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Princess Monique, also known as Princess Monique Filmz, has come a long way from growing up in the

inner city of Cleveland. From humble beginnings, she has used her life experiences to fuel her creativity

and ignite her passion of storytelling embodied in her robust career. Princess Monique is an accomplished

TV/film producer, director, writer, and author. Princess Monique Filmz is an alumni of the Disney/ABC

Directing Program: Class of 2020, which helped launch and cultivate her career as a television director.

She released her autobiography, Hood to Hollywood, How to Stop Waiting to Be Discovered & Discover

Yourself! in the summer of 2021. Her personal life experiences, journey, and triumphs ignited her desire

to help others navigate through their own personal discovery and realize their true potential.

“My life’s purpose is to use my God-given gifts and talents to leave a positive impact on the world, by

educating, entertaining, and inspiring others to do the same.” ~ Princess Monique Filmz

To learn more, and how to order Hood to Hollywood, please visit: www.stopwaitingtobediscovered.com.

She was honored to receive a proclamation from the city of Warrensville Heights, Ohio, which declared

October 24th to be Princess Monique Day, for being a role model and a positive example of what the city

stands for. She attended Kent State University in Ohio, for business management and

information systems. And then, in true form, Princess set her sights on Hollywood. After traveling the

world as a high-fashion runway and print model for Ebony and Jet magazines, Ms. Monique made several

national television appearances, including guest starring as an actress on the hit sitcoms Clueless, The

Steve Harvey Show, and The Parkers. She also has years of experience in radio and behind-the-camera

producing and directing in many genres, including television, film, commercials, PSAs, and music videos.

After working with Earvin "Magic" Johnson's Magic Hallway Pictures, Princess went on to graduate, at

the top of her class, from Los Angeles City Community College, with an associate degree in cinema

production.

 

Her first film, The Call, won nine awards from film festivals in San Francisco, Hollywood, Los Angeles,

New York, Cleveland, Denver, and Atlanta. Her most prestigious award was presented at the San

Francisco Black Film Festival, where she not only won 1st place for best short, but she also received the

top honor, the Melvin Van Peebles Award, for best overall film and best director. The Call’s message

about HIV/AIDS has been so successful, impactful, and profound that it has been viewed more than any

other film while featured on BET J’s Best Short Film Competition.

 

Princess Monique made her directorial TV and feature film debut with Seasons of Love, starring Gladys

Knight, Method Man, and LeToya Luckett. She had the privilege of associate producing this film

alongside executive producer Taraji P. Henson. Seasons of Love can be seen during the holiday season, on

A&E Lifetime. She has produced various showcases highlighting talent from all walks of the

entertainment industry. Princess also directed behind the scenes footage for Steve Harvey’s inner-city

award show, known as the Hoodie Awards, in Las Vegas, NV, and Kevin Hart’s Hartbeat Weekend, in

Atlantic City, NJ. The culmination of her dedication to her craft, and her exemplary reputation, led to

Princess Monique directing the online promotion and docuseries, Nerdist’s The Impact of Black Panther,

for the most successful box office film ever, Marvel’s Black Panther. This production went on to win a

Webby Award, which is the leading international award, honoring excellence on the Internet.

 

Princess Monique is a strong believer in mentoring today’s youth, because she knows the value of

mentorship. She has personally received mentorship from such greats as: director Chip Fields-Hurd (The

Parkers, Girlfriends, and Meet the Browns); director Daren Grant (Diary of a Mad Black Woman, The

Wendy Williams Story); producer, director, and actor Bill Duke (Predator, Get Rich or Die Trying);

producer, actor, writer, and author Steve Harvey (The Steve Harvey Show); former professional basketball

player, former president of basketball operations of the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball

Association (NBA), and producer, Earvin “Magic” Johnson (Obsessed, Hair Show); producer and TV and

film director Jeff W. Byrd (Stolen by My Mother: The Kamiyah Mobley Story, The Originals, Black

Lightning); executive producer and director Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother, Just Shoot Me);

and manager of Current Series at Disney Channel, Jacqueline “Jackie” Younce (Grey’s Anatomy, Fear

Factor, Dog Whisperer). In the spirit of sharing her talent to help others, Princess Monique is also an

acting coach. Her classes are always filled, as they are limited and only available when she is between

projects. Be on the lookout for when these are offered! You will be in for a special treat.

 

Using her experiences, tenacious spirit, and captivating storytelling, Princess Monique is often sought

after as a motivational speaker. She loves to share with others how to re-frame and pivot and capitalize on

their own uniqueness. She subscribes to living by one of her favorite Dr. Maya Angelou quotes: “When

you learn, teach!”

 

With excellence as her standard in her work, and with help from advisers, she has come into her own as

founder and CEO of Princess Filmz Productions, LLC™. This production company focuses on education

and entertainment, with a determination to present more positive but realistic images of African

Americans, while bringing attention to the systemic divide in the world.

 

For more information about Princess Filmz Productions, LLC™, available acting workshops and

coaching, motivational speaking engagements, and to connect with and follow Princess Monique Filmz,

please visit www.princessfilmz.com, and you can also subscribe to our website at

www.princessfilmzproductions.com.

 

Adding to already remarkable credits, her transition into TV directing is a notable feat that came about

when she directed Lynn Whitfield, Keith David, Merle Dandridge, and the cast of Greenleaf, a TV drama series created by award-winning writer/producer Craig Wright, and executive produced by Oprah

Winfrey and Lionsgate Television, in its final season. Princess Monique Filmz was tapped as a director

for the award-winning comedy series Black-ish, created by Kenya Barris, and starring Anthony Anderson,Tracee Ellis Ross, Jenifer Lewis, Laurence Fishburn, Marcus Scribner, and a multitude of talent.

 

“African American Female Directors Do Exist!” This is the message Princess Monique Filmz wants to

share with the world. In so aspiring, Princess Monique formed Real Black Unicorns, a non-profit

organization that provides a safe space dedicated to bridging the gap between employers and hirable

African American female directors. The main mission of the organization is to dismantle the systemic

racial divide between them and us, as we educate, support, and mentor the next generation of emerging

talent. For more information about Real Black Unicorns, go to www.RealBlackUnicorns.com.

 

As if all that isn’t enough… In her spare time, Princess Monique loves traveling and enjoying amazing

food. Hey, a girl has to have outlets! She has always been fond of journeying and has found a creative

way of combining her foodie heart, wanderlust, and love of writing by starting her own food blog.

More coming soon!

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