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Indeed you might ask, how can an entrepreneur need advice from a fellow entrepreneur?

Well I will answer; because not all of the ones out have life and or business experience.

That being said I would like to share a few thoughts that may help others that currently freelance, own a small or large business, or are in plans to do so.

First bit of advice is regarding FOUNDATION!

In order to build yourself in your field you need to have a strong foundation, much like a house. if you’re weak you will need to be strong.

Your team reflects highly of who you are. You must also have a strong team.

Together you will excel and be able to meet your business goals and satisfy the goals in your business relationships.

Second; you need to have GOALS in order to meet them right?

Think about what drives you?, what motivates you? Then think about how you can achieve everything necessary to meet the goals you set. GOOD now that you’ve done so LISTEN UP.


If you want to be a professional be a damn good one. Research your profession or craft, invest in the thing that you need.

Things I advise are but not limited to; formal training in your craft or line of business, tools required such as software programs to utilize or equipment and or instruments if your profession requires them.

For example:

If you’re an actor take classes, obtain experience on set and off set (volunteer, network, and expand your knowledge while doing so) to then pursue paid work. Purchase different wardrobe options so that you may submit for different castings (nurse, doctor, cop, fireman, lawyer, etc) It will land you more options.

Obtain as much EXPERIENCE as you can, you will then be in high demand. In ANY form of business, this is important.

That being said, expanding on that need for experience in all businesses you can establish and maintain internships or apprenticeships where eventually you can then get a job referral based on the “show and prove” method. Show your WORK ETHIC prove you’re worthy.

Once you’ve established your existence in your business community begin to think about your next steps.

How can I create a steady income?

How can I obtain the tools I need for my goals moving forward?

Who can I offer my business to and how do I do so?



Protect yourself.

Protect your content.

What do I mean by “protect yourself and your content” ?

Obtain all individuals needed that will protect you and your business.

Lawyers specific to your business.

Legal ownership and rights to your content, so that all are protected.

and more.


-This is a small portion of my advice to anyone who is an entrepreneur. For more details, to ask me questions, or to seek referrals for anything i mentioned, please feel free to write me a message I will reply.

Thanks for reading!

JDM aka MividaJDM


Posted: January 20, 2013 by JDM aka JACKIE SPEAKS in Uncategorized
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So below I will bullet point some tips of the trade from me to you. This list is based on personal experience, and lessons learned. Enjoy.

  • Learn your trade and take full confidence in yourself.
  • Approach every interview and goal as if your life depends on it.
  • Do not spread yourself too thin. (I personally have done this, and will never again).
  • Helping others is fine, but you must build yourself before you can be of help to anyone else.
  • If you are multi-talented, pick your strongest lane and build that one up. You can still work on your other talents, but you must strengthen one by one.
  • ALWAYS work with a contract.
  • All payment collected or sent should be accompanied with a receipt and or documentation for safe keeping.
  • GET A TAX ID NUMBER! So many “out of pocket” expenses can be written off during tax season.
  • DO NOT I repeat DO NOT hire and trust just anyone to be your intern/assistant/or be involved with your brand in any way without references and at least a minimal background check. (Also a huge mistake i made and learned from).
  • DO NOT give anyone too much personal info especially if you did not do a background check on them!
  • DO NOT give people a second chance if they did something outlandish. They reflect your brand with everything they do. Giving them a second chance can further impact the damage they have done. (Speaking from experience yet again!!!-lol)
  • DO maintain a healthy line of communication with all business associates. It is good to be up to date with their endeavors as they will be with yours.
  • Take classes and or do research about the type of trade you are interested in. Experience is everything but education on it adds to your worth. (I am currently adding to my worth, and doing just that).
  • DO burn bridges if they aren’t worth crossing, no seriously. It’s ok to walk away saying what you needed to say when you know you are right. Sometimes it is necessary, so do what you have to do and don’t ever fold. Follow your gut!.
  • DO NOT over-invest your energy or time with people or entities that do not invest the same amount in you. (Guess who did this and learned again! THIS GIRL)
  • Keep an up to date BIO handy and a list of your experience, i.e. an entertainment resume. Also back up all info and images or footage to a zip drive just in case!.
  • It is handy to carry this with you at all times, you never know who will call and when and should be ready.
  • Prepare a digital and a manual portfolio (I am currently updating mine, this is handy dandy let me tell you!)
  • Join all sites that cater to your trade. You will be able to promote your talent as well as find jobs.
  • Stick to your mentor, if you don’t have one GET ONE. I personally have a few, it is wise to get advice from another person and hear another opinion before making big decisions on your own.

I have more to share, but guess what??? BIGGEST TIP OF ALL


YES I KNOW- Take my own advice 😉

Off to sleep shortly.

Hope you enjoyed this, more to come. Do feel free to comment here, and subscribe to receive blog updates.

Thank you for reading.


By the way, thanks to my macbook from hell. This is a re-post so let me just add another tip: MAKE SURE YOUR MACBOOK THAT IS ACTING UP DOESNT CONNECT YOU TO A PRIOR BLOG THEN FORCING YOU TO RE LOCATE ORIGINAL VERSION AND START FROM SCRATCH!!!!! ok I am done venting. lol

Sandy Scams

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Hurricane Sandy was a devastating natural disaster that hit us where it hurts. At this time we must be thankful for what we have, there are so many people who lost everything. Many lost entire homes, cars, jobs, and at worst lives.

Several foundations and organizations have reached out to the public for donations and or volunteer time. Valid organizations including but not limited to: The Red Cross, Meals on Wheels, and The Salvation Army.

The tricky part with “helping” is knowing where your donation is truly going. It was said that people were being tricked, scammed and robbed at home.

The above named foundations / organizations have stated that they were notified of fraudulent activity by scammers. They have notified the public to not agree to anything with “door to door” representatives. The Red Cross especially; would never show up door to door for cash donations.

Also, there were people dressing up as fireman, gas and electric company servicemen, contractors and whatever else you can imagine; entering people’s homes to rob them during these tough times. Although most of the issues have been resolved, there are areas that were so badly affected they STILL have ongoing power and or service issues, and being devastated they barely have a clear mind to handle these unexpected attacks.

Tips on being safe and aware are:

Research online with official websites for drop off sites, volunteer locations, and donation protocol. Or call the official hot line for said company, even 311 can verify them.

Never hand cash, check, or credit card details to someone who knocks on your door. A true organization will always have a valid website and protocol for people who want to help.

You can visit or call your local churches or senator office to ask about local drop offs for food and clothing drives.

If a serviceman from an electric or gas company shows up at your house ask for ID.

Last but not least, use your common sense. 😉

Be safe!

-Jackie Speaks