Blind ambition is when ambition prevents people from seeing what’s happening around them. Sometimes blind ambition is a great trait to have too. Sometimes we need to block out what is happening around us in order to do what seems impossible.
Sometimes you can gain so much encouragement from a book. “Blind Ambitions” by Lolita Files, did exactly that for me. Another book that I got from a local library book sale for next to nothing, yet I have read it so many times. And each time I pick it up, I can’t put it down. It was that good.Although I haven’t read any of her other books this fascinates me enough to want to read her other books that people seem to raving about. With this novel Files, just captivates you with compelling female characters that exuberates the ups and downs of being an African American woman in Hollywood and trying to balance their lives at the same time. Upon reading this book, you’ll get a real glimpse of what it’s like for actors, writers and producers in the entertainment industry. This book will have you questioning how much faith I had in yourself. And how hard are you willing to work to get to where you want to go in life. Would you make the sacrifices? Are you willing to let go of all your past digressions in order to relinquish the flow of happiness threatening to come your way? Learn to take chances because it just may open the door to opportunities.
Blind Ambitions follows three women in their 30s, Desi the actor, Sharon the producer, and Bettima the receptionist. I loved all three of the characters but each for a different reason. I felt a connection or some kind of relation between me and them. Desi starts out battling the thought of getting a regular job or continuing on with her dream of being an award winning actress, until a writer named Daniel comes along and offers her a lead acting role she can’t refuse although the show hasn’t even gotten off the ground yet. Sharron, Desi’s bestfriend is already a well-known producer in hollywood ,but that doesn’t stop her from getting shunned by leading professionals in the business. But that is the least of her problem juggling between two men unable dissolve her commitment issues. Daniel solicits her services as the producer of the show and she waste no time hitting the ground running. Bettima on the other hand lucked up as a receptionist a production company where Daniel works as a writer, in hopes of one day becoming a writer/producer. But to support her lifestyle, she uses men for money and sex until she realizes she needed to change her ways in order to change her life. And with the help of Daniel also becomes involved with the production of the show. These three women become the best of friends in the process, creating a long lasting bond.
Would I recommend this book? Of course this is a classic story of following your heart, learning to love and be loved, and to go for what you want.
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ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Lolita Files is a contemporary African-American author, screenwriter, and producer. Among her six bestselling novels are book club favorites “Scenes from a Sistah” and “Child of God.” Files has a degree in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Florida and currently resides in Los Angeles, CA.
In 2005, rap artist Kanye West optioned the film rights of her fourth novel, Child of God. Files reclaimed the film rights for “Child of God” in 2009. Files’ sixth novel, “sex.lies.murder.fame,” was optioned for film by Carolyn Folks for Entertainment Studios. Files adapted the screenplay. “sex.lies.murder.fame” is on track to go into production in Summer 2015. Files also co-wrote the adaptation of award-winning novelist/playwright/essayist/poet Pearl Cleage’s bestselling book, “Babylon Sisters,” to be directed by critically acclaimed filmmaker, artist, and educator Ayoka Chenzira. In 2014, the film rights for “Child of God” were optioned by Gee Roberson of The Blueprint Group and Brian Sher of Category 5 Entertainment with Files co-producing the film adaptation.
Files is currently developing projects for television and film with her writing partner, Detroit native Jay Anthony White. She is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and a professional member of PEN, the world’s oldest and leading human rights and international literary organization.