Ms.Royalty Interviews Celebrity Eye-wear designer, Stevie Boi on set of his underwater shoot by Photographer, Lisa Reilly discussing how "Talent Is Never Enough" to be a success.
Stevie Boi defines a successful talented individual, as an independent eye-wear designer, he has clients such as Lady Gaga & Beyonce, has featured in Vogue magazines, recently did an interview with Time Magazine and much more. In his VOH interview he mentions two endorsement deals currently in the works.
"When you start younger you learn faster," VOH favorite message from Stevie Boi in interview. Watch and share your thoughts #StevieVOH
Ms.Royalty shoots with photographer Omid Zadeh for a feature article in Excel Magazine.
“It is only when you exercise your right to choose that you can also exercise your right to change.” - Dr. Shad Helmstetter. Who you are today is based on the choices made in your past, yet, it’s quite saddening that in today’s generation we’re taught what to think rather than how, allowing external factors play a primary role on the choices we make. If you want to change your life, you must first change your daily choices; from the time you wake up, to how much time you spend on your priorities than on twitter, to the little expenses that add up as debt rather than saved up, to the reasons we choose our degrees in college. All these life choices and decisions can affect us either positively or negatively.
For example in most African countries, there are four main careers that parents expect their children to choose; Medical doctor, Lawyer, Architect or an Engineer. However, the reality of life is that not everyone is supposed to practice along those fields but a large number of people fall into one of the four-career paths and years later end up with regret. Although they wanted to make their parents proud, they have to live an unfulfilled life not their parents. Like the late Steve Jobs once said, “Your time is limited, don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma, which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.”
Having an understanding of who you want to become would serve as a guide in your decision making, from choosing what is productive to unproductive however this also requires self-discipline, perseverance and sacrifice. “Sacrifice” can be defined as an act of abstinence from anything pleasurable yet detrimental to our achievements. Life stories about sacrifice are endless, we see them everyday, some of our favorite entertainers are examples of what sacrifice means, the other day I read an article on Matthew McConaughey who has approximately lost 35 pounds for his starring role as a man with AIDS in the Dallas Buyer's Club, such a task requires as mentioned above; self-discipline, perseverance and sacrifice. The great news to all this is that anyone who can truly apply these in their lives would reach the finish line with a success story, it never fails.
However, a problem I commonly see in regards to life choices is that we sometimes make decisions based on our feelings rather than our intellect this is one of the reasons why obesity, teenage pregnancy, drug addictions, etc… are the main rampant issues in our society.
Surely we have all made decisions we regret, what would be foolish is to repeat those same mistakes again, some things in your life may have happened without your control, don’t dwell on it focus on this moment you have right now, decide that from today you would make each day your masterpiece, you would be true to yourself and the choices you make would be a reflection of your goals. You would take responsibility for your actions because for example, if you had unprotected sex and got pregnant, that was an action and now the child is the responsibility of both the mother and father. You always have a choice and doing nothing is also a choice. Like Cameron Crowe once said, “Every passing minute is another chance to turn it all around.” You want something in your life to change? Change the decisions you make.
You’re born to be fearless because you’re born to be GREAT, “everyone has the power for greatness, not for fame but greatness, because greatness is determined by service." One of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin King Jr. because in life I found myself through service to others, I understood that my purpose in life is not about me but the people I have been called to serve and to be able to live a life driven by purpose I had to rid myself of fear especially fear of criticism. To be great is to be successful and it requires what I like to call ‘The Four P’s To Success’; Practice, Perseverance, Preparation and Patience.
Practice: Practice as they say makes perfect, you can never reach your full potential without understanding the concept of practice. Each day offers us 24hours, 10% of that is 2hours 40mins, if you spend 10% of your day to practice your craft eventually you would become great at it just like the Greek Philosopher Aristotle said, “We are what we repeatedly do, excellence then is not an act but a habit.” When I started VOH I was and still am in practice mode, I had to eliminate the fear of disapproval, criticism, because I knew I wasn’t at my best but the only way to get better is to START and learning through constructive criticism. If you watch some of my first interviews in comparison with those done recently, it’s evident that there has been improvement and through continuation I can only get better. To be successful you must PRACTICE PRACTICE PRACTICE!!!
Perseverance: Don’t be afraid to fail because at the bottom the only way left to go is UP. Many times I felt like a failure, I felt as though I’m trying and trying but NOTHING seems to be working out. I was spending money I didn’t have, was in DEBT, I was STUCK. However, you must understand in life those moments are just a temporary transportation leading you to your destiny and if you give up, you would never have realized how close you were to an opportunity that could change your life. Keep on trying, keep on moving and your opportunity will come. You must persist through FEAR (Failure. Ego. Assholes. Rejection)
Preparation: “Success is when preparation meets opportunity” a quote by Henry Hartman. Often times opportunities come unexpectedly, some of the greatest moments of my life happened unexpectedly and to be honest at some points I wasn’t fully prepared so I didn’t make the most of it. You have to always stay READY. Act as you would when your opportunity comes EVERYDAY. Do the things you would do then, NOW. Don’t procrastinate!!!!!
Patience: Everything in life comes down to timing and to understand this you must have patience because if you rush something it would eventually lead to disaster. You must give yourself the time to learn from your mistakes, to grow through practice, to prepare before making certain decisions related to your purpose or before certain opportunities would come your way. Greatness is not a destination but a process, which can’t be rushed. There is an old saying, "the patient dog gets the fattest bone" meaning that people who wait patiently and don't rush things get the biggest rewards.
Ms.Royalty recently caught up with Actor Wesley Jonathan, currently starring in TV series, ‘The Soul Man’ that airs every Wednesday on TV Land and premiers on BET this Tuesday, October 9th 2012 as well as R&B singer, Donell Jones.
Wesley discussed moments in his career that he would lock himself in the bathroom to practice crying, being raised by a single mother, discussing several reasons why men cheat stating, “We can separate our loins from our hearts and mind…women can’t.”
“I at the moment thought that something for that moment was stronger than what I already had but it wasn’t cause its for that moment…anything new seems great,” said Wesley in response to why he cheated.
This episode tackles the reasons for cheating in relationships and how it can be avoided.
VOH served as the official Red Carpet Host during the Ankara Festival on September 29th which took place at Avalon Hollywood, CA. Ms.Royalty conducted interviews with some of the designers as well as showcasing their work, the host Shondrella Avery, Special guests which included Naija Boys, Monalisa Okojie, Miss Nigeria In America 2012 winner, ABC Series Last Resort writer; Morenike Balogun and many others.
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VOH served as the official red carpet host at the Ankara Festival. Stay tuned for the release of the media coverage featuring behind the scenes, all the amazing interviews with Actress Shondrella Avery, the incredible Sandra Izsadore, Monalisa Okojie and many others.
"FEARLESS Publisher Arian Simone spoke with Ms. Royalty, host of the web series “Voice of Hope.” With “Voice of Hope,” Ms. Royalty interviews those that influence pop culture to give a platform to issues that affect society and spark conversation.
Most recently, her interview with actress Meagan Good and husband DeVon Franklin about why they waited to have sex until married made its rounds on the blogosphere, with many commending Meagan for her choice.
Ms. Royalty has a true journey of what it means to be fearless, and she details how “Voice of Hope” came to be, her relationship with God, the determination to fulfill her purpose and how she wants “Voice of Hope” to evolve as a platform."
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