to go to the gym. Hit the weights real hard (I'm getting ready for a role that shoots this summer so I gotta get my buff on). Finished that. Came home, took a shower. Went to my old gig Family Guy to have lunch with some friends. Came home. Practiced piano for a quick sec (Beethoven. Chopin. Scott Joplin.) Watched some basketball and then went BACK to the gym to hoop. Hooped boys OUT on the court. Pretty much un-guardable from the top of the key. If you back off, I'll hit the 3. If you get on me, I'll drive past you. If you double me, I'll drop a dime. Flawless basketball. Did a light 2nd workout and left. Went to the store, bought me some Newcastle and some pizza (a Man's dinner!) and checked e-mail and then was inspired to write this. I write all this to say, if anybody ever tells me I'm not talented enough, I'll laugh in their face. Hard. I mean that contagious laugh that makes everybody around you laugh even if they don't know what they're laughing about. And after I pick myself up off the floor I'll say "now THAT was a good one." Pat that person on the back and walk off.

That's all.
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I like me sometimes. Everybody should like themselves I think. If you don't have confidence in yourself, who will?

"I'm black, handsome, I sing, plus I'm rich...I'm a flirt"
-R Kelly

J Lee

Monday, April 23, 2007

FBDO

I'm sitting here watching one of the greatest film's of the 80's. Actually, it's a film that has stood the test of time and is classic cinema to be honest. And while I'm watching it, I can't help but wish that films were like this today. The film I am talking about is none other than...Ferris Buehler's Day Off.

Well written. Great shots. Wonderful 80's music soundtrack that keeps the film just movin' right along. Nowadays, you gotta have all this CGI, and complex story lines etc etc. This was a simple idea and well executed. Sometimes less is more.

Don't know why I just went off on that tangent...but things don't have to be so complicated. When they get that way, take a step back and simplify. And for all you faithful readers...did you ever make your list? If so, pull it out and see how far you've gotten on it thus far. It's only April of '07. Still got a lot of months to go, ya dig.

But watch Ferris Buehler's Day Off when you get a chance. Just brilliant. Next up on the 80's movie list is The Karate Kid and Glory.
Holla at your boy
J Lee

Sunday, March 18, 2007

Moving and Shaking

So today, I get back from a crazy weekend in Las Vegas. I basically left the club we were at and went straight to the airport because my flight was so early.

I get back to LA and immediately get some sleep because a brotha was tired. BUT, you know I have to drop knowledge in my blogs, I almost missed a great opportunity messing around with Vegas. I slept through an important phone call but I woke up just in time to check the message. Threw on some clothes and went to a NBA Entertainment league game. I met with a guy who is interested in hiring me as a writer for a film he's producing. I'll meet with him tomorrow.

Other than that..I'm tired. But I'm too broke to be tired.

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Holla
J Lee

Tuesday, March 13, 2007

Restlessssssss

Mannnnnnnn I haven't done a damn thing all day. And it's really pissing me off.

If you've been reading my blogs, you know that I recently left my job at Family Guy to put all my focus into progressing my career. But now that I'm not working everyday I gotta get my hustle on and make things happen for myself. But some days just move slowly. And today was one of those days.

I made a call to a management company. I talked to my current manager about an update to the project that I already claimed (see below)

I'm about to go hoop a lil bit. Then I'm going to work out. Then I'm going to go to one of my friend's show. And then I'm going to bed.

Holla

J Leee

Monday, March 12, 2007

Claims

Okay. You know how I'm always talking about claiming this and positive thinking on that. Well I'm about to put it to the test. There is a film in pre-production right now that I would be absolutely perfect for. Not only that, it's directed by one of my favorite directors and could (will) be the spark that I need. Only problem is, I don't have an audition set up. I don't even know the casting director. BUT, I do know that I want this role and I want this project. So...I'm claiming it.

I'm saying right now, that I will be in this project. It shoots later this month and will be released in '08. Check back to soon to see the progress. I'm hoping that in a few weeks, I'll post a blog entitled "Booked"

Sigh.

"Hurry up and wait"
-Los Angeles

Monday, March 05, 2007

Back to LA and RELOADED

The title is called back and reloaded. Which is what I am. I'm back, the tank is full, the body is washed, and I see the next victory in the horizon!

This past weekend I traveled to Indiana University to have the premiere screening of my film "Battle For The Crown". I had a blast to say the least. They played it in the campus movie theater and it was packed. Roughly 400 people came and watched the film. Of course I was running up and down and back and forth making sure everything went smoothly from audio to lighting tweaks. But once the movie started I was able to relax a little. I stood in the back. I wonder if that's how I'm going to be with all of my films. Sitting or standing in the back. I think so. It just feels a little better. I mean, as a director and especially as an editor, you've seen it hundreds of times and anything that can give you a fresh perspective helps. For me, it's standing in the back. Hmm Anyway, there was a moment when I looked out over all of the people and thought to myself, wow...they are here to see my movie. I had to take it in.

Hollywood is very tricky. It will trick you into not being appreciative of things. Will I win an Oscar for BFC? No. Will I travel the world stepping? No. BUT...I still did something that a lot of people have and will never get to do. And for that, I am appreciative.

Anyway...the other reason my trip was so great was because I got to hang with some of the coolest cats around. Of course I'm talking about my fraternity brothers of Alpha Phi Alpha. My chapter, Gamma Eta, just crossed 11 new guys into the organization and I got to meet and hang with all of them. They call themselves R.E.L.O.A.D.E.D. and they have done just that with the chapter. They have such a great energy that is simply contagious. And it made me smile all weeeknd because I remember when I was just like that! And not once did I think about this crazy industry. Not once did I think about a call back or making a phone call or an audition. I just enjoyed life for 3 full days. I ate, I laughed, I shared stories, and I lived. For 3 full days. Oh, and I won the MVP in the annual 3 on 3 basketball tournament leading my team to an undefeated tournament run, Frosty's still got a 'J'.

But seriously, think about that. When was the last time you just enjoyed what you were doing? In the midst of trying to scrap your way up this wobbly and unstable ladder, you've got to find time to enjoy the rung you're on. It's easier said than done but if you're getting to a point of frustration or complacency, take a trip to a place you know. A place where there is unconditional love, support, and happiness... and go there and let your mind take a vacation. Family, Friends, love, and meaningful relationships are what matter most in this world. All of this extra shit is just an easy alternative that won't last. And for someone like me who has to keep grounded and positive people around me, I needed a vacation. We're too blessed to be stressed people.

I'll be doing another screening in Arizona for the ABFF on my brithday (March 23rd). Now if you read my blogs regularly, you know that I'm a hustler. You know I get out there and get it. But sometimes your fuel gets a little low and you gotta Reload and get back out there, ya dig? And if I look at all the things God has done for me, just in the last 11 months, I really have nothing to worry about. Do I?

"Trap all day, play all night. This is the life of a, the life of a...
Go Getter!"
-R Kelly and Young Jeezy

"I told her to go down to MMM. Music, Movies and More"
-Brandon Johnson #2 of R.E.L.O.A.D.E.D. 2007 FNL

"I'm going to report you to facebook for false advertisement"
-Ryan Moore # 10 of R.E.L.O.A.D.E.D. 2007 FNL

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Monday, February 12, 2007

THE FAMILY

This is just a lil thank you to all of the friends I've made working at Family Guy over the past 2 years. I'm going to miss you sons of bitches but don't worry, I'll see you at the top! If I forgot anybody, please blame my head and not my heart. So, here we go...

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SETH MACFARLANE: I very rarely throw this term out because I think it is waaaay too overused, but this man is a pure genius. Every aspect of why Family Guy is successful, is because of this man. He probably doesn't know it, but I've learned so much just by watching him. And much more than that, I consider him a good friend.

CHRIS: If I were white, I'd probably want to be him. A very successful and down-to-earth guy that took time to take me under his wing and show me the ropes. Be on the lookout for the J Lee 1 man show coming to you later this year courtesy of Chris and ...

KIRKER: Believes that I could be one of the biggest names in the land. Kirker is a cool cat that will tell you how it is. This J Lee show might just turn into a lil sumn sumn afterall. I have also been informed that I need to get famous so I can help put his kid(s) through college.

ALEC: Sulk Dog! Man, this guy right here was one of my best friends from the get-go. Coined the term 'J Lee casual" and makes me laugh about something new every day. Performs the best "Mama Said Knock You Out" in the country. Alec has gone to bat for me and believes in me. And you need good friends and support to make it out here. Also, a new inductee to the Movado club, class of '06.

DAVID: At first glance, David seems very tough and unapproachable, which may be true. But once you get past the guard dogs, he's another genuinely nice guy. And he'll look out for you. In an industry that is filled with bullshit and fake people, David is loyal. And if he can help you, he will. Although he never did open the door for Thanksgiving dinner, he's still my pal. Moving on...

MIKE: Henbro! Read my first screenplay and I can say that he's one of the main reasons I view myself as a writer. I guess I thought he'd say it was the worst thing ever, but when he said that it was actually not that bad, it made me believe in myself. Even offered me his apartment when I was sleeping in my car. And, to top it off, he even kicked me in the nuts. (www.kickedinthenuts.com)

THE SOPHOMORE CLASS. Mike D/Anthony/Biggins/Travis/Katie/Woody and the FRESHMAN Spencer: These are the people that got hired around the same time I did so we've definitely been on the rollercoaster ride together. Mike is the only person I know that can piss everybody off in the office, but still be one of the most liked people around. Funny, smart mouthed, and sometimes rude, Mike has definitely made my days at work much more enjoyable. Anthony AKA Izzy Bizzy, AKA Sad Boy is another one of my potnas. Never wears jeans. Don't trust a man who never wears jeans...except Anthony. Biggins, 2 G's, 1/2 of the Two Man Crew, 1/3 of the New Rat Pack...man we definitely have had some good times and some good stories. He's also my consultant. Tre Bowe, AKA The Next Robin Williams (watch out for this guy!) Katie AKA Krentzshaw, was the first one to graduate and move on. I think I'm the second so I thank her for taking that step and letting the rest of us know that there is life after F Geezy. Woody AKA Hollywood, quiet but funny as hell. Co-creator of the funniest show you'll probably never see: The Balls and Boner Show. Spencer Porter, aka Sporter, is also, hands down, no questions asked, my dog.

5700 LADIES: Shannon, Brandi, Karin, Kara, Kim, Brandee, Caitlan and Amanda, Liddane, Suzy, Laura, Sharon, Annie, Diana, Frostie, Debbie, and Linda AKA La La. Without these women I would have never : Been hired, done a voice over for the show, made a movie, had my headshot up on the wall of fame, used the word 'DIVA', Learned how to listen, picked up a tabloid magazine, eaten Wokano, and uttered the word fabulous.

THE WRITING STAFF: Tommy D, Patrick, Hentemann, Cherry, Alex, Steve, Danny, Wellesley, Dave, Veen Dog, Scully, and Rich. I don't know if I've ever been around a group of people that made fun of any and everything imaginable. From race to looks to pop culture to a bunch of songs written by artists that I have never heard, they are on top of it all. And you've got to be on point because if they catch you slipping, you will definitely be at the butt end of a whole lotta jokes. But these guys are the machine behind Family Guy. Without them, well the show would probably still go on, (insert the sophomore class) but they're still the ish. Tom Devanny secretly wants to marry a black woman.

THE HOMIES: TTC, Coach Andrew (good luck on your marriage sir) Dom, Brian, Purdam, The Owl, Artie, Jason, Peter, Brent, Rob Rob, Tom D, Chewbacapitts, Brad - Default, Obiron, Mick, Mike, Zac, J Stew, Mark, Vaux, Ed, Burrell, Tauke to me, Mike E. Eric Brown, Chili, Luckett, P Shin, James, Wyll, Sean
Once Halo started, I stopped seeing sunlight. Just looking back at this list, I can say that I made a lot of friends here at FG. And these are people that I would love to keep in touch with even after FG.

MIKE, MATT, AND AMERICAN DAD: O'Shamus McPherson is born and you better bring him back! But honestly, Mike Barker was black in another lifetime and he's definitely looked out for me. Matt always calls my bet no matter what I have because he thinks I never have a good hand. Let me know when we're playing poker. Now that I'm not working anymore, I'd love to suppliment my income with residuals and all in bets called by Weitzman, Natch, and McKenna when I have the nuts. Holla at your boy.

So, it's time to say goodbye to all my Negroe friends. And this wouldn't be a blog if I didn't leave you with some words of wisdom from the most scholarly of the scholarly. Stay in touch and stay black!

"I gotta testify, come up in the spot lookin' extra fly.
'Till the day I die, I'mma touch the sky"
-Kanye West

"Ain't nobody f****n with me man,
He-man, ski mask
Spendin next week's cash, he's fast.

And I don't even need a G pass, I'm past that.
I'm passin' 'em out now. And you can't have that"
-Lil Weezy

"Paparazzi spots me in the lobby of my high rise
I hide, behind my shades , 'cause the fame is blinding my eyes"
-Jay Z

"All that we are is the thought of what we have become"
-unknown

Thursday, February 08, 2007

Stupidity requires laughter

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In an industry that requires daily rejection you must find a way to combat it. The first thing one wants to do when they're rejected is self-reflect. We immediately come down on ourselves. We immediately feel that we failed or that we're not good enough. But once you realize that it really has nothing to do with you, you find a way to get through it.

Coming to LA is a scary enough, but then if you look at the numbers...it's even crazier. There are way more actors/writers/musicians/directors/models than there are gigs. But, by the day, people flock to LA and move away from LA with their tails between their legs in defeat. There is no win or lose. There just is. I don't compare myself to anybody else because I'm like nobody else. There is no other J Lee. This industry does not dictate if I will or will not succeed. I do. In an industry filled with followers, I will lead. Think about it...nobody wants to take a 'chance' on somebody they've never heard of. But once you do something... ANYTHING... people will jump on the band wagon like they believed in you from day 1. Now you can either wait till your bandwagon starts getting full to believe that you're talented enough. Or you can believe it NOW, and just know that people are gonna jump on the sack when your ship comes in. Either way, what's going to happen is going to happen.

I prolly lost a few of you there, but oh well. It's my blog.

"Step yo game up"
-Battle For The Crown

"How can I fuck up your self esteem? It's called SELF esteem"
-Kat Williams

Thursday, February 01, 2007

2 Week Notice

So today, I told my job that I will be putting in my 2 weeks notice. This is a very scary position for me since I'm leaving a great job, a paycheck, and many benefits that travel beyond any normal gig. Family Guy has been such a good opportunitty for me. I got the job not soon after I moved to Los Angeles and I couldn't have asked for a better start. They were flexible with auditions...they even gave me a leave of absence just to go off and shoot my film. But in the long run, I gotta keep my goals in mind. And if I don't keep working towards my goals, I'll never get to them.

I can honestly say that me working at Family Guy will be on of the most influential things to happen in my entertainment career. When I'm on the podium giving my Oscar Thank You speech, FG and Seth MacFarlane will be at the top of the list.

Ahh..well I'm out. I'm getting all sad and ish. I'll write more in 2 weeks with a special shot out to all of my friends and co-workers.

"If you don't decide where yoyu're going, you will end up where you're headed"
-J Lee

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Get the funk out!

Today started off pretty rocky. I was tired, didn't want to get out of bed, and to make matters worse; I decided to check my checking account balance and, needless to say, it was lower than a mofo. So I take a shower, leave my house, and head to the gig. On the way to work, I was still reeling about my money situation but I called my mom for our morning phone conversation and it put me in a better mood. My moms knows me well enough to hear it in my voice, so she cheered me up a little.

But I made a point to get out of my funk and carry on with my day. Just as I was about to do that, my producer informs me that I had to work through lunch. I ordered bbq chicken and they didn't even give me any sauce.

BUT, I finally broke out of it and got some great things accomplished with my day. I dropped of my new headshot with LA casting, and got a call from another agency that wants to meet. So all in all, I made a good day out of a bad one.

Oh yeah, that reminds me...I have to write a blog about the meeting I had this past weekend with an actor about Medusa. It's about to po po pop off!!

And if this meeting doesn't go well, I'mma - "Do the Heisman on that hoe"


J Lee

Thursday, January 25, 2007

So, my film was just accepted into its first film festival. I got the e-mail today. Even better, the festival is during my birthday weekend so, needless to say, that boy J Lee is very happy. Hard work does pay off. And Lord knows I busted my butt on this project. I'm still making updates and changes ever so often just to make it better.

Going into this project, I never thought (yes I did) that this film would do anything for me. But I'll be able to go and network and, most important, see my film up on the big screen!! I don't know what I'm going to do when I see it up there for the first time. Ahh...

anyway...I'm happy. That's it. The year of the J. Did you make your list yet? And if you don't know what the whole list thing is about, read my blog " Let's Get It"


"And everybody trying to get to the top, and that's all good too, but right now I'm on the ladder.
-Jadakiss

J Lee

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Fearless

What's up everybody? I'm dealing with a very large step in my career but there is this one small thing that is trying to hold me back. Fear. That fear is the fear of not making it. Or not being good enough. Or making the wrong decision. But this fear only comes around when I let his two brothers in the door. Doubt and disbelief. See, I've talked about these three not being welcome in an old blog and it still holds true. And the dangerous thing about these three, is that when you let one in the house, the other two just come right on in. And once they're in...it's hard to get the bastards out.

See, a good way to keep them out is to have a firm sense of who and what you are. I mean to the point where there is nothing anyone can say or do that will change what you feel about yourself. Now, know there are no limits but those that you put upon yourself, but be realistic! =) Once you get that down, once you've found that answer to who you are...you listen to yourself when you're in self-doubt. And your inner self will tell you the truth. But if your inner self is quiet. If your inner self is a non-believer...the only other people you have to listen to are the 3 sons of bitches sitting across from the dinner table telling you that you can't make it. Fear, Doubt, and Disbelief.

We are all made in God's image. And God is in and all around us. And if that is true, if we are made in God's image, then we have Godlike potential. And there's nothing you can tell God that A) He doesn't know and B) that will make him doubt himself. lol

But you gotta believe. You can't halfway believe it. It's gotta be 100% belief that you are good enough, smart enough, ....and damnit! People like you.

-Closer to my dreams.
Goapelle


J Lee

Tuesday, January 02, 2007

Let's Get It!!

See...people always start the year off saying the same thing. "This is gonna be my year. This year, I'm gonna (insert goal/dream/wish)'. But what people forget is that, you've got to take into account what you've already done. Don't discard '06 yet. I put in some hard work last year. As my old piano teacher would say, I put in the 'nitty gritty'. The hard work that you get tired of and you dread doing. But see, that nitty gritty, that grind, that...HUSTLE, if you will, is gonna pay off. So I'm going to reap the benefits in '07 and have a ridiculously productive and positive year. But it's from my hard work in '06. You see?

Do yourself a favor. 1st, make a list of all of the things that you got accomplished last year. Small and major things alike. Did you get a new car? A new job? A new house? Did you meet a new friend? A new girl/boyfriend? Did you move? Did you finish something that you thought was impossible? Did you travel somewhere new? Think of all the things you did in '06 and write it down on a piece of paper.

Then make another list and at the top put '07. And write this list as if it were Jan 1st, 2008 and you were looking back on 2007 and remembering all that you did. Don't be shy or bashful either. You can put whatever you want on that list. So make your list for 2007 as if it has already happened. Claim what you want in this year. And trust me, it will be yours.

I've already got my list finished. And lemme tell you now, I'm pretty booked up. I know how I want this year to go. And I'm willing to work for it. And I've got God on my side and that means that there is nothing you can tell me that will convince me otherwise. If you try, you will fail. In '07, I'm not dealing with a 'can't do' attitude. Nope. It's time to get it cracking everybody. Stop reading and make your list. What do you want? Get it.

"Whether you think you can or cannot, you are right"
-Henry Ford.

The J

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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.