Q and A with Monique Lisa, New York, New York
“Your story is unique, and if you’re open and honest, it will change your life by telling your truth.”
Q: What are you passionate about?
A: I am passionate about writing, producing, and directing for stage, film, and books, and helping writers find their voice and use it confidently.
[I am] a writer, director, and producer of stage, film, and books. [I] started writing at the age of seven, producing a play in my parents’ backyard and charging admission. [I’ve] come a long way; from there to producing five sold-out performances at the world-famous Apollo Theatre in NYC, [I] assist authors, playwrights, and future filmmakers with writing their stories in three dimensions. [I’m] a mother, sister, and friend to many and have assisted in jump-starting the careers of many. [My] deep dive into creating my Extreme Killer 3D Writing Course has made a tremendous impact on the writing community I serve. Stay tuned for more because [I’m] only just getting started.
Q: What were your younger years like?
A: I attended (the original) High School of Performing Arts and have always had a passion for dance, singing, and the written word. Growing up, I took ballet, tap, and rapped. All things performing arts encompassed my passion. Born and raised in the Bronx, in a mixed Italian and Jamaican neighborhood, taught me diversity and passion for all people.
Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?
A: Your story is unique, and if you’re open and honest, it will change your life by telling your truth. I want to teach people how to tell their authentic story without fear the way I’ve learned to tell my story. I grew up around an enormous amount of bullies and that really shaped my early years and showed me that people were hurting and resorting to bullying was all they knew. I want to combat that now through authentic storytelling.
Q: What does feminism mean to you?
A: The word, ‘feminist,’ means a lover of all things female. I love being a woman and love encouraging women to be strong. I don’t ascribe to a world with only women because I love the beauty and strength of having a son. Feminism to me means being proud of all the beautiful things we, as women, bring to the table and celebrating our strengths and mending our weaknesses with care and love.
Q: Is there anything else you would like readers to know?
A: I want the opportunity to teach this next generation how to monetize their stories to allow their visions to be counted in this next go round of life.
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