By Renee Visions: Bare Naked 2 Year Anniversary

Bare Naked is a poetic work of art.

Two years ago By Renee Visions Publishing House, had the honor of publishing our second book titled Bare Naked, written by the multi-talented poet, creator an actor,  Ms. Tracy “Mind.Evolution.” Caldwell (M.E.) If you have never had the chance to see M.E. perform then you have been missing out.  Simply said, she’s incredible.  She has the gift of stirring something up in you like great writers do.  It was a pleasure working with her.

ShirealRenee_barenakedimageBare Naked is raw.  M.E. opens up her soul and invites you in.  It’s heartfelt and original poetry tells a story  as M.E. gives you a tour through her life.  She doesn’t hold back and that is what makes her poetry so captivating. The name of the book is very suiting of a description without having to add any other words.

Mind.Evolution. the creator is the visionary and founder behind the hit play The Thick Chronicles: A Body Image Story.  This play is wonderful.  It educates, empowers and uplifts people to love who they are unconditionally, right now.   Just like her book it is raw and touching, funny and exciting.  Definitely a must see!

In celebration of the 2 year anniversary of, Bare Naked, By Renee Visions Publishing House will be holding a poetry contest.   The winner of the contest will receive:

– A new journal

– A copy of Bare Naked

– The winning poem will be published on ByReneeVisions.com & ShirealRenee.com

 

**Deadline for submissions is Saturday May 31, 2014 at 11:59pm.  The winner will be announced on Sunday June 15, 2014.  

 

Sponsored by: By Renee Visions Publishing House.  Delivering dreams through words and inspiring people to voice their visions. 

 

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Risky Business…

On April 15, 2009 I walked away from my job in corporate America. I left what most people would call a good job. As a single woman I was bringing home enough money to support myself and a couple other people if I needed to. I had my own place, car, insurance, benefits, was traveling and my employer was paying for my degree 100%. I had it made.

But I was unhappy. So unhappy that Friday nights seemed like Sunday because I would be full of dread as soon as I left the office. I would spend the entire weekend upset that it was going by to fast and I would have to return to the office on Monday morning. I would sit at my computer for 8 to 16 hours and wish I were anywhere else. I would use all my vacation time before Spring any excuse to be away from the office. It was misery. My spirit wanted something else. It was like being in an abusive relationship. I would write lists out with pros and cons of staying at my job – sound familiar? It was horrible. When I gave my letter of resignation to my boss, he read it twice then said to me, “you are suppose to be a writer.” That was it. I walked away and never looked back.

It has been a little over 3 years since I took that leap of faith. I remember right before I wrote my resignation letter I wrote a letter to God in my journal on April 14, 2009 and it said…

“As my spirit outgrows my current energy and space my body fights to hold on to what it believes are the right decisions, the logical decisions. But people who believe in God, shall not depend on one’s own understanding or outside thinking. The true measure of faith is trusting what’s in your heart because God knows, that through your heart you are moved. So you must go with what’s in your heart and follow what drives you because God will not leave you…”

I handed in my resignation the next day. At the time my book, “The Things Inside Me: A poetic trip inside a young female mind (TTIM), had been complete for 4 years. On May 1, 2009 (less then a month after leaving my job) I opened the office to By Renee Visions Publishing House (BRV) at 75 Pratt St. Downtown Hartford and on December 13, 2009 I published my first book TTIM through my company BRV – seven months after walking away from my “good” job.

Since then I have produced, Wide Open: A One-Woman Show based off of the TTIM book, Produced and Hosted Poetz Corner TV, Co-created and Directed, The Thick Chronicles: A Body Image Story, been Editor and Chief of Street Connfinement Magazine, completed 6 movies scripts and the pilot to a television series, co-wrote the novel: A Pretty Girl’s Bullsh*t, done PR on major accounts like the Black Dynamite movie premiere featuring Michael Jai White at Bloomfield Cinemas and the Silk City Flick Fest, performed and hosted at countless venues and events, starred in movies, plays & documentaries and most recently published a new book through BRV titled, Bare Naked. Just to name a few. And on June 28, 2012 I will be shooting my first DVD with a live band, Outside Myself.

Did I take a risk leaving my job in the middle of a recession? Hell Yes!! Am I where I want to be yet? Hell No!! But am I happy and on the right path? I am not going to pretend that this road has been easy or always full of joy. It has been scary, dark and unpredictable but every small victory has made it worth each terrifying moment. Each small step brings me closer to my ultimate dream. No one ever said it would be easy, but God said if you take one step he will take two. So I am taking as many steps as my feet can handle so that that first risky step will not have been in vein. Life is too short to live with regrets! Don’t let yours pass you by.

~Shireal

Pre-Order “Bare Naked” Now

The New Release from By Renee Visions: Bare Naked is available for pre-order now.
This special offer is available through Brighter Than Before Ent. it is only available for a limit of time. You can purchase the Book and the CD for a discounted combo price of only $15 until Friday May 11, 2012 at 6pm.
Pre-Order your copies now on www.brighterthanbefore.com

Also time is running out to RSVP to this event. You can RSVP now by emailing info@brighterthanbefore.com or calling

(860) 578-2050 and adding your name to the guest list.

“Bare Naked” Book Release

On Saturday May 12, 2012 my company By Renee Visions Publishing House (BRV), will be releasing its second book titled “Bare Naked” by author Tracy “Mind.Evolution.” Caldwell. “Bare Naked” is a collection of poems that are raw and derived from real life experiences. This book is fearless with it’s honesty regarding relationships, world views and self-acceptance. Tracy says, “I was able to open up and accomplish my dreams without compromising who I am. I am on mission to move and motivate people with this book.”

As a poet myself I have so much respect for this woman. She immediately captivated me from the first time I saw her perform. I thought to myself, “who is this chick”. She was so passionate in her delivery and had me hanging on to her every word. Every time I saw her I was drawn into her story and wanted to know more.

Almost 2 years ago she called me to discuss publishing her book. We spoke briefly about it but at the time I was in the middle of co-writing, “A Pretty Girl’s Bullsh*t” (APGBS) – another novel to be released through BRV in the near future. As a small, independent publishing house I try to focus on one project at a time to be fair to each author while balancing my own personal projects as an artist.

Soon after this conversation Tracy and I became very good friends when we both got cast for the Ma Peach production of “For Colored Girls…”. During this time the author of (APGBS) had some family issues come up so we had to delay the release of her novel. Today, we are still in production of this book. To make a long story short 2 years later “Bare Naked” got moved to the forefront and here we are on the brink of history about to release Tracy’s book. This journey has taught me a lot about patience, persistence, determination and timing.

It has also taught me a lot about business and the publishing industry. I feel more confident in what I do and I am excited to put more books out. This feeling of accomplishment is not something I can explain easily in words. But to be a part of making someone else’s dream come true is priceless. I know I was destined to do this!

This book release event is exclusive and is hosted by Brighter Than Before, Ent. another company to which I am one of the co-founders. You must be on the guest list to attend. Come celebrate with us downtown at Hartford 21. You can RSVP by adding your name to the guest list no later then Friday May 11, 2012 @ 6pm. To add your name to the list you can either email info@brighterthanbefore.com or you can call (860) 578-2050 visit www.brighterthanbefore.com for more details.

Hope to see you there!

The Company You Keep…

What is it they say about birds? Oh yeah, “Birds of a feather flock together.” Yes, that’s it. I believe animals live there lives as humans should. We to are animals just a different species. Animals only kill when they are defending themselves or hungry. They only hunt enough to not starve and feed their families. They nurture their children, teach them how to survive then kick them out the nest. Most importantly they stick together, play together, work together, fly together.

The human species are the only animals on this planet who eat when they are not hungry, will have more then enough but not share. Fight and kill each other over material things or shade of complexion, discriminate, baby grown folks and hate. The most “intelligent species”, yet the most ignorant. It’s unfortunate maybe if we weren’t so smart we would be living in bliss…they have a saying for that also.

Anyway, to my point – the company you keep. When I decided to commit my life to my career goals of being a best selling author, Oscar winning actress I quit my corporate job opened an office downtown and started asking for investment money. My uncle Rob who is a silent partner in my business gave me a hefty investment to get started. So I went to work. I furnished the office, published The Things Inside Me, was working in the office from 7am to 7pm 5 – 6 days a week, developing my name in the PR (public relations) world – really going hard.

But on the weekends at night. I was chilling. I was hanging out doing things that I would normally do before (I will spare the details) but I was living a double life. One day I was leaving a dinner at my Grandmother’s house and my uncle asked me where I was going. I told him I was going to one of my hang outs and he said to me, “You still be over there?” This question caught me off guard because I thought, ‘why wouldn’t I be?’ So I laughed a little and smiled, said yes, and went on my way.

Then I couldn’t get his words out of my head. As I was involved in my ‘old ways’ I started to realize the things that I was doing had no positive affect in the direction I was heading. Me keeping hold of the old me was slowing my progress, but most importantly, there were 100 other things I could have been working on. I realized what he meant. I had to change everything about me, not just the things I felt like changing. So slowly but surly I stopped “hanging out” – or waisting time. I started working harder and keeping myself busy in my craft.

Now there is a bright side to this story. God always has something better for you if you make the sacrifices that you are supposed to. Once I gave up the old things God introduced me to people that I would have never met where I was before. Now I am in the company of women who are really making a difference and doing amazing things in their communities and in the world. I am friends with people like; Grammy Award winning Charmagne Tripp, Mrs. Dot Com, Crystal Senter Brown who does it all, LaToya Bosworth (Brenda’s Child – The Queen of Self-Esteem), Lynnette Johnson a brilliant woman with a bright light, my girls Tracy Caldwell (Mind.Evolution.) an extraordinarily talented writer, Alison McMeans a phenomenal actress, Jami Williams, MBA brilliant business woman, Ebonye’ Jackson an amazingly talent journalist and woman of God. And the list goes on.

Being associated with people like this has helped me to stay focused. They inspire me and drive me to keep pushing towards my dreams. They show me that anything is possible with hard work and determination. They are not just friends they are anchors, they keep me grounded and rooted in my cause. I am so blessed to know them. And if you don’t know them well Google will tell you all about it. They are making major moves and they are right here in the metro area. If I didn’t mention a name of one of my friends it’s not personal I am just running over on this post. But I love you all each one of you add to my life and I am thankful for your presence. You’re company has increased my assets not hindered them and for that I am forever grateful.

Grammy Award Winner Charmagne Tripp
Crystal Senter Brown's new novel in the top 100 on Amazon/Inspirational
Brenda's Child Memoir (Teacher / Super Role Model)
Tracy Caldwell (Mind.Evolution) new CD "Bare Naked"
Eboyne' Jackson journalist for Juicy Magazine & just added Jones Magazine to publications she adds to.
Alison McMeans - "Hairspray" as Motor Mouth Mable