Tamar Braxton & Geoffrey Owens Get Real About Passion, Pain & Fame as They Rebound in Their Showbiz Careers

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Well the government shutdown is over and thankfully our public servants can return to work. This wasn’t the kind of workplace blip because of a change in career or starting a business. This was a standstill that was out of their control. It’s wild how some elected officials try to take credit for them going back to work.

Then there’s the Kanye West lawsuit recently claiming he was the reason for the successful rebooting of Jay-Z’s career. But a more exciting story is the Big Brother TV appearance by Tamar Braxton and SAG Awards appearance by Geoffrey Owens. They’re getting lots of love from fans for their comeback stories.

Braxton and Owens get real about passion, pain, fame as they rebound in their careers. For Braxton it’s about doing a brand reset from her time on the daytime TV show The Real. For Owens it’s more like a career reboot, after working at a food retail chain to make ends meet when his acting gigs dried up.

They’ve been through some moments that brought pain along the way. But even through those times they kept thinking about their passion for music and acting. They know how fame can have a way of ‘spitting you out’ from pop culture circles. But now they’re ready for their Act II as they refresh their showbiz feed.

Owens was part of a SAG Awards feature by sharing highlights from his career story. He ended his comments with the words ‘I am an Actor!” If Braxton had to do something similar, she’d probably end with the words “I am an Entertain-her.” Their advice on career reboot or brand reset might also include:

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  1. Create your lane

Braxton started out in the music business with her sisters before becoming a solo artist. She’s part of the Braxton Family Values reality show and even had a spinoff with her own show. Her success has meant being creative in a certain lane. And when there’s room to grow, going further by creating her own lane.

  1. Concentrate your skills

Owens spent time in the shadows of Hollywood when he had no roles. But as things went viral after being spotted working at a food store, he’s now in a different place. Acting gigs started opening up with a recurring role on a Tyler Perry produced show. So he’s able to concentrate his skills and pay the bills.

  1. Collaborate your efforts

Her music career is on the comeback with a new album release on the way. Part of what she might have learned from her time at The Real is how to collaborate her efforts. Even as a solo artist she still has to work with producers, promoters and influencers. That’ll help her project go from studio grade to platinum.

  1. Circulate your work

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Owens might have agreed to do the Sag Awards feature to show appreciation for getting a second chance. But it might also be a good place to circulate his work. Meantime, Braxton’s appearance on Big Brother gives her the chance to do the same. She’s got fans voting for her in the publicist challenge.

Even in business the idea of a reboot, reset or refresh happens when companies says they’re ready for a do-over. Braxton and Owens are doing what it takes to keep the comeback wheels turning. They’ll have a new attitude and passion at work. They’ll be networking with peers and putting the career pieces together.

Tip: When you’re creative in your lane it opens the door for creating your own lane and taking things to the next level.

Talkback: Who’s ready to give Braxton and Owens credit for their brand reset and career reboot?

Tracks: Tamar Braxton – Pieces – https://youtu.be/MMisBuTKreM

Patti Labelle – New Attitude – https://youtu.be/QWfZ5SZZ4xE

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Simone Biles & Steve Harvey Share Great Memories and Power Moves for ‘Woo Woo Wooing’ the Crowd

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It’s a kind of on-again off-again story that some folks want to just go away. Whether Diddy and Cassie are back together has others guessing. But there’s no guessing these days as to who is seen as the sexiest man alive. Idris Elba is getting his time to shine in the hunk-a-licious spotlight. Yea he’s moved on up.

Lots of folks have different feelings about things we try to do to move on or move up in life. Maybe that’s where Simon Biles comes in. She recently became the first American to win a medal in every event at a World Championship. She even got the silver in the uneven bars, probably her least favorite routine.

Biles is the most decorated American Olympic gymnast in history. She recently pulled-off the feat of performing at a championship while suffering with kidney stones. She described the experience as “life wanting her to sit-out but she put that request on hold.” She got through it with sheer ‘hustle love.’

Whether rekindling a relationship or reinventing yourself in the game, two key factors are to feel the love and feed the brand. Add to that how Simone Biles and Steve Harvey share great memories and power moves for ‘woo woo wooing’ the crowd. A certain magic keeps them rockin’ & rollin’ on success street.

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When you checkout how they and others keep ‘going to the well’ and finding their ‘money stream’ there’re things they know about being in the flow. But there might also be some things they learned at Big Time University. That’s where you go to reinvent yourself and level-up your game by having a new:

  1. Look

Every so often Harvey will post a throwback picture of his days doing standup. The laugh isn’t always in the joke as much as it might be in the suit he was wearing. Dressing in the ‘90s for success has a different look than dressing for success today. How we reinvent ourselves sometimes needs a new look.

  1. View

The look is something that happens on the outside. But the view also happens on the inside. Biles was dealing with kidney stones on the inside so she had to have the right attitude in order to come out on top. It can be hard to reinvent yourself or level-up your game without a new attitude or big-picture view.

  1. Push

Biles knows that it’s not an easy road to return to the next Olympics after her breakout performance the last time. She’s on a new push to make the team and rack-up the score. When you’re the one others have their eyes on, it could be a blessing or a curse. So her push helps her reach for more as a big timer.

  1. Promise

Harvey tells the story of finding himself in a bad spot in a past relationship. He also had low moments where he was ready to give-up on his dreams. At those times, one thing that helped to turn things around was a promise he made to himself and to God. A promise can help us move on or move up in life.

Harvey’s new-look website gives clues for where he’s trying to go in biz. Biles’ new push has her performing at a major level with two years left to go before the next Olympics. The way they go about reinventing themselves is a good reminder for how a new attitude can help us reach for something good.

Tip: When you reinvent yourself, it takes a new look and a new view to create a new you.

Talkback: Which one has you rollin’: Harvey’s throwback pics or Biles’ next-level push?

Tracks: Patti Labelle – New Attitude – https://youtu.be/QWfZ5SZZ4xE

En Vogue – Reach 4 Me – https://youtu.be/QyhnTHihw3M

Chris Rock & Stephen Curry Made a Name for Their Game When Stuff was on the Line #BigTimeUniversity

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine with Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (Old-School Flava)

It was the NBA buzzer-beater for the ages! The shot was taken over 30 feet from the rim with 0.6 secs left on the clock. That was Steph Curry on the court while Chris Rock held court at the Oscars. He was in rare form during the opening monologue. Rock and Curry made a name for their game with stuff on the line.

The name they made for themselves is “clutch.” During post-game interviews Curry said “I’ve always tried to push the envelope and keep getting better, but a lot has to go right to get to this point.” Curry and Rock show us what can happen when ‘dare greatly’ is something done lately for work goals or leadership roles.

Rock took the stage and dealt with the diversity issue head-on. He mentioned some easy things that could be made to have #OscarsSoWhite be a thing of the past. Sometimes the hardest thing to do when it comes to social issues or work goals is change. It might make things better but it can be hard to foster.

In one sense it’s a matter of getting or seizing opportunity. But in another it’s about making the right choice. With little time left on the clock Curry had to take a shot. Yes, he could have missed it. But if he didn’t take the shot they wouldn’t have had a chance at the win. That’s true for sports and dreams alike.

Curry also set a new record for 3-point shots in a season. That might have been achieved out of a personal challenge. It’s like throwing a challenge flag to yourself, your co-workers or the powers-that-be. Rock and Curry show how to minimize letting ego, excuses or bad experiences block the larger blessings.

Groove-Track: Patti Labelle – Don’t Block the Blessings – https://youtu.be/HICPNN-cH7I

Theme:–The Year of ‘Flashlighting’ – Get Seen!”
A New Way to Shine With Highlights, Insights and Media-bites that’s Exciting (New-School Flava)

NBA buzzer-beater of the ages. With another shot from Curry that amazes. Taken over 30 feet from the rim. With 0.6 secs, game on the limb. Steph Curry among the best modern-day ballers. As Chris Rock held court at the Oscars. Doing it big in their main thing. When stuff’s on the line for the gold bling.

Showing up on-time and in the clutch. For them it’s not asking much. Post-game interview giving us a feel. For how Curry turns his wheel. Pushing the envelope to get better. Has to be right point to flash go-getter. It’s what happens when people can dare greatly. Doing it for work goals or leadership roles lately.

Rock took stage and dealt his cards. On diversity beyond the barnyards. Giving some changes that could be made. So that Oscars no longer gets shade. Change is hard to do even with social vision. Or workplace goals driven by a mission. Change to make things a little better. But can be very hard to foster.

Often a matter of opportunity seizing. Or primetime performance breezing. Making the right choice at right time. Being able to celebrate past lemons or lime. Little time left on clock for a shot. Could have missed but hitting it was hot. True for sports and dreams anew. Even though at times you can feel a bit blue.

Curry gets in the 3-point record books. Shots that hit net like catchy song hooks. A personal challenge good for motivation. To self, friends and across the nation. Like throwing a flag to the ground. Picking it up as lost & found. Minimize ego, excuses and bad breaks. Worth it to not block blessings for dream sakes.

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Tip: When things in your game are on the line, taking the shot is good for strengthening your spine.

Talkback: Now that the Warriors made the playoffs, which team has the best chance to give them a run?

Groove-Tracks: Ruben Studdard – Take the Shot – https://youtu.be/a3DHYND5hWI

 

Fifth Harmony ft Kid Ink – Worth It – https://youtu.be/Uh5mEat46fc

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Oprah & Joel’s Message in a Bottle, Fortune Cookie or Greeting Card Wish This Holiday #BigTimeUniversity

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Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (Old-School Flava)

If we think Oprah and Joel Osteen aren’t busy enough, think again. She just announced her new program with Weight Watchers. A few days ago she signed a book deal for her memoirs. As things go now, they’d probably love to send an upbeat message in a bottle, fortune cookie or greeting card wish this holiday.

Last week she said to the NY Times “All of my experiences, even the painful ones, have been there to teach me about life…I hope my story inspires people to live the highest, fullest expression of themselves.” ‘O & Jo’ know that the path from employee of the month to person of the year is paved in Yule’s gold.

Part of her ‘love yourself’ message is seen in the new Beyond the Scale campaign. She’s ready to support others in focusing on their highest value as they move ‘beyond the sales’ of the holiday season. There’s no wealth without health. There’s no dream without the goals. There’s no great without the wait.

Osteen might say how “Yule’s gold runs circles around fool’s gold.” He might even agree that the Yule Factory is a place where you find ways to add more passion at work, purpose to the day and savor to the flavor. This way we get not just a big paycheck but also in the words of James Brown, ‘a big payback.’

Morgan Freeman recently stopped by Osteen’s mega church in Houston. Freeman is doing a TV special on stories of faith. We all know the value of a precious commodity like gold. Plus, we see how Oprah and Osteen impact their fold. They know going from today to a new day is in what next time will hold.

Groove-Track: Patti Labelle – ‘New Day’ – https://youtu.be/wRBnwUIwpGk

Theme:–The Year of ‘Uppertunity’ – Get Lifted!”
With Higher Hopes, Bolder Dreams and Greater Teams (New-School Flava)

Think Oprah and Osteen not busy enough? That’s just talking off the cuff. She endorses new Weight Watchers gig. Days before signs book deal that’s big. For her memoirs over the years. The ups, downs and the cheers. They’d send upbeat message in a bottle. As fortune cookie, card or wish not so subtle.

Last week telling NY Times. All experiences aren’t like sour limes. Teaching her something about life and style. Lasting with her for a while. Hopes to inspire people to their highest. Where self-expression reaches the fullest. ‘O & Jo’ know employee of the month isn’t old. And person of the year is paved in Yule’s gold.

A ‘love yourself’ message she tells. A Beyond the Scale campaign she sells. Ready to support people’s truest value self. Beyond the sales and holiday elf. Not just about going after wealth. With no reasonable portion of health. No dreams without having some goals. No great without the wait in our souls.

Osteen might share a Yule’s gold tip. From circles around a fool’s gold trip. Adding notes about the Yule Factory story. Where passion at work finds more glory. Putting more purpose in every day. Helps savor the flavor in every way. Not just about the big paycheck. Take it from James Brown in the big payback.

Morgan Freeman stopped by Osteen’s spot. To see why his mega church’s so hot. Freeman taping new TV special of late. On stories of faith, hope, so forget the hate. There’s value in precious stone like gold. As seen in how ‘O & Jo’ rally their fold. For going from today to new day in what next time might hold.

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Tip: Things that make us laugh, cry and try again can show us a path to our highest and fullest selves.

Talkback: What kind of ‘message in a bottle’ are people hoping for going into the holidays?

Groove-Tracks: Jill Scott – “Fools Gold” – https://youtu.be/uoEKX0CniNY

 

Hailee Steinfeld – ‘Love Myself’ – https://youtu.be/bMpFmHSgC4Q

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