Life Was Good

In Summer 2011 I became the assistant director of the Steve Harvey Foundation. I was able to get my family out of the apartment and into a beautiful two story home. This time we had furniture. ⁠

Life was looking good! ⁠ ⁠

Hard work, relationship building within the company, and business acumen helped me climb the production ladder at the company. I moved up the ranks quickly and people who I once grabbed coffee for became people who reported to me. Looking back, I imagine it was awkward, but I did my best to allow hard work and a commitment to fairness and team building, garner me the respect and support I would need in my new positions. I knew that in the Entertainment Industry, much like in life, respect is earned and not given so that’s what I did. Before long, I was promoted to Co-Executive Director of the Steve Harvey Foundation, and later Partner and President of the Steve Harvey World Group. At the peak of my production career with Mr. Harvey, I Executive Produced multiple Emmy award winning and#1shows. But because I was just as focused on the business of television as I was on the making of television, I was able to facilitate partnerships and negotiate big money deals with major companies like the Miss Universe Organization, T-Mobile, Ford, NBC, Fox, State Farm and more. I knew from experience that everyone from Producers, to Production Assistants, to the crew that keeps the facilities in order, plays a vital role in the success of a project. As such, I fought tooth and nail to ensure that anyone involved in a production that I worked on was treated with respect and paid fairly for their services.⁠ ⁠

By this time, I had a reputation for working hard and making deals. Anything you needed; I could get it done. Patrice and I eventually left Atlanta for Beverly Hills and money problems were a thing of the past. ⁠

I was back, baby. ⁠

Life was good. ⁠ ⁠

The only problem was, I wasn’t so sure I liked who I had become.⁠ ⁠


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