If you asked me two years ago where I imagined myself in 2020, I would probably say in a newsroom. But today, God has given me the grace to manage his company, named after me -- AMB Entertainment Group, LLC.
This journey started with Darrin Jackson asking me to manage his modeling portfolio and then spiraled into me managing his artist career and his band. I thought to myself what on earth?! But God had a plan and I've often asked him, "God, what are you up to?"
Well well well. I've had a lot of fun along the way. There have been some key learning moments that every entrepreneur with big dreams go through. The test and trials can really take you out. People say, "God doesn't put more on you than you can bare." Well that's not true. He will put more on you than you can bare so you can realize that he is the source of all. When you are weak, he is strong. His grace is sufficient. His power is made perfect in weakness. Alright I'm ready to encourage you!
Fast forward to 2020 and we're getting ready for the first show of the year. Rehearsing with these guys is different than what I'm use to. Sometimes I bring my work while they collaborate. And then there are moments when I stop and take it all in. It's my own concert. I like to understand and appreciate the entire process. It's the creative mode that's so interesting. To see gifted professionals work together peacefully to create music with hit songs is so mind boggling. They don't have to read sheet music. They just use their God-given gift.
We have a lot of fun too. After I give them my disapproval for their tardiness (LOL) -- we pray and go over everything they need to know about TDJE business. God and communication is key. I appreciate these fellas so much. I want them to know they're valuable-- because they are. Saying "thank you" is important to people who are on your team. I learned that as a news producer. It's important that we make sure people know that they are appreciated long before they choose to retire or leave the business. Giving people a cake on their last day is simply not enough. That's really the time people reflect on how valuable you were to the team. But I couldn't stand to see people leave like that. So I made it my mission to always tell people how I felt about their contributions while working together...and it really made a difference in the morale. Ok ok--getting off topic again LOL.
My musicians are incredible people. I'm still getting to know them and they're getting to know me too. They gas each other up. They're very supportive and respectful of each other. They poke fun at each other too. They even get some laughs off me. And it's all love. No feelings are hurt. There are no low blows. We've talked about life-- the challenges of the music business and when I'm going to make my famous bread and mac and cheese! One of the best things about rehearsal is the collaboration. Darrin is the visionary behind the show and he welcomes the ideas from his crew to turn it into a masterpiece. I've been in many circles where people feel their ideas are ignored. In this circle, there is much respect for everyone's gift. It's really beautful to see the chemistry. It's an absolute pleasure to be given a VIP seat at rehearsal to watch these incredible men do what they love.