Caribbean Entertainment Magazine is having their Readers' Choice Award. You can help me and some of my favorite Caribbean creatives by voting for us. Simply copy this list and email firstname.lastname@example.org. Use "Nominations CEM Readers Choice Award" as your subject line. Deadline November 15, 2017.
Best Photographer - D.A. Robin
Best Female Blogger - Candice Lola
Best Female Radio Personality - Sagan Speaks
Best TV Personality - Nikki Jae
Best YouTuber - TAP
Best Music video - Red Eye Crew "Good Good"
Best Radio Station - Laser 101.1 FM
Best Male Radio Personality - Suppa Kid
Best New Comedian - Onicia Muller
READ: Caribbean Entertainment Magazine Announces Readers' Choice Award
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 video editing. This entire year, it's been such a challenge to look alive on camera and edit the footage into something usable. Fingers crossed I get it together this month.
My Awesome Friends
"Standing Up: From Renegade Professor to Middle-Aged Comic" by Ada Cheng
Taiwanese-born Ada Cheng had achieved the American dream: U.S. citizenship, a tenured faculty position as a sociology professor, and a following of students who adored her. But by midlife, she was tired of struggling against both subtle and overt gender and racial discrimination and battling
After Wonder Woman: Why Storm Wont Be the Next Superhero Film
An interview with fablist and blerd, Candice Lola about black women and super heroes.
The Skewer with Tom Harrison and Erica Dreisbach
If you like Reddit, the news, and satire, this is the podcast for you. My favorite stories in episode 19 are Zack Mast on Mike Huckabee, Will Sonheim with his horse-based fever dream of glue and politics, and of course the final debate between Nora Regis and Erica Dreisbach.
P&P's Daughter by Suprina Frazier
Last month I started reading this live romance/ edgy inspirational story by Suprina. I've been a long time reader, I think my first story was The Professor. I'm always amazed by how she's pumps out pages so quickly and consistently. Plotting is the secret to busting out pages and ensuring your story structure doesn't collapse.
‘Tenth Year in the Sun’ a Novel about Sisterhood by Former Diplomat (HuffPost)
The novel weaves together the lives of four “soul sisters” from different cultures as the best friends journey into the fullness of womanhood and endeavor to honor their ten-year commitment to reunite in a foreign land. In the years following their impromptu vow, mysteries are revealed, secrets unravel, cultural treasures surface, and sweeping doubts arise.
The Daily Herald
Hollywood's Black Renaissance
The Huffington Post
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.
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
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)
Looking for press for your event or project? Send me links to all your things.
Storytelling is my Caribbean heritage. During hurricane season, the radio stations broadcasted Anansi tales. Pa Ben, a local performer, preserved our island’s tales through storytelling. Little anecdotes of regular island life and histories not recorded in books. I’d read by nightlight until my eyes became heavy. Even at that point, I didn’t want the stories to end. The radio dial had pencil markings so I could quickly find my favorite stations. Dramatized works or straightforward interviews; I was hooked on stories. I was hooked on short format stories.
These are the web series that shaped my twenties.
Mesh Flinders, Miles Beckett, Amanda Goodfried, and Greg Goodfried (@LG15) www.lg15.com
Having a stable internet connection meant so many things were possible. I could finally watch Lonelygirl15 and experience one of the first “online TV shows” that received mainstream attention. I hoped to find a connection to the main character. Things got weird. Lonelygirl15 with Lostgurl, my internet avatar. I didn’t complete all the episodes. However, I was inspired to learn more about this storytelling format that was neither TV show nor short film.
Continue reading on The Huffington Post
BIG NEWS: I'm doing a comedy show specially for Caribbean Audiences!
Tix and info at: bit.ly/CCEC16
Use code: ONICIA25 for $25 tix until midnight 8/19.
American Caribbean Entertainment Group (ACE Group) presents Caribbean Comedy Explosion starring international comedy sensation Majah Hype. Experience Di Ras and Grandpa James all his classic characters LIVE! DJ Boom Bostic hosts this full night of laughs featuring stand-up performances by Chicago legends Brandall “B. Cole” Cole, Comedian Stick, and newcomer Onicia Muller.
Majah Hype’s Chicago debut is a must-see event! Save and purchase your tickets in advance for $30. Tickets sold at the door for $40.
There're TWO FREE PARKING LOTS available on Cermak Road and one block from CTA California Pink Line. ID required for this 21+ event.
THE CARIBBEAN – CaribbeanStartups.com launched the region’s first digital accelerator earlier this year and released the final list of companies selected for the summer session. Of the 105 companies were selected, Darren Butcher and Onicia Muller were the only two entrepreneurs representing Sint Maarten. Darren Butcher is a Full Stack Software Developer. Onicia Muller is a Writer and Comedian.
The inaugural program runs from July 11-July 13. Divided into two parts, it opens with a 2-day startup development program, followed by a virtual demo day for ten selected companies. Demo judges include angel investors, global accelerator leaders, and press. Upon completion, teams will have scheduled mentor meetings and pitch practice sessions throughout the summer.
If selected to pitch, Butcher hopes to secure funding for Cator, his education-focused communication app. “In schools, today, many limitations and gaps in communication exist among faculty that hinders the effective flow of communication,” says Butcher. Cator (http://cator.co) aims to improve faculty communication and collaboration with a messaging tool that provides analytical insights based on collaboration.
“As an entrepreneur and developer groomed in the Canadian startup community, participating in the Caribbean Startups Accelerator program is a great way for me to connect further to my roots. Through this program, I am hoping to learn more about the challenges and opportunities that exist in the Caribbean startup ecosystem. I really believe that technological learning and networking is the key for young entrepreneurs to innovate and shape the Caribbean in the age of digital disruption.” says Butcher
Muller is seeking funding to help her independently produce her work in the Caribbean and Chicago. Presently, Muller’s writes about the challenges facing women in comedy and short-format scripts. She also hopes to take her stand-up on the road. Her comedic style is described as sassy, observational, and blunt. Find samples of her work at www.oniciamuller.com.
“The accelerator program is a great initiative. I’m excited to support any project that helps advance Caribbean talents and stories,” says Muller.
CaribbeanStartup.com’s co-founders, Christine Souffrant and Guelma Emile, have Haitian and American heritage. Christine is an entrepreneur with seven years of business management experience. She was selected for the 2016 Forbes 30 Under 30 and AdAge 40 Under 40. Emile founded the Haitian Art shop in the Jamaica Collesseum Mall in1998 and has 25 years of business experience.
The majority of accepted startups came from Trinidad (40), Haiti (18), and Jamaica (13) and founded within the past three years. Requested funding amounts varied greatly as the Digital Accelerator is open to small business owners, startup entrepreneurs, and freelancers who reside in the Caribbean or connected to the Caribbean diaspora. Forty-five percent are seeking less than USD $50 thousand. The remaining 54% seek amounts between USD $50 thousand and USD $20 million. A final list of companies will be able to pitch investors for prize amounts ranging from $5k-$25k in December 2016.
Created in St. Maarten. Based in Chicago. I write, say funny things, and enjoy hanging with creative minds.
Here you'll find writing samples, videos of past performances, and off notes about my life as a writer.
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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