MN BOSSES, Entertainment: Keke Palmer, Actress & Singer
Keke Palmer has had quite a year. She became the first Black Cinderella to appear on Broadway. She scored a recurring role on the Showtime series Masters of Sex. She’s the youngest person ever to have a talk show. She got news that she’s going to be appearing in a big Vanity Fair coffee table book focused on Hollywood’s rising stars. She starred in the most successful original movie in Vh1 history, CrazyS*xyCool, the biopic of the hit 90s band TLC.
In other words, it’s been a great year for Keke Palmer, and we’ve all enjoyed her work as a result. And at 21 years old, she’s just getting started. Need we say more? Here’s your MN Boss for Entertainment.
MN: Describe your job.
KP: I have an awesome job! I entertain people for a living and hope to take them places that they have never gone before. I am truly blessed!
MN: What do you enjoy most about your job?
KP: I love having the opportunity to communicate with people all over the world in such an intimate way. I meet people all over the country that come up to me and say, “I grew up watching you.” Even though I am only 21, that means a lot to me and only motivates me to make the next 10 years of my career as meaningful as the first.
MN: What has contributed most to your professional success?
KP: My faith in God. I truly believe that by his grace there is nothing that I cannot do. Also, my parents’ support. I have great parents!
MN: How has your industry changed since you started your career?
KP: When I first started out, social media was nowhere near what it has evolved into today. There was no Facebook, Twitter, or even MySpace back in 2003 when I appeared in my first film, Barber Shop 2. That is a huge difference, especially in regards to the entertainment industry and how projects are promoted.
MN: How do you keep up with those shifts?
KP: My mother started my first website when I was about 11-years-old. She recognized the importance of having a presence online very early on, and as I became older, I kind of took charge and started posting videos on my YouTube channel and, basically, just communicating directly to my fans via Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
MN; When did you know this is what you wanted to do?
KP: When I was about 9-years-old, my parents took me to an audition for The Lion King in Chicago (where I am from). I auditioned, making it down to the last 15 kids, and then I was out, but I had so much fun going through the process that I told my parents to please get me an agent so I could do more. That is when I knew that I loved the business—all of it—the good and the bad.
MN: What’s your best advice for anyone wanting to make a career for themselves in your industry?
KP: Start out by being involved in everything possible within your own community. So many people want to run out to LA or NY before they have any experience. Preparation is very crucial. Before we left Chicago, I had appeared in a film. Just be ready when your opportunity comes.
MN: What was your first job?
KP: Barber Shop 2: Back In Business with Ice Cube, Queen Latifah, and Cedric The Entertainer.
MN: Your favorite quote?
KP: “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” I have this tattooed on my arm.
MN: Should we “ban bossy”?
KP: No. It has many different meanings, some of which are positive. It just depends on how it is being used.
MN: iPhone or Android?
MN: Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, all, other, or none?
MN: Pantsuit or skirt/dress?
MN: Heels or flats?
MN: What’s always in your purse?
KP: Lip balm
MN: Who’s the one person – dead or alive – that you would like to meet and why?
KP: Michael Jackson
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