A Hot Mess!: Dominique: Fighting (Talent) Barriers

Dominique: Fighting (Talent) Barriers

Wednesday, October 25, 2006
Who is Dominique? Damned if i know. But her PR people are on their grind trying to get this Ceely/Countess Vaughn clone some face time. Normally in interviews, the artist would do us the favor by revealing a bit of theirself or their future plans. But this isn't your normal interview. When you read this, imagine you're walking down your block and you see Ceely here and some random dusty Ride or Die fool having a conversation on a street.

Wassup Dominique. How are you doing?

Dominique: Hey - I'm doing well.

Have you been having a busy schedule lately? (Your English Teacher Lost)

Dominique: Yea. I've been focused on the inside things like going to the studio and personal training; just getting my whole situation together. (like getting off of my baby daddy's couch).

Do you plan to keep incorporating a lot of dance into your routines?

Dominique: No I don't. Actually, you never know what happens when you go to a label, but I would prefer it if I didn't have to dance at all just because I want my audience to be focused on my vocal performance. Not my appearance or dancing ability. (She doesn't want to get winded on stage. You don't see Angie Stone booty clappin' do you?)

What's going on with you in regards to your career?

Dominique: I'm in the studio right now trying to get my own project together to present to labels. I'm focused right now on making sure that what I have to present is quality work.

When did you start singing?

Dominique: I started singing when I was 2. I never pursued a career until Making the Band. My whole life has been dedicated to my education and making it to college. Once I was there my mom made me audition for the show and I made it, and that was it. Once the show was over that's when I decided to pursue my career.

You heard about Making the Band through your mom?

Dominique: Yea (laughter). (Mom was trying to get that money.)

When you went to audition did you think that you would win?

Dominique: I took it one day at a time to be honest with you. In the beginning I was only doing it because my mom asked me to. I had confidence in myself, but I was not expecting to make it past the first stages because over 10,000 girls auditioned. So out of 10,000 you don't necessarily feel like your going to be one of the 20 girls that end up in the House.

What city did you audition?

Dominique: D.C.

Are you a D.C. native?

Dominique: No. I'm a Bronx native.

You're a Bronx native but you auditioned in D.C.?

Dominique: I live in D.C. now but I was born and raised in the Bronx.

(this interviewer needs to get his/her head wrapped around the definition of "native")

Is the industry what you dreamed it would be?

Dominique: No. I don't know if I ever dreamed about what the industry would be like. I never really had anything coming into it that I assumed. I never had any presumptions or anything like that about the industry. It's smaller than I expected and a lot harder to break into.

What was it like working with Diddy and Bad Boy in the studio?

Dominique: The studio was actually my best experience. I had a lot of fun with the producers and the artists he put us in with. That was probably one of the best experiences of the show, being in the studio.

What's the name of your project?

Dominique: I haven't got a name for it yet.

Do you have creative control over your project or are there people from Bad Boy who handle the direction you're going in?

Dominique: Oh no. My affiliation with Bad Boy is really done. After the show they offered me a demo deal and I didn't accept it. After that I decided it didn't make sense. If I wasn't going to take the deal then it didn't make sense to be there. (She narrowly escaped the basement that Dannity Kane, Young Joc, Chopper, The Lox, Loon, Black Rob and all of the other Bad Boy Detainees are chained. Good job Seely.)

Are the songs that you are writing for your album from personal experiences? Are you doing a lot of the songwriting?

Dominique: I am doing a lot of writing. I'm working with some great writers as well. It's definitely a collaborative effort but a lot of it is just my own experiences. I've been through a lot in life but I haven't necessarily been through a lot of bad things. So I think it's going to be a new sound because a lot of people have a lot of heartache to talk about. I don't necessarily feel like I encompass a whole bunch of that. (Wow i didn't know the concept of heartache was new? I guess Keith Sweat was just faking it, right?)

During the show Diddy used to raise questions about your figure. Did that ever discourage you in any way?

Dominique: In the beginning it did because…to be honest with you for my whole life I looked like the rest of the world. But I guess in terms of the industry I have a few more pounds than everybody else. To me it took getting used to because in regular society I'm considered to be regular. I have a few friends that are thick and they call me skinny all day. So it was weird in the beginning to have him say that but I had to really get used to the fact that people in the industry are like 10 times skinnier than the rest of the world. Once I got used to it I tried to slim down but I don't want to be a size zero - you know what I'm saying? It's not where I want to be. If that's going to affect me…then I got to figure that out later. (We'll see you on Psuedo-Celebrity Fit Club on BET, right after BEEF the Series)

Where do you think you're going be in three years? (In a porno)

Dominique: Hopefully, I will have a phenomenal record deal at a label where I'm happy with - at least one album out by then and a huge fan base. Also, in 3 years I really want to be deep into charity, community service and fund-raising. So, if I can get my money up then I can start giving back, and that's really what my goal is. (Lets get real. The only community service she will be handling is keeping Flava Flav's dick occupied long enough to keep him from getting another ho pregnant. Get a grip mothasucka!)

It was nice talking to you. Do you have a date when the album will be out?

Dominique: It's still undecided. I don't even want to make up a date for you. But it was definitely good talking to you. (She hasn't walked into a studio since Making The Band 3)


My advice for anyone else who wants an interview posted, BE ABOUT SH*T! Don't give some vague answers like you're a ten year old on Star Search! Talk about your hustle, come with a demo and keep it moving.

Edit: What's the odds on the probability she's going to release a snap record? I say 5 to 1.
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