There is a non-profit based out of Silver Spring that teaches youth how to conceptualize, film, and edit their own films that runs throughout the year at different schools, libraries & community centers in Montgomery County, MD. The organization is a non-profit and is funded by the support of the community, local businesses and organizations! For the past couple of years, I have had the pleasure of working with this non-profit organization as a youth media instructor, and have had some amazing experiences with the students I have been able to teach and guide through the film making process! This past spring season, I had the pleasure of working with two amazing groups out of Takoma Park and White Oak community centers, and they did two amazing short PSA/Documentary style films that dealt with the topics of Youth and Social Justice as well as Homophobia and Mental Health! The amazing part about the films is they were completely shot and edited mostly by the students who were a part of the program using only the equipment provided by TLX Media and the community centers! The first film "Social Justice Warrior" is a funny short educational narrative style film about a middle school kid named Penn who is on a mission to be a catalyst for social change in his community. The film is a prelude to how he becomes interested in the topic of social justice, and decides to become "The Social Justice Warrior". The second film "LGBTQ Mental Health Matters" is a doc/PSA that highlights the stories of people who suffer from mental health issues as a result of homophobia. It dives into the psyche of two creative women in the LGBTQ community, and discusses ways they have dealt with, and learned to cope with the issues of homophobia in society and in their personal lives! Check out their films on Youtube Down Below and show your support by commenting or sharing with a friend/family member!
DMV Rap Trailblazer, Rio Manolo Drops New Visuals to "The Intro" of His Latest Upcoming Project
Check out the latest visuals from DMV Artist Rio Manolo, as he reflects on his journey in life in a new more subdued sound from the rhymesayer. He touches on his home life growing up as a kid with hoop dreams in Tampa, to his moving to MD and pursuing his goals of becoming a prominent figure in the rap game. Just as your about to kick back and light a jay to get deeper in to the mellow vibe of his life story, the rapper switches things up to a in your face, trapped out, flex rap type of vibe for the second half of the visuals. While the rapper is making the effort to explore new territories and paint a more personal picture through his music, he still makes sure to give you the turnt up sonics that we all know and love! Check out the TLX Media Produced Visuals to "The Intro" below:
If you're in the DMV area
and are a photographer or videographer, a creative brand with even the slightest idea of how hard it can be to find a reliable photographer or videographer, or you're a regular degular girl/guy/other in the area looking for opportunities to be a part of something EPIC, then you've got to come to The #1 Photography Meetup in DC. Street Meet... DC.
It's a public monthly meet up where tons of photographers, creatives, videographers, models, cosplayers, you name it... get together - at some of the best locations for visual content creation in the DMV - to collaborate and create dope original content!
Street Meet is such a fun and diverse crowd of people, you are guaranteed to make tons of connections and meet someone who inspires you to think outside the box! The atmosphere of creativity, productivity, and community is something that you wont find anywhere else, and to top it off it's an amazing opportunity to create high quality content for your portfolio with an array of collaborators to choose from! The possibilities for what you can create through this platform are amazing... And the best part about it all [aside from the fact that each meet location is held somewhere that is easily Metro accessible], is that it's completely FREE to participate. Don't take my word for it... Just Pop out!
Just follow @StreetMeetDC on Instagram to stay in the loop on information pertaining to the Next Meet and show up! This experience for me is always a 10 out of 10, and even when it rains... we shoot! So, if you're any of the above (photogs, videographers, models, etc...) living in the DMV-metro area, or even if you're just visiting, make sure you follow Street Meet DC and block out your schedule to come and experience the #1 photography meet up in DC!
Check out some pics I took from the last meet in 2018!
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The music and entertainment industries (or just about any industry), operate based on relationships; And EVERYONE KNOWS the biggest key to any successful relationship is TRUST... Right?
In business, it's almost the exact opposite.
The key to ANY successful relationship in business is only trust BEFORE there are any assets being involved. Once there is money at stake, that key for success then becomes SECURITY.
We've all heard the phrase SECURE THE BAG used throughout hip-hop & urban culture media since DJ Khaled coined it sometime around 2016 in his then popular social media videos... But what does it really mean? Like, how do I actually go about making the necessary steps to make sure MY bag is secure?
There are really only 3 steps to it:
The name of the game isn't trust. In the game of capitalism/business for profit it's every man/woman/other for themselves, and that means one thing...
DON'T TRUST ANYBODY!
It can be the nicest of familiar faces... your homies, your cousin Dae Dae, your auntie, your granddaughter; If it's business, it's BUSINESS, and for the security of your assets in business it's best to get EVERYTHING IN WRITING.
To some this may seem a bit harsh, especially if you're presenting the idea of a contract to someone with whom you have a close personal relationship, but ultimately a written agreement is for the benefit of all parties involved, and not just the one who writes/provides it (and that's exactly what I say to my clients before I send over my paper work). A thorough contract will generally contain the following:
At this point I know some of you must be thinking, "Ok, but I don't know shit about the legal system, or how to write a contract." Welp, 9 times out of 10 neither did your former boss. He/She had a degree in ass kissing. You don't have to be an expert at anything when you first start out, and best believe, you WILL make mistakes... But, you don't always need to be a legal expert or hire one in order to write a functional contract. With some basic English literacy, a little research, and a computer you should be well-equipped with just about everything you need to start writing functional contracts for your music business in little to no time at all! Not to mention, in this Golden Era of the Internet there are tons of online and physical resources with examples that you can use to make your contract look & function as efficiently as possible!
If we're being honest, we know the journey of a recording artist (or anyone in the music/entertainment industry) isn't ever a straight and narrow path... But is one with plenty potholes, twists/turns, speed traps, yield signs -you get the point... And ultimately we aren't always afforded the time we need to be selective about the scenarios we choose to do business in. Early on our paths to becoming the big Music Icons, CEOs, Mega Stars that we envision ourselves as, we may end up taking up clients and opportunities that aren't necessarily ideal, out of desperation. Whether you think you may be in a situation with a client, partner, or service provider who does bad business or not, be PROACTIVE about making sure none of your assets(money, time, property) go to waste...
START BUILDING YOUR CONTRACT LIBRARY TODAY!
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