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
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
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!