"I am doing what I have always wanted to do”, says Highschool Musical star Monique Coleman. At the age of eight she already wanted to be an actress, now she is doing much more than that: “Where I am now is the product of having great passion and the willingness of trying new things.” Her advices to her 14 year old ego? “You are enough just as you are!” And: “Don’t chase boys! It won’t get you anywhere!”
Drei Ratschläge an Dein 14jähriges Ich!
I would tell myself don't chase boys, it won't get you anywhere. I would tell myself you are enough just as you are and to eat a healthy diet and get sleep.
Was steht auf Deiner Visitenkarte?
My name is Monique Coleman and I am an actress and an advocate.
Was ist das coolste an Deinem Job?
I think the coolest thing about my job is that when I care about something people often connect to me more because they feel like they know me from something that I've done. And so it helps to breakdown that initial barrier because people feel familiar and so if I'm advocating for young people for instance then they feel close and it helps to get the messages that I want to get across and that's really cool.
Welche Einschränkungen bringt Dein Job mit sich?
I think my biggest restriction is focus because I have so many different jobs at one time that is hard sometimes to figure out which one to focus on at what time and how to do it all.
Worum geht es in Deinem Job?
My days are consisting of whatever I choose, I guess. I currently just finished acting in a film, an independent film and at the same time I was producing a weekly talk show for teens and so my job consists of looking for guests, coming up with the topic and how the show is going to go and then organizing the team to put up the show every week. When I'm acting, it's anywhere between 8 and 12 hour days of going into the set, going through hair and makeup, arriving, learning all my lines and then interacting with the other people. Am also a host though and a producer so as a producer it's very different. It's really making sure that all the pieces are together to produce the show. So I live in New York and I have an agent. So my agent finds out all the things that are going on anywhere and then he sends me to an audition and I go to the audition and I read for a casting director and that person then narrows down the candidates to a small group and that small group if you make it then goes to the director, the producer of that film. The director and producer actually choose the person that's going to go into the film and then sometimes it will film in New York City, sometimes it will be in Los Angeles. It could really be anywhere. But there's a... You don't just want to be in something and then get in it. You have to actually go through an audition process and sometimes it's a very long process.
Wie sieht Dein Werdegang aus?
I grew up in Columbia, South Carolina and then I went to University for theater. So I studied theater and graduated with a BFA in acting and then I moved out to Los Angeles and I slept on my own floor, worked really hard, had a lot of different day jobs and then my big break was High school Musical. I'm doing what I've always wanted to do so at a very young age when I was 8 years old, I knew that I wanted to be an actor, performer but now I do so much more than that. I am an actor, speaker, a host, a producer, a traveler, a wife so many things and so I think allowing myself to evolve is how I've gotten here.
Ginge es auch ohne Deinem Werdegang?
I don't think that my background is essential to do what I'm doing right now. I think that what am doing now is just the product of having great passion and willingness to try new things and so I think any person and from any background can become an actor if they study or can become a lot of different things.