I was asked recently by a young musician how I could still make a living doing music after all these years. I thought about it and realized my secret to continue to gig 5,6 or9 tiumes a week. It was simple ,I give back. The more benefits and freebies I do, I more work I can get. To think about helping those that need a smile, a little hope and plenty love.
My cameraman ,producer for my film projects in Pittsburgh, Victor, one of the best in the world. He has worked Hollywood for twenty years, has filmed my projects for so little money.He is a brother but he is of Russian heritage,white, he treaveled with me to film on the Hill, Bolack Beauty, on Fifth Avenue, He filmed from Homewood to the Hill and the Northside.
He sent me this yesterday.......Leo,
Maybe you can help me... My Fiancée is a NEW organizer for the SEIU. You might remember me speaking to you about it. Well, she is in charge of helping to start the CONSUMER WORKFORCE COUNCIL, which is a consumer directed board charged with protecting the rights of seniors and people with disabilities to direct their own care while ensuring that attendants who care for them can advocate for better wages, access to healthcare, and training. Organizations like AARP have endorsed this. She is working on creating this council in PA. It currently exists in only 5 other states. What has helped in getting it started in other states is having HIGH PROFILE organizations, and celebrities/politicians/actors come out to say they are in favor of such a Council. She went knocking on doors for a month and a half with the SEIU to help get Obama elected. She is currently trying to get organizations like the NAACP, local churches, and some prominent business people to support the effort...if only to say they endorse it. I KNOW you know a TON of influential people in this area. Is there any way you can help me/her with some of your contacts...or even some of your famous friends?
She is STILL in the "probationary period" of her job...SHE NEEDS TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE...and if she doesn't produce something big...she's out of a job, and I'll be flipping burgers at McDonalds to make rent money, instead of shooting EARTH CHANGING documentaries for guys like you. If you have ANY IDEAS on how to get some support for this GREAT cause, please let me know. Besides...I'm not getting ANY younger, and I might need this Council's help SOONER than I think.