Travel exploits of a Single African American Woman traveling the world!
Hello Everyone and welcome to my first post of 2011! Sorry it has been so long between posts. 2011 has seen my life Transform at a rate of speed that is simply mind boggling to me. So many incredible, amazing, life-altering blessings, opportunities, financial windfalls, people and experiences have come into my life all since January 1, that I literally feel as if I cannot breathe at times. There are too many wonderful things to share in one post, so I’ll share as the year progresses.
With this post, I wanted to re-visit my TV career/Hollywood exploits one more time. This part of my zany life continues to develop as well in 2011. As you all know from recent posts, I was selected to be on the GSN game show ‘1 vs 100’ in late 2010. This was my first time on TV & I had so much fun. My episodes aired for 2 nights!! December 19th & 20th, 2010. I just checked their website and found that they have posted my 2 episodes online!
I just skimmed thru the first one: 1 vs 100 episode 19 and it completely cracked me up to see myself on TV and getting to relive that wonderful experience. When I was taping, my mind was so focus on the instructions the Producers gave me, the game rules and getting answers right, that I really didn’t get to “be in the moment”. I was totally calm and COMPLETELY Sheila K. Brown with my personality as you will see if you check out the videos below. I’m freaking hilarious!!! Enjoy!
Here is the first episode I appear in: 1 vs 100 episode 19 – I come on at 6:17 :
Here is the continuation of my show: 1 vs 100 episode 20 :
Hey All! Can you believe that Christmas is 9 short days away!?! Where has the year gone? I hope that everyone has big X-Mas plans to spend time with Loved ones. I’m playing it low key this year. I don’t have specific plans yet, but I know I’ll be with Friends here in sunny Los Angeles.
I do have a pretty cool announcement I was recently informed of. My lil ol Onyxtraveler blog has been selected to be featured on the Black Web Log Awards site on January 17, 2011! They recognize the best Black Bloggers and have done so since 2005! Their site is http://blackweblogawards.com. Make sure you check it out on the 17th. Of course, you know I’ll give you a heads up! I’m excited to get a little internet love!! whoo hoo!!
Hey Everyone! Sheila here coming to you live from beautiful, sunny Los Angeles, CA! I hope everyone had an incredible Thanksgiving! I know I did. I started the morning with a 5 mile run/walk as part of the Oceanside Turkey Trot and then had an incredible meal cooked by my BFF Barbi & friends Steve & Cheryl. Yummy!
Anyway, as you can tell from my most recent blog post, there was “DRAMA” regarding a previous post I put up that simply outlined my most recent television show exploits. It seems that in my own very detailed way, I talked about details about my most recent show I was cast for and the Producers were none too happy about it. It seems that my post was picked up by this site: iTricks Magic News and they linked to my site which gave up “top secret” details about said show. Oops!! LOL I am a bit salty about having to take down the post as I updated everyone on the other TV shows I have been cast in. I’ll take a minute to update you all now on what else is occuring in my budding TV career (I’ve auditioned for 3 shows and have landed all three!!) and spill the beans on yet another life-changing & fun new adventure I’ve decided to embark on.
TV Show #1 final update: As you all know, back in August, I auditioned for & was selected to be a part of the testimonial cast for Billy Blanks new informercial for his incredible new fitness product that will launch in January 2011. I trained for 10 weeks, 5 days a week with Billy and the other members of the cast and based on the weight loss results of the cast during those 10 weeks of working out and dieting intensly, they would choose the final people that would make it into the infomercial that will begin airing in January 2011. The good news: I am happy to report that I had good results (lost 17.4lbs, 10% body fat, 19 inches and 4 sizes), but there were others that lost in the 25-30lb range and had mega awesome results. The bad news: I am sad to report that my results were not substantial enough to allow me to make it into the final infomercial. They videotaped those that were selected giving their testimonials a few weeks ago and I was not selected . Interestingly enough, I am not saddened or upset by this news. The fact that my fat, disgusting “before” picture will not be splashed on TV screens all over the world is more than OK with me. I embarked on that journey as I do with everything else I do STRICTLY for the experience. It was a life altering experience getting to know Billy, train with him and most importantly, absorb his INCREDIBLE words of wisdom and support. Kudos and congratulations to my fellow castmates that had the awesome results they did and will be an inspiration to people all over the world due to their hard work and great results!!
TV Show #2 final update: My Game show finally has an airdate!! I auditioned for and landed a part on the Gameshow Network’s revived version of ’1 vs 100′ gameshow back in July. I taped my episode on August 18th at Parmount Studios. The new shows started airing on November 15th, 2010 and I got an email from the network letting me know that my episode will air on December 9th & December 10th, 2010 on the GameShow Network at 7:00pm PST!! My segment could appear on either of those days depending on where they put me. I’m nervous about this one! This is my first time on TV and I have no idea how I will look or sound or anything. I do know that I had a ball taping with the host, Carrie Ann Inaba (Dancing with the Stars judge)! Here is a promo video from the network that outlines the look and feel of the show. Make sure you watch me!!
TV Show #3: The above mentioned drama filled show experience in which I was selected be a part of the cast, however, due to situations I am conractually forbidden to discuss, I did not get to shoot. Grrrrrrr…..
Potential TV Show #4: I have a big audition this week for an upcoming show that I am REALLY EXCITED about. If I am cast, I will actually be an “actress” and not me just being Sheila. And it pays well too!!! Whoo Hoo!! I’ll keep you posted!
So after kind of falling into this TV/acting thing and suddenly having tons of actor friends in my life, I have made the decision to actually pursue acting as a vocation/hobby and go thru formalized training for it. Since I have decided to move back to Los Angeles, at least until early summer 2011, I may as well. After living here for 10 years prior and working in the Entertainment industry for almost every major movie studio as a Consultant, I never had one bit of interest in being in front of the camera. It is truly not one bit glamorous as you would think it is. It is actually a lot of “hurry up and wait”. My interest now comes from my desire to come out of my shell and be a Brand of some sort. I have a strong desire to be a travel show host or to be a riduculously famous Star in a foreign country but be totally unknown here in the States. My acting vision does not lie in me landing the part of “XYZ” on “XYZ” show. I would really love to do tons of commercials (residual income baby!!) or voice-over work. I want to do work where I either do a job once and get paid over and over for it or work that I can do remotely (ala voice-over work). I’ll spend early 2011 in acting classes, getting head shots, losing tons of weight, finding an agent/manager and working on getting into SAG mixed with Consulting work to pay for it all. I have no idea where this new interest will take me and I am only in it for the experience of it as of now. I will still do my internet marketing work as it is still my very real plan to travel the world in 2011 – 2012 as a Digital Nomad completely supporting myself with my online businesses. I love being free to pursue my diverse Passions! Very Grateful indeed!
This could be me one day!!! LOL
So, for those of you that read my lil blog detailing the kooky exploits of my sometimes fun life as I travel the world, may have noticed that a certain, very long and detailed post that I put up on Tuesday is now gone. It was the post that detailed my experience with an upcoming TV show I was supposed to be a part of. As I mentioned the name of the show and the Star in my post, it seems my post was picked up and read by quite a few folks that weren’t supposed to know any details about the upcoming show! Oops!! And to think, I only thought my friends & admirers read my blog! LOL
I just received a call from one of the Producers who was not too happy with me and very quickly pointed out that I did sign an NDA agreement saying that I would not talk about the name of the show or post any details in a public forum such as my lil ol’ blog! I do typically read such things, but as with all things in Hollywood, it’s “hurry up and sign this little innocuous piece of paper”, I did not do my due diligence and read every line. Shame on me. He requested that I remove the offending post immediately! As I did not put up the post to harm the show or anyone involved with the show and said Producer is cute as hell, I complied and removed it immediately. I do want to apologize if my post caused any harm at all. That was definitely not my intention. Sorry . I guess I won’t be asked to appear in any future episodes! LOL
Hey Everyone! Happy Birthday to me, Happy Birthday to Me, Happy Birthday dear Sheila, Happy Birthday to me! Well, I am a year older as of November 7th! I cannot believe how fast the years are FLYING!! It seems like only yesterday that I turned 30 and now, I am comfortably over 40! Yikes!!
This year was pretty awesome! Usually my birthdays are low keyy with time spent with my core set of 4-8 Los Angeles Girlfriends. If I happen to have a boyfriend, then it’s usually dinner. This year was a bit different. I made the trek from San Diego up to LA for the weekend to stay with my Girlfriend Roz & party with my friends. Highlights of the weekend: Friday night was spent completely indulging in a soul food meal of fried chicken/greens/mac&cheese/rice & gravy & cornbread! Yummy!! Saturday, I went to see the amazing movie ‘For Colored Girls‘ by Tyler Perry and I went to 3 parties with girlfriends. The movie was absolutely INCREDIBLE! One of the best movies I have ever seen!
Sunday was spent waiting around all day on a television set while waiting to film a show that will air on the Discovery Channel. I’ll detail that in my next post. Definitely didn’t go the way I expected it to.
I am most Grateful for all of the Facebook Love I received from my many FB Friends. There were pages and pages of Happy Birthday wishes. I’m really glad that I was thought of. It truly meant a lot. Thanks guys! For those of you that I am not Facebook connected to, friend me: www.facebook.com…