I want to thank each of you for posting to this thread and I especially want to thank Kevin for seeking me out to write it. It's an honor to have any one want to tell your story, for that matter to even think you have one, I am very grateful to Kevin. There was so much we talk about and so much we didn't. We spoke mostly about music never even getting to my real love acting and my work through the Screen Actors Guild, my point being. Without writers, like Kevin Goins, a great many of our stories would go untold. Today it's all about junk music and reality tv and children. Few in our profession want to acknowledge adults, adult talent, Kevin, on the other hand, is a writer who does. I've been informed that one of the ways to keep him active and writing wonderful pieces is to comment in the comment area of the Examiner link, it's located below the article. I hope you'll share a few words of appreciation there also to show his editor the continued impact and importance of his efforts. Let's support Kevin Goins!
l am a talent agent from toronto and represented all visible minorites when trudeau brought the word ''multiculturalism '' to the people. in the first 3 years l had no support,,the casting 'bunch' said l should give up before l started because ''it' was a 'white-bread industry'and no one would even look at my submissions. they hated me,because when they asked for a caucasian for this or that l would submit every ethnicity and they would say'' can't you read''!!!!l finally called my ombudsman -dr. dan hill. he told me to follow what l believed in and eventually the ignorant would have to see the light. they did and l booked all t.v commercials , movie ,t.v. series, print work all through the 80's & 90's. the only agency in canada that accepted afro-canadians.l also insisted that they use real musicians for commercials and movies ,,internationally ,booking the likes of oscar peterson, michael danso, carlos morgan, joe sealy, wray downes, freddie hubbard and casting for spike lee's movies when they filmed here in toronto.success came to me because l worked 24/7-365.. out of my house( as l raised my 2 boys as a single parent from the time they were 18 months and 3 years old). l am saying all that to say this.. good work kevin and always follow your beliefs and the real people will recognize you .. so keep on keepin' on. all the best marlene weller ... talk of the town-the jazz connection..( l gave my talent agency to my helper and just kept the musicians.)...you've got my support kiddo~~
Jaijai, what a wonderful mission you've undertaken to create such a place for artistic minds to meet and share their hearts. A place to renew faded determinations, and revive lessened momentums. A place to display our wares and reconfirm to one another that we actually are on the right track.
I commend you, Jaijai, for caring so much that you created this castle of the heart for all of us. I want to share my praise for all of the new friends as well as old friends that I've met and will meet here in our castle. Here we can garnish the where-with-all, the strength, the conviction, and the selflessness through our symbiosis, to share our gift to the world with an unbiased agenda.
My mentor, Daisaku Ikeda says of art: "A beautiful flower delights and refreshes the hearts of all people equally, no matter what soil it grows in. That is the power of beauty. The same is true of great art. It is this spirit that the German poet Heinrich Heine sang of when he wrote that once the peapod bursts open, the sugar peas inside are for everyone to enjoy."