Hi Readers,

We are well into the swing of October. This month is packed with so many events and new music releases coming out.

Let me just give you guys the update on Mabels concert. It was such a good look for her, I was surprised to see how much people actually like Mabel and knew every song word for word.  I was also so pleased to see Mahalia perform live, as you know I have been championing her music.

See the instagram page @inspiremysmile for footage.

Here are the lowdown of events coming up..






Spanning from segregated 1846 America right up to the death of Sarah Reid in the UK in 2016, Freeman features a mix of high-energy physical theatre, acappella singing, humour and powerful drama to create an extraordinarily moving and affecting experience.

Tickets from £10 (Fees may apply)

Birmingham Repertory Theatre
Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EP
Box office 0121 236 4455




Tickets £25+


Support acts Donae’o, Andrew Roachford, Gabrielle Aplin


SEE Ticket outlets for tickets


From TV presenter and co-founder of the Women: Inspiration and Enterprise Network, June Sarpong MBE, comes an intelligent and empowering polemic which argues the case for how limited we are by social division while inspiring us to make a change.

An evening with June Sarpong



FREE but you must book in advance

Waterstones Birmingham, 
24-26 High Street
Birmingham B4 7SL
Box office 0121 633 4353

To reserve a seat please call Waterstones Birmingham 0121 633 4353




More events and music will be up next week.


Keep updated with the Inspire Mysmile

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Twitter @funkynessa


Words by Vanessa Ryan






Hi Readers

Today I am shining the spotlight on SBE Designs  who has your cd covers, flyers, cartoon artwork, banners, logos etc all covered. SBE Designs prides on being professional, fast and all reliable.
The set rates are affordable, at only £15 (per) design. 

He also designed my personal logo and for years he has supported me and my vision for Inspire Mysmile and I would personally like to say THANK YOU for your consistent support.





Words By Vanessa Ryan




Out The Box Media  captures and showcase talent of various genres ranging from rap to rnb. We love music and we are passionate about what we do. We believe if you have an idea you should’nt let anything stop you from making it into  reality. We are driven to provide our clients with an unforgettable experience and a high quality finished product. Out The Box Media are not just limited to filming music videos, we also offer other creative services such as photography and graphic design.

Out The Box Media is about creating experiences and sharing quality talent   with the world.



For more information on how you can get your visuals with Out Of The Box Media  Contact Danny Knowles or alternatively follow them via

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Inspiring Interview With Simeon Thaw

Hi Readers,

Last couple of weeks have been extrememly hectic, but I am very delighted with the latest developments for Inspire MySmile and all will be revealed soon.

As you all know I am very fond of all things creative, especially art and photography.

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Inspire Mysmile caught up  with the brilliant digital artist Simeon Thaw, who has a great eye for detail and is waiting for the world to catch on to his creativity.

Who is Simeon Thaw and what is your creative skill?

I am a digital artist who grew up in inner city Birmingham. I have been a photographer for 10 years. I specialise in photographing people, wedding photography and fashion. I try not to label and limit myself or let people define me as just being a wedding photographer.  I also enjoy capturing urban or rural landscapes and live events.

I consider myself to be a world class photographer I am just waiting for the world to catch on!!

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How did you get into photography and was it something you loved growing up?

Growing up, some of my early happy childhood memoires are off sitting down with my mother and brothers in the living room and getting the old photos out and passing them around, which was always a joyous occasion ! So I believe it was there where my connection with photography began.  .

I got into photography by following my passion for art.  I used to draw and paint a lot, as this was something that I was really good at and enjoyed doing so. I studied art & design at Matthew Bolton College.

There was a teacher at called Carl Hoply (I believe that is his surname), he basically gave us students a art’s project and  I chose photography. I would go into Birmingham City centre and approach strangers and photographed them, at work, in the street and on the move etc. When I printed the images off in black and white and brought them back into college for Carl, he absolutely loved them, he enlarged the photos, printed them off and displayed them along the corridor of the art department in the college. It gave me great a sense of pride to see my images displayed this way, having that bit of encourage was pivotal for my development as a photographer, so I will  remain eternally thankful to Carl for that moment.

From there I went on to university, I studied art again not photography, but they did have a photography studio on the premises and students could borrow the universities camera during holidays!  I use to use their studio and bring people on to the university grounds for photo shoots, my most memorable photoshoots from that time was of Pato Banton and the Grave Yard shift workers!

When was the first time that you felt you have connected with other artists?

Whilst at  university we would go to art galleries, I never really rated the exhibitions  because I could not connect with the work or the artists. However  one day we visited a photography exhibition by Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke. which were images from the 80’s of the inner city Birmingham, I instantly connected with his work, that exhibition made me realize that I one day I would like my images exhibited in an art gallery.

Using one word, how would you describe your photography and why?

 “Story” because my images tell stories, I am a story teller! They say a photo say’s a 1000 words!!

Photos by  Simeon Thaw March 2015 (1)

Photos by  Simeon Thaw March 2015 (3)

What’s the best compliment someone has ever given your images, and how did it make you feel?

I have had lots of compliments regarding my photography work over the years; the best compliment is tears, eye water!!!

I worked in a photography studio and it was not uncommon for people to cry during the viewing of their images, just knowing that an image that I had captured touched others to the point of tears, I always found that spiritually rewarding. Also after photographing weddings and the family members are appreciative of the work and effort I have put in and they go out their way to thank me and show respect, I get a great feeling like this is what I was born to do! One of my favourites quotes is “You find yourself in the service of others” that quote resonates within me. I remember when I photographed a friends wedding, he’s a big muscular serious guy, I gave him his images and I had the pleasure of watching the images with him and his wife, half way through he started crying, he got emotional, he truly loved his family and the images reminded him of those feelings! To witness that with my own eyes,  I understood the importance of my work and  the feeling  I got from that you can not buy!! It’s something higher.

Which do you prefer, club nights photography or weddings and why?

 I love both, but I prefer wedding photography, its harder work and more challenging however it is spiritually rewarding to capture the images of the best day of a couples life together! My wedding photography images mean more; they have more value and substance.

Club night photography is cool, everyone’s drinking and having fun etc – it’s a great environment to meet people and socialize, and peacock (show off yourself), in that kind of environment you will always get great photos because people bring there guard down, which enables natural shots. People like those club images but understandingly people tend not to value them in the same regard.

The older I am getting the more I understand that club world is superficial and the real quality of life, (for me) is time spent with your family and those that you love and wedding photography is all about capturing love and family!! It’s a whole different energy, and that kind of energy spiritually elevates me higher, I feel good to know I have captured those memories for a family forever.


What has been your most favourite place or most highlighted moment?

 My favourite place has to be when me, my brother and a friend took a travel holiday to America; we rented a car and drove through the east coast of America, right up to Canada. We stopped in different cities over night, we stayed in the dodgiest hotels and hostels ever!! I took some cool photos and grew as a person from the trip; (I will be ready to make those images public very soon.)

That whole experience inspired me to want to do more world travel photography, this year I am going to Cuba, I can not wait to let loose with my Camera!!!

In regards to highlights, I have been blessed to have had plenty of moments of glory, and god willing there will be plenty more. The moments that stand out in my mind in particular are when I  photograghesJay Z, Usain Bolt as well photographing and meeting the late great Amy Winehouse. The the images I had taken of them were published in the newspaper and I always get a buzz when I see my name printed as the photographer.

Damon Dash has recently been in the media for some comments he made on a Radio interview, the public were slating his message because of what he said and the way he delivered his message. The public were saying he was arrogant.

A few years ago I had pleasure of photographing him, I felt his vibe through my camera lens and he was cool to me, he came across as a giving person, he had the New York swag going on but he never had a big time Charlie attitude. He posed for me & gave me the time of day (so be it  few seconds lol) but he made a good impression on me!  I even managed to get back stage with him when he did the ROC music seminar in London,.

I got in the lift with him and rapper Noreagea, I had no business being in the lift, but my camera gave me the access, so I just jumped in the lift anyway, so there’s me in the lift with the ROC, going up lol !! I was a fan of the ROC movement so as an up and coming photographer that was definitely a highlight!

 Moments like that is why I love what I do, the blessings just keep coming and I am very grateful, I do not take nothing for granted. Photography is not a job to me it’s my passion and I am blessed to be able to be doing something that I LOVE.


Who, what would you say inspires you?

Good question!!!

My mother inspires me, she is a strong, amazing woman that has been through a lot and managed to raise 3 boys alone. I get my mental strength from my mother. My grand father was also a positive male role model in my life.

Away from home, I’d say people like Will Smith and 50 Cent inspire me, I admire and respect there mind set and work rate. I was listening to a audio book by 50 which  gave me the courage to leave my job and set up my own business, S4 photography.

Photographer Ansel Adams,  he was a pioneer and an amazing photographer, who possessed a different level of commitment and determination to capture the great out doors of America, he enhanced images the hard and true way before Photoshop even existed. Gordon Parks he is another amazing photographer that inspires me, I love how he used his camera to over come adversity and make a way for himself with a camera, especially during the difficult times of the civil rights movements.

Birmingham photographer Vanley Burke also a great inspiration.  Vanley’s book “A Retrospective” is the first photography book I ever brought, his exhibition made me realise that my photography subject matter at the time also had a place.

Where can people contact you?

 Facebook : S4 photography by Simeon Thaw

Instagram : @Simeonthaw

Twitter : mrs4photography

 My websites are currently under construction, it is amazing how much work goes into a website when you do it right – but they are coming!!!! I have a few things planned for the future, that I am working on and putting together, building your vision takes time. Watch this space.

To everyone that has ever supported and encouraged, much love and respect to you,



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Seven days later after an epic experience I can finally do my short review.

Firstly I would like to say a BIG THANKYOU!!!! to the 1xtra outreach team for spending a lot of time in Birmingham leading up to 1xtra live. I was lucky enough to have attend the ‘How to Programme a radio show’ workshop with Clara Amfo and her team, How to get in to radio’ with the very humorous pair Twin B and the gorgeous Yasmin Evans and finally ‘The Scratch Night Singers and songwriters sessions hosted by The Legend Trevor Nelson and Jade Matthews. I would like to give a personal shout out to M.A.I.A Creatives and Beatfreaks for coordinating the Scratch Session.

Myself and Trevor Nelson @ The Scratch Night 1xtra live sessions
Myself and Trevor Nelson @ The Scratch Night 1xtra live sessions
Myself and the beautiful Yasmin Evans
Myself and the beautiful Yasmin Evans

So last Saturday 15th November 1xtra Live came to Birmingham N.IA headlining The queen of RnB Mary J Blige, Rick Ross amongst other stars such as Tinashe, Sigma, Jess Glynne, Lethal B, Boy Better Know, Fuse ODG and many more. The night was epic and I felt over whelmed just to see Mary J Blige who looked Amazing!!  I would also like to do a personal shout out to the Best Choreographer in this city Sticky Toffee and the hardworking Black and White Dancers that gave the crowd one 100% big performance just before Rick Ross and Mary, also Deci4Life who also gave us a beautfiul and deep poetry called “I Am Birmingham”, I was surprised and glad to see him share his very energised gift amongst 10,000 people…Well done.

I ended my night at the Rick Ross After Party LOL!! The boss himself turned up.

I really enjoyed last weekend, Birmingham have been spoilt and it’s good to still hear people talking about it seven days later.

Shout out to Beyankh HSUK (Hair Solutions Unified) who gave me some good hair therapy and fixed up my hair with natural funky curls and she also attend 1xtra live.

Add the page on Facebook HSUK-

Big up yourselves 1xtra and stand up Birmingham

You can see all the photos and videos of 1xtra live and 1xtra live sessions on the BBC Website

Follow 1xtra @1xtra

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G.R.A.F.T Productions Rem Conway
G.R.A.F.T Productions Rem Conway

Oh-oh-oo Uncle Ben is back after the drama from the Wedding and a terrible year of battling ill-health, This time Uncle Ben is feeling ‘some type of way’ and decides it’s time to change for the better. In this season Uncle Ben decides to get into the festive mood by inviting his very diverse neighbours round for a small gathering.

With the local sound system booked along with the obligatory party hats, crackers, the mistletoe and the decorative lights all bought all he needs to do is add a hint of rum mixed with a few of his witty jokes.

Uncle Ben is on the hunt to find his soul and change his ways but will he succeed or go back to being his normal self?

Join Uncle Ben and his  special guests for an evening of festive celebrations.

Uncle Ben The Block Party has 4 night runs from Thursday 18th December until Sunday 21st December. 

Early Bird Offer £10:50 (Concession Tickets £8:50)

Family Ticket (4max) £37:50

Please note the Early Bird is only available until 5pm Sunday 30th November 

For schools or group offers please call The Drum’s Box Office 0121 333 2444

Uncle Ben_ad (The Voice_Gleaner)

Rem Conway, Actor and CEO of Graft Entertainment  launched Uncle Ben back in 2012 with a part 2 instalment of Uncle Ben The Wedding and now leading on to Uncle Ben’s Block Party. So let me tell you a little bit about this incredibly talented young guy,  His first book Do You Feel Me …The Mind Unleashed is a collection of short stories that he first wrote on his phone.

Graft Entertainment gives young people a break in their careers to get started in theatre, drama and related fields. Rem has built up a strong reputation in the Midlands region for his commitment to other young people and desire to change the community for the better in the process.

So what else do you want to know about Rem Conway? Did I mention that Rem has also played as host, model for various shows across the UK, he has also headlined  The Real Deal Comedy Tours along with the UK top comedians as well has being nominated for the Enterprise Award with Live It.

Rem is an inspiration for young people and an incredible talented young guy.

Get your tickets to see Uncle Ben’s Block Party NOW!!

Do You Feel Me Unleashed is available on Amazon:

G.R.A.F.T ( Going Relentlessly After Future Treasures)

Keep up to date with Rem Conway via

Twitter: @teamgraft /

Instagram: graftentertainment

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Annika Spalding I am

Greetings All,

What a great weekend I experienced. So on Friday 17th October I was invited to attend the launch of Annika Spalding’s new book ‘Reflections’.  The event was different to the norm as we had inspirational guests speakers speaking on pure positivity sharing their life experiences, there was also a mixture of cake, natural products and beauty stalls and well as various performances.

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Annika describes herself as self confessed cake lover, loves butterflies and all things glitter. Annika Spalding is a 3rd time selling writer, a strong woman and a mother of two beautiful girls and believes in ‘World Domination’ her I AM campaign is to make others feel good by using the 3 words #IAM strength, This is a book that captures the impact of life challenges through a series of short stories, Reflections explores issues such as domestic violence, sexuality, parenthood and bereavement.

One of the messages that I took from that evening was “In order to get clarity we have to find a way of emptying ourselves and just STOP what we are doing.” In this life we give ourselves to many labels or sometimes get given labels and not really taking care of our inner selves.

Available NOW on Amazon (hardback and Kindle) for £4.95.
Available NOW on Amazon (hardback and Kindle) for £4.95.
Lushious-Lee The Ultimate Beauty Experience
The Ultimate Beauty Experience

I would like to take time to Big up Lushious ‘lips’-Lee a new business that gives us women Lushious lips. I spoke to Leonie Henry a mobile beautician offering a range of services as she gave me details about her products as well as glitzing my fabulous blue lips.

Sparkling Blue
Sparkling Blue

I love what Leonie and her team are doing because it’s creative, different and if you like to set trends then I believe you should get in contact with Lushious-Lee.


Make sure you purchase Reflections on Amazon here

Available NOW on Amazon (hardback and Kindle) for £4.95.
Available NOW on Amazon (hardback and Kindle) for £4.95.