I plan on having way more than 15 minutes of relevance, as should you. Too many people are trying to get their 15 minutes of fame without seeking to make a difference. I remember when I started out I wanted to be famous because I was broke. I thought being famous would make me rich. I was pitching myself left and right. I remember when I got on the local news as a featured guest. They would do a segment about a local hero. I saw the producer's email somewhere and thought I'd send in an email. I had a BlackBerry at the time with a weird email address. I emailed the producer with a fake name and said:
Hey, I'm just writing you to let you know that I really would like to see some positive images of young black men on the news. There is so much negativity on the news and anytime you see a black man he's robbing someone. You could even interview that young Author from the University of South Florida. I just read his book and it was pretty good. That would be some positive news for a change.
The producer emailed right back and said:
That's great to hear. Would you happen to know his name and how I could get in touch with him?
Then I emailed back and said:
Well, his name is Tony Gaskins and the only contact I have for him is what I found in the back of his book, email@example.com (or something like that)
Then the producer wrote back and said:
Thank you very much for the tip and we will get in touch with him.
It wasn't long after that I received ...