Woman Wednesday: Monique L.

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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Woman Wednesday: Jourdan

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Q and A with Jourdan, originally from Honolulu, HI, and currently thriving in New York City.

“We rise by lifting others. It’s so important to bring others up with you.”

Q: What are you passionate about?

A: I am passionate about helping others and telling stories. I have a heart for people and a heart to serve. As humans, I believe it’s our duty to help one another and it really is the driving force of love. I stumbled into helping others through my career in television. My journey began in 2010 working for NBCUniversal at a nationally syndicated talk show and from there it took off. I’ve been in the entertainment industry for 10+ years, I’ve cast network shows, acted in national commercials, and sold a web series I co-created to BET Networks.


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I am on fire for helping others find their voice and build their brand. That is why I founded Vera Jean Media. Named after my grandma, it is a boutique agency specializing in content creation, social media strategy, email marketing, and branding for individuals and small businesses. Authenticity is key.


Q: What were your younger years like?

A: My younger years were built on the strength of evolution. I was born and raised in Hawaii. My grandfather was in the military and retired there. I was raised by my grandmother and a single mother. When I was ten, she married my step-dad, who was also in the military. We moved all over the country growing up. I think seeing the work ethic of my mom and grandmother truly molded me. I’ve been working since I was in middle school. I started a dog walking and lawn mowing business when I was around 13 years old. Being an entrepreneur has always been in my heart.


Q: What is something valuable you’d like others to know?

A: We rise by lifting others. It’s so important to bring others up with you. Know that you can’t do everything alone and there is so much abundance to gain through collaboration over competition.


Q: What does feminism mean to you?

A: We are a force to be reckoned with. There is nothing stronger than a strong, determined, fearless, woman. Feminism means to empower one another and that there is strength in numbers. When we are gathered with a mission on the brain…good luck stopping us. Period.

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