Success 101: Class is in session (Produced by Faith)

Meet DeVon Franklin. He is one of my mentors, but he doesn’t know I exist, yet.

I was introduced to DeVon while researching for a publicist I worked with a couple years back. Intrigued by his story I locked his name in my memory bank.

Fast forward to March 2013… sipping Chardonnay and chatting with the girls at Yard House LA LIVE, up comes Mr. Franklin. Not in the flesh, but a Google image on a friends iPhone. The girls were eliciting my response in attempt to gauge my “Hot or Not” meter.

Surprised that I knew of him, they curiously questioned me and I divulged a few fun facts. DeVon currently serves as Senior Vice President of Production for Columbia Tristar Pictures, a division of Sony Pictures Entertainment, making him one of the youngest individuals in that position in the industry. Did I forget to mention that these friends happen to work at Sony? Needless to say, they know him in that context.

The conversation reminded me that I never picked up his book, appropriately titled Produced By Faith. Yes, he’s an author… a preacher and motivational speaker too.

I made it my business to order Produced By Faith before it slipped my mind a second time. It arrived and I began reading it during my lunch break last Thursday.

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Produced By Faith is an inspirational guide to assist you and I as we navigate through life in faith. This book is exactly what I need in my life right now. It always amazes me when I can relate to a piece of work as if its author/creator can see right through me.

While reading Produced by Faith (or while it read me), I found myself shouting, “You too?” And then there were times when I would bow my head in shame and say, “That’s me.”

Coincidentally or not, I work in entertainment as well, but this guide is not exclusive to those pursuing a career in entertainment. I can talk the book up until I am blue in the face but I won’t. I’ll just let you know that if you are struggling with life, career or faith decisions, then you want to read it. In the coming weeks, I will share some of the points/lessons in the book via the blog, Twitter and Facebook.

Lastly, you’re probably still wondering if I think he’s hot, huh? Yes!!! No disrespect to Mrs. Devon Franklin (also known as Meagan Good).

Farewell, Grand Lux Cafe

Grand Lux Cafe, Los Angeles opened its doors to customers for the last time on March 19.  A couple good peeps and I visited on March 15 to say our final farewell.

My first visit in 2004/2005 with a party of about 20 people is a blur, but I remember tasting three dishes that all seemed very bland. Honestly, the only reason I went on March 15  is because my friend suggested it. This was my second visit. I ordered the Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon, i’m still not sold on the food. On the other hand, I would go back just for the fresh baked box of cookies.

The price of our entrees ranged from $19-$23 and the servings were pretty big. All in all, the experience was favorable and our server was great.

Have you dined at Grand Lux? If so, what is your experience?

Below are pictures of our food and drinks followed by details.

IMG_0577(clockwise) Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya, Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon, Chicken Royale

IMG_0579Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon

IMG_0581A Box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies

Caramel Apple Martini
Ketel One Vodka and Apple Liqueur Shaken and Chilled

Crispy Thai Shrimp & Chicken Spring Rolls (not pictured above)
Served with Thai Sweet-Hot Chili Sauce

Cajun Shrimp & Chicken Jambalaya
Sauteed with Peppers, Onions and Tasso in a Delicious Spicy Sauce.
Served with White Rice

Cedar Planked B.B.Q. Salmon
Roasted on a Cedar Plank and Glazed with Sweet and Spicy B.B.Q. Sauce. Served with Mashed Potatoes, Corn Succatash and Crispy Onion Rings

Chicken Royale
Lightly Breaded Sauteed Chicken Breasts Served Over a White Wine Butter Sauce with Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and Herbed Carrots

A Box of Warm Homemade Chocolate Chip Pecan Cookies
A Freshly Baked Dozen. Take the Rest Home!