Asia Monet: Spread Love. Be Kind. Inspire.
Words + Interview By: Tyrone Davis (Editor)
She sings. She acts. She dances. She even has her own clothing line. Asia Monet speaks with us about her reality show “Raising Asia”, her love for cover songs and her own music, the importance of family and being multi-talented and more.
What did you like most about filming your reality show, “Raising Asia”?
Having the opportunity to get your own show is pretty cool, but of course does have it’s good and bad. I enjoyed being with my family and being able to perform throughout the 14 episodes. Also, the show was choreographed under the creative direction of Anthony Burrell. Having people that are close to me involved was the best part.
How important is your family in your life?
#FamilyFirst is definitely important. At the end of the day, my family is always here to support me and make sure I’m happy. Without them, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today.
How do you balance life being that you are involved in so much?
I have always been fortunate to have my mom with me making sure my schedule is straight and that I have time to balance everything with my home schooling. Also, my mom makes sure I fit in downtime to recharge. You definitely need rest.
How was it working with Mariah Carey? What did you learn from her that stands out to you the most?
It was a really great opportunity to get the chance to be on the same stage performing with Mariah Carey. I am so grateful for that experience. Every experience is a learning experience and working with her amazing band and crew I learned a lot. I had such a great time…I will always remember it.
Tell us about your single, “Come Along”. What inspired it?
“Come Along’’ was inspired by so many things that I see every day. Things that I think we can do better about as a community. I was fortunate to work with an amazing writer that put my thoughts into this song. That song really meant a lot to me. It is meant to reach out to people and to make a difference, whether it be big or small. It’s also meant to empower one another to come together and make a difference every day. Spread love, be kind, and inspire. I’m so happy and grateful for the response from so many people about Come Along. It has really inspired me to work harder every day and be able to have a platform to give back with.
Which has been your favorite cover song you’ve done and why?
Yikes! That’s hard. I’ve recorded six cover videos and I would have to say I really felt emotionally attached to Mary Did You Know? that I recorded when I was ten years old. Also, my cover Rise that I did when I was 11. I really loved those two covers because I loved the lyrics.
Why do you think being multi-talented is important for an entertainer?
I never thought about that when I was younger. I just always loved what I was doing and loved the challenge of growing and maturing in all areas. I always call it my “Happy Place”. But now, I’m starting to see the importance of being multi-talented in the industry. People out here are crazy talented so you better be strong and have multiple talents.
Do you have any advice for other aspiring entertainers?
I get asked this all the time. I always want people to know it’s not easy. You have to really love what you do and embrace the process of your journey because it truly is a lot of work. You need to be strong, work hard and keep pushing on even if there are a lot of let downs. You learn from every experience, good or bad and if you believe and are passionate enough, you will succeed.
I was a few years younger than you when I saw “Boyz N Da Hood” for the first time and became familiar with Cuba Gooding Jr. as a lead actor. That film was powerful, especially considering the time period it was released in. American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was also received critical acclaim. What was it like being on set with Cuba and what did you leave with after the experience was over?
Yes, American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson was the series to watch and received a lot of attention. I was so surprised and grateful to be a part of such an amazing cast. Though this tragic event happened before I was born, I was able to get so much information about it from my parents and news clippings. Being on set was incredible and of course having Cuba Gooding Jr. as my set dad was even better. He is so nice and funny and just so down to earth. I loved him. After this experience, I was so inspired and on a mission to work harder with my acting, so maybe one day I can be just as great as this cast.
Explain the thought process behind designing your “Art Class” line.
Well, it was a pretty amazing process working with the Target team creating and designing for “Art Class” 2017. The line started with sketches and designs that I thought would fit and then I had a chance to make my pieces from scratch.
Name 3 things on your “Bucket List”
A) Be cast in a major movie
B) Tour with my music
C) Travel the world
When I was 12, the internet wasn’t a thing but fortunately, I was able to live in Europe for a few years and travel while there. That alone let me know that the world was bigger than my neighborhood and that people lived completely difference lives than I did. 12 year olds today have grown up with the internet so they’ve been exposed to more without necessarily having to physically go anywhere. Do you think that helps or hurts and why?
Wow, that’s a hard question. I think it is definitely a lot easier with the internet, but you can’t compare being able to travel, experience travel in person and learn about the world. So, I would say there is good and not so good things about all the internet access.
Tell us a weird fact about yourself.
So, a weird fact about myself is that I like strange food combinations.
Where do you think we will be as a society in the next 10 years?
I can only hope that we live in a society of love, acceptance and equality for all.
Being a part of “Generation Z”, how do you think you guys will be remembered? How would you like to be remembered?
I hope and pray that we are remembered as a generation of positive change and that we stood strong together to make a difference and had a voice. Also, that we continued to fight for equality and for what is right.
Follow Asia Monet on Twitter and IG @asiamonetray and her website www.iamasiamonet.com.
Photo: Araya Diaz