TCOHH: Could you introduce your self to The College Of Hip Hop's audience.
ML: "Miss Lissa is a media maven on the rise".
Through relentless persistence, great energy and a strong knowledge of self, the universe has positioned me to come in contact with great people. I've been featured by VIBE Magazine, AllHipHop.com, TMZ Live, the Wendy Show, GlobalGrind.com, Bossip, VladTV and the Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon... To name a few. I'm a native "kNew Yorker", raised in Hell's Kitchen, but my parents are from Harlem. Growing up in this melting pot made me develop an evergreen personality that transcends to people of different walks of life. Even as a child people would tell my parents, "she belongs on TV". This is something I've always wanted to do and now I'm doing it.
TCOHH:What initially attracted you to the entertainment industry?
ML: I was never attracted to the industry, and I kind of shy away from it now that I actually understand how things work. Growing up, I gravitated to the idea of being a talkshow host, on the radio or a comedian. There were no TV ratings when I was a kid, so I was watching things I had no business watching! Talk shows, soap operas, and shows like "Martin" helped me to hone in on my love for entertainment early on. I can vividly remember being around five years old and telling my mother how my talk show would be formatted.
TCOHH: What are your views on the current state of the entertainment industry?
ML: It's nice to finally be getting more variety in the entertainment industry, by any means. Its always felt like if you didn't fit this cookie cutter image of what's deemed acceptable by society, you have to work triple as hard to get in the doors. Thanks to things like social media, people can create their own platforms and force their way in the system, by building a presence that can't be ignored. Of course politics (or poli'tricks as like like to call them) play a role but you can still make a lot happen on your own, nowadays.
TCOHH: What is your ideal of success and why?
ML:"Success" for me is being able to comfortably take care of my family off any
of the talents I was given. The focus is to provide an amazing life for my daughter
or die trying. Of course the end goal at this point is for me is to have a talk show,
but I started behind the scenes. Never was I chasing superstardom as "success", but
there was a point where my spirit wasn't thriving because I wasn't
wholeheartedly doing what God put me on earth to do so I shifted gears. I can't
really put in a box what success is because God keeps opening so many different
doors but as long as my family is good, I'm successful.
TCOHH: What advice would you give a young executive looking to enter into the entertainment industry?
ML: Learn about the importance of contractual agreements, take risks and protect your reputation at all cost.
TCOHH: How do you feel under education or miss education has hurt artist with in
ML: Ignorance kills careers. When you don't know certain things people can take