Many folks have carved out a successful career by playing poker. However, the road to becoming a professional poker player is not paved with gold. A post by SkillUp Ed on Medium.com notes that in order to become a top poker player, one needs to be aware of their opponents, be ready to adapt to new environments, learn the art of bluffing, diligently put in the hours, as well as having the ability to keep calm in stressful situations.
Larrance “Rance” Dopson's climb to the top might best be described as the quintessential “pulling yourself up by the bootstraps” cliché. As the founder and CEO of 1500 or Nothin', a trailblazing musician collective full of the top record producers, songwriters, musicians, and music videographers, including none other than famed producer, singer, and songwriter James Fauntleroy, II, Dopson has helped steer this dynamic organization as they write the new rules for success.
Building a decades-long Hollywood career from scratch is an ongoing hustle. For Black women pursuing traditionally male jobs in entertainment, scaling the gates of the movie business is doubly tricky, with the prejudices of race and gender working against them. Nevertheless, La Faye Baker, the first African American woman to serve as stunt coordinator for a major motion picture in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1999), has made a name for herself as a trailblazer in stunt work, and she's still hustling.
As an athlete, no fear is more significant than learning to navigate life after the final whistle as we often spend so much time focused on the game than when it's all over, and it appears your life has flashed by quicker than one could imagine. That's why our team at Suite Life SoCal wanted to take the time to highlight one of the chosen few who will help us learn how he managed to find success in the world of entertainment right after he hung up his cleats for the very last time. So, ladies and gentlemen, I now introduce you to former NFL linebacker turned actor Isaac Keys.
When you think of Hollywood and show business, on-air talent is essential. But the meat of production happens off-camera. Often editors, producers, and production support staff don’t work the usual 9-5. Their time, schedules, and pay vary widely. The word “unconventional” comes to the independent filmmaker Denise Ntombikayise Khumalo’s mind, thus sparking her new documentary film title.
As Brett Dismuke, General Manager of ALLBLK and WE tv at AMC Networks, speaks directly to the Black community in this very raw and candid interview, we are met with what sits heavy on his heart. We are reminded, "it is our job to redefine for the Black entertainment experience what Black entertainment can be." And the imperative of highlighting not only positive images but also all images--authentic images--in the Black stories we tell. Which he goes on to further express, "this is an intentional conscious effort" being seeded into the content and programs found on the trailblazing ALLBLK streaming platform.
The media industry appeals to millions of people around the world. When it comes to music, most artists dream of submitting demos to record labels and signing deals. When it comes to filmmakers, most dream of selling a script or a movie idea to one of the big studios; while that’s the goal of most, others choose the independent route. Suite Life SoCal magazine noticed some of these independent artists used the pandemic as an opportunity to go to the next level.