Cannes Film Festival Red Carpet Moment

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Beautiful Eva Longoria. Press says she hiked her dress up too high. But not shown here. Still beautiful outfit.

A Cautionary Tale

My husband, a consultant for a State Department contractor, almost died in Belize recently.

He said he had the flu, went into a Belize hospital and within 48 hours, ended up with pneumonia in the left and right lung. My husband had to be air ambulanced from Belize to the nearest hospital in the states that could treat him which was in Aventura  Florida. (They would not fly him past Florida because doctors said he might expire if he wasn’t flown to the nearest state side hospital.) An ICU nurse told me he was unresponsive when he made it to Florida and was lucky to be alive.

His work took him to Europe, South America, Central America, Africa and the former Soviet republic of Georgia. Countries he worked in included Moldova, Uganda, Ecuador, Tunisia and India. He arrived in Belize City in mid-March to help train officers in policing and investigations.

Here are the lessons I learned from the ordeal. I think we all in our lifetime are due at least one critical scare. If we are lucky, God will use it as a wake up call for you to do things differently. For me the “different” is to live fearlessly today because tomorrow is not promised. Some of us live fearlessly, Some of us don’t. My husband to his credit lives fearlessly. If he died tomorrow, he would have died living his dream doing what he loves. Can we all say the same?

Secondly, make sure you have all kinds of insurance — health insurance (with worldwide coverage if need be), flight insurance, travel insurance, life insurance, and/or liability insurance. Thank goodness for Travel Guard insurance, the company who evacuated husband out of Belize.

Lastly — find the positive in EVERY DAY and don’t waste your time will people who don’t deserve your time.

Traci Marquis

Facebook me at TB Marquis, Esq.

 

Brand Yourself Before Someone Else Does!

When I wrote my first fictional book, I Can’t Cry, my publicist wanted to brand me as an expert on rape. In my book, the protagonist is raped. I didn’t want to be the poster girl for rape because I didn’t know enough on the subject except that a friend, yeah- a friend, was raped which inspired me to write the novel. Truth be told I don’t think I wanted to be the poster child for rape that thought of which is now embarrassing to admit.

Still almost 10 years later (yeah 10 years!) I can appreciate my publicist’s attempt to brand me. So my question to myself and you is — What are you most passionate about? If you didn’t need money for the mortgage, what would you be doing? My advice to you is this: In order to be really good at anything and to have the universe unfold for you, do the following. Establish your intent, Seek to attract it, and and then relax, ie stop your anxiety about it. These three things practice everyday.

Passion breed ideas and ideas breed action. If your passion is bigger than you, that’s even better because others will be attracted to your energy and vision. Here is an exercise. Practice your positive thoughts on your passion. If you feel your heart getting happy, you are being energized by your passion. If people or things start coming to you, you are attracting those people or things who can make it happen. We confuse the universe when we bring anxiety to the picture or sustained negative energy.

We all have one life to live. Life is going to happen. Find you passion and live it. The money will come. Promise.

 

THE MOTHER OF THE MATRIX

For those of you who don’t know, Sophia Stewart is the self proclaimed Mother of the Matrix. Ms. Steward wrote a manuscript called the Third Eye in the 90s and she states the Wachowski Brothers and Warners Brothers (allegedly) used it as the basis for The Terminator and The Matrix. She sued in 1999 and the suit continued for six years. Unfortunately there is a lot of confusion as to whether she prevailed in her 100 page suit against the aforementioned and a whole bunch of other people. There is a document signed by the judge, (called an ORDER) which states that the defendants prevailed against Ms. Stewart and the judge granted their motion for summary judgment. That means, if document is not a hoax, they won and she lost. However in all of the blogs and press releases there are internet statements stating that she won. There is also a 2009 document (an ORDER) where the judge denies her Motion for reconsideration and her motion for summary judgment. I can only guess that this motion is in response to the 2005 Order. For more information go to Ms. Stewart’s website,  www.truthaboutmatrix.com.

But not all of the documents are posted. With some difficulty, you can find the 2009 document posted on the internet. So it looks like the 2.5 billion dollar case was dismissed.

In 2012, Ms. Stewart got the answer against her attorney stricken (this is posted on her webste) but I have not found any ORDER granting her a default judgment against her attorney for 150 million for malpractice. Just not sure. In any event, the only thing I hope is that she tracked his insurance policy for whatever claims they will cover. If she didn’t plead any, i doubt she sees any money. Of course she can always retain an attorney to collect on the judgment which is another blog away.

If you want to listen to Sophia Stewart and I discuss her case, go to internet radio at GOPRO radio and listen to the Kae Thompson Live show with Eric Payne and Kae as hosts. I serve as one of the legal experts.

>all for now!

 

 

The show aired April 3, 2013. The Kae Thompson show is every Wednesday at 8:00 pm EST.

Law and the stage mom 101

I have been a stage mom now for eight years. My daughter and I have traveled up and down the east coast (from NYC to Atlanta) for auditions, trainings, jobs etc. I am also an attorney. We have learned so much from these last eight years. Today daughter is 16 almost 17 years old, and has been attached to two pilots, one never got its funding and another did. She is also attached to one film that is slated to fund. If I were to give any advice to any stage mom or dad, it would be to make sure this is what your child wants to do. This lifestyle– fraught with rejection, time aways from other children and husband — is not for the timid. The second thing most moms needs to understand is that traveling and training costs money so you should probably have two or three jobs. Finding a job that pays residual income is always a plus. I did that this year in addition to practicing law and the residual income is paying off. Ask me about that later. The third thing to remember is that you are your child’s first manager. When she gets famous, you should let the pros take over, so you can be the Mom or Dad. And even if he or she eventually gets a manager, you will always be who he or she consults first.

Traci