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Monday, April 26, 2010

The Lady Speaks! - Stephanie Alva

I’d like to introduce you to the lovely, energetic and motivated Stephanie Alva. This beautiful lady came to my attention because of her motivational videos and her positive energy! She’s a CEO, Personal Manager, Motivator, Teacher, Singer…. Check her out.

Hello Stephanie. My you have a lot going on! I don’t even know where to start LOL.

LOL!! Yes, I am extremely busy these days and I’m loving every minute of it!

What are you up to right now?

WOW… that is a loaded question LOL! I recently launched my newest company, My Life Keys, LLC., along with my business partner, Tavaghn “Montster” Monts. My Life Keys offers Life Coaching and Motivational Speaking, as well as positive affirmation CDs and books, inspirational t-shirts, and a beautiful line of meditation candles and jewelry. In addition to that, I am also the CEO of Wise Owl Management and am a Personal Manager for a lot of reality television stars, a couple of musicians, an Olympian, a few models… the list goes on and on. I am living my dreams!

I’ve seen your videos and followed your progress and I am always inspired. 

Thank you so much!! I love to hear that! That is confirmation that I am doing the right thing.

Let’s talk about your life as a Personal Manager first. You manage Reality Stars and other Entertainers? 

Yes, I do. I manage quite a few people who work in various industries. It definitely keeps me on my toes.

What do you do as a personal manager? 

It is my responsibility to manage every aspect, both personal and business, of my clients’ lives. I put together their schedules, make sure that they are prepared for interviews, shows, different jobs, etc., I am in charge of their media training, I dissect every contract and offer that comes across my desk for each of them, I maintain their public images, accompany them to various events, talk them through any problems or circumstances that they may find themselves having…. I am their Mom, Sister, Best Friend, Wife, etc. I am involved in every aspect of their lives.

What’s the most rewarding part of being a Manager?

Seeing my clients accomplish their goals and dreams. There is nothing better or more rewarding then being part of someone else living in their purpose.

We all tend to retain a part of our childhood as we grow. What part would you say is most prevalent in your character today?

Nobody has ever asked me that question before. I love it! I’d have to say that it is most definitely perseverance. My Grandma moved here from Spain, knowing no English, and she managed to teach herself the language, get a GED, attend and graduate from nursing school, and become an LVN, all while being married to an abusive, alcoholic husband and raising 4 children, one of whom was disabled. The other person who raised me was my Mom and I watched her work 3 jobs to keep a roof over our heads and make sure that I had everything that I needed. Even when times got hard and they didn’t feel like it, they persevered through it all. THAT is what I have chosen to retain from my childhood.

When someone asked the ‘what do you want to do when you grow up’ question what did you say?

It varied as I grew up. Initially, I wanted to be a singer and a lawyer. Then I wanted to be a news anchor woman, similar to Diane Sawyer. That turned into me wanting to be a sports broadcaster like Jayne Kennedy. The irony is that I was able to accomplish all of those dreams on various levels, (with the exception of being a lawyer). The one thing that has never changed is that I’ve always wanted to help and inspire people.

You’ve been chronicling your weight loss. What has that experience been like? Would you say sharing it has helped you on your Journey? 

It has been both scary and inspirational. I originally began chronicling my weight loss as a way to publically keep myself accountable. That didn’t work. LOL. I didn’t find success with my weight loss until I made the decision to commit to myself regardless of external circumstances. I have gotten some ridicule from blogs and different people but the majority of the responses have been positive. I don’t regret it for a minute.
 

How will you celebrate once you reach your target?

I plan on celebrating in two ways: 1.) By taking a weeklong trip to Turks & Caicos and 2.) Doing a photo shoot with the incomparable B. Breezy and G14 from The Studio Concept out in Atlanta, GA. I CANNOT wait!

Tell us a little about your company, ‘My Life Keys’

My Life Keys offers Life Coaching on an individual or group basis, and Motivational Speakers are also available to speak at different events, seminars, and conferences. It is my intense desire to teach people about who they really are and what they are really capable of. I strongly agree that we ALL come from Greatness and that we are Co-Creators with the Source who created us. We also offer positive affirmation cd’s and books, along with other self-help tools.
 
Stephanie and Tavaghn "Montster" Monts, VP, My Life Keys

To date what would you say your greatest accomplishment has been?

Mother Teresa once said that people shouldn’t leave from you the same way they were when they arrived. I am most proud of that fact that people say that after having interacted with me, they are changed forever. I was born to inspire and motivate people to greatness. But, I don’t think I have accomplished my greatest goal yet… it’s right around the corner though…. I can feel it!

You are very passionate about life and your Journey. What other things move you?

I am moved by TRANSFORMATIONS. When someone finds their purpose and they are able to live in that purpose in spite of adversity, tragedy, or hardship, THAT is what inspires me! THAT is what I live for! If I can somehow be a part of someone being able to do that, I will have accomplished what I was put here to do.


 You also sing? What do you like to sing and where can we hear your music?

Singing has always been a huge part of who I am, but it is only a passionate hobby of mine now LOL. Although my manager is slowly but surely trying to get me to pick it back up professionally. I had a solo CD out around 1994 that did marginally well and received some radio play, but I am best known for being part of a group called The Gospel Gangstas. They are one of the pioneers of Gospel rap and after seeing me perform on a small tour that I was part of, they recruited me to become the singer of their group. I was blessed enough to be able to tour with them for close to two years and I got to perform on BET, MTV, and various large venues throughout the United States. I even got the opportunity to work with greats such as Kirk Franklin, Bobby Jones, T-Bone, and Yolanda Adams. It is part of my life that I am VERY proud of and will never forget, but I’m fairly positive that my professional singing career is over.

What do you do for fun?

I LOVE to spend time with my God-Children, (there are 9 of them), and boring stuff like going to the movies, game night with my friends & family, you know, the simple things. My guilty pleasure is to just zone out and watch T.V., but I’m trying to let that go slowly but surely.

Please share some motivational and inspirational words with us.

You come from Greatness, you attract Greatness, you ARE Greatness!! Your circumstances DO NOT have to stay the way that they are now. YOU have the power to change them. DO NOT give up! DO NOT give in! DO NOT stray from your purpose! There is something that you were born to do that NOBODY else on the face of this earth can do. Unleash your anointing onto the world. We need you!!

Where can the readers find out more information about you, your career and your businesses?

Definitely have your readers check out my website at www.MyLifeKeys.com. My bio and e-mail can be found there. You can also follow us on Twitter at www.Twitter.com/MyLifeKeys, as well as our You Tube Channel at www.YouTube.com/MyLifeKeys. To stay up to date with all of my clients, you can subscribe to the Wise Owl Mangement You Tube channel at www.YouTube.com/WiseOwlManagement.

Thank you so much Stephanie. I too am very inspired by you. Keep Living In Color!

5 comments:

HeArt Collective said...

Wow! I'm definitely inspired... perseverance, achieving her goals through helping others and living her truth... I can relate!

Thanks for always bringing such amazing stories to light, Steph!
xoxo
jul

Steph Jordan said...

Thank you Jul. I too am inspired by Stephanie. I truly understand the dedication and am blessed to have crossed paths with her and her teanm!

Wise Owl Management said...

Thank you HeartCollective!! I appreaciate that! Thank you for taking the time to read the interview.

Steph, from one Stephanie to another, thank you for requesting the interview and for inspiring me to higher heights!

Stephanie Alva

Steph Jordan said...

:-) And thank you for inspiring us all. I look forward to communicating and sharing good energy with you all!

Kathryn Magendie said...

I found myself getting mad at whomever those were who ridiculed you! ARGH! But! Then! You are so positive and so full of energy -and obviously, YOU are having the "last laugh" -or should I say "the success and beauty of doing what you love and what excites you" - so that made me smile.

You GO! and congrats on the weight loss, and on your journey, and businesses!

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