We had the good fortune of connecting with Monét and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Monét, we’d love to hear about how you approach risk and risk-taking
I view risk as a necessity. If it doesn’t scare you a little, you’re not dreaming big enough. By not taking action you’re only cheating yourself. Opportunities are golden nuggets! You never know what an opportunity can lead to. As an independent artist, I say yes to almost everything within reason. Any situation could lead me to meet an A&R, someone who needs a singer on a track, a gig, a hot business lead, etc. You just never know! Dare to take a chance. Dare to live. Hopefully at the end of each day you’re fulfilled instead of filled with regret.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My story starts at a young age where I didn’t even quite know I had the gift of singing. One day I was invited to sing backup on a couple children’s albums, one Christian and one Kidz Bop, and I fell in love with the studio. Music has run in my family, especially on my mother’s side. In fact, my cousin was the lead singer in the famous female group TLC, “T-Boz”. Learning from family, owning my craft, and becoming more involved with choir and things like that really solidified my decision to pursue music as a career. This journey most certainly has not been rainbows and clouds. First, as an independent artist I spend more money than I make! Most opportunities are just that, opportunities unpaid. Streams are worth well under a penny and many gigs I take are fun but strictly for exposure. Second, the music world has been a man’s world mostly until recently amazing artists like Beyoncé, Cardi B, Megan Thee Stallion, Kesha, Ariana Grande, and Lady Gaga stepped up. As a woman and being a woman of color I don’t feel that I’m taken seriously often. Most of the people I connect with are men whether they’re producers or rappers for example, because they’re more prevalent in the industry. These people see my talent but can’t get past their wants. True colors always show, whether we’re in the studio at work or messaging about a song, dating or “hanging out” is eventually brought up. Third, people like to take advantage of people they think won’t ask questions. Unfortunately I have fallen victim due to lack of knowledge. I’ve had producers overcharge me or waste my time because they were hoping to get more than the music out of the session, if you get what I mean. Needless to say I’m very grateful to have gone through all of these challenges! Why? Now I know most of what there is to know about the industry. I could start my own record label if I wanted to! The journey is tough but rewarding when people tell you how happy your music makes them feel or how much they love seeing you perform. That’s why I do this, to share my gift with others.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
They would have a blast with me because you can pretty much always find me out at a restaurant or the beach! I love love love to eat good food, call me a foodie! Japanese, Mexican, soul food, you name it I’ll probably eat it. The beach is a peaceful place and a must see here in Orange County. Laguna Beach shores and sunsets are stunning, and a few great restaurants around like Mozambique or a vegan spot called The Stand. Huntington is also a laid back, vibrant, and full of young people.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My first shoutout is for my cousin Cliff! Cliff is brilliant and talented. He shares all his knowledge with me, guides me in life and helps me with my music career any time he can. My parents Kim and Howard have done nothing but love and support me no matter what and push me toward my goals. And my sweet brother Zeb is always there to listen and give music advice! The following people who are there for me like Terri, Lauren & Jason Potter, Emily Thomas, Taneshi Noel, Karina, Steven Forsyth, Whittles, Michelle, Gio, Craig, Chelsea R., and my Enagic Boss Babes group! You can’t find genuine people like this every day and God has truly blessed me with a fabulous support system. You guys are all amazing and I am forever grateful for you. This journey cannot be done alone.
Image Credits Craig Hung, Emily Thomas, Blvff