Doing this, again.
This is a test. A chance to show the world after twenty two years, six companies, over 100 books, a web series, a crowdfunding campaign and twenty-seven artists, that I, Jarold Imes, can pull another rabbit from the hat.
I’ve been relatively quiet as I’ve gone on a mission to “fix my life.” Without Iyanla Vanzant’s help.
In this test, I will build Write Sing Work, Incorporated into the literary entertainment powerhouse I believe it can be. Produce quality content for print and digital media—for literature, motion picture and music. And somewhere along the way, take the time out to mentor an artist of two so they can be better than me.
Isn’t that the point? I don’t want my artists to have to keep building companies because they don’t have the tools. I mean, why keep making the same mistakes when I’ve already made them all—some of them more than once.
If this is the first post you’ve seen, then you know I’m looking forward to re-establishing my platform and my company. If you had to scroll down, or click on one of the blog tags to find this post, I hope you see that I’m on the way to accomplish my dreams.
When I was younger, I abandoned my dreams of being a lawyer to fantasize about being the perfect blend between Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Marion “Suge” Knight and Percy “Master P” Miller. Now that I’m considerably older than today’s YouTube star and survived some unmentionable traumas, I’m embarrassed to admit that I’m nowhere near the goal I set out for myself. I’ve gotten close. A few authors I published here, a television show there, watching a company I built grow, only to make mistakes and it crumble before my eyes.
I still have those dreams. And with this test, I’m determined to succeed because I’m tired of failing. Tired of not having adequate resources, meeting people who aren’t serious, getting so close. But oh so far away. Always watching and celebrating someone else’s win, while I fail and then being expected to exhale. I never wanted to be a superstar, but if I can embody the spirit in which Luther Vandross sings his song, with the mindset Babyface had when he wrote his, I’ll be alright.
I named this company Write Sing Work because in a perfect world, all of my income would stream from this talents. The ability to write in all mediums, help artists profit from their craft and provide financial education to the masses. I love to write, sing in the background and work.
The dream will come true because this time, I will work harder at strengthening my foundation. Build on the catalog I’ve already produce. Partner with those who’ve done it better than me while giving the newbie passes and cheat codes to be better.
A year from now, when we evaluate my test, let’s see how I do.
So this blog/official company website will serve to document this experiment. Maybe if I start writing things down, I’ll catch the mistakes.
- Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal?
- What topics do you think you’ll write about?
- Who would you love to connect with via your blog?
- If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished?
You’re not locked into any of this; one of the wonderful things about blogs is how they constantly evolve as we learn, grow, and interact with one another — but it’s good to know where and why you started, and articulating your goals may just give you a few other post ideas.
Can’t think how to get started? Just write the first thing that pops into your head. Anne Lamott, author of a book on writing we love, says that you need to give yourself permission to write a “crappy first draft”. Anne makes a great point — just start writing, and worry about editing it later.
When you’re ready to publish, give your post three to five tags that describe your blog’s focus — writing, photography, fiction, parenting, food, cars, movies, sports, whatever. These tags will help others who care about your topics find you in the Reader. Make sure one of the tags is “zerotohero,” so other new bloggers can find you, too.