It has been my life-long dream to write professionally, but I have only in recent months found the drive and determination to begin my journey towards making that dream come true. My friends have had a lot to do with that awakening in me; I was inspired by their talent, and I gained courage from witnessing their own bravery. Since I have begun my voyage, I have been blessed to find encouragement and support from both friends and strangers alike. It is thanks, in no small way, to their kindness that I have gotten this far and discovered within myself a desire to strive for improvement and success. I want to return the favor.
I have a diverse circle of friends who all have many different talents, skills and gifts. Some are writers, some are singers, some are photographers and some are artists; all of them are incredibly gifted. I enjoy seeing and hearing what they have created so much that I wanted them to have a chance to show their stuff off to everyone I know, so I started hosting “open wall weekends” on my personal facebook profile. It is like an “open mic night” only it’s for the whole weekend, every weekend and it is not limited to music. My friends have posted songs, videos, pictures of their art work, poetry, short stories, photographs and book excerpts. I am never disappointed and my “open wall weekends” seem to be enjoyed by many.
This morning I had an epiphany: why should I limit this fantastic exhibit to just my friends and only on the weekend? Wouldn’t it be nice if I could provide a venue where people could truly reach a larger audience (outside of my circle of friends), have a chance to gain new fans, make new friends and network? Wouldn’t it be nice if I could provide this platform not just to my friends but to everybody who’d like the chance? So I created a brand new page on facebook where everyone and anyone who either wants to showcase their creative works or just to check out some new talent can go to for free, anytime they want to. I’ve created an Online Talent Show that is open twenty four hours a day, seven days a week, and you are all invited to join in the fun!
You can find it by clicking HERE. There are only a few simple rules I ask everyone to observe:
It has to be YOUR OWN stuff
Keep it (relatively) clean, think PG-13
Don’t be a jerk, you are welcome to comment on other people’s stuff, but don’t be mean or rude
Other than that, there are no limits, so go ahead and post whatever it is that you’d like to share with the world and invite your friends! You never know what kinds of new and wonderful connections you might make there.
This is my gift to all of you; it is my way of “paying it forward” for all the kindness, support, and encouragement that I have received. I have been blessed to have met some of the most wonderful people in the world and it is my pleasure to share those blessings with anyone else who could benefit from them.
I hope to see you there!
MJ Stevenson Presents: Online Talent Show