Saturday, November 28, 2009
Friday, November 27, 2009
Thursday, November 26, 2009
I wanted to wish everyone a warm heartfelt Happy Thanksgiving! This is a day to appreciate the talents we have been given, the things we love, the people who make a difference in our lives, and the family and friends who shape who we are and where we are going. Most importantly, this day represents how grateful I am to all of you for supporting me each and every day, logging on to MSMPR24Seven and following me along my journey.
You are the reason this blog has been so successful! You are the reason why everyone is following MSMPR24SEVEN! Keep it coming, and spread the word.
Life is about the people who impact you, and the passion you have for the goals you create for yourself. I have been blessed with an INCREDIBLE family, the greatest friends who know exactly what to do to put a smile on my face, and the influential network of industry people I am lucky to work with.
THANK YOU FOR BEING YOU!
THANK YOU FOR FOLLOWING!
God Bless... and Stay Fabulous,
Wednesday, November 25, 2009
I can practically hear Santa's sleigh jingling in the distance...the holidays are here, and Christmas and New Year's are so close I can just taste the festivities in the air! My choice in nail polish color changes with the season, just like fashion...because beauty and fashion really go hand in hand. In the summer, I brush on bright coral shades and neon brights. For spring, I opt for pastels, and fall is a most appropriate time for dark, rich hues of purple, aubergine, and black onyx. I never discriminate when it comes to nail polish, I am a lover of all shades!! However, when it comes time for winter, I am a firm believer that everyone should be required to add a little glimmer and decadence to ring in the holiday season! Thank the fashion and beauty gods for the amazing team at OPI, which delivers amazingly fun and beautiful nail polish collections for each and every season, giving mani/pedi goers something to get excited about at the end of the work week!
(and check out their "tiny toybox" package- a perfect pick for your holiday gift-giving!!)Here's a list of all the color descriptions (to get you in the mood!!)
Well, I'm relieving your stress this year! You can wake up late, snuggle up on the couch, and enjoy your day after Thanksgiving! All you need is your computer and you are set! Our favorite brand LNA Clothing is doing Black Friday a little different this year. Online...did your ears ring too?
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Tuesday, November 24, 2009
AL: I'm originally from L.A. I have over ten years experience in music, marketing, brand development, and talent management. I've worked with labels such as Greensleeves Records, Full Surface, Atlantic Records, and I am a former Indie record label VP for SIRI Music/Universal. I'm pretty much known for my creativity, unique and innovative marketing strategies within music, fashion, and lifestyle brands. Lots of people don't know this but I'm also a certified recording engineer, and a BMI songwriter. I am currently the Founder The Tesla Group, a boutique music, fashion, and lifestyle PR & Entertainment company based in NY-LA.
MSM: How did you know this was the industry for you?
AL: I've just always known! Music, sports, entertainment was always around me non-stop. My dad played briefly for the Kansas City Chiefs, he also played the guitar, and was always in some band growing up. My parents always told me I just immediately gravitated to anything that had to do with music and entertainment.
MSM: What are the necessary tools to stand out in this industry?
AL: You need to be fearless, and fearlessly creative! Never stop dreaming and surrounding yourself with people, places, knowledge and things that fuel your mind with information. You want to stay ahead of the curve, never behind or coasting alongside someone else. Expect trials and tribulations. Be prepared to get back up when you fall.
MSM: What is the story about the name of your company? The Tesla Group?
AL: Ha everyone one ask me that and I love it! Nothing about what I do is just average, everything has to be really, really big. I like to shock people, electrify....and that's really what the word "Tesla" means. So it was a good fit.
MSM: How do you go about choosing the "right" client
AL: That's a tough one. I feel like its the other way around. The right client
MSM: Tell us a little bit about your support system, The Tesla Team? Why is it
necessary to have such a powerful team?
AL: I used to be the type of person that would literally try to take on the world if I could, and it got me know where but stressed out, and left with split ends! lol The team that I have now is awesome! There are so many dynamics going on. From different ethnic backgrounds, to age differences, they all bring something unique, and fresh to the table. They've become like family, and The Tesla Group definitely loves to crack a good joke or two, so we always have a good time with whatever were working on.
MSM: From what I understand, you diligently worked on the "Catwalk Confidence" campaign by Doctor Legs. She was just recently featured on Oprah, tell us a little bit about how you revamped her campaign? What TV appearances did she do while she was a client at The Tesla Group?
AL: Good old Dr. Emily Splichal, who became Dr. Legs after The Tesla Group! Wow she has really been an amazing, and interesting success story. This was the first time I had ever worked with branding a Doctor, a podiatrist at that. She came to us with two DVD's which she produced herself called Catwalk Confidence. Though the DVD's were ok, I just saw so much more potential in her, and the concept so I started with developing an image behind the concept and built out from there. As a result and without giving away all my secrets, she has not only been branded as Dr. Legs the fitness guru, physique doctor, life coach, book author, but she's been on The Today Show, CW11, then we teamed her up with NYSC which tripled her press, Garden Of Life's supplement called Lovely Legs and just off that she had a rotating billboard in Times Square, and the list goes on....but I definitely don't want to take all the credit for this...my trusty companion Marigo Mihalos helped with this a great deal, she was amazing!
MSM: You are nonstop around the clock, what keeps you sane?
AL: If loving the lord is wrong, then I don't want to be right! Coming To America with Eddie Murphy and Arsenio Hall said it best lol. All jokes aside, I have a strong faith in GOD, he is first and foremost in my life, and he keeps me sane.
MSM: Best memory from your years in the music industry?
AL: Wow so many! Honestly I have to say one of my fondest memories are with the label where I got my start back in....I think like 1999ish at Greensleeves Records. Its all Reggae label that was based out of London, I was at the NY branch, and at that time was when Reggae music started to cross over into the mainstream market. We had artists like Red Rat, Mr. Vegas, and I believe Elephant Man. So getting placements with MTV on their shows was huge back then, it was a lot of fun to be a part of that. One other would be my credits in Billboard Magazine.
MSM: Least favorite part about the PR Industry
AL: Wheweeee some of the people, and the politics!
MSM: Favorite item on the menu at BBQ's in Times Square?
AL: This is the best question yet! I cannot remember who introduced me to BBQ's....but I love you whoever you are. Go with the sticky wings, cole slaw, and a Peach Raspberry Pina Colada (texas size) with the shot! That is Ahlilah's BBQ's special. Plan ahead by making sure you don't eat the whole day until you get there, because the calorie count you will consume there is deadly, but so worth it.
MSM: You grew up in the Valley... so for real...New York or LA?
AL: HA HA HA awww don't make me choose. I am such a Valley girl, Sherman Oaks, Encino, Northridge you name it but I got to go with NY. Home will be home, but NY is where its at.
MSM: Female Icon You Look Up To?
AL: My mother. She's just beautiful, smart, incredibly strong. I don't know what
I'd do without her.
MSM: You have been in this business a long time.. you have met everyone under the sun.. but which celebrity gives you the jitters?
AL: Well I haven't met this celebrity yet....but Morgan Freeman's old butt is absolutely my favorite actor and I think I'd pass out if I ever met him.
MSM: AER 2010 is approaching; tell us a little bit about the event.
AL: Well the concept for A.E.R happened after my mother beat lung cancer about two years ago. The experience was life changing. The hardest part about the experience was the lack of knowledge I knew about lung cancer. All I knew was that ok she has to go through chemo, she'll lose her hair, and she may or may not make it through. I didn't know what radiation was, or the pain and suffering my mother would have to endure...I didn't know anything. And it bothered me that we as people tend to wait until something happens to a love one or friend before we educate ourselves about the things that are going on right in front of our eyes.
So A.E.R Advocate,Educate, Revolutionize is all about bringing awareness, educating, and encouraging a younger generation of philanthropist. We do this by bringing the who's who in music, fashion, sports and entertainment together for one night once a year in March. Its an amazing, awesome event in support of CancerCare a non-profit organization that has been around since 1944 and provides a wide range of free services to survivors, families, people affected by any and all types of cancer.
MSM: What is your definition of success?
AL: Your level of happiness.
MSM: To Twitter or not to Twitter?
AL: Oh I love Twitter.......tweet it up!
MSM: What is next for Ahlilah Longmire, the power mogul!??
AL: Well I won't spill everything, but I have new music projects in the works with Multi-Platinum producer Chad Beatz, I am also the Executive Producer of a new show called "The Trend" which I we just started filming in Nov. Definitely more charity work for the upcoming year!
I was browsing through the timelines of great people I am following on Twitter and came across some advice from the LEGENDARY Marvet Britto. Marvet Britto is the President and CEO of The Britto Agency, a PR and Brand Strategy firm.
Ms. Britto has played a role in building the brands of some of the worlds corporations, such as Universal Pictures, Motorola, and Microsoft. She has worked with some of Hollywood's most reputable names including Angela Bassett, Kim Cattrall, Mike Epps, Mariah Carey, etc.. In case she looks familiar from some the worlds most popular news outlets, you are probably right... She is frequently called upon to comment on entertainment industry trends and to share marketing insights by all major media outlets including CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, The New York Times, Newsweek, etc...
Today Marvet Britto Tweeted to all fellow "PR GEMS":
@MarvetBritto PRGEMS: You are judged NOT by what you have but by what you do with what you have.
THANK YOU FOR THE TIP MARVET!
Monday, November 23, 2009
MSM: So, I have to ask about your recent announcement on the Tyra Banks Show- you're a Dad?! So exciting! I know you were a donor- Can you please explain how that came to be.
JA: I was asked by my ex boyfriend’s co-worker to be a sperm donor.. and that’s where and how it all started.
JA: Take your time to choose the person that you come out too…. They need to understand your reasons for doing so when the time is right. Remember you need to be as honest as you can with yourself to free yourself (at least I think) and you need ALL the support you can get from the person you choose to tell, even if your family may not.
MSM: You and Tyra met when your were 16, and I heard you gave her walking lessons. And she gave you the title "Queen of the Catwalk"-is that true? How would you describe your relationship with Tyra? Do you consider her one of your best friends?
JA: I met Tyra when she was 15 or 16, I had given her a little backstage catwalk advice. AND yes… she did give me the name “Queen of the Catwalk” because she knew I would take the title from her. My relationship with Tyra now is a working relationship with a dash of old friendship. We never forget each others birthdays and we always exchange gifts to celebrate our special days.
MSM: You have cited your mother as being the first person who introduced you to fashion. How did she influence your fashion sense, and what was the most important thing she taught you about style?
JA: Yes, my mother was a HUGE influence in my fashion sense as well as my common sense. She taught me a valuable lesson when spending money, “Get clothes that last more than a fashion season!!!”
MSM: How did you go from Bronx boy to "Catwalk Queen"? I heard you started out making couture knockoffs with your Grandmother's sewing machine- Can you talk about that experience? And maybe a bit about how you almost made the transition to Accounting, but came to your senses?!
JA: I started making what I could not afford to but. I took my inspiration from the clothing I saw in stores and then the transition was easy. A taffeta ball gown sounded better swooshing on the body than the noise of a key punch or a calculator.
MSM: When did you know that you belonged in the world of high-fashion? What was that "ahah!" moment for you?
JA: The AH HA...! moment was working at Bergdorf Goodman looking at the all of the stunning clothing and paying attention to who made them and of course who bought them.
MSM: Tell me about your first runway walk with John Paul Gaultier. How did you land that job?
JA: I heard through a my friend at Giorgio Armani named Kathyll Carnegie that Bergdorf was casting a fashion show for Jean Paul Gaultier and I went and got booked 3 days later. Once I hit the catwalk, the walk was FABULOUS!
MSM: How did you get started as a runway walk coach for models, and who do you love most about coaching?
JA: The most fun is probably seeing some of the most horrible walks ever to hit the runway, making fun of them a little, and then correcting them to be AMAZING!
MSM: You've worked with some pretty big names, supermodels like Naomi Campbell, Tyra Banks, etc...Out of all the major models you've worked with, or any celebs, who was the biggest diva?
JA: Out of all the girls I have coached and given advice to, the biggest diva of all is… ME!!!
MSM: Let's talk about America's Next Top Model: What was your favorite moment out of all your years on ANTM?
JA: My favorite moments are of course seeing myself judging the show in some of my favorite outfits that I created and made myself.
MSM: Congrats on winning Teen Choice Awards 2009 Choice Fab-u-lous! What do you believe defines "fabulous" or what it means/takes to truly be "fabulous"?
JA: I believe being “fabulous” is loving ones self in spite of what people say and write about you. These days with the Internet, people move even faster, and they write about things they really have no idea about. So just LOVE… LOVE… LOVE… LOVE YOURSELF AND IT TAKES A LITTLE BIT OF "I DON'T CARE" WITH YOUR MORNING BREAKFAST AND YOU WILL BE OK!!!!
MSM: Are you on Twitter? And if not, will you ever join?!! We're all about Twitter at MSMPR
JA: No Twitter as of yet, I hear it’s the new drug of choice…. And I don’t do drugs… at the moment.
MSM: Where does your "tough-love" coaching style come from? You can be brutal… you tell it like it is!
JA: From an honest place! Being direct and forward to most people can be brutal, mean, and bitchy… I AM NEITHER, well only when needed!
MSM: So, why this book, and why now in your career/life to come out with it?
JA: IT WAS TIMING!!! And of course… SIMON & SCHUSTER AGREED!!!
MSM: What are you trying to tell readers in your book-what's the main message you want them to take away from reading it?
JA: I am trying to tell the reader to take home a good honest story from my book. You should love yourself no matter what people say or do, and it took nickels and dimes to get across the water to make future dollars. It’s ok not to be rich or beautiful because to create style you need confidence and personality! I think it is better not to have material things to hide behind, therefore you are forced to communicate and socialize and ask what you want, not depending on money or good looks to get you there.
MSM: What are your top 5 or so tips for living "the J way"??: fully and fabulously (as it says in your book)
JA: MY 5 TIPS –
1.BE HONEST AS POSSIBLE
2. SAY YOUR SORRY ( SOMETIMES IT'S HARD )
3. LISTEN WITH YOUR EYES ( SOMETIMES YOU DON'T SEE WHAT THEY ARE SAYING)
4. WHEN YOU COMMIT "COMMIT"
5. SAY THANK YOU..( WE MAY FORGET SOMETIMES BUT WHEN SAID IT GOES A LONG WAY..)
MSM: Your book aims to help teach women how to build confidence and reach their dreams. What's your best advice for how to get started on that path to "walking proud in your highest shoes"- how did you do it?
JA: My advice to put on your highest heels that you cant walk in to walk around your house or walk the dog around the block (if you have one) is get you to get comfortable in them. Remember a new shoe is a foreign object to the foot, and as a result you should walk in them wearing a smile, not bearing any looks of pain!
MSM: If you were going on a trip and could only take one item with you, what would you take-what couldn't you live without?
JA: I would take my soul because I like it… and I CANT live WITHOUT water!
MSM: What's your favorite trend/style in fashion for this fall season, and what trend do you predict will be hot for spring?
JA: I don’t usually follow the trends no matter what season: spring, summer, fall or winter.
MSM: What's next for Miss J?
JA: After shooting cycle 14, and promoting my book “Follow The Model” sleep is what is next for me!
MSM: I heard you made almost all your outfits on ANTM…
JA: Yes, I did make mostly everything I wore even a few runway dresses including the red dress with red and gold mask on Cycle 7, and the blue taffeta dress in the gymnasium on Cycle
MSM: One last thing- Is there anything else you want readers to know about you, or your book that they don't know already?
JA: BUY "FOLLOW THE MODEL" IT MAY ANSWER SOME OF YOUR QUESTIONS...