"Brand" by Eric Christopher Jackson

Two Weeks until Opening Night

Yes. Two weeks from today is Opening Night at Spectrum Miami. Of course, I’m excited about the opportunity. The clock continues to countdown on their website. Glorious.

However, I also have my eye on a few more opportunities.

Saturday, November 5th, I had my first online class as an English Teacher. While I was not able to go to Beijing, I was still able to be hired as an English Teacher. A few days ago, I passed my final series of tests to become a 1-on-1 English Teacher for business professionals around the globe. For now, I teach up to seven students per 45-minute class session. Once class ends, 15 minutes is used to grade each student and type a report about the lesson and progress made.

At first, I was beyond nervous. Each class is a random group of students from around the world whom I’ve never met before. For instance, one of today’s classes included someone from the Netherlands, Italy, Saudi Arabia, and Jordan. I’ve also had students from France, China, Brazil, Egypt, Japan, and Russia.

Mentally, I was a bit tired after the first few days as I’m still learning the ropes of how the teaching software works, how to present the PowerPoint presentations, and what advice to give students if they are having technical issues. Technical issues spring up quite a bit. From microphones not working to students or myself getting kicked out of the Network.

Beyond that, I’m still learning some of the technical terms for explaining when certain rules apply in the English language. Oh my goodness…

One student asked: “What does rain check mean?” shortly after the Presentation introduced a sentence: “I’ll take a rain check.” To be honest, it’s just a phrase people use and it’s not referring to the rain at all. But when you’re beginning to learn English, it’s not something that should be introduced to students. πŸ™‚ Personally, I like the phrase, “chewing the baby fat,” but I wouldn’t say that around students. They’d think I’m weird.

Anyhow, I have to muster up some more energy (or have a drink of coffee) because I have to take some product photography and submit the project before Tuesday. The awesome Staff at Talenthouse shared my portfolio with Nestle. I am one of a group of photographers chosen to submit images for Nestle’s Butterfinger Crisp product.

Yes, they mailed five candy bars to me and have certain rules I have to adhere to when I photograph them. In the middle of teaching, prepping for the Exhibition, searching for new Ops, etc. I’m trying to figure out how to capture some of the shots they want just right. It’s going to be a challenge. I just have to do the best I can. I believe the best five images will be featured on Nestle’s social media channels. Hmm… I’ll probably start simple, then see where my ideas go from there.

I cannot help but ask myself why these opportunities didn’t show up last year or the beginning of this year when I really needed them to more than ever. 😦 I’m not sure. All I can do is remain focused on my goals. Since my teaching job is part-time and remote, I can teach from anywhere I want and still make time for creating art and writing more often.

I am looking forward to the Thanksgiving holiday to have a couple of days off. That’s for sure. The bulk of my teaching hours are on the weekend. At least I’ll have the funds to enter into more exhibitions and promote my art & writing. I’ve never done Giveaways before, so that will be great to do. πŸ™‚ It’s just time. I feel impatient knowing January to February 2017 is when I can finally breathe a little easier.

Until then, it’s mostly preparation so I’ll be able to hit the ground running. UNLESS, I have a huge response from the Exhibition in Miami. That is the wild card. Even a decent response will help. πŸ™‚ I’m still giddy at the thought of that many people potentially noticing my work. I’m staying calm and hoping for the best.

The artwork is printed. The frame is ready. I’m ready! That’s right Mr. Bigglesworth. No one can stop me now. πŸ™‚ Hhwwaahhh hhaahhaaaa! I am so drowsy… I should probably take a nap, huh? πŸ™‚
Eric Christopher Jackson

P.S.: Why Did Jesus Die for Me? : Poetry by ecj | Published by “Rest in Hope”
It is still important for me to make time for and promote my writing. Bringing up the subject of God or simply saying the name, Jesus can cause some to run for the hills. I’ve decided to do my best in addressing the subject in a way that does not make people cringe. Sometimes, my ideas work. Sometimes, not. I’ll see how this round goes…


  1. It may be that you didn’t get the opportunity when you thought you needed it simply because you weren’t ready for it yet. And as you say, you certainly are now! Congratulations.

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