Hey yall! For those of you who know me and have already labeled me as a “free spirit” you may be on to something! And for those of you who don’t know me that well…. allow me to re-introduce myself! MY NAME IS HOV! Im kidding.

But I honestly do consider myself a laid back, down to earth person who for the MOST part goes with the flow AND at the best times I make it my business not to create chaos.

This free spirit. I KNOW for sure I got this from my mother. From the time I was born in Providence, RI my mother had the family moving to Brooklyn then road tripping the entire 7 of us down to Atlanta all in a two-year time span! I wouldn’t think twice about where these characteristics were embedded in myself.

This free spirit has always been within me. Before I could finish high school I was ready to pack up and move to another state without looking back. I arrived to Howard University in DC, completed four years and upon graduation I was thinking of moving out of the country! I reconsidered after my service learning trip to the Dominican Republic so I then moved back to Atlanta for two months then came running back to DC for another 4 months. There were many times I had been running from my free spirit and in the end realizing I was running from myself. But one day I woke up and said “I want to move to New York” and so I did. It really was that simple. Thats what I appreciate most about my free spirit. I get an idea and I just move on it.

It isn’t solely about getting up and moving somewhere but its a mind set. I am a huge believer in one’s mind being the driving force of life’s direction and for a while I wasn’t willing to let myself be free nor think freely. Often times before my journey here in New York I was dependent on my family’s or friend’s opinions and not whole heartedly doing me. I had realized that there doesn’t have to be a right time or a perfect moment for me to take MY idea and run with it and I am glad that I’m willing to embrace it and grow.

Analyzing things, I have realized my personal growth and the development and the best decision being to embrace my free spirit. Things hasn’t always been the easiest to make a decision and act on it. If that was the case I would’ve started comedy a while ago. I also noticed the best outcomes were when I didn’t try so hard or put much effort in to controlling the situation. So in hindsight there had to be a development. I had to take certain steps towards this development and these steps allowed me to know more about who I am and what I want for myself. In knowing who I am I ask myself, “why complicate life with questions and apprehension”? From here on out I’m going with the flow!

Having a free spirit has its ups and downs. For a simple example its like suggesting to my friends that we go to a party. Lip gloss is popping! The bouncers are nice allowing easy entry, dj is killing it all night, free drinks from ATTRACTIVE dudes in VIP, and everything happens for the FREE (its a recession). Huge WIN!  BUT then I make that same suggestion on another occasion and we end up on a four hour bus ride to the wackest party there is to live through, long lines, overpriced bar prices, a wack dj, and no potential candidates for any flirtation whatsoever! complete FAIL.

Or for a more complicated example I find out two months later that I’m dating someone 13 years older me because Im just going with the flow. But that doesn’t take away from the good times and great conversations that I did enjoy.

nor does ending up 15,000 feet in the air jumping from a plane feel so bad when I landed safe and had an experience of a lifetime.

or like even recently I end up living in a great city that has made a huge impact on who I am today more than most experiences to date.

All I see is WIN WIN WIN no matter what! So don’t be scared to embrace your free spirit and go with the flow!

Happy wreckless living:-P

-Aminah

There was an open call audition for THE Apollo Theater’s “amateur night” Sunday morning in Harlem, doors open 10 am. The first 300 acts were to be seen for auditions. MOST comedians wouldn’t see the point of auditioning for Apollo but I’m not here to think like MOST comedians. I knew I wanted to go from the time I found out about it. My friend, Talibah (shout out to Tatalicious) and I had planned for us to go together. After she informed me that she will no longer be able to go, this and for many other reasons that Saturday night before the auditions I was apprehensive to be brave enough and go to the audition.

Now! I had already committed to a performance at a comedy show the same Sunday afternoon in Jersey for 4 pm. So in order to successfully get through the audition and get to the performance on time I needed to be at the audition bright and as early as possible! It was getting late… Hours of sleep slowly counting down. Before I laid my head to sleep, I set my alarm to wake up early in the morning but not so early, hence the apprehension, and based on how I felt I would make my decision on the morning.

Morning comes and I wake up DETERMINED more than ever to make this audition! Where did this determination come from? Shaking My Head thinking to myself, “I wish I felt this way last night!” Being that it was morning time I was still a slug, so it was a late start but I didn’t let that deter me from getting to Harlem. Out the door on a mission I go straight to the BUS STOP (its a recession)…. It takes FOREVER to come! I have no cash for a cab and all I keep telling myself is, “Im not going to make it, I should’ve left earlier”. The bus finally comes TWENTY minutes later and I hop on ready to start my journey from Brooklyn to Harlem.

Now the plan was to read “Eat Pray Love” on the way and possibly start writing a script for class but just like every person on the subway I ended up sleeping the entire travel(don’t try this at home). I finally arrived to 125th street two hours later and was relieved to have been a little rested from the nap. I was ready to tackle this audition line. But FIRST I needed food and a vanilla latte with soy, hold the foam please and thank you. So I stopped at Starbucks and while I’m at it I thought it would be who of me to figure out which direction the Apollo Theatre was in. The cashier tells me and explains how people were lined up from 10 pm the night before! Wow! Just imagine if I did have the determination the night before, I would have been in line as well.

Anywho I leave and head to the Apollo Theatre and arrive there at 8:15 am. The line reaches back to the first corner. I make a right. The line reaches to the second corner. I make another right. The line reaches two more blocks and finally comes to an end. I have found my place in line still uncertain as to what I have gotten myself into but determined to stay as long as I possibly can. I look around for friendly faces. I see a black female with an afro. No. What about the hispanic guy with the headphones on…? NO. Okay…! Well there’s a white couple hugged up to keep warm (sidenote: I thought white people didn’t get cold!) but No. It wasn’t until an Asian woman then a black mother with her daughter arrived after me that it seemed okay to strike a few questions and friendly conversation.

We get the talking and we all agreed that we definitely will make the first 300 acts however the woman said her friend auditioned last year and was here for 8 hours. I grew worried because I didn’t have 8 hours but I didn’t let it defeat me. The wait was LONG!!!! Corner after corner I was freezing myself off! I needed gloves, a scarf, hat , and a winter coat!!! Instead I had on some destroyed jeans(aka open slits for wind exposure), a long sleeve shirt, a vest, and my cute little leather jacket:-/ I don’t what I was thinking! Wait. Yes I do… I was thinking “girl you better look cute for this audition and you never know who you may meet (the single mentality in me).

Finally I approached the last corner to see the actual Apollo theatre sign and it feels good! Took a few pics and thought about what this experience has been already and what it could turn out to be. I get to know a few people in line who all agreed that I looked like a singer:-) That made me feel good. Honestly the “look” of a comic isn’t the best compliment so I’ll take the singer look any day! (That’s messed up)

The people in line were fun and interesting! Did I say it was cold?! Anyway there were middle school aged steppers providing entertainment. High school emcees beat boxing being silly, an elderly church going woman clapping to the beats of her gospel playing in her head and then there were the conversations(uh oh)…  The Asian lady explains to me how she’s been in New York for seven years working as a bartender intending on pursuing her dreams as a singer however was swallowed by the amount of responsibilities when she agreed to become bar manager. She has two kids who she recently released custody over to her husband in Japan so she can pursue her passion! It’s real out here yall, her story was so ridiculously inspiring, I will NEVER EVER have kids! Lol I spoke with people from all over New York and few people who travelled from out of town, exchanged a few business cards… this was great!

We finally reached the barricades closest to the Apollo Theater’s entrance and I could smell a victory or at least the heat of a warm building…. Then a group of six individuals squeezed themselves in the front. PAUSE. Were they suppose to be discreet? Four adults, a child and a young teen thought it was okay to jump the line because their “friend” were holding spaces. What was even more surprising was that no one in line said anything. The first security guard approached the situation and asked what was going on but then naively accepted their response, “Were with her”. PAUSE again. You can’t be with her if you are a different act! I took a deep breathe…. held my head in the air to feel the cold breeze against my nostrils and reflected on what a day it was… then I smiled, aimed one hand in the air and yelled….. SECURITY!!!!!!!! Im just saying what would Eddie Murphy do?! A different security guard approached me and heard my testify…. still no one else spoke up! I had to turn around and literally almost bully the others behind for them to speak up. A shame. Finally the 6 people were escorted out the line(VICTORY) and my pressure was up! BUT I didn’t let that defeat me, I finally went inside (said a woosaw), received my number, and entered the stadium of the Apollo Theatre. I was number 239!!!! that means I was 61 people short of the cut off. But I made it!

 

I spent two more hours waiting in the stadium; thats all I had left on my clock before I was due to head to Jersey for a performance… BUT It was LIVE!!! hundreds of people! Sounds of singers warming up, emcees busting flows, and dancers loosening their muscles to music from their ipods. Great atmosphere of passion and dedication. I didn’t want to leave!!! Even though I felt disappointment for not being able to stay and audition I had a commitment. My mother taught me, “YOUR WORD IS YOUR BOND”. You are only as good as your word. Its a law of ethics, a value that cannot be compensated for. So I bid a silent farewell to Apollo and headed for my show.

I learned a lot Sunday. After I thought about everything I realized what I was missing. I was missing the 100% EFFORT! The determination was there but not 100%. The ability was there but not 100%.

Im learning…. this is a journey for me. A lot of times I notice we go through the walks of life but miss out on the most of it because of the way we think…. Sunday I allowed myself and other’s apprehension to effect my efforts. Im pleased to have gone and gotten so far and was able to experience the cake (the story) but unfortunately I missed out on the icing (the audition). So don’t limit yourself and prohibit you from receiving that “icing on the cake”. Thats why I say GO HARD or GO HOME! I know what to expect next time….. 100%

In simple words: Claim your icing on the cake!

Much love and wreckless living,

Aminah

please note: this would have been that much great if I was sitting in a bubble bath with soap bubbles in between my toes. See! I need to claim my icing….Next Time! follow me on twitter @aminahimani

I will like to invite everyone into my world!!! I believe a blog is a great way to expose my comedic and not so comedic sense of humor but either way this is an example of my dedication to growth! Growth is the mantra of my life. I affirm daily “I will be a better person today than yesterday”.

Today is October 6,2010 and I have deemed this as my official comedy bday:-) NEW YEAR! NEW WAYS!!! Significant for soooo many reasons! I decided to start my blog today hence my first blog being on TODAY! They say “to create different results, you can not continue to do the same things” hence NEW YEAR! NEW WAYS!!! I’m not perfect. I don’t think Im perfect and thats what makes me funny! We all live each day and lessons are shoved down our throats one way or the other and since I began my journey as a comedianne these lessons have become more apparent and hilariously obvious! Some times I don’t learn lessons, I just laugh hysterically at life! So why not share?!

NOW! The goal is to blog at least once a week and more often as I am inspired to:-) I hope you enjoy it as much as I do writing (which I must add has grown on me as well)…. ANYWHO! Make sure you check me out on twitter, facebook, and yes even myspace!!! Aminah Imani is the name and comedy is my game! LETS GET IT! I also posted a new youtube video up compliments of Nairobi Nelson! THANK YOU! ENJOY:-)