Ladies & Gents.....
A conversation with :
( Actress / Singer-Songwriter / and, "O.G." SMART-GIRL )
Monica, Monica, Monica!
Whats goin on, Baby-Girl ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Its all about You , Foley !
Shit ..I wish it was, Mons.....Ha hahaha
I want to tell the story on how we met, but it's Madd corny.
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha ha ha haha !!
I mean, its not corny how we met, but its corny to bring all that up....
cause, it dont even matter; its just good that we did meet and were STILL talking to each other.... 7yrs later ?!?
And Im actually proud of that..... cause, as you Know in "Hollywood" folks come & go.
MONICA CALHOUN : They sure do.
Damn, Baby-Girl .... you've been in the Game since what ? 85?
MONICA CALHOUN : About that.
You were on some ole "Child Actor" shit, right ? How do you deal with this place, man? This place sucks ass. Im not baggin on L.A. itself..... because its actually a gorgeous place, but some of the inhabitants are a little "trippy". And in this business, how do you do it sweetahrt , nah ....for real ?
MONICA CALHOUN : I couldnt even really tell you.....to be real honest with you?
I think Im more or less about..... Just do the job & go home, meet good people & when Im at work ....they're good people & then when I go home? I know that they had their lives before I met them, so I cant really expect too much of em or expect our friendship to go beyond other than. But, when I bump into Folks, Hey, how you doin? And for a long time that that was okay with me..... you know?
The older you get ? The more you want that consistent sort of friendship.
Thats crazy. Actually, I think it lends itself to "Schizophrenia".
MONICA CALHOUN : Bwhahahahahah !!!
Fo Reels.... I've always thought that !!
No, really. I always thought that schizophrenics are "Amature" actors; they just dont know how to turn it off and turn it on.
Thats the ONLY "Real" difference tween a "great actor" and a "schizophrenic".
photo : Ebsq Art
MONICA CALHOUN : Umm hmm....Yup !!
An actor knows how to shut it down. Sometimes.....
You know....cause them
"on set" romances be like.....you know ....
Socially "Weak" actors & actresses ?
Good Lawd .....
MONICA CALHOUN : I mean its all in perception. It depends on what that persons relationship.... is all about at home.
Yeah.....I guess ?
MONICA CALHOUN : And, also how they approach work & their reasons behind working & what they do !! Its like, you know people go to school to become lawyers and doctors & so forth..... There are "other" professions. Those, to be specific... they go to school for those things & theyre trained in those areas & when youre trained to know and understand the difference between....... what your boundaries are & also set your own boundaries, you wont have problems separating "fiction" from reality. Does that make sense?
Makes a lot of sense. I mean you gotta actually know who YOU are.... before you can play someone else.
MONICA CALHOUN : Yeah .
Cause if you dont know who YOU are, you could end up... just like THAT character !!
Monica, N'Bushe Wright , Lisa Raye & Lark Voories on the set of "Civil Brand"
MONICA CALHOUN : And, even still, ya know ? Cause as human beings were always still growing & learning about ourselves in life lessons. My background, specifically, my childhood [ to a certain degree] , I was sheltered from a lot of things and thats why sometimes its easy for people to kind of take advantage of a situation .. Or a thought process or believe that I dont necessarily know much, about some things. But , eventually because of how I grew up, I understand &have known the difference between right and wrong, & its up to me whether "I" want to explore.... wrong.... and if "I" want to explore right.
Ha ha ha....
But its all about "Exploration" right? At the end of the day?
MONICA CALHOUN : At the end of the day.....
MONICA : Yeah....And, knowing when to "Shut it off"
So, then.... one would be considered a "Pro-fessional" actor.
MONICA CALHOUN : That's it. That is correct,sir. ha ha...
So.....Youre not schizoid !
MONICA : NO !!!!
You KNOW when to shut that shit down.
MONICA : YES !!!!
Bless your heart, Baby-Girl.....
You gon' probably be in the Game, even longer than you've been already ( to hear me call it. )
MONICA CALHOUN : Thats what I hope to do..... cause its my 9-5 !! Except, its 24 hours, 7 days a week. Im always taking in information trying to understand people & the nature of who they are...... and why they do the things that they do...... so, whenever I encounter a person like that in a script, I have something to draw on.... considering thats not necessarily my lifestyle & thats NOT necessarily who I am or what "I" do.
Wow ..... I Feel you !
MONICA CALHOUN : Being able to listen & understand or try, trying to understand & have an empathetic view of what a person is...... as opposed to being "judgmental"
MONICA CALHOUN : Of who they are & why they make the choices they make.
Wow, early days in "Philly" did this to you, huh?
MONICA CALHOUN : Ummm ....
The common sense thing youre on now ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha ha ha !!
Tell me about dem early days in Philly...
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow.....
Philly was an interesting experience for me.
Born and raised?
MONICA CALHOUN : Born & then.... left !!
Ha ha ha ha ha...Damn !!!
MONICA CALHOUN : Right ??!? My mother had a choice of whether to go to college in New York or go to college in the Virgin Islands.
MONICA CALHOUN : So she chose the Virgin Islands.
So..... you grew up there as well ?
MONICA CALHOUN : I grew up there for 5 years.
Thats cool. What age ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Ummm .pre-school to like 2nd grade.
Nice...., so youve known about sand , water & the earth.
MONICA CALHOUN : Ummm Hmmm .........
Which gives you little bit a jump on most Black kids that lived in rural America somewhere, right?
MONICA CALHOUN : Somewhat & also the way I grew up is just a little bit different than everybody else, because my brother was born blind.
MONICA CALHOUN : So my perception on the world & things is just a little bit different.
Yeah, I'm Sure....
MONICA CALHOUN : My compassion & my sensitivity are heightened because of my brothers blindness..... and spending a lot of time with him
MONICA CALHOUN : And, you know....teaching him things that Ive learned & then vice versa, somewhat.
MONICA CALHOUN : Me spending time with him at his programs, like here in California theres a program called "The Braille Institute "
MONICA CALHOUN : And , they have a summer program, where they take the kids either swimming or water skiing..... just different little things...... so, I got a chance experience life on a different level.
MONICA CALHOUN : Patience in watching these people that volunteer to work with children that have some sort of impairment. to teach them how to water ski or whatever the activity was.
So youve witnessed patience at such an early level. You know patience......
So, Do U carrying that over into your acting career . In terms of dealing with Hollywood ?
photo : Jeff Vespa
MONICA CALHOUN : Right ! And , in terms of being here in Los Angeles & witnessing people that move here from out of state , that say: I gonna make it big, Im gonna be big. Im this and that....This is how I need to play the game. This is how I should play the game. I gotta run with this crowd or be around this crowd. And, I gotta dress this way, I gotta act this way, I gotta fuck this person , I gotta act like I have this sort of background in order to fit here there and
MY perception is, rely and trust on your talent !
Nobody says, I want to be a great actor.
They just say, I wanna be big.
MONICA CALHOUN : Umm hmmmm......
And, thats probably the first problem I have with this town.
Everybody wants to be "big" and not recognizing actually how small they are in the grand scheme of shit.
MONICA CALHOUN : I mean.... its nothing wrong ....if you call that being an over-achiever or if you call that having high ambitions. Its nothing wrong with wanting to wanting to be that. But when you ...I remember you used to joke about this, when you lose your soul in process, when you find that "Your Soul is on the back of a milk carton "
Ha ha ha......Good Lawd , have you seen me???
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha ha ha ha ha !!!!
And, did you recognize No, did your mamma recognize you ??
Shit....YOU didnt recognize YOU ?!?!?
MONICA CALHOUN : Exactly.
Ive always said lot of times people dont use a mirror for what its intended for.
They use it to just straighten their hair and clothes.
MONICA CALHOUN : Yup !!
Nobody *really* looks inside. Thats crazy, man.
MONICA CALHOUN : People forget to look in.
until something snatches them back & forces them to look in.
Man, Im trippin cause I was like fresh out of high school, tryin to be and do something to get out of Columbus.....
and you were acting [workin] ,doin you thang. You were a working actress along side "JEAN STAPLETON" ?!!?
( Bagdad Cafe' )
MONICA CALHOUN : True DAT !
So, when Prince was doin "Raspberry Beret" ....... you were a working child actress !
And, its deep , again, I guess...... that I brought him up......because , He's how WE met.
MONICA CALHOUN : Yep.
Im hangin out backstage with him (Prince) and I see you come in the room..... and me being "the actor" (on the weekends,) from hangin out in drama class where all the girls were..... I've always appreciated actors on a different level. Its not just a movie to me; Im checking out actors and directors and angles and everything. And I recognized you and I was like, Hey man, youre so and so and
MONICA CALHOUN : Sure did .
Man you are so dope, I wasn't trippin like, Oh shes fine and all that shit,
I was like, No, you is a dope ass actress
MONICA CALHOUN : Can I tell you? You startled me!!
You startled me because I was just like.... at that time , me being able to go out & hang? I was just another face in the crowd & it was all good to me.... because Id be able to just "bob & weave". Not saying that I wasn't just another face in the crowd, but there are some people that, you know, step to me and say, Hey, whats up? and they have their lil' game .And You Didn't do that !! But, I was just happy to be there that day, I think it was a couple days after my birthday or on my birthday .
I dont remember ..
It was couple days before , I think , maybe.....
MONICA CALHOUN : And I, didnt expect to be there at all. I asked a friend of mine to take me, & he was like, Uh .I So after an hour went by....he called me back and said, OK, Im coming to scoop you up and we just go see what happens.
And then where was I?
Chillin wit ME !!
MONICA CALHOUN : Hahaha....Right ?!?
But, the interesting thing about Prince, the reason why I like him so much is that, in grade school, people would always ask me if I liked him & I had nothing but negative things to say.
MONICA CALHOUN : And, I used to spend my summers in Philadelphia, we moved so far away from family , & my grandmother had 11 children. So, imagine the cousins & the extended cousins & so on & so forth. My Mom would send me back there in the summer & my uncle was a DJ! He had just about every record that you could think about.... he had it, you know what I mean? In his basement. He just had all of it.
That explains it.
MONICA CALHOUN : I went though a couple things and it was all alphabetized and I was trippin off of that..... it was alphabetized. And then I said, You know what? let me see who this person is. [ Prince ] And, then went through album after, album after album,
And, then..... Gott Damn ???
Does he rest?
Yeah, Prince has not been sitting on his hands.
And, thats actually what I noticed about You !
After knowing more about your work ?
Im like, Damn, man.... this girls been out here for Real .
I remember thinkin : " Shes dope. Im going to go say something to her.
I hope she doesnt think Im pushing up on her, but hey man, she's dope as hell."
MONICA CALHOUN : It wasnt even like that ..it was a "Surprise" more less,
Wow, he saw that?
Ha ha haha...
MONICA CALHOUN : He recognized my work ?!?!
"I" dont even remember that shit ?!?!? That is crazy !!!
I dont think people know about your voice and Im going to have to talk about it, cause you can SING. !!!
And you put in work with me. [ 3 hours straight ] Its musicians that wanted to come and rock with me and they havent yet.
You can actually talk shit, now ...... because you put in YOUR "3 hours" wit me !!
Ha hahahaha !!!!!
MONICA CALHOUN : I Sure did ! Man....
And , it was cosmic .....cause , I really felt good vibes with you & me on stage together like that ......and its like you knew how to adapt. I dont know if youre using all of that patience and timing ....cause, it was perfect.
I listen to the tapes now and it STILL sounds good.
Now, Im waiting on your record!!!
What ya gonna do , Mons?
MONICA CALHOUN : I would "Love" to do it. Im NOT going to say no.
And, I know you aint on no regular R&B shit, even though your shits funky. I know the shit that you like.
But Im waiting on YOUR record.
MONICA CALHOUN : Alright. Its going to go on! We going to start working on some shit..... Cause, its like, I dont make any apologies.... cause I know that when an actor or someone else says, Hey, I want to sing & they think that its Aw shit, I can make some money style, you know. But YOU know who I am !
and, dah dah dah dah dah ..
MONICA CALHOUN : You & I know thats part of the
Ha ha ha .....
MONICA CALHOUN : So, when I auditioned for the school for the arts, I could only pick one major, so I picked theater.
But, singing MUST come so naturally to you..... from what I heard, when U were on stage with me.
MONICA CALHOUN : But during that time, even though I was doing theater at high school, I was in a choir with H.E. Barnum & we were traveling everywhere .......doing shows here & there .... you know, its the cute little kids thing ......so I had the cute little kid voice, cute little solos ! And, because of H.B.s relationships I did session work with Jeffrey Osborne, Donna Summer, Quincy Jones, Stevie Wonder.
People dont even know that about you. They just remember you as the girl from this or that movie. They dont know you actually sing your ass off ! And, you know my standards; I dont Bullshit up there and you were up there for 3 hours with me... just following my lead, completely harmonizing the whole shit unrehearsed. Youve never rehearsed with us! I knowfolks that have played with me before..... that couldnt hang for 3 hours and you did your thing, Babe ! .
We just gonna work on it.
MONICA CALHOUN : Im down.... Im down !
*Das My Baby*
And, its going to be whatever and I know its tough to make that transition with an actor doing music cause people dont play about music. They think youre acting. Like "Jamie Foxx" is unreal, but hell always be "Wanda" on piano, even though hes dope as hell. And its hard to be taken serious...... but I think YOU can beat that, I think you can crack it. If anybody could, youd be able to do it.
MONICA CALHOUN : Im wit it.....
What was it like working with [Director] "Malcolm Lee" ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Oh, he was madd cool !
He knew exactly what he wanted & was very specific with everything.
Yeah , I'm sure.....
MONICA CALHOUN : Which is a "Priceless" thing with a director. They know their project from top to bottom & YOU know, as a director..... that is your job to know exactly what you want out of everybody !
Its called.... Directing ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Okay ?!?!
Sure you hire people to do specific things.... but, you also guide that vision & he was very instinctual , he was great at that... and his direction. But if there was something that I didnt do, that he wanted, he'd come forthright & tell me which way he wanted to go.
The film that just looks so incredible I rarely like those type of films in terms of content and the story And Im sure theres a lot of films like "The Best Man" that couldve been made years ago, but they wont let it happen. But it was good that Malcolm and you guys slipped through the cracks on that one and I love the cast. It was just a great, great movie.
"The Best Man" & "Five Heartbeats" I think is the standard of where those type of films should remain....
MONICA CALHOUN : See.... heres the thing whats interesting about "The Best Man" is I dont believe that it was totally a "Black" film.
I mean, if they changed the cast, its still .
Its still a good film ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Right !
Thats my whole point.
MONICA CALHOUN :
And, I think that type of
situation, lends itself to be universal.
MONICA CALHOUN : And, I think thats why it was such a breath of fresh air for people, cause thats the comment that I hear all the time, It was such a breath of fresh air, Im really happy that I saw it, I really appreciate what you guys did
Cause they slammed Reggie Hudlin for "Boomerang" saying it was unrealistic, you know, like Black Folks cant have jobs and be in the same workplace.
MONICA CALHOUN : Which is total crap.
Which was nice that they finally gave it up for "Best Man",
cause like you said, you change that cast and it was still a great film.
MONICA CALHOUN : Yeah, cause whats interesting in the Black community..... there are social structures. You have your "ghetto people", you have your college grads, undergrads, master degree toting people that live in the belief that they are better than the people that haven't sought higher education.
[comedian] Paul Mooney says they're "Under the illusion of inclusion" , you talkin about them folks ....
MONICA CALHOUN : And, they find a camaraderie with similar people that have the same backgrounds & therefore excluding the next person, that might be ten times more intelligent ..... but they dont have that degree or they didnt go to that special school or make it into that special white school, but they're more smarter and have the job that the Educated wished they had ?!?!?
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha haha , Basically ......
Cause, they aint got nothin to put on it ( in terms of Street-Smarts )
MONICA CALHOUN : Basically. And then you have.... of course .....
the economic discrimination amongst black people ......
MONICA CALHOUN : Its just very interesting .........
And, then dont forget the "hues", the different colors & shades of black folks.
MONICA CALHOUN : Right ?!?!?
So, its real interesting how we hate on each other
*Shakes head in dis-belief*
MONICA CALHOUN : And , so..... to say that "Boomerang" wasn't realistic ?!?!
People gotta look deeper into African American culture & really understand that there are so many levels to us ..
But, if you dont know us, you think all of us is either "J.J. Walker" or "Get Christie Love" or some shit.
MONICA CALHOUN : Thats why its really important for Black people African American people that have money to understand the power of distribution. Distribution in terms of owning a theater in Ohio, a movie theater in Arizona. That way when a fairly decent film that has been made without the hands of the studio with the independent, have gone through the independent process, they have some place to showcase their film. And the next step is just promoting that film. Whatever grassroots promoting that can be done in order for people to know that that film exists then somehow the money and go and recycle back into the community and not only that, we must understand its another way of opening up who we are as a people and the different levels of who we are. I like to laugh just as much as the next person, but, I also like to cry and I like to think. And thats what attracts me to acting and also singing.
They know that we cry ....and they know that we clown, but they dont know that we think.... And, I dont know think they want anyone else to know that we CAN think. Therefore those type of films keep getting made. So, I dont know.... And you've work with everybody from Im a drop some names, fuck it, cause I feel like it. And you just that dope and people dont know. Everybody from Maggie Smith, Kathleen Quinlin, Brandon Frazier, all these people are huge now and it just kinda freaks me out that you know, they find 2 or 3 black folks to do the same movies instead of hiring a new talent and I see a lot of white counterparts coming up every day; so many new young white stars, I cant keep up with them, but I see the same Black folks doing the same movies in the same roles. Its just sad, man.
MONICA CALHOUN : Again, that goes back to...... if you got 5 films that are being made, and those 5 films are specifically catering to the African American community and if its about dollars & cents and theyre gonna go, there somebody at the studio is gonna go ok check the stats ..I cant even say it right now ..check the stats on who is the hottest in the community or who everybody knows and theyre gonna go with that person because they feel like that person is going to bring in the dollars and cents. Whereas.... you get a brand new filmmaker that will take the chance and hire a fresh face.
Like the folks who made the film " Have Plenty" ??????
Bunch of fresh faces, but nobody gave a damn.
MONICA CALHOUN : Promotion, marketing, marketing, promotion, distribution.
Or being kept out of that loop in particular. Ooh, I dont want to open up that can of worms.
Nope, betta not .......
Im going to ask you "The SMARTALECMUSIC Burning Question :
Motherhood or Philanthropy ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Its All in One.
When its done correctly?
MONICA : Yeah .....
MONICA CALHOUN : I can't be a "philanthropist" without being a "Mother"
Cause , its still about nurturing, right?
MONICA CALHOUN : Yes......
Alright..... Let me throw some names at you......
and you can respond however you like:
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow..... Strong ?????
And, Very Sexy ...to me
Hmmm ONE word comes to mind Resilient !
Ooohh...... I like that.
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow......
I hated how she died, tho.....
Too Bad , Really Too Bad
CALHOUN : Just sad ....
MONICA CALHOUN : What ?!?!?!?
She is Un-Real !!!!
MONICA : Another resilient one.
Whew....WHO'S FUCKIN WIT HER ?!?!?!
MONICA CALHOUN : I loved both of them. That husband & wife team.... that was just..... they are/were an example of .
The Truth !!!
Ruby & Ossie [ Nov. 15th , 1961 ]
What a REAL relationship should be , huh?
MONICA CALHOUN : Yeah. They were together forever, regardless of whatever it was that theyd been through, they STAYED together !
Can you imagine? And shes STILL working.
MONICA CALHOUN : Still......
Bless Her, Bless her .....
MONICA CALHOUN : Elegance , Class !
MONICA CALHOUN : Aaaawwww, man .....
Yep, shes hardcore.
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow ........She was amazing .
I know , I know.....
She won that Emmy for "Mannix" as well back in 1970.....
MONICA CALHOUN : O' my Gawd !!!!
Now ........She put it down first .
Can you imagine ???
They were like.....
MONICA CALHOUN : Pioneers !!!
Can you imagine they didnt like want to show that show too much of HER because of the advertising dollars ? ?
Shit was trippy back then ?!?!
MONICA CALHOUN : And then we come into the late the late early 90s and we have Whoopi Goldberg !
Still..... goin through it.
MONICA CALHOUN : Wonderful !!!
MONICA CALHOUN : Fierce !!!!
The "Original" Foxy Brown .....
MONICA CALHOUN : Just as Fierce....
She's Soooooo Beautiful !!!
Vivica A. Fox
MONICA CALHOUN : Fierce...as well
Queen Latifah (the actress)
MONICA CALHOUN : Yo !
She got thangs ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Man! I was talking with somebody the other day. And we were talking about "Set It Off" ..... And, her scene when it was time for her to go. She just . you you were ready, you were there at that moment . You were ready for it and you knew it was going to happen but how was she going to do it and how was she going to take it? And , F.Gary Grays direction in capturing that, was just .
Yeah, shes dope, man..... Queen has certainly put it down.
Shes like a renaissance woman, for real. She does sooooo many things .....well.
MONICA CALHOUN : But thats a wonderful thing.
MONICA : Just a wonderful thing.
MONICA CALHOUN : Phenomenal.
Shes got things, I have to give to her, I CAN'T FRONT : Shes Badd.
MONICA CALHOUN : Hands down. When I grow up .ha ha ha.
I will never forget when she said to Malcolm in the film, Love you back.
Thats on some "street-slang" now, folks actually say that because of how she put that shit down.
Thats a slogan now?!?! ..You know what I mean.
MONICA CALHOUN : I love you... back.
I love you, right back.
Aint that hardcore ? ??
And she didnt even blink when she said that shit.
MONICA CALHOUN : Details !! Actors that pay attention to details. Wonderful , and directors that pay attention to an actors details. And know and understand that whatever it is that that actor is doing is not necessarily ..they can see and directors or photography they can see what an actor is doing and go, You know what we need to push in and pull in with this because theres going on behind her eyes. Theres something that shes doing that really drives the point home. And then an editor that can pick up exactly what her intention was and then edit the scene so where it it tells a complete story. Thats priceless filmmaking . Robert DeNiro, Jack Nicholson????
Would you ever consider directing at some time, later?
MONICA CALHOUN : At some point, yeah.
Chip & Kim Fields
MONICA CALHOUN : Oh my Goodness, Endurance.
Alright, we getting ready to play the......
Either or Game.
MONICA CALHOUN : Either OR ?!?!?
Philly or L.A.?
MONICA CALHOUN : Lafayette Hills....
Cream Cheese or Cheese Steak.
MONICA CALHOUN : Ahhhh, chicken cheese steak
*He he he *
Theater or Film ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Both.
Spoken like a "True" actor.
Studio or On Location?
MONICA CALHOUN : on location .on location.
Ha ha ha ....ok.
Prince or The Artist
MONICA CALHOUN : Both, cause theyre one in the same. Theres no difference.
Ohhh.... Im sure HE would be glad to know that.......
Movies or Broadway ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow. Thats a hard one to just ..I say both.
MONICA CALHOUN : Theres a certain time you have to graduate to Broadway.
Ha haha, ok ........
R&B or Alternative ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Alternative.
I shouldve known, asking YOU that question .
*Monicas into Souxie & the Banchies ..and ALL kinds of shit*
Actors or Musicians?
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha ha ha ha ha ha !!!
You got to answer this Mons. Come on .
MONICA CALHOUN : I cant answer that.
Ok. Baby-girl....Is it because youre both, huh?
They way you sing...... OK, Ill let you off on that one.
Actors or Actresses ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Wow.
Cant answer that one either. I have to remain politically correct.
Oh, U went "PC" on me.
You were the first one in the either or game that went politically correct. *Damn it*
What was it like working with Bill Duke ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Oh my God !!
Hes an incredible Kat !!!
MONICA CALHOUN : Yes, he is.
I took a class with him at an actors boot camp.
Did Bill Duke have anything to do with that?
I Remember when I came to see that play, you were in ?
I Think Your Mom was in town.
Was it from that series ?
MONICA CALHOUN : Right !!
No, not that one..... that was something different.
Ok, that was dope.
MONICA CALHOUN : But, he had this class and I was more interested in what he had to say on the business end than the acting class; not being arrogant and saying, Oh I know everything I need to know about acting but, it was more less it was fascinating the way he structured the class...... he invited different people in from the industry; people that handled financing, people that were on the publicity end, agents, directors, and producers and gave them the floor and allowed them to speak on their experiences and how they entered Hollywood and where they see Hollywood going and what is it that we need to do to look for in Hollywood for us and how to go about getting our or carving our path or map. And basically those different kinds of people that he pulled in it showed you what you needed to really pay attention to. And it reiterated that phrase that you always hear; its not show business, its the business of show.
MONICA CALHOUN : So if you understand the business & you know who you are, what you want and what you dont want , what you will go for and what you wont go for. When you know how to shut off your exploration period of a situation. Possibly we could go further....
I know....Don't even.....
MONICA CALHOUN : This is my job; its a career its not just a ..you know what? People have told me that I was pretty, and um people have told me that you know, I have great personality, so Im gonna go to Hollywood.
And, " Im gonna be big" ??
MONICA CALHOUN : Im gonna be huge and my name is gonna be in lights .......
After I change it ? [said Name]
MONICA CALHOUN : Right !!
Their last name is really "Lipshitz" or something ?!?!
MONICA CALHOUN : Ha haha !
Monica, if I dont hear an album from you soon, that would besooo un-cool..... because I didn't know you had thangs like that. And to go 3 and a half hours straight; thats like recording for 3 hours and you were right there with me,
Monica..... U held it down.
MONICA CALHOUN : Thank you !!!
I just wanted to peek in that Beautiful head of yours. Cause you been doin this shit longer than most folks have been around period. And youre still at it and I hope you actually do a scene with some of my favorite folks and I aint going to list them, I just hope that it happens.
MONICA CALHOUN : It will.....
Like "Q-Tip" said : Cause, your shits very very worthy.
MONICA CALHOUN : "Very Very" worthy .......
I Love You , Sweethart !
And, I'll know You 'll be on deck for MY Big "Directorial" Debut ?!?!
MONICA CALHOUN : Yes , Indeed....Love U too !
We ain't even got started on deez Folks......
MONICA CALHOUN : he he he.....Okay ?!?!