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The Journey – I was warned but had no idea…

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I was combing through my abandoned Blog – only to find this post written 2 months ago.  Enjoy!

I can happily say that I survived …

I moved to NYC in mid June – warned by friends of family of the weather, people, attitudes, hustle … but I had no idea.

The journey felt like the movie SPEED when after each challenge – the broken elevator, the train explosion, the bomb threats  – you swore the movie was coming to an end but NO – there was always more.   This has been my experience moving to NYC.

It began with finding an apartment to live in – I combed over 35 apartments in NYC.  I had an unplanned tour of Queens, Harlem, Manhattan, Brooklyn (BK Heights, Williamsburg, Carols Garden, Crown Heights) and this was done in a two week period in humidity that was unexplainable.  I had initially told my broker that I wanted an apartment in Manhattan on the 2nd floor w/ a washer and dryer, modern and new, high ceilings, closet space and 1200 square footage for …. $?.  He looked at me and said “uh yeah…”

It was no easy task.  In Manhattan the places I saw were old, small and expensive.  After looking at location 14 I decided to call the search for a NYC apartment “Compromise.”  Slowly your list of desired amenities is reduced to “I just want a place to live!” I was hard set on finding a place in Brooklyn.  I found spots that were more expensive than Manhattan but had some crazy rules attached to renting the property.  The fear of homelessness neared.

Well … in the end I found my apartment and it’s perfect. Blood, sweat and luckily no tears – I found her and by “her” I mean the apartment that I’m making my own.  There is no laundry in the building but I’ve found ways to cope by taking the taxi to the nearest laundry mat and handling my business every two weeks or calling for pick up when then there’s no time.

My entire apartment was gut renovated so all appliances are new 🙂  I have an amazing super who comes same day and builds everything for me because god knows that’s just not one of my talents.

1 down — onto transporation …

Since I get lost everywhere I go  – with or without GPS -it only made sense that I got lost on the subway.  Not to mention that NYC is the only place where it’s imperative that you note if a block is a street or avenue.  For the first 3 weeks I had a 3 /10 ratio getting to where I needed to be.  I had to laugh at some point. I made more friends on the subway than anywhere else.  “I’m not from here” It was awesome.

5 months later – I shoulder bump everyone on the subway to get to where I need to be, my patience for bullshit has decreased, I HATE when people stand still in the middle of the side walk (who does that?) and “keep it moving” leaves my lips at least once a day to folks strollin’ on the street versus actually “walking” … true story.
I started a brand new job in New York – it’s been non stop since touching down in NYC.  I eat, sleep and dream about events.  I’ve been so lucky to be able to travel, learn and be amongst some of the coolest people in each of the East BU’s markets. Shout – out to Yaya, Nu and Brad 🙂  I’ve been able to learn so much in a very small amount of time. It was a brutal learning curve but really necessary on a lot of levels.  It was tough being away from all my loved ones and barely having the time to keep in touch due to the craziness that comes with adjustment and moving but … I made it.

Due to this opportunity I’ve been able to visit Seattle, Chicago, DC, Philly, Boston and now I’m going to Madrid this month.  I’m learning a TON and I’ve met some incredible people.  I’m tired as hell but completely inspired by the projects and talents of the people in my business unit. I can’t wait for next year and the slew of events that I’ll get to work on.  I completed my last event for the season in DC this last Monday and it was amazing.  A big shout out to our vendors and team – Ankh Marketing, Media House, Comms, Brooklyn Bodega and the local Red Bull DC team.  Everyone contributed to making it the success that it was!

I’m looking forward to some time to enjoy the city a bit. I started to take dance class with one of my co – workers and getting my upkeep together.  Hair done, nails done …lol & hang out with the friends (that I don’t yet have) that I’ve already had to flake on. LOL.  I found an amazing stylist Christian who is fabulous, gay and makes me laugh to tears.

I say all this to say – learning curves can be brutal but so necessary to push us to reach our very highest potential.

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CHECK IN WITH YOURSELF –

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Life is  roller coaster – and at times I find myself completely on track and other times – I wonder “how the hell did I get here?” I’ve been listening to my intuition and I’ve been doing what’s good for MY LIFE first.  I have patterns that like to follow me around this road we call “life.”  They can be tricky!  Patterns have disguises, they’re comfortable, they like to always show up at all the wrong times and if your not observant and don’t take action – they will always have a hand in the results you experience.

Love your life and love yourself enough to make the right choices.  I’ve never realized until now – that the choices I make not only effect me but effect all the people in my life who care about me as well. They in turn effect the students who work with me and the people and business associates I work around.   Loving myself has entailed taking a step back and considering what’s good for me FIRST. In the past, I’ve ALWAYS thought about how other people feel FIRST, but if I’m not good – (inside) then it domino’s and the rest of this story is history.

I have a lot going on in my life in the next year.  I HAVE to be at my very best inside – because god’s put A LOT of opportunity in m lap and I want to show up!  Distractions be gone — because I feel so deeply what my calling inside is – and I can’t wait to see how all of this is going to manifest.   Recently, I produced Styles Upon Styles Los Angeles – next stop is New York and Chicago.  The event was amazing! Shortly afterwards, HONEY LIVE hit LA for a 3rd time and music royalty blessed our night:   Stevie Wonder and Ricky Bell from New Edition.

Last week was awesome!  Just wanted to send out a big thank you to ALL who supported Styles Upon Styles LA and Honey Live!

Styles Upon Styles LA was awesome.  Bouncing Cats is an amazing documentary – for those who missed it – we hope to create another opportunity for you all to see it!
On behalf of Dennis Infante, Crazy Legs and Onecypher.com a big thank you to
the talent who blessed our night:  Rock Steady Crew, Eric Seats, Timbali, Melena Valdez, Steven Lopez, Ervin Arana.

And our promotional partners:
PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:
ONECYPHER.COM, CRAZYLEGSWORKSHOP.COM, ROCK STEADY CREW, HIP-HOP.COM, BLEU ENTERTAINMENT PR, NIKKI ANN PR, THE BEAT FREAKS, CULTURE SHOCK SAN DIEGO, THE SUPER GALACTIC BEAT MANIPULATORS, WORLD FAMOUS, ROCK SO FRESH, STEADY ROCKIN’, THE GROOVALOOS, THE SYRENZ, JOYSCO, FUSICOLOGY, SMJ ENTERTAINMENT, THE SOUL BROTHERS, FEYLA, WEST BOUND, THE SYRENZ & ANKH MARKETING
Special thanks to Red Bull

CHECK SOME OF THE PHOTOS BELOW:
PHOTOS PROVIDED BY THE TALENTS OF STILL 1

The Beat Freaks, Fayeboogie, Bailrok and me @ Styles Upon Styles

Rock Steady Performing at Styles Upon Styles LA

Styles Upon Styles LA Crowd Shot

Crazy Legs spinnin' at Styles Upon Styles LA

Timbali drummin' at Styles Upon Styles


HONEY LIVE WAS LIVE!

A Big thank you to our sponsors Hennessy and Vibe Magazine!

It was a beautiful night!
A lot of music royalty came out to bless our special night!
If you missed it – check the photos below!
Until next month …

Photo love provided by Wendy Le Photography
Stay tuned for thehoneycollective.com Launching SOON!

STYLES UPON STYLES LA + LIFE

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How times has been flying by!!!  It’s already time for Styles Upon Styles LA.  The line – up is insane – our promotional partners are in place and we’re excited to do this event yet again! This is one of the first events I’ve been able to produce exactly the way I’D like to produce it.  We had just enough time to get the details in order. I definitely could of been a little more prompt with some of my personal action items but nonetheless – it’s done.  Check the details for Styles Upon Styles below:

STYLES UPON STYLES LA FLYER

STYLES UPON STYLES

Hosted by ONECYPHER.COM & CRAZY LEGS of the world famous ROCK STEADY CREW
The night wilL begin with a private screening of “Bouncing Cats”– an inspiring story of one man’s attempt to create better lives for Ugandan children by transcending the power of hip-hop.

*All proceeds from the screening will go straight to the Breakdance Project Uganda.
RSVP: BOUNCINGCATS.LA@GMAIL.COM
FOLLOWING THE SCREENING – JOIN US FOR THE AFTER PARTY AT STYLES UPON STYLES

THURSDAY MAY 20TH 2010

Doors open @ 7:30 pm
Screening PROMPTLY @ 8:15 pm
Party begins @ 10:00 pm

21+ only
No Dresscode

THE ECHO
1822 WEST SUNSET BLVD.

LOS ANGELES, CA.

MUSIC PROVIDED BY:
Crazy Legs (Rock Steady Crew)
Ervin Arana (Rock Steady Crew | Root Down Sound)
DJ Dennis Infante (Onecypher.com)

=LIVE DJ & PERCUSSIONIST SET=

Percussionists Include:

-MELENA FRANCIS VALDEZ – Music credits include: Stevie Wonder, Chaka Khan, Isaac Hayes, Barry White, Julio Iglesias, Papo Conga…

-ERIC SEATS – Tour drummer for Patti Labelle & Lalah Hathaway

-TIMBALI CORNWELL – Tour credits – Maxwell & Album credits: Wayman Tisdale.

=Live Painting by=

Steven Lopez (http://ikeepmoving.com/)

=Special Performance by=

The legendary Rock Steady Crew

=Produced by=

Shelley Oto, Crazy Legs and Dennis Infante

Cover Notes: $5 on the guestlist / $10 not on the guestlist

RSVP Email: stylesuponstyles.la@gmail.com

SPECIAL THANKS TO RED BULL AND JAE DEAL!
PROMOTIONAL SUPPORT PROVIDED BY:

ONECYPHER.COM, CRAZYLEGSWORKSHOP.COM, ROCK STEADY CREW, THE BEAT FREAKS, CULTURE SHOCK SAN DIEGO, THE SUPER GALACTIC BEAT MANIPULATORS, WORLD FAMOUS, ROCK SO FRESH, STEADY ROCKIN’, THE GROOVALOOS, THE SYRENZ, JOYSCO, FUSICOLOGY, SMJ ENTERTAINMENT, THE SOUL BROTHERS, FEYLA, WEST BOUND, THE SYRENZ & ANKH MARKETING


STYLES UPON STYLES — FLIPPIN’ AMAZING!

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Wow, what a difference one month makes.  I have a good reason for not writing for the past 30 days.  Things have been crazy and wonderful all at the same time.  In the last 30 days, Styles Upon Styles came to life and it was an incredible event!

First things first – Styles Upon Styles San Francisco went above and beyond my expectations.    The event was truly spectacular – We reached capacity, the music was ridiculous, the performances were amazing beyond words and the dance community TRULY came out to support Crazy Legs and One Cypher and it’s relaunch.
Much love to some new friends I’ve met along this special journey Dj Mr. E, Sean G & Ezra and Miles of 330 Ritch – it was truly a PERFECT storm.
Styles upon Styles was blessed by the works of Jonas Lynch who did a live performance painting of Crazy Legs.  Philtered Soul did the damn thing alongside all female dance crew the Syrenz!  The screening of Red Bull “Bouncing Cats” was unforgettable and not to be missed when Styles Upon Styles comes to Los Angeles on May 20, 2010!
MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Special Shout out to PAPALOTES in FRISCO!  Thank you Miguel for all the hospitality!  EVERYONE that really knows me – knows I LOVE TO EAT!   This place is the business!

Thank you to all our promotional partners and sponsors:  Ciroc,  ANKH Marketing, All the Way Live, World Of Dance, CrazyLegsWorkshop.com, Cypher Stylez, BackSpin Productions, Rock Steady Crew, Sisterz of the Underground, City Dance Studios, Joysco,  Fusicology, Mindbodyflo.com, Hip-Hop.com, Soulciety.org,  FunkanometrySF, CypherStyles.com, Adapt, Rock The School Bells, Jonas Lynch, LovejunkeeDjs.com, Know Your Rank, JordanLouie, peejayee.com, crazylegsworkshop.com, soulo1200s.com, 330 Ritch

Crowd Shot at Styles Upon Styles SF

Me and Dj Mr E!

The Cypher

Live Painting by Jonas Lynch of Crazy Legs

Me and Legs

Me, Legs and Philtered Soul

The Ladies of Syrenz!

Bouncing Cats Screening at Styles Upon Styles SF

To View ALL the Photos go to:
http://www.onecypher.com/2010/04/styles-upon-styles-sf-photos/

GOALS + UPDATES + MARK YOUR CALENDERS

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GOOD EVENING & HAPPY MONDAY!

I hope that 2010 has been treating everyone well and the year begun as healthy, productive and prosperous as can be! For 2010, I’ve steadily created synergistic partnerships and programs surrounding movie releases, live music, the dance community and, of course, the Honey Collective.  I really hope to be able to see ALL of you in the coming days or weeks.  There is a lot to look forward too!
STAY CONNECTED TO ME:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/shelleyoto
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/shelleyoto

Dates to Remember:
February 28th 2010:  Honey Live @ Bardot in Hollywood
March 27th 2010:  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco @ 330 Ritch


STYLES UPON STYLES
I’m working collaboratively with Crazy Legs (President of the Rock Steady Crew), Dennis Infante and Red Bull to produce a series of dance events in various cities.   The series will begin in San Francisco on March 27th at 330 Ritch, and will soon after visit cities such as: Los Angeles, Chicago and New York.

In the earlier part of the evening — Red Bull will be screening their never-before-seen documentary, “Bouncing Cats,” which will be followed by a Q & A with the film’s talent.

Styles Upon Styles
is a Lifestyle event that occurs in different cities and features a night of quality music, fashion and dance performances/battles etc. The experience is interactive, entertaining and unique.  Styles Upon Styles caters to the music-loving, fashion-conscious dancer community.   It’s a credible forum where all the freshest dancers get down in the circle, as the sounds of the most skilled DJs penetrate the air.  One should expect dance battles, PUMA giveaways, fresh music, interactive experiences, performances and more.

Talent from past Onecypher.com events has included: The Jabbawockeez and DJ Kool Raul of Supreme Soul (fromMTV’s America’s Best Dance Crew), Soul Sector, Beatz N Pieces, Grammy Nominated Artist Vikter Duplaix … amongst others…
Stay Tuned and mark your calendars for March 27, 2010!

GET INVOLVED: If you’d like to support or participate/support this event, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com

and cc: Winnie Sui:  shelleyoto_asst@yahoo.com


ONECYPHER

Dennis Infante and I recently re-launched onecypher.com – a credible platform dedicated to everything DANCE. This site will continue to be updated with interesting blogs, articles, interviews, and plenty of media that will aim to showcase the true essence of each dance style.  Only the most credible dance class information will be listed and will be primarily geared towards offering dancers the resources to learn the background of other dance styles as well.

We focus our business towards the dance community, ranging from event planning, talent booking, club parties, dance contests/battles and showcases, as well as business consulting.

STAY CONNECTED TO ONECYPHER:
Twitter:  www.twitter.com/onecypher
Facebook:  www.facebook.com/onecypher


THE HONEY COLLECTIVE LAUNCHES “EVERYTHING HONEY”
We’ve steadily prepared to launch a series of new and exciting programs for you to enjoy.  From live music shows to roller skating, from private “members only” events to seasonal and movie release events … let’s just say … we have a lot lined up!  If you loved our two-year anniversary titled “The Show,” then you will love our upcoming concert series LAUNCHING MARCH 2010. More information to be released on that event at a later date… Hold onto your hats and enjoy the ride – 2010 is going to be a lot of fun with the HONEY COLLECTIVE.


HONEY COLLECTIVE @ THE BRAND NEW JW MARRIOT IN DOWNTOWN LA LIVE
This past Saturday evening … the Honey Collective supported the Langston Bar Association and celebrating Lawrence Hinkle as he was being installed as the 
2010 President of the John M. Langston Bar Association.   We partied on the rooftop and Honey’s very own DJ Eque kept everyone dancing – suit, tuxedos, gowns and all!  It was a beautiful night for a beautiful cause at a BEAUTIFUL venue!  We’ll be back!


HONEY LIVE
HONEY LIVE
is a live music series. As you know, The HONEY COLLECTIVE supports the Arts and will be introducing new and upcoming artists between the hours of 10:00 pm – 11:30 pm at Bardot inside the Avalon. You never know who’ll be in the house. ; ). DJ Eque and DJ Rashida, alongside special guest DJs will be on the 1…’s and 2’s. Bardot is a beautiful venue with an amazing sound system! Please join us on our Sunday night Musical Adventure at Bardot in Hollywood!

Mark Your Calendars:  February 28, 2010 @ Bardot (Inside the Avalon)

If you’d like to submit your group/band to perform at HONEY LIVE – please send all submissions to honeylivetalentsubmissions@yahoo.com

To attend this event RSVP:  honeycollective@yahoo.com


HONEY LUXE
This month the HONEY COLLECTIVE 
is launching HONEY LUXE … a series of private, invite only affairs offered to our VIPs 
in beautiful, intimate, upscale, undisclosed locations…
It’s a private HONEY affair with after hours included …
How do you get on the guestlist? 
ssshhhhh…Stay tuned!
If you’re not there – you’ll definitely hear about it.

FUTURE HONEY PROGRAMS:
As I mentioned before … The Honey Collective is excited about 2010. Everything is in the works. If your company is interested in working with us, please email: shelleyoto@gmail.com.  We look forward to hearing from you soon!
STAY CONNECTED TO THE HONEY COLLECTIVE:
Follow Us on Twitter:  www.twitter.com/honeycollective
Subscribe to our YouTube:  www.youtube.com/honeycollective
Become a fan on our Facebook:

That’s the skinny.  I really hope EVERYONE is having a wonderful start to this year and I get to see your face soon!  LIVE YOUR LIFE IN THE SUNSHINE. MUCH LOVE!

RISING TO THE OCCASION…

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What a crazy two weeks I’ve had. Actually, instead I should state … “What A Journey I’ve Experienced.”  One of the bumpiest areas in my life I NOW CLOSE.  There comes a point when “enough is enough” and you have to keep moving through it.  Again … “not everyone is like you.”  People have different hearts, motivation, intention and respect.  This last week I felt like “moving to the beach” and just staying there away from everything.  It’s rare that people disappoint me, but when it happens I really feel it.  I doubt that I will ever forget what’s happened but I hope that I will forgive with time.  I hate the way this situation has made me feel inside.  I realize that change is necessary and that sometimes things don’t always make sense … but you have to accept change and stop resisting the urge to try to control what you just can’t.  Just do the best you can and have Faith in GOD that he will help figure the rest of LIFE out with you … but you HAVE TO SHOW UP for him and yourself!

Life keeps moving regardless of what’s going on.  So I had to tell myself to “RISE TO THE OCCASION.”  3 of my new programs are launching in February and March 2010.  In the next 3 weeks I have 3 events scheduled for the Honey Collective + we are launching two new event series.  A music series and a private event series –Both I’m very really excited about.  Styles Upon Styles is launching in March 2010 and we are moving stead fast through the pre-production for that event.  I have just brought on another assistant to help facilitate the daily “action items” of this crazy operation.  Red Bull just signed on to support a minimum of two events for Styles Upon Styles!  San Francisco/ Los Angeles.  Soon to be in Chicago and New York as well.  So yes … the phone calls went well!

New Dates to  Lock In:

February 24th:  Honey Luxe in Los Angeles
February 28th:  Honey Live in Los Angeles
March 25th:  Launch of onecypher.com &  Styles Upon Styles in San Francisco

I look forward to what’s to come.  More good news is on it’s way!  Whenever there’s a storm there’s ALWAYS a rainbow to follow 🙂