In August, I spilled my soul and faced my fears head-on. The results? I feel free. I published a few YouTube videos. This month I'll be brief because I should be working on my new script. I fear that I will judge myself before the work is created.
What are you doing this month?
Things to read
Just Being Funny: Real Life Bed Intruder (The Daily Herald)
Suddenly, I hear what can only be described as full grown grizzly bear mixed with Chubakka snoring. Rebecca, you can't sleep with your door open if you plan to snore like a wildebeest.
Three Little Latchkeys (Distinguished Diva)
Balancing the thin line of beauty and torture is a difficult and necessary act every girl and woman must learn. Remembering five times my parents nearly lost their daughters to Child Protective Services.
Just Being Funny: Bathroom Experiments (The Daily Herald)
I noticed the toilet paper roll was facing under (behind the roll). So, I adjusted it. They next morning, the roll was back in its original position. Was she intentionally being a bathroom psycho?
The Micro Storytelling Challenge (LA-Screenwriter)
While working on a feature film, Flavia Borges found the writing process to be very lonely. So, she asked Sarah Alò and Devon Carson to help create MENACE, an intersectional feminist micro-series.
I'm doing a handful of shows before I take another break to create new material and recharge. If you're around, I'd love to see you at some of these events.
Storytelling - This One Woman (Hopleaf, Chicago)
Theme: Hedy Lamarr
September 25, 2017
Producing - The Stoop (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
Theme: Toe up from the flo up
September 28, 2017
Are you interested in trying stand-up comedy or storytelling? You don't need any special training. The Stoop is always looking for new storytellers and there are several comedy open mics you can attend.
Summer is almost over, and I'm not sure what I did with it. The time between September and December is when I decide my goals for the next year and my full-length writing project. Usually, by June, I've decided what I want to write, and I start plotting it with post-its around my office. (Shout out to the writers of Being Mary Jane) I'm struggling to settle on a story because I'm afraid of rejection.
When I graduated from Northwestern, I couldn’t write because I was trying to be gross and edgy like the writers most professors favored. I forced myself to produce something commercial for American audiences. When I finally freed to myself, I wrote a play inspired by my nephew Lupa. Oh Baby! Was my first production and the first show was sold out before opening night.
Riding the wave of being true to my artist's voice, I wrote my first web series, Bathroom Confessionals. That project ended up being a semifinalist for Sundance/YouTube New Voices Lab.
Unfortunately, the scripts I shopped this year (Rosemary Lane and OKCouple) didn't do as well. In fact, they bombed. I’ve got over 20 rejection letters in my inbox. Probably over 50 if I count the comedy fellowships and showcases I submitted to. For sure over 200 if I included potential client proposals and magazine pitches.
My gut says I have to write the story for me and not worry about winning awards and fellowships. Sadly the fear is crippling. Last month I interviewed Cas Sigers who shared how it took ten years before her script When Love Kills got picked up by TV One. The talented ladies of Milk + Honey (HBR feature), have been working on their web series for over five years. WOW! Who even has that kind of stamina and persistence?
I also interviewed Rebecca Roos (Dutch Caribbean filmmaker) about her creative process. The struggle is real for my fellow creatives back on the island. Even when you have talent; logistics and access to resources is a major challenge.
Dread, I’m totally just pouring my heart out right now.
As I prepare for September and the season of planning, I’d like to share a bit of what I’ve been reading. What are you doing? How's your summer going?
I imagine it can be very intimidating when I lump all of my achievements into one email, but I this monthly post because I want to have a dialog about things we might have in common. Do you related to any of the JBF stories (Bad Food + Bad Clients)? Email me your thoughts (HeyOnicia[at]oniciamuller[at]com) or talk to me publicly on Twitter (@oniciamuller). I kinda hate Facebook right now.
P&P's Daughter by Suprina Frazier
An inspirational romance novel. This is my like my fifth live story with Suprina. It's crazy; we get to ready the book WHILE she writes it! Who is this prolific goddess and how can I harness some of her power???
Tenth Year in The Sun by M.L. Wonder
A novel about sisterhood. You know the story is good when you start talking to the characters and advising them while you wash dishes. SMH! (HuffPost, The Breakup Queen)
Transforming Reality by Mia McCullough
A book on how artists can to get out of their own way and create dope ish. I'm re-reading this for a second time. I was gifted a free version as a PDF but literally the fifth sentence of the first chapter changed my artists life. I bought the print version just so I could highlight that gem.
#WednesdayWisdom by LT in the City
A weekly newsletter that's #BlackGirlMagic and positivity. I'm subscribed to over 20 newsletters, but I must read LT's thoughts within 7 days of posting. Good vibrations only.
I haven't finished read these books but I hope to by the end of the year.
Published Writings and Upcoming Events
Most of my recent publications are linked through out this post.
Flash fiction. Is despair haunting?
Ready for Innovation: Caribbean Entrepreneurs and The Hati Tech Summit (HuffPost)
interview with Darren Butcher and Kerry-Ann Reid-Brown
The Stoop: Shotgun Storytelling (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
August 10, 2017
The Stoop: How, Sway How? (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
August 31, 2017
Welcome to July! I don't know about you, but I could use a long holiday. Last month, I collaborated with phenomenal storyteller and friend, Ada Cheng, to raise funds for The Healing Corner. While we found many new supporters, Arielle and Krystal are still in need of volunteers and donations.
June was super busy. I think I haven't been this prolific since I left my job at the newspaper. This month, I hope to take a break from article writing and write some sketches and improve my
After an almost five-year hiatus, Dana Gills, Asha Kamali May, and Jeanette McDuffie are teaming up with Issa Rae Productions to release all new episodes of their much talked about web series, Milk + Honey. I sat down with the Brown Paper Dolls Productions trio to discuss their creative journey.
From having Idris Elba as their executive producer and their pilot episode earning over 150 thousand views, producing this series has been a journey of well-timed collaborations.
Y'all, it is JUNE! What have you been up to? After a few weekends in bed, the roommate and I are back on the streets and volunteering. This month, Ada Cheng is dedicating her June performances of Not Quite to raising funds for The Healing Corner.
Tweet me if you'd like two tickets to Ada's show. There are only three more performances!
The roommate and I enjoy volunteering with THC because their mission is simple: bring happiness to a corner that was recently marked with a bad memory. There are lots of organizations that give free hugs, but THC is one of the few going into -- and staying in -- communities that need hugs. They have conversations without secret agendas to convert people. They stand up to gangs by reclaiming street corners and parks. They give frightened neighbors the opportunity to see each other; to step out of their homes and form
I'm one year older and stubborn as ever!!! My birthday month was pretty busy. I ventured into the world of daily vlogs. It was an epic fail.
Despite having a great video editor and professional lights, I just sucked at being entertaining on camera. I also got pretty sick (bad food), received two rejection letters, and missed a film festival deadline. Boo! At the end of April, I managed to post 17 YouTube videos, booked 6 stand-up
On April 24, I'll be performing at This One Woman. Hosted by Kyna Lenhof and Mary Lorenz, this monthly variety show shares comedy, storytelling, and music inspired by the life of a famous woman. This month they're celebrating funny woman Carol Burnett!
I'll be performing alongside Amy Sumpter, Justin Flowers, Kim Nelson, Luis Arevelo, Tamale Sepp, Charlotte Hamilton, Erin Conlon, and Angelica Julia Davila.
This One Woman
The Hopleaf (5148 N. Clark St.)
April 24 at 7:30pm
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Whoa, this is a big one!
I recently celebrated my birthday. Yay, me! I had two birthday wishes. First, to raise funds for The Healing Corner by encouraging my friends to share their social media content or by buying something from their Amazon Wishlist. My second wish was to participate in Videos Every Day in April (VEDA). My goal is to overcome my fear of ‘being me’ on camera and to improve my video
Comedy = Tragedy + Time
Just Be Funny is one part inspirational, two parts 'How, Sway? How?', and most importantly one part FUNNY. Thanks to the powers that be at The Daily Herald (subscribe today), we'll relive humorous, embarrassing, and unforgettable life moments. Please check back on my blog where I share additional words of wisdom/lifehacks*1 on how NOT to have similarly tragic experiences.
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Welcome to March in which we celebrate Women's History Month. Political shenanigans aside, I'm pretty pleased with how 2017 is going.
Last year I learned that artists should aim for minimum 100 rejections before giving up. I'm not sure if that's 100 per year or in my lifetime. I've definitely been rejected over 100 times in this life. So far, I've submitted to 7 of 10 writing contests and fellowships. I feel pretty great about this considering I edited over 85 script pages, wrote 5 entries for Just Being Funny, and other writing projects.
Here's what I've been up to. Happy International Women's Day!
Producing - The Stoop 'On The Down Low' (Rosa's Lounge, Chicago)
March 30, 2017
Storytelling - Drinkers with Writing Problems (Brisku's Bistro & Bar, Chicago)
March 31, 2017
Stand-Up Comedy - Feminist Happy Hour (The Whistler, Chicago)
April 10, 2017
Storytelling - This One Woman (Hopleaf Bar, Chicago)
April 24, 2017
Speaking - Chicago Caribbean Film Festival (TBA)
Just Being Funny - The Daily Herald's Weekender
Weekly musings with a comedic twists. Just Being Funny is one part inspirational, two parts 'How, Sway. How?' So, if you want to read about dating missteps, employment misadventures, and general Onicia shenanigans, Just Being Funny is for you! Article archives are available for Daily Herald subscribers.
5 Ways Writer’s can Utilize a Personal Website - LA-Screenwriter
As a screenwriter, having a personal website isn’t obligatory. For most screenwriters, a well-managed social media account or two is sufficient for advertising your accomplishments and letting people find you. But if you already have a website or want one, here are five smart ways writers can maximize their digital real estate.
“Can you be more Natural?” asked my non-black boyfriend - The Huffington Post
The true story on how my silky-haired friend encouraged me to rock my natural afro-textured hair sans product or styling. It didn’t end well.
Artists and Businesses I Support
Web Series - Drunk Science
Web Series - The Open Mic
Podcast - Dude That’s Not What I Meant
TV Pilot Taping - The MLK’s of Comedy ‘The Revolution House’ (March 10)
Stand-up - Feminist Happy Hour - Ladies Frist Edition (March 13)
Solo Show - Ada Cheng’s ‘Not Quite’ at The Crowd Theater (March 19)
Variety Show - B.A.P.S - Women’s History Show Case (March 19)
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Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
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When I'm not writing and performing, I help artists get organized. You should hire me to help you produce live events, promote your art, or manage resources so you can make the most of every opportunity.
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