At 26 years old, Monique Harris is well on her way to making her mark in the TV and film industry. Harris, a freelance production coordinator for The Dr. Oz Show, got her start as an intern for BET Networks in 2008. Since then she has worked for some of the most influential networks in the industry, such as Tyler Perry Studios, FOX, Harpo and Warner Bros.
Interestingly enough, the Maryland native wasn’t always on the track. She lived for the moment, parading through her school years as the “popular fly girl” who had below-average grades and got into her fair share of fights. Her behavior became so much of a problem in 10th grade that she was eventually kicked out of Prince Georges County schools due to a group fight. It wasn’t until she lost some of her peers to violence and the DC prison system that she experienced a wake-up call.
“I realized that I did not want to go down that road; I was surrounding myself with the wrong crowd. I had to make a change and fast,” said Harris, “I don’t regret anything I’ve been through. To me it’s all a part of my story .It shaped me into the person that I am today.”
In 2013 Harris started a non-profit initiative, Directing Dreams, in the DC/MD area for young teens who desire to get into the entertainment /media field; the enrichment programming and workshops are offered free of charge to Maryland and DC residents. Harris sat down with EBONY.com to chat about her desire to inspire and uplift her community.
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