Someone asked me recently what I have been up to, if I still feature in Movies or TV as an Actor because I have obviously moved on to other small things....Small things? Ye Pa! Anyway, here is my humble reply in modest celebration of reaching 600,000 page views and counting on my blog today, from readers all over the world (its not an easy feat especially since I'm not a news or gossip blogger...I don't even advertise or use any marketing platform. I don't know that any of the people I harass everyday with my broadcasts, re-broadcasts them on my behalf. I rarely use my Google+ Page except to share my blog posts, but I see that it has over 480,000 views) Ha! I mean who really cares about my CRAZY thoughts?.
I am an Actor (or Actress if you find it difficult to swallow my choice of gender spasm) and As An Actor, I will never give up that part of my life, as long as I get invitations to be part of quality productions that speak to my new standard as a Creative Enthusiast.... as well as my Purpose.
That being said, there is a bigger picture and in that picture, I have found a much greater PURPOSE. And my purpose is to influence the world with my EMPOWERING thoughts using every medium of EXPRESSION at my disposal....Movies, TV, Radio, Books, Audio, Mentoring, Advocacy. The goal is one simple goal. To help others understand that EXPRESSION is an amazing tool in creating a PRESENCE OF MIND.
I used to love being addressed as a 'Budding Actor', .... Fast rising...Oh not so budding anymore. Hehehe...It will be 10 Years in December, since I flew on the wings of the maiden edition of Amstel Malta Box Office (AMBO) Reality show in 2005. I mean, I love Filmmaking, I love Nollywood, I love being a part of the system, the process... (Oh I still like being thought as one of them, which is why once in a while I squeeze in time, to 'make love' to the Camera). I mean there's a sort of respect that comes from playing someone else, but there was also an emptiness inside of me, vague yet real....because even though the world watches you and pretend they connect with you.... In reality, they are actually connecting with the characters you portray. People think they have an idea of who you are....so they have huge expectations...and for those who are opportune to be around you, they assume you are forever acting, pretending or role playing. I never really had a 'voice'....and though my desire to be at the TOP of that game, is still to be actualised, I'm no longer driven for the 'wrong reasons'.... because I am now fulfilled by the REAL connections I have been making around the world, sharing my NAKED thoughts through my other gifts of writing and speaking. In this areas, I REPRESENT myself completely. Not the ambition of the producer, not the words of the writer, not under the direction of any director. Just ME, Uncensored, Naked and Honest. I found my Voice and I have been trying to let the world know, that the confused TIMID girl of yester years, is now a 'CONFIDENT' Woman who knows exactly what she wants out of life.
I do not want my claim to fame to just be "Alex Okoroji - the Actress or the Writer, the Radio host, the Author, Blogger, Podcaster, the Self-help Mentor or even the daughter of an ex Musician" (Oh people introduce me like that, all the time) Hahahah... like my claim to fame is just being Tony Okoroji's daughter. Who is that? Don't you know him? Former PMAN president, err COSON boss...eerrr....That copyright man....SHUT UP DAMMIT....And yes, I like wearing those hats, but everything new gets old. I just want to be ALEX OKOROJI, because all these little 'gifts' make up tiny pieces of who I am. What if I woke up and released an R'n'B musical album? Would I be a failed actor who started singing? No!!! Without all those fragments, I won't be complete.
I see people struggle every day to be on the cover of magazines. Well, I do not want to be known for who I am dating, who I married, what I wear to an event, who I hang out with, what social club I belong to, or which sexual position gets me going....Hehehe....I just want to be remembered for the number of people, I truly influence positively everyday.
I do not count my progress based on the number of comments on my blog, the balance in my bank account, which minister I dine with, the number of cars in my garage, awards on my mantle (and oh I do crave for them, after all I'm human.) But they don't drive me.... because my focus, is on the thousands who send me private messages and emails every other day. Thanking me, praying for me, teasing me and asking me for more.
I want every young person to understand that the MIND is a very powerful TOOL, that they can use it to either write and direct their own life path, as well as use it to 'limit' themselves.
I have learned so much in the last one year. Things I never knew until I opened my mind. I started my blog which I configured and designed myself 100% using a blackberry mobile phone and even though a few celebrity colleagues of mine refused to guest post in the early days... because they thought it was too new a blog to attach their brands to. I decided to write everything myself and it has grown in leaps and bounds filled with empowering materials that will be read by generation upon generation. I have taught myself to design websites (and I'm working on my 4th site for the radio show). I have written a book that should be released in two months, I have a Podcast Album, I have trained myself to use online mediums because in publishing and broadcasting, I see 'online' as the future. I am building an E- Community of Future Thought leaders, I am developing an Online Book Club, I started #AskAlex Talk Therapy and I'm presently creating my Online Radio Network with other shows which I intend to provide a platform for other hosts and young voices to be heard. All of these in just one year.
I want my name to be synonymous with Expression and the Truth, hence the birth of the NAKED movement. If you haven't figured it out by now. All that raw, unfiltered passion is a reflection of what lies inside of me. The beauty of being Present in Mind. I could easily feel content leaving a bunch of CD's for my great grand children to watch. But I want more. (Just so you know so many thriving young Artists don't even know my Father was once a celebrated Musician back in the days. They just know him now as an Intellectual Property Guru) Does it beg to wonder why true artists are doing so much more than just entertaining people for pleasure? The need to leave a legacy beyond Fame and Money.
I simply want to use my voice to help those who don't know they have one, find theirs. I want to make a difference and teach them the POWER.... that WORDS and the TRUTH have.
Six Hundred Thousand views might be a token number compared to so many famous news and gossip blogs raking in the numbers, but to me, it is a reminder of the task ahead of me....If my original thoughts can be appreciated and read these many times by different people around the world, in just one year. Then I truly do have the power to shape the world with my gifts.
My father said to me some days back "Do you know, People used to point and say that's Tony Okoroji's daughter....But now, they point at me and say, that's Alex Okoroji's Father ". Hahahah. That's right! I'm finally earning my respect, by just being ME. Its time to earn yours too. That's my NAKED CHALLENGE for you.
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