Omarosa is a divisive caricature of a business woman. Omarosa presents herself as the quintessential villain-ess of reality TV. Here are three things I learned from Omarosa on how business done.
Before Meeting Omarosa
Two facts were true to me before meeting Omarosa. First, I love Donald Trump. One of my favorite books of all time is “The Art of the Deal”. I appreciate him for the ability to get press that money can’t buy. One of my beloved reality shows is “The Apprentice”. I appreciate it for its business know how and real life experiences presented in a surreal way under the watchful tutelage of a sage business leader. By virtue of being on the show, I was familiar with Omarosa but really had no negative or positive opinion on her.
My mentor dated Cathy Hughes & has access to people and places which money can’t buy. This access give me access to things, people and places which amazes me. In one instances, I was speaking with a TVOne Executive about putting on a show. I wanted to know what it took to put on a TV show. It was my intention to work with my mentor to put the pilot together and then present it to the network. Without name dropping, I spoke to the executive to get perspective.
The executive said “No Shot!”
“Excuse me” was my response as I looked perplexed about their passionate concise business verbiage.
The executive continued to say to me that the top rated show on their network was “Martin”. The executive continued to say that the network would really only be interested in new shows with a celebrity twist like one that was in production with Omarosa.
“Omarosa!”, I replied with a disgusted, bewildered, yet intrigued look on my face. The business exec continued to say that this was a profit choice. The business decision was one based upon Celebrity and the fact that she was partnering up with Donald Trump.
After Omarosa Show Aired
As an instant hit, the TVOne show “The Ultimate Merger” was a success. I watched the Omarosa show with amazement and awe. I think that the reality of choice was a good business move for TVOne. The title was such that it presented things as business and not personal. At the end, the show appeared to be both business and personal.
After the Omarosa show, even more people had the “I can’t stand Omarosa” feeling and a new reason to air them. Many a female friends of mine said “…those guys are too good for her.” The show ended and Omarosa choice was to choose nobody. My thought; OK, so that means season two is in the works Ala “Flavor of Love” or “I Love New York”.
I was blessed to be in the right place at the right time. I happened to bump into Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth right after her show ended. She had fans around and they garnered her attention. I waited. Omarosa had pictures taken of her as she spoke kindly and in her classic public tone. And I waited. I didn’t speak, I didn’t introduce myself. I didn’t even really engage with her or her celebrity friends. Eventually a couple of them brought the conversation to me. I politely acknowledge them and continued to wait.
I had a friend and co-worker come because I wanted two things. First, I wanted a picture with Omarosa. Second I wanted the opportunity to ask Omarosa about Season 2. The friend showed up, and now it was time for me to meet Omarosa.
I asked if she was there to sell books or promote something. Vehemently she said “No!” Omarosa said she was there just to support a friend. Omarosa was very dismissive in a passive aggressive manner. I had a flash of Randy Pausch brick wall quote on perseverance come to my mind. So I continued, “So what is the book.” The book was one she had written but wasn’t really promoting. In fact, she had the books cover turned around. You couldn’t see the title of the book which was “The Bitch Switch”. I read the book from cover to cover and its a good book.
Omarosa let me know there were books for sale there but she was not selling them. I asked if she was signing books and she said “No”. My friend was like “That Bitch!” My thought, I will buy the book and then have her sign it. I got the book and came back. Omarosa was surprised and humbly thankful for my book purchase. The book didn’t cost much. Omarosa had a recession price on it as she called it. The book was a great in road to speak to Omarosa in more detail. I spoke to her for a few minutes though it was nothing intense. At the time Omarosa stated she was not doing a season 2. Ms. Maigault-Stallworth stated that the opportunity to be and executive producer was of key important to her now. We took the picture and I just appreciated the chance to learn what I learned from her.
In short the three things I learned from Omarosa. First, Omarosa sagacity made her a skillful grapheme in any reality combination. Second, Omarosa perseverance past hatred or envy of other made her stronger. Last but not least, I learned having a key end in mind makes it all worth while no mater what others have in mind. As long as you have your goal and you attain it; it was all worth while. My goal was to meet and great the exceptional Ms. Omarosa Manigault-Stallworth and I was blessed to achieve that goal.