At twenty-three, Lyric Monèt has rapidly become a rising star in acting and modeling. Now making the transition from video to film and television, with her potential, the sky is the limit.
When did you start to pursuit a career in modeling and what was your first gig?
I was 17 years old when I knew modeling and acting was my passion. My first gig was to feature in a comedy skit for google and YouTube! I was told I was a natural in front of the camera.
Describe your best and worst experiences as a model/actress?
I would say my best experience was when I was on a train in NYC and a little boy recognized me from YouTube. He was so happy and I couldn’t believe that someone knew who I was! I would say my worst experience was another time I was in NYC, in Brooklyn to be exact. I was doing a video shoot and one of the artists tricked me into thinking we were doing a scene for the shoot. He told me to sit on his lap. I was sitting there for at least 20 minutes before I realized we weren’t even shooting yet. He just wanted me on his lap. I was so mad!!!
Who is Lyric Monet when she’s away from the cameras and sets? What do you do for fun?
Still Lyric Monèt! Everything is exaggerated online but for the most part I am the same woman. I always visit my uncles and hang out with my close friends. As far as fun, I love Netflix and going out occasionally.
How did you meet Be’n Original? What ways has he helped your career?
I met him through my cousin Gabriella. And, he’s booked gigs for me, helped me as far as how to carry myself and my brand through the ins and outs of the industry. He has helped me in ways you can’t imagine!
With such a wide range of opportunities, do you consider yourself a model, an actor or both?
Yes, I consider myself both! I eventually want to steer fully into acting.
You have been featured in music videos, what are your thoughts on the video vixen stigma and how do you protect your brand?
Yes, I have and it’s horrible! People think because I’m in videos looking seductive that I’m a seductive person… OFF RIP! They treat you like you’re fast and it’s all a character we play. I’m not sure why what I do professionally gives you any reason to stereotype the kind of person I am. As far as protecting my brand, I still show people the real me outside of the makeup, away from the cameras. I don’t stray too far from who I am in real life.
What are your thoughts on the #MeToo movement and how do you ensure your safety?
I honestly think it’s horrible that people can’t respect someone’s hustle. We all have a hustle to get to our own bag and no one should be judged for finding a way to make money. This is how some of us pay our bills. They shouldn’t be treated any different than a woman with a brief case and a skirt. Women are being undermined and taken advantage of because of what they are doing to earn a living. My safety is my highest priority. Every event, every shoot, I will ensure that whatever I do, I’m safe. I either have someone with me or I’m sharing my location with someone.
Do you have any advice for aspiring women interested in pursuing a career in the industry?
DONT TRUST ANYONE! Always be confident in whatever your passion is. You’ll be tested especially when things start rolling, but you have to remain focus and stay true to the goal. If it is your passion, you should be sharing it with the world! Be Smart.