When Girl Meets Inspiration

I can truly say that 2010 has been an amazing year.Some of my wildest dreams have come true,starting with meeting Tyra in it’s beginning,and it has continued until now to surprise me day by day!People find it hard to believe,but twitter has had so much to do with many of the opportunities I’ve gotten and it also continues to open doors for me everyday by allowing me to connect with people who are in industries that facinate me most. A couple of months ago,I became “Twiends” (twitter friends) with an amazing woman,someone who “WORKS THE PLAN” and teaches us how to do exactly the same, Crystal Wright.

For those who don’t know(tisk tisk),Crystal Wright was the founder and president of the Crystal Agency which managed makeup artists,fashion stylists and hair stylists.She also wrote a VERY well known book called “Crystal Wright’s Hair,Makeup,and Styling Career Guide”that is KNOWN to have transformed the careers of many artist in the industry and is even used as a textbook at schools like the Fashion Instutute of Technology in New York City and F.I.D.M in Los Angeles.She also wrote a book titled, “30 Days at 100″which is a LIFE guide that I ENSURE you will get you on the right track and to YOUR 100%!Ms.Wright currently does workshops in various cities with the main priority of helping artists further their careers and to dive in with 20/20 vision!This past weekend Ms.Wright did her “Packaging Your Portfolio” workshop in New York City which brings me to the wonderful story of our meeting!:)

So…since I love to tell the whole story and make you guys feel like you were there…come along with me,this is going to be fun!
…I was sitting at my computer and something told me to check my Direct Messages on twitter….I did so,and the message I saw literally made me skip a breath!…Ms.Wright,THEEEEE Ms.Wright was going to be in NYC the coming weekend for her career changing “Packaging Your Portfolio”workshop and she was nice enough to invite me to meet her on the Sunday of the workshop closing!When I first saw the message..I covered my mouth for approximately 3 minutes with the BIGGEST smile that has ever crossed my face!I was so shocked,honored,happy..I don’t know what I was feeling but I was excited that I would have the opportunity to meet a woman who’s work,willingness to help others,and power inspires me so much.For the next couple of days,I won’t lie,I was a nervous wreck!I have no clue why,because Ms.Wright is so kind whenever I talk to her…but meeting her was different..and as nervous as I was,I could not wait!

On Sunday morning I woke up the BIGGEST question I asked myself was………”What to wear?!” …I HAD to make a good impression but I still wanted to be comfortable,professional and stylish.I consulted with many of my twitter friends on their ideas and finally made a decision.Fast forwarding a bit,I took the bus to NYC and because of the crazy football fans mixed with slow Sunday traffic,it took me a good 4 hours to get there!That made no difference to me though,I was so grateful….I felt like the “chosen one” (laughs);)…

I got to the Makeup Forever studio where the workshop was held and when I met Ms.Wright,I thought I was dreaming!She was so charming and beautiful,I could not believe I was shaking hands with one of my inspirations!!The crowd headed over to the restaurant to celebrate the closing of another successful workshop weekend and of course since I’m always the youngest of the bunch,I couldn’t hang with the rest of the crew because I’m not 21:(..BUT!clever minds generated a great idea and Ms.Wright and I ate dinner together in the general part of the restaurant.We talked over dinner and found out we had so much in common which was so cool!..The one thing we had in common that meant the most to me was that we were both raised by our grandmothers and I tell you,there is nothing like a girl raised by her grandma!(we both agreed on that ;))…We continued to talk and as usual,she sprinkled so much wisdom upon me,especially with these words she said, “Choose not to be common”.I loved that because just like her,I was always the girl that kind of did her own thing and was more career oriented than many of my friends growing up.I had an amazing dinner and appreciated all of the advice and words of wisdom I received that night.Before we parted,Ms.Wright made me the happiest person in the whole universe(yup,that big)she invited me as her guest to the June 2011 workshop!!!I literally almost fainted hahahaha….I am still excited like I was that moment!!!!!I am so excited!!!!!Is it too early to start a countdown?! ;)….I left feeling so grateful,I couldn’t have thanked her enough!.just meeting her would have made me content but I am so thankful that I was given this opportunity.Of course before parted we just had to take fab photo ….

Crystal Wright and I

…and there you have it!I got to meet one of my inspirations and by doing so,realized even more that I could be just like her someday.Thank you Ms.Wright for eveverything and an extra special thanks to Genevieve (@GorgeousontheGO)for all of her sound advice as well!I appreciate you both very much.
In closing,I want to bring light back to Ms.Wright’s quote, “Choose Not to be Common”,which is the title of her favorite poem.I’d like to share that with you all as well and hope that it inspires you as much as it inspired me….

Choose Not to Be Common
I choose to be a common man
It is my right to be uncommon if I can
I seek opportunity not security
I do not wish to be a kept citizen,
humble & duled
by having the State look after me.
I want to take the calculated risk,
to dream & to build,to fail & to succeed.
I refuse to live from hand to mouth
I prefer the challenges of life
to a guarenteed existence;
the thrill of fulfillment
to the  stale calm of  utopia.
I will not trade freedom for charity
nor my dignity for a handout.
I will not cower before any master
nor bend to any threat.
It is my heritage to stand erect,proud & unafraid
to face the world bodly and say,”This I have done”.
-Dean Alfang

I hope you all enjoyed,thanks for reading…

For more information on everything Crystal Wright,visit http://www.crystalwrightlive.com/

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