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The Wait

DeVon Franklin & Meagan Good appear on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday discussing their New York Times Best Seller: The Wait. So profound and an amazing testimony. Check it out!

Full Episode: http://www.oprah.com/video_embed.html?article_id=64926

I just wanna say I really admire couples who wait to have sex until marriage. That is pretty much unheard of in this day & age of instant gratification and our sex-saturated world. I am considering being celibate again and waiting for God’s best man to enter my life. I only hope I can be disciplined and patient enough to see that purpose out. It’s hard. But I am considering it with God’s strength. Pray For Me! -Vashé

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U betta werk Ciara & Russell! 🙌💍

Operation Miami: Completed

Hey y’all,

I had a blast in Miami!! It was so much fun! I went out every night, tanned all day, ate Peruvian and Cuban food, did the touring thing, drank more than normal, and enjoyed minimal responsibility. It was paradise. I definitely need to go back.

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Will share more photos later. Now it’s back to the muthafuckin grind.

-Vashé

Too Young – Post Malone

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I like this guy. He has talent and his vibe is dope.“I don’t wanna die too youuung! I been grinding way too looonnggg!” Lol.

P.S. I don’t condone all the smoking & drinking *side eye*

Positive Affirmations

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Ok y’all,

Let me just start by saying I’m a work in progress and I’m still not done even though I’ve completed quite a bit of work on myself so far. 44deb267c098e12492f6d8426161f710I realized a few days ago that I’ve been telling myself many negative things. So I did a little exercise and wrote them all down on paper. I was shocked to find out how many things I was repeating in my head about myself that were negative or simply untrue.. like why? I know I’m amazing, talented, dedicated, hard-working, fit and in shape, intelligent, funny, genuine, and an all-around awesome person. So why do I tell myself things like “I’m so fat, I’m gaining weight” when I know that’s not true??! I’ve always been fit and athletic sooo… why do I lie to myself. The devil is a liar because that’s not who I am nor am I an unhappy or negative person. I’ve come so far since my middle school and high school days of low-self esteem & insecurities so what’s the deal? I had to really think about this because it’s so ridiculous.

My boyfriend told me he can tell when I get down on myself. I don’t have to tell him what’s going on in my mind because he can see it all over my face. I had to do a double take like “wait a minute I aint going back to being unconfident and insecure. Uh uh I’m so much better than that.” So I’ve been working on saying more positive affirmations to myself verbally & nonverbally. And whoa! What a difference! I had another audition today and just staying in a positive mindset helped me act better, feel better, and walk in with great energy off top. Here’s some backstory.

Last night I went to a world premiere for a TV show that’s coming out soon and I had many expectations for the evening. 989e5fb46b363fd5677cae430c7bc482Early yesterday, I was already tired from a long day of auditions and very little sleep. I took a nap and set an alarm to get up to get ready for the premiere. As soon as I woke up, I get a text from my girlfriend (whom I invited to the premiere) that she was having a family emergency and had to cancel last minute. So already my plans were going south but I asked my boyfriend immediately if he wanted to go. He originally couldn’t go because he had a previous engagement, but it was cancelled last minute too. So we go to the premiere together and barely arrive on time. We were rushed to our seats so I didn’t get to network like I wanted (or needed) to nor did I get to take any pictures with other actors.

At that point, I was so frustrated and upset that I couldn’t completely focus on the show once it started. I kept thinking to myself that I didn’t get what I wanted and I should’ve taken the opportunity when I had it, all types of negative things. Finally, I decided to enjoy myself and I started to relax. I thought to myself that it wasn’t good to try to talk to people in a frustrated, rushed, or high-strung mood anyway. No one wants to be around that energy, including me. So I had to check myself.

After the show, we all received gift bags, and I ended up running into many people I knew. positive-affirmations-happiness-45I ran into a young lady I went to college with who actually helped put on the event and we exchanged numbers. Soon after, my boyfriend and I left and he could tell I was still upset. He kept asking me “what’s wrong?” and slowly but surely all of my thoughts trickled out. He calmed me down and said I had so much to be grateful for. I said, “yeah I guess I made one of the more important connections meeting that lady who actually does the PR for these events because she can invite me to more of them.” He said, “exactly.”

The next morning, I had to take my boo to the airport for a business trip. I woke up super early, we ate breakfast, and I drove him to LAX. When I got home, I set another alarm and passed out. When the alarm went off an hour later, I turned it off. Here’s the unusual part: I usually create multiple alarms because I’m notorious for pressing snooze more than once, but this time I only created one alarm. Needless to say, I overslept and woke up 7 minutes before I was supposed to be at my audition! I rushed to get up, shower, get dressed, and put on some makeup. I was already late to my audition.

Now if I had stayed in my negative thought phase, I would’ve ripped myself from the inside out about being late. lionI also probably would’ve showed up to the commercial casting office in a bad mood, feeling insecure, and could’ve had a low energy/unconfident audition as a result. But no! I persevered! I told myself “it is what it is.” I was an hour late and there was nothing I could do about it except show up in a great mood, energized, and prepared. And that’s exactly what I did. My audition felt great too and I left feeling more than proud of myself. I had a great day due to the fact that I stayed positive and shook off all negativity. I still feel great!

So here’s the lesson folks: I know people say all the time to stay positive and block out all negativity. I also know first hand that it can be a lot harder to actually do that. It takes immense focus and a literal changing of your mind to achieve it. However, it’s so worth it! Keep doing positive affirmations! I also feel like it’s not enough to just be prayed up, dedicated, and smile through everything. You have to constantly work on your mindset and keep it actively positive. And believing those positive things as well.

So the next time you’re thinking “I can’t afford a vacation” or “I’m not good enough to get this51kmtpnmbzl-_sx425_ job” immediately change your thinking to “I can definitely afford a vacation!” and “I am absolutely qualified for this job & this company would love to have me!” Even if you don’t believe it in the moment, telling yourself those positive things have a sudden affect on your mood. You’re communicating to yourself encouraging affirmations that make those things real in your body language, your mind, and in your spirit! I did that for the whole day today and I feel uplifted. A lot of times we get in our own way. So check yourself and decide to have a wonderful day everyday. Believe in yourself!

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Ok, I have another audition in the morning so I’m going to bed. Good night peeps!

-Vashé

MY DREAMS ARE MADE OF..

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I’m really sleepy right now because I have had a long and active work week. Today, I killed 2 auditions on 2 hours of sleep after completing my video for the NBC Diversity Showcase. I had been working up to my filming the video all week so I was busy with many errands, other auditions, hair preparation, working on my voiceover demo, and working out. So yeah now I’m about to go to bed and wake up tomorrow for another audition, more errands, and going to work a spokes-modeling job. But quickly I just wanted to talk about my dreams.

Since I was about 12, I knew I wanted to pursue acting seriously so I have been technically acting for half my life now. When I was a toddler, I went to dance classes, performed on stage, did some modeling, and a pageant (which I don’t remember because I was an infant). While I was acting in school plays and independent films, I was also in my school dance company. As I moved into high school, I became a cheerleader, was winning awards at UIL writing competitions and theatre festivals, and continued acting in school plays. I was always busy being active, in competitions, doing extra curricular activities, cheering, and mostly stayed home while other kids were going out more. As I reached my junior year in high school, I decided I wanted to move to Los Angeles to pursue acting professionally. I also wanted to go to college so I picked a few schools in LA to be in a position to accomplish more of those goals simultaneously.

I moved to LA at the tail end of my senior year and began my life. By this time, I shifted more into modeling during that whole transition. I modeled and acted in the university plays, in student films, and a few featured background gigs throughout college and well into my life right after college. I graduated college and moved to Hollywood.

I eventually started working with a tv/film agent along with the commercial agent I already had. The auditions were creeping in more and more! By auditioning so many times for professional productions, I was exposed first hand to how the whole industry works as far as casting. I got better at auditioning and was living a much healthier lifestyle. I soon realized that modeling was not bringing me to the type of life I wanted. I got tired of the modeling life because I was not auditioning for the type of roles and projects I wanted to work within.

Long story short, I switched modeling to the back burner and transitioned acting back into the forefront. Ever since then, I have been developing my acting technique, working on my voice, all types of dance techniques, working out, eating more healthily, taking my time to rest here & there, and to network & be social when possible. I fell in love with a wonderful man, continuously worked my ass off, and the time went by blissfully for the last two years. And now I’m here. Writing in this blog 🙂

Wow, I really just summed up so many life details in only a few paragraphs!

-Vashé

Success

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Woo! Since my last post about how I was giving into distractions, I’ve been getting so much done and finished. I pulled another all-nighter tonight but it’s all good. So proud of myself! Sometimes you just need to check your own reality. Werk werk werk werk werk werk!!