Today we’d like to introduce you to Michelle Threatt.
Michelle, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I came to Los Angeles hoping to be the next Angela Bassett. I’d come from “the stage” and I was positive my training was going to take me SO FAR. Turns out I sucked. Everything was “too big” for the camera; and I didn’t understand subtlety… at all. Then one day, I got a call for a comedy. A heavily improv based web series. I kinda sucked on that too… but here and there, and especially off camera people kept telling me how funny I was. When the show wrapped, I took those compliments and my rent money to UCB. Turns out… I was very funny. But I was still having trouble booking and I needed people to see I had one very dope skill; my funny. So one day, I just recorded myself, defending my driving skills. Never went viral or anything but people thought I was funny. So I kept on, and people kept saying I was funny. I got my first “meeting” off those videos. An executive who was interested in me for an ABC pilot. Shortly after I booked my first network gig. I played a comedian. And here I am today; a comedian. Perfecting my stand up, trying to book stages and fixing other people’s scripts (that aren’t funny enough). Possibly the exact opposite of Angela Bassett. But its beautiful; and I love every minute of it.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely was not a smooth road. As an actor, you typically have to fit “some mold”, have “some brand” and have “some people in your corner”. I fit no mold at the time. I had no idea what my brand was. And I certainly didn’t have any friends in my corner.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I’m a comedian.
I make people laugh,& feel good for a moment. There’s no feeling like being the common relatable factor for women everywhere.
I’m known for my dry cynical demeanor with a splash of princess narcissism and logic.
My comedy sets me apart. It’s different and a little annoying but funny so it’s okay.
Is there a characteristic or quality that you feel is essential to success?
My authenticity will be imperative to my success. The people can smell a phony.
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