How To Become an Activist
A Hands On Workshop
Hosted by Filmmaker, and Founder of Voice Between Worlds, 501(c ) 3,
Do you want to become an activist? Does it seem like an impossible task? Maybe you don’t have the experience you believe to take your vision, or idea to the mass population and share it. You don’t need to. You just need the passion, encouraging your own small support team and the tools to begin your launch.
I am a mother of five, self taught entrepreneur with a high school diploma. What I had was a story, the story of how I made it out of domestic violence. I also had a passion for helping other women. With those two important factors, I set out to discover how to share my vision. In doing so, I became an activist without even really trying, I just became one because I had a deep interest to share my story with other women. Share how I transformed my entire life and my family’s life.
I decided to make a documentary about my life, which slowly turned out to be an educational film empowering young people about how not to become a victim of domestic violence and sex trafficking. I interviewed victims and activists across the country. It is a grassroots project, totally out-of-pocket with the support of some close friends and family. I had also become a life coach. You do not have to become a life coach yourself, it is one avenue. For many years I helped women especially, empower themselves and understand the choices they made, and the patterns they created.
I decided in order to raise money, and help people around the world, I should open a non- profit, so that’s what I did. It was a longer process, and I employed the help of my friend who knew how to write grants and fill out contracts such as these. It was unbelieveable that within a year, I had transitioned from a life coach to a filmmaker (I am submitting to Sundance 2015), and founder of a non-profit. I became an activist for women’s rights and gender equality. I was asked to speak internationally in two women’s leadership conferences. I also became passionate about educating young people how to find self value and learn to make non-violent choices. Just through my story!
In order to become an activist, you need a passion. One that doesn’t get old for you, one that lights your fire every time you speak about it. One that you know you have a lot of information about and can help others with your voice. And keep in mind, you don’t have to be a speaker. You can use any ability or talent you have. If you don’t think you don’t have one, that’s where I come in! I can help you uncover what your passion is, the one that is near and dear to your heart. One that really help people understand who you are just a little better.
From this stage we are in now, the sky’s the limit. Video’s are being made, marketing and branding is developing and articles are being written. Promo reels of my talks are going out to managers of professional speakers, and much more. There are only three people helping me, and they have full time jobs! So, not every moment is consumed with doing what I am doing. I still have family time, and take care of my health and wellbeing. Not an ounce of me is suffering or feels this is hard. I actually have taken my time!
I know one thing for certain, when you believe in what you are doing you will attract your audience. I have come further than I ever dreamed possible. I am here as an example that anyone can become an activist, be taken seriously and produce results.
Here are some measurable results:
Created a handful of amazing programs with my non profit, Voice Between Worlds with individuals who want to share their heart and their love for what they do. Now that we are official, they have begun formulating their programs, and we have hired help to sift through all the grants to find the best one for us.
We have created a brand, a mission statement for Oriah Mirza. (myself) I am a speaker to empower and educate individuals to speak from their heart and transform their lives overcoming any hardship. There is no reason life has to be hard! And I will show you how you can follow your dreams effortlessly.
Film, Been There (this includes the service or product available you will make to the public.) When the film is complete, my goal is to make it available on Netflix and in the educational school system. I am in talks with those connections now.
I have hired an editor who believes in my work, and is offering a discounted rate for our film.
I am reaching out to potential investors or sponsors who would like to be apart of the film or the non profit programs.
I have spoken at several events and been on a few radio shows with little effort. My passion has encouraged this rapid response.
Hired a marketing team (I will pass this company on to you-mention my name for a special offer) Sage Stream Media to package and market my video reels and platform specifically for transformational projects such as mine.
We are in the final phase of filming and are gathering the last few interviews, and hiring filmmakers to shoot in various states.
A new web designer will be looking at my existing sites and helping them become more streamlined and set up for membership and donations.
We have no budget, and most of these arrangements have been strategic planning, bartering, exchanges, and payment arrangements.
We will be moving on to non profit crowdsourcing, and fundraising for the post production of the film.
We begun to reach out to some government officials, and former UN officials to see what we can do in collaboration.
I have joined many alliances and other organizations, and partnered with nonprofits that compliment my work.
Of course, it is on going, and there’s always more opportunities that pop up and there is an exciting trail to follow. If I waited for big funding, a huge celebrity presence and a large support network, I would still be waiting. This is what stops people in their tracks, it seems too big and too looming. Too much to do. It really is no more than starting any new business, from baking to a fashion line. It starts with an idea, and you build down and out...like a tree.
With my list given here, there are so many details about how, and where and the best way to get approved and resources that are not mentioned here, that we decided to put into a workshop to help you choose an area you want to support and help make a difference, and help you take it all the way through to fundraising and beyond. There’s experts in every field waiting to help you see your vision through. When there’s a will, there’s a way! Never give up on what you feel is best for you. Last year, I was a life coach mentoring individuals from my home...today I am unrecognizable doing the unimaginable and all the while following my dream. All I did was follow the steps.
I have asked two of my colleagues to speak on a panel with me: CHRISTY CALAFATI, Owner of Canyon Salon Westlake Village, CA, Lifestyle Editor for 90265 and the Local Malibu. Product and charity brands success. Producer of Been There the documentary.
http:/Malibu90265Magazine.com, http://thelocalmalibu.com/ Westlake Village, CA
ERICA PASTORE, CEO & Founder, Fundraising, Marketing & Social Media, Grant Writing and Evaluation, Project Management, Arts Management MA, Strategic Business Planning, Malibu, California
In our workshop you will find out:
-How to write a grant, and where to get support
-How to apply for non profit status, where to go and get approved!
-How to put on a fundraiser
-How to start your mission statement
-Video, branding and marketing
-We will help you find your voice
-We will show you how easy it is with step-by-step instruction
-We will show you how every voice matters, including yours.
Becoming an activist is not for everyone, but if you want to build from the ground up, a project that is your own, created by you that makes a difference in the planet...this workshop is for you.
We are charging $199 per person from 5pm-9pm
Monday, June 29th
You will be invoiced through Pay Pal to hold your seat
Location: Four Seasons Hotel, Westlake Village, CA
More instructions will be given upon your reservation.
All credit cards are accepted.
A Hands On Workshop Hosted by Filmmaker, and Founder of Voice Between Worlds, 501(c ) 3,Oriah Mirza Do you want to become an activist? Does it seem like an impossible task? Maybe you don’t have the experience you believe to take your vision, or idea to the mass population and share it. You don’t need to. You just need the passion, encouraging your own small support team and the tools to begin your launch. I am a mother of five, self taught entr...
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