From the lilí-film-that-could, Coleman Ė who has trained under Lynn Marks and Stacy Pianko Ė increased her resume with appearances next to Lloyd Banks (ďOn FireĒ), Dem Franchise Boys (ďOh, I Think They Like Me Ė RemixĒ) and Nick Cannon. With hypnotizing hips, lips and dips that have made audience and acts like Yung Berg fall for this ďsexy lady,Ē Ms. Porscha Coleman sits with Beauty & Brains to talk about stealing the spotlight, how Three-6-Mafia added onto her career and why an album is the next plan on her road to world domination.
Beauty & Brains: Now, when we spoke yesterday, I told you how I thought you were a really nice girl from just your videos Ė can nice people survive in this business?
Porscha Coleman: They definitely can, but they have to be nice and tough at the same time. Being passive would make you a target in this game. You have to be humble, too. But through it all, thereís not much difference to the game, you see all the same people at every event. You have to have a confidence about yourself. You have to display that all across the board. Iím very kind-hearted. I have a love for my family and a love for this business. I give a lot of advice to people, telling them how I did and what I did. You canít hate on people trying to come up in this business.
B&B: How did you get your start?
PC: My first start was in film. I was standing right next to Meagan Good in the movie Friday as an extra. Weíre actually really good friends. Later on, I got hired by an agency and we all got our start on that movie. From there, I went on to do stuff like Boston Public, My Wife & Kids, and other things. I was in Lloyd Bankís ďOn FireĒ music video. It was my first video. My first singing performance was at five-years-old performing ďI Miss U MuchĒ by Janet Jackson. I had so much fun. I think it was hilarious.
B&B: Now, you have an extensive career in movie, television and music. Was it your talent that propelled you? Or you just happened to have a bomb agent?
PC: It was definitely talent and family. My aunt was an actor with her husband and they initiated the idea with my mother. They asked me if I wanted to do that and I said. I went to a performing arts school before I went to Hollywood High. Having an agent is definitely fine, but if you donít have parents who are helping you out when youíre young. Over half of the casting auditions that you go to, youíre not going to get on. But by your third or fourth time, you may just want to give up. So, you have to want it to get into it. So, for someone to be lucky enough to get a call back and itís also based on your look.
B&B: You kind of stole the show during the Yung Berg videoÖ or at least the editors in the cutting room went back to you a whole lot during the video. What is it about the camera that you love?
PC: Thatís funny because that was random. I worked and I got that role and Berg put me in his CD cover. He had an EPK and I was in the pamphlet and everything. I went out to New York to do the remix with Jim Jones and Rich Boy. They thought I was signed to Yung Berg or something, but I was just a dancer. Any video that Iím in, Iím dancing. People really remember me because Iím dancing. I was in the ďOn Fire,Ē they showed me doing dance shots and it was different than the girls in the video or by the pool. So, anytime I was in the video, I just incorporate the model look within the dancing.
B&B: How does Dorothy from The Wiz get on Wild ĎN Out?
PC: She clicked her heels three times. [Laughs] I had auditioned for another pilot, but they didnít pick that show up. I was playing the best friend of a girl on that show. I had three call backs for Punkíd, but they didnít put me on there. Then I auditioned for Wild ĎN Out. The casting people remembered me and they wanted me to do two characters. I went in there and did that. My agent called me back a week later and I got the part. I had to get ready for it ASAP. It was wild how it happened. If youíre in the right place at the right time, then thatís cool and next thing you know it can work out for you. Itís always great. I always love going to TV show tapings.
B&B: Youíve been pursuing your music career and are serious about your craft. But can those who only see you as the Wild ĎN Out girl-slash-Sexy Lady star, see you as the next R&B superstar?
PC: Definitely. I think like a Hip Hop star, Iím more so in the vibe of Janet [Jackson] and Chris Brown. Youíre going to hear ballads on the record. As an artist, I appreciate a good performance. I think that it helps that I was on so many things to where Iím recognizable and thatís what it is in the business. As long as youíre memorable, then the crossover appeal and the team who I have behind me are really pushing it major. I just shot a music video with myself and Three-6-Mafia. Shout out to Juicy J and DJ Paul! I cut a song that is going to be a crazy single and it just shows you how things can change in this game. I went from being someoneís girlfriend in a video to pushing my first song called, ďTake It.Ē
B&B: What has been the key to marketing your talent so that other can see it?
PC: The key to marketing my talent is booking roles where I can showcase all of my talent. Wild ĎN Out showcases my comedic and talent. [Working on The Parkers] was because I could sing as well as act. I nailed the script and I was only 17. They wanted someone who could be a college student. You can change peopleís mind if you know what you can do. It all is full circle. You have to utilize your talent. If you never understand that you have the talent, when you know it and donít use it, you lose out on it. I wasnít a great dancer when I started. I went to a performance school. You have to have a great foundation. So, like a good family who has a good relationship, you are taught and train to work hard and itíll lead to greater success.
B&B: We both know how shady people can be in this game. Have you ever worked with anyone who has tried to halt your hustle?
PC: Oh, definitely. People have their own agenda. If Iím auditioning for a role and the directorís cousin wants it, theyíll hire the cousin before me. Itís a game of politics. Itís about who you know. If you donít look a certain way or if youíre not someoneís favorite, you wontí get the piece. In L.A., itís more a fake hate. In New York, theyíre a ďto-the-pointĒ type of hate. I like it when people get to the point. Instead of getting to the point, L.A. cats will take forever to get something off of their chest.
B&B: Out of your television experience Ė what was your most memorable, why and what did you learn from it in the end?
PC: The Parkers was the most memorable because age wise I wasnít what they were looking for. When I went in there you had to be certain age to work. So, I was only 17 and they couldíve went with someone older than 18. But my talent was so good, so they dressed me up as the character they wanted. I felt like I broke a stereotype, a certain mold that was on a piece of paper and when they change that you have to come with it. Moínique is a comedic genius and it was a pleasure to work with her.
B&B: Does a hard working woman like yourself remain single or does your boyfriend support your path to greatness?
PC: I have been single in L.A. Itís hard to find someone who is able to understand that your schedule is crazy. I donít know where Iím going to be. Itís hard to maintain because relationships are all about consistency and stability. Itís not that I canít find anyone; itís just that Iím not looking. Iíll keep an open mind, but at the same time, I donít want my career to halt because of a relationship issue. It doesnít really matter to me industry or not, itís easier in the industry, but at the same time that it doesnít pay to be biased.
B&B: With all the things that youíve accomplished Ė is there a time for relaxing?
PC: I get a chance to relax whenever Iím not working. Iím on the computer, checking my Myspace and Facebook. I get to take it all in. I understand the business and Iím not mad about my schedule. You just have to learn that youíre not always going to make that bowling night with the homegirls because youíre working. Iím supposed to be in Miami for a few days and I couldnít go because I had to shoot to do.
B&B: With the stereotypes that go on in this industry Ė what are a few key networking tips to defy being negatively defined?
PC: You never know until your work with them, but I would say do your research before you sign up with them. Some people are in contracts to where theyíre on hold for a year, waiting for things to expire. You want to make sure that youíre not going down with yourself. The same thing about your own attitude, if youíre not on point, you wonít be able to maintain a relationship in this business.
B&B: President Obama has a nice ring to it, doesnít it? What changes would you like to see happen within your profession?
PC: I love it. You can say his full name. Barack Hussein Obama! Itís his name. People are reading too much into it. I would love to see the troops come home. Out of the 4,000 whoíve died, I have been blessed to not have any family out there. But for five years I donít understand why weíre still out there. There are too many things here at home that needs our attention. We donít know why weíre fighting out there anymore.
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