Desiree Mitchell is a singer, YouTuber and actress; here is a link to her website:
Q: When did you know you wanted to be a professional entertainer?
A: I knew that I wanted to be an entertainer when I tried dance, acting, and vocal lessons from 5-8 years old. My mom put me in these classes for fun during the summers and I never wanted to leave. Performing was the best feeling in the world, so I knew at a very young age that my dream career was to be an entertainer.
Q: Who are some of your musical influences and how can we see this influence in your work?
A: I love Beyoncé, Drake, Rihanna, Aaliyah… just to name a few. These people all have influenced me in different ways, since they are so different from eachother.
Beyonce is the greatest performer of all time. She can do it all. I remember seeing her in concert for the first time when I was 8 years old and I was never the same! What she has accomplished as it relates to her career is unheard of. And as a young black woman, I’m so inspired. If Beyonce didn’t exist, I would be a much different artist today.
Drake, he’s just dope and such a trendsetter in music. Whether people want to admit it or not, Drake’s unique sound and flow has changed hip-hop and R&B as we know it. I truly feel that almost every rapper and R&B artist to come after him has been influenced by him in some way. He’s a legend, honestly.
Rihanna… what can’t she do?! She puts out an album, and every song is a hit. Every single time. She has dominated the music industry, the fashion industry, the makeup industry… I mean, wow. It’s crazy. That’s so inspiring. There’s been a lot of people in my life that have told me that I can’t do it all… that if I’m an artist and I try to come out with a makeup line as well, they won’t take me serious. And that I “have to pick one”. I’m so glad that Rihanna has broken that stigma. You can absolutely do it all.
Aaliyah – Rest In Peace baby girl. She was really one of a kind and I wish she were still here today to have gotten the chance to grow and reach her full potential. Her sound was beautiful. She was just so cool in so many ways. Her voice was so soothing. She was so confident. That’s inspiring. She has heavily influenced me and you can definitely hear it in my music.
I have taken so many things from the 4 people listed above and I definitely think that it’s obvious in my sound and overall artistry.
Q: What inspired your song, “I Need That?”
A: I wrote “I Need That” while going through a rough patch with the last guy I was in love with. We had a very on and off relationship. Communication wasn’t there. We’d sometimes stop talking for weeks or even months at a time. But when we were on good terms, it was amazing. You know? I kind of just wrote the song to show the ups and downs of our situation, but to also let him know that I forgive him. When you’re in love with someone, all you want is for it to work out. With him, I was much more forgiving that I’d ever thought I’d be. I’m happy that I’ve moved on and that I’m not in that place with him anymore, but I’d never bash him or diss him. The truth is, he taught me a lot. We were both entertainers. I had a good time. Although it didn’t work out, when I think back on our situation, I don’t regret it at all.
Q: What is your new series, “”Loyalty” about?
A: “Loyalty” is about a few young adults that are going through the struggles of everyday life and the choices that they make. It’s almost like the butterfly effect – every choice that you make in life has a huge consequence. Life is gritty. Within the urban community, there’s a lot of things that go on that nobody really talks about. I love the concept of this show because I feel like it’s realistic. The truth is, people do drugs. People sell drugs. People have affairs. People get killed. Yeah it’s not right, but it’s real. People go through things. Life is intense. I can’t wait for everyone to see it.
Q: What role do you play?
A: I wear a lot of hats in “Loyalty”. I am the writer, director, executive producer, and the lead character. It was an amazing experience and I’m so proud of myself and the rest of my team for pulling this off! My character’s name in the show is Desirée White. She’s dope. She’s nonjudgmental. She’s a good girl but she still goes through things and even makes bad choices along the way.
Q: How did you become involved with the project?
A: I started writing “Loyalty” about 2 and a half years ago. It took me a while to get it to the point that I felt it needed to be to start filming. This is the first TV project I’ve ever written, so I definitely wanted to take my time. Now that it’s filmed and in post-production, I can’t wait for everyone to see this magic.
Q: You also make YouTube videos and get lots of plays. How did you build your audience?
A: I started actually posting videos on YouTube a little under a year ago. I had a few friends that were already YouTubers and told me how great it was, so I started actually getting serious about it. I definitely feel that I have a unique brand on YouTube because I often talk about my music and acting life on there and my subscribers get to see vlogs of my life outside of YouTube.
Q: What kind of day job do you have and how does it effect your pursuit of your career?
A: I’ve never had a day job before. I’ve been pursuing my career in a serious way since I was about 11 years old. I have an amazing mother that believed in me from day one. My income currently comes from YouTube, Instagram Promo and Commercials. I have over 400,000 followers/subscribers on my social media platforms which allows me to capitalize on my influence.
Q: What is your strangest on set story?
A: Hmmm. Strangest on set story? I guess I would say that I have been apart of projects that I’ve been on set for hours for, but the project never came out. Haha! I mean, it’s the life of an actress. Sometimes that happens. No complaints over here.
Q: What are some of your favorite gangster movies or TV shows?
A: Gangster movies and shows? Hmmm. It depends on what is considered “gangster”.My show “Loyalty” was ver y inspired by the show “Power” on STARZ. I love gritty shows like that. Like I mentioned before, life is gritty. I love real life kind of shows. I also fell in love with the show “Narcos” on Netflix. I love the iconic movie “Set It Off” with that AMAZING female cast. As far as comedies go, I love the move “Friday”… it’s still real life, it’s just funny at the same time!
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