Recently, I've noticed a fair few people remark on how confident I am, or at least appear to be (it was mentioned several times at Blog Camp where I spoke recently, with many asking me how they could become more confident when it comes to going on camera or making their blog their business and I receive a lot of emails on the subject too.
Life can sometimes feel like a non-stop rollercoaster can't it, juggling family life, work as I/we try to be everything to everyone. The last few months have seen me take time out more, to relax daily and prioritise on what really makes my family and I happy. I always say, happy parents, happy children.
I've worked with a Publicist for a while to help me with the load as my blogging business is rapidly expanding but I've always believed and practised promoting my own work whether that was filmmaking, my journalistic work to right now, as a full time professional blogger.
Ava Brown is an author and mother of two children, 16 year old Chardonae Elizabeth and 3 year old Mikhel Kai. As well as her focus on the writing, she also works tirelessly as a speaker, coach and trainer. The Jamaican born author's book 'Bamboo & Fern', recounts her story of growing up in one of the poorest areas of Jamaica, going from a 'country girl to a corporate queen' from selling mangoes to an MBA and finding global success.
Happy New Year bloggers, I hope you've all had a thoroughly wonderful Christmas. Welcome back to the first #brilliantblogposts linky of the year and for those new to the linky, hi, where've you been-come join in, everybody's welcome!
Here are my 5 tips for freelancers juggling work and kids. It really is a juggle too but hopefully these tips will help make you feel empowered and less alone!
It's that time again, the chance to add the best posts you've written this week or you know, EVER with my #brilliantblogposts linky.
So what are my hopes for 2014?....I've been mulling over this post for a while now and in fact have started implementing a lot of things I want to change in 2014, even within the last few days.
My day in London yesterday was pretty awesome. I had a fab meeting with someone I really *shouting/thinking good thoughts- REALLY hope to work with soon to serious fun and slap up lunches/dinners/pre lunch/dinners (basically eating all day) with my sister from another mister, feature filmmaker Amancay and I even got to meet very cool blogger Zaz from Mama and More for drinks at my second home in the Big Smoke, The Charlotte Street Hotel.
Being creative can be hard work. Hard to get the words onto the screen for that next draft, hard to get the confidence to write the book, launch the blog, heck even write that funny tweet. Creatives are riddled with self doubt. Fact.
Having been a writer/director for nearly 10 years means I'm used to the freelance way of life, the not knowing when or where my next job is coming from and that commissions are never guaranteed. Don't get me wrong, it's not easy but I'm used to it and happily accept it.
Wow, it's my blog's 2 Year blogiversary (well it was on the 10th but I'm combining it with my 32nd birthday) and I can't quite believe it: two whole years since my very first post and I'm no longer 16 anymore. Shucks.
I cannot believe little Alexander is 3 weeks old already-the days (and unbelievably the nights) have flown by.
I recently read a superb article in the Guardian on what inspires some of the greatest creatives out there. It got me thinking about what inspires me, whether it's writing a feature screenplay, animation script or this blog right here. Here are my tips to becoming inspired. Happy 2012!