I preach “independence.” Damon Dash says. I found that a lot of people will come to the table with nothing. People need to understand that you must come to the table with something.
For example, when I’m looking for a partner, there has to be some degree of an equal exchange because I’m a celebrity, because of my brand, and because of what I’ve done. There’s a lot of things I shouldn’t have to bring to the table.
It’s not my job to just make someone’s dream come true. So if you come with the money and you come with something tangible, and you are ready to rock and roll, I have a camera, I’ll shoot.
E.W. sort of called me out, lol. I mean after I said that, she said “I have the money, I have the brand, and I’m ready to shoot”. Right then and there I had to say yes. When you put someone in that position, that means they’ve evolved and that they are ready for business.
Most people that want to start a business don’t understand that they have to come with something tangible for someone to want to partner with them or invest in them. That is where they get pigeon holed. So I had to practice what I preach.I read the book. There is a sequel and third book, she was just ready to rock.
It all made sense. Also, I wanted to stop always making movies about men, you know I’m on my “invest in women” thing, so if I was going to do some kind of gangsta shit, I wanted to show it from a woman’s prospective, something that made women look stronger.
This excerpt was taken from an article written by Shi Lewis of Bosses That Meet Bosses Magazine.