Actress Leah Monet has been seen on “Chi Nu Legacy”, “Breathe”, “Slaw”, “Greenleaf” Season 2 and soon “Being Mary Jane”. She is a classic millennial doing her thing as a high school student, singer, and a fresh face actress. Atlanta is the new Hollywood welcoming young people and their creativity. I was able to catch up to Leah Monet to help all our young actresses.
PMA: Tell the readers about you and your journey to the big screen.
LM: As a kid, I can remember watching marathons of “America’s Next Top Model” on repeat. Eventually the love of that show sparked something in me that made me want to be a model. Modeling eventually led to acting, and I’ve been very blessed to be a part of so many impactful projects. I’ve also been extremely grateful to have my parents as a strong support system. I couldn’t have done it without them.
PMA: What does every actress need to make it in Atlanta?
LM: In this industry, you must be mentally and spiritually capable of handling anything that will be thrown at you. There will be an immense amount of fear, doubt, and rejection. In order to succeed in this industry, you have to have faith and trust in yourself. Besides your internal self, the first step I would recommend for anyone to get is to get good, PROFESSIONAL headshots. This is vital, as it is your first impression among everyone you will encounter.
PMA: What separates one actress from the other?
LM: What separates you from the next person is going to be your brand. Each and every person is unique in their own way, and in this industry, that is your superpower. BE YOU! Don’t be afraid to be who you are, because that’s what is going to make you stand out next to someone.
PMA: What should upcoming actresses continue to work on as they start getting booked?
LM: As you begin booking different jobs, it’s important to make sure you stay in training. Always work on improving your skills. Also, remember to stay humble, and continue to work hard and keep booking!
PMA: Give some advice to an upcoming actress that you wish someone would’ve given you.
LM: If I had to give advice to an upcoming actress, I would tell them that it’s okay not to be perfect. Being a perfectionist is a blessing and a curse. But as I’ve grown in this industry, I’ve come to realize that the imperfect moments are what make your work interesting and compelling to an audience.
PMA: What’s next for Leah Monet?
LM: I’m a few weeks away from graduating high school! I have made the decision to take a year off of school to focus on my career. I’m currently working on expanding my music career, so expect that in the future! I’m also still advancing in my acting career, as you can see me on season 2 of “Greenleaf”, and on “Being Mary Jane” airing in June-July.