Future Entrepreneur: Storytellers

03 May Future Entrepreneur: Storytellers

Future Entrepreneurs: Let Your Journey Turn You into a Storyteller


“I know my roots and I cannot forget the journey I made.”
~Maria Sharapova, tennis champion/author


This week we will follow up on a popular post by request. I’ve written about diversity several times with entrepreneurs and writers in mind. We received first-rate feedback on this post and Insta story just before the Oscars with Dr. Andre Aciman and #CMBYN: http://thewishwall.org/desideri/inspiration-from-oscar-week


I know Alfonzo Words from Twitter and we’ve shared some candid insights on the journey from writer to author, and in placing more value in self-worth. He has an enthusiastic vibe that I think you’ll enjoy:
And that’s an excellent point: Enthusiasm can do a lot to carry us through! My wish for you this week is to let your journey turn you into a storyteller from darkness to insight and enthusiasm to light bulb moments. This story has global appeal. Please read on some great characters and an offer for our friends in South Africa (or those able to travel!).
Cheers, Akasha Lin


Buenos Dias!


Guess who’s going to watch a private screening of Love, Simon WITH LASIZWE https://www.instagram.com/lasizwe !!!
This guy! Aaaaannnd! Guess who’s coming with me, I’ve partnered with Phenomenal Media [https://twitter.com/phenom_media] to take some amazing fans and followers with me! 😀
I’m giving away two double tickets to come watch Love, Simon with Lasizwe and me on the 5th of May at Rosebank, Mall – The Zone! Popcorn and drinks will be provided! so all you gotta do is rock up there with your bubbly smiles and personalities.
This movie only officially releases in South Africa on the 29th of June, so now’s your chance to watch it before everyone else does at this exclusive event with Lasizwe


Here’s the Trailer to give you a taste of the awesomeness that will be provided:
Love, Simon Trailer +25M views https://youtu.be/E0cbWdlQg_8
Love, Simon is an upcoming American teen comedy-drama directed by Greg Berlanti and based on the novel Simon vs. the Homo Sapiens Agenda by Becky Albertalli. The film stars Nick Robinson, Katherine Langford, Alexandra Shipp, Jorge Lendeborg Jr., Miles Heizer, Keiynan Lonsdale, Logan Miller, Jennifer Garner, Josh Duhamel and Tony Hale. Robinson stars as Simon, a 17-year-old closeted gay high school student forced to balance his friends, his family, his email pen pal Blue, and the boy threatening to reveal his true sexuality to the whole school.


Next, check out the DEEP AF vid I posted with so much feels I just had to share it! It’s a scene between Simon and his mom, played by the undeniably talented Jennifer Garner:
Love, Simon | Exhale | Official Clip 2018 +94k views
Join our Facebook Group to help support this movie and its release in South Africa
Love, Simon in South Africa


If you’ve seen my social media posts lately you’ll Know how much of a fanatic FANTA-tastic fan I’ve become over this movie. I love the look and feel of it, the characters and storyline premise. I believe it to be a real change agent for this country. It’s a fun-loving, family oriented movie that’s sure to have you cheering along at the end and super relatable to so many different people for so many different reasons.
To give you a scope of the International LOVE for this movie I asked the fans HOW many times they’ve watched this in the cinemas already. From the 166 participants and counting, in the survey, the movie has been seen 706 times so far by them with the average of 5 times per person around the world. The highest count watched so far has been around 24-25 times!
Watch the Experience!
Chaz Harris, a Wellington-based filmmaker, writer and co-author of LGBTQ fairytales Promised Land and Maiden Voyage had this to say about the movie:


I say Twilight only to illustrate the magnitude of teen angst and butterflies I felt. It’s the closest comparison I can think of to describe the levels of fandom the book awoke within me.
Many are quick to dismiss the calls for more mainstream queer representation in cinema. Detractors often question why something has to be gay/queer, or why it matters. A particularly tone-deaf piece about Love, Simon even questioned if high school teens today even need a movie like this (because nobody hates queer people anymore, right?). Others say: who cares?
Teenage Chaz would’ve cared, teenage Chaz who was called gay and queer in such a way he believed it must be a terrible thing to be and worth running away from. I think I ran all the way to the age of 17 before I finally stopped and came out to myself. Even though I knew in my early teens, it took me that long to finally say the words out loud.
There’s a scene in the movie where Simon can’t even bring himself to say it himself and it nailed so much of what it was like for me. It was just one of many “That’s exactly what it’s like!” moments on screen. I don’t think the power of that can be understated.
For most of my teens, I convinced myself that being gay was a phase. Even worse, the attitudes of my peers made me hope it was. It made me deny what was happening to me – that I liked boys. I was so fraught with angst and denial and trying to distract myself from it all to survive, I never got to experience the kind of high school romance I saw portrayed in movies.


The reason I’m saying all of this is to make it clear why this film is so important – and particularly so for people like me who never got to see one like it when we were teenagers. It’s already had a significant impact in America, giving many young people the courage to come out after its opening weekend. As Simon would say, “It’s a holy freaking huge awesome deal!”
I’m so much more jazzed up to watch this movie NOW after reading that.
© Enricoh Alfonzo ~ Alfonzo Words


Thank you Enricoh for your enthusiasm, authenticity and offer!
I believe I’ll share news with you and our readers about my next book covers soon. And if I can make it to your event I will.


Cheers & keep shining bright!
Akasha Lin
Akasha Lin Garnier
Author, Branding Expert, Filmmaker
http://www.akashagarnier.com for The Wishwall Foundation
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  • Hannah Swancott
    Posted at 14:52h, 03 May Reply

    That does sound totally awesome! Hope you have an amazing time, exciting stuff!

  • Christina Bhattacharya
    Posted at 15:04h, 03 May Reply

    This looks so good. I am excited to see it. My teenager will love it too.

  • Mikaeyla Chetty
    Posted at 15:17h, 03 May Reply

    this is so amazing! love reading all Akashas posts on the WishWall. So great to see you featured here babee
    Just keep Shining Through the Noise!✨
    I love what Chaz wrote, eloquently & beautifully written, I feel exactly the same way about this movie. Queue Twilight Fan Girl Scream lol.

  • Cato
    Posted at 17:00h, 03 May Reply

    Exciting times ahead it seems!Be sure to follow up with a blog post reviewing the film!

  • William Scott
    Posted at 17:55h, 03 May Reply

    WOW!! awesome feature bro & great read! I love the #theWishWall foundation & @AkashaGarnier ! so lucky!

    • Akasha Garnier
      Posted at 20:29h, 06 May Reply

      Brilliant! Always love your feedback and writers’ perspective. Thanks Enricoh + William!! Keep shining bright. 😀

  • Nathaniel grey
    Posted at 18:11h, 03 May Reply

    Subarashii!!! what a brilliant place to be featured on the #theWishWall w/ @AkashaGarnier ! I enjoyed reading this so much. @chazharris made me tear up I related to this at my core. Thank you for including that!
    #LoveisLove!! #LGBT for life!

    #LoveNathaniel ❤

    • Akasha Garnier
      Posted at 20:28h, 06 May Reply

      Grateful for your feedback and support here and on Twitter! Cheers & keep shining bright, Nathaniel!!

  • John Sallie
    Posted at 19:15h, 03 May Reply

    That’s a lot of information in one post. I did check out the trailer for Simon and it does look quite entertaining.

    Posted at 04:28h, 04 May Reply

    Wow! Congrats Alfonzo! Such a big achievement for you today. I’ve watched the Love Simon movie trailer and it was so great and it looks like those things are the usual things that a teenage boy or girls experiencing these days.

  • Jeenu Pillai
    Posted at 08:11h, 04 May Reply

    Had been waiting for this movie from the moment I saw the trailer. After reading your post I am more excited now to watch it. Thank you so much for sharing it.

  • Aimee
    Posted at 09:19h, 04 May Reply

    I’ve just had a look at the trailer of Love Simon, too. It looks like it’s going to be a great movie. “Love fearlessly, love completely.” So true.

  • Ali - We Made This Life
    Posted at 09:25h, 04 May Reply

    This sounds really exciting, I hope you have a lovely time and share your experience on here afterwards.

  • Meyz
    Posted at 12:48h, 04 May Reply

    Very cool! I hear it’s a good movie. I heard an interview with Sean Mendes a week or so ago that he really wanted to play that role but got to busy to pursue it. I hope you enjoyed the movie.

  • David Allen Elliott
    Posted at 13:34h, 04 May Reply

    I saw the movie at a special screening with the stars. It was an amazing experience. I love how much Jennifer Garner and Josh Duhamel just wanted to play parents who showed loved to their child, even in the midst of a crazy situation.

  • Alicia Trautwein
    Posted at 14:58h, 04 May Reply

    I am so excited to check out to watch Love, Simon. Even my teenager has been wanting to see it. We plan on doing a mommy daughter date to watch this and go out to eat.

  • Elena Toma
    Posted at 15:05h, 04 May Reply

    I never knew about this movie, you made me so curious ! I am going to see the trailer, sounds like a very cool and interesting movie.

  • Cindy Gordon
    Posted at 16:11h, 04 May Reply

    This movie is getting some really great reviews. I might need to go see it for myself.

  • Beeb Ashcroft
    Posted at 16:12h, 04 May Reply

    I have heard some pretty good things about Love Simon. Seems like something I might like for sure!

  • Trina
    Posted at 16:15h, 04 May Reply

    Sounds like a cool movie, I will have to check it out with my son!

  • serena hale
    Posted at 19:07h, 04 May Reply

    Love Simon sounds like a must see. I have not heard anything about it until now. Loving fearlessly is so scary, but it will change the world. Thank you for sharing.

  • betzy cuellar
    Posted at 23:29h, 05 May Reply

    It truly sounds like a cool movie to watch for teenagers. I will have to share with my cousins who am sure would love this.

  • Jennifer L
    Posted at 12:31h, 06 May Reply

    What an amazing experience and opportunity. I’ve heard only great things about Love simon. And I know it’s giving so many teenagers the courage to be open and let them be there true selves. Wish we had that growing up.

  • Akasha Garnier
    Posted at 20:31h, 06 May Reply

    Many thanks and much gratitude everyone!! I’m so glad that this resonated with a range of readers. Best wishes for the event and I’ll attend if possible (slated for my birthday week). 🙂 #gratitude #ShineThroughtheNoise

  • Cindy Ingalls
    Posted at 21:27h, 06 May Reply

    A private showing of a movie sounds like such fun. I haven’t seen Love Simon, but I do think it’s a great movie for parents and teens to watch together.

  • Karlyn Cruz
    Posted at 01:09h, 07 May Reply

    Ooh! Congrats! Can’t wait to see this movie! What a fun opportunity! Looks like a great film for parents for sure!

  • Nayna Kanabar
    Posted at 15:57h, 07 May Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful movie and I hope to watch it .

  • Ron Leyba
    Posted at 22:45h, 07 May Reply

    Sounds really amazing and cool. Love it. Awesome film for the family.

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