“And once you cease to be a real person, you stop being a good actor.”
~ Scott Speedman
Every time I get a call from Priscilla Leona Horne, I know the phone is going to leap from my hand because her energetic, boisterous greeting is always larger than life. Priscilla is a “real” person, an amazing personality and someone everyone wants to know. It’s hard to believe her start in the film industry was like everyone else’s — but it was. Nothing just came to her, she had to do the work, she had to realize her passion and she had to take a leap of faith. I am so excited to share this Dream Catcher’s experience with you because she is truly a unique character who has made it happen in L.A.
Q. What is your background and story?
A. I don’t know if it’s entirely true, but, I have always been told that I’m a funny, charismatic, high-energy, intelligent and multi-talented person who definitely needed to pursue a career in the entertainment industry as a, wait for it, Stand-Up Comedienne! Me, Priscilla Leona Horne, a Stand-Up Comedienne? That is too crazy for me to even fathom. That is the one profession that I never even had an interest in pursuing as a career option. I think that great comics possess pure, natural, cosmic-level genius and I really never saw myself remotely on that level. It’s one thing to be funny in front of your friends and family, it’s another to be funny to a bunch of strangers, I’m not even going to trying to spin that web. I am very content and happy having held positions as: Producer, Executive Producer, Associate Producer, Director, Writer, Actress, Plus-Size Model, Television Host and as of 2008, Radio Host and Producer of a popular Internet entertainment radio show called “Question Reality” which airs on LA Talk Radio.
My journey began on the East coast working in various positions of Community Theater. After I obtained my degree in Business Administration with a Minor in Marketing, my curiosity and desire to pursue a career in film, television and radio led me to California. I attended UCLA and received a certificate in “Acting & Directing for the Camera” from their extension program. Throughout the years, I have continued to hone my craft by attending various acting, writing and directing classes. My education, experience and work ethic paved a path that allowed me to work with professionals in the entertainment industry such as: Jane Lynch, David Schwimmer, Danny DeVito, Eric Stoltz, Daryl Hannah, Fred Savage, Mark Harmon, Maximilian Schell, Dudley Moore, Peisha McPhee, Michael Orland, CeCe Peniston, Brely Evans, Ernest L. Thomas, Bill Duke, Jim Beaver, Chelsea Handler and many more.
Q. How did you get involved in entertainment specifically and why did you make it a career?
A. I have always been obsessed television, film and theater because of all of the simultaneous “moving parts” of the puzzle. I have been told that the only thing that could grab my attention as a child were the sounds of a television. To my mother’s chagrin, every day after school, I’d finish my homework and then prop myself in front of the television to watch my favorite shows; that is until I discovered the joy of boys in my teens. When I was in the 3rd grade, I was cast in a school play as a “Cannibal” and was thrilled to the moon to see all of the smiles, hear the roaring laughter and witness all of the happiness the whole audience shared together simultaneously. I remember thinking that I was one of the many little tykes responsible for bringing this audience such joy. It was at that point, with that bone as my nose ring, chasing my classmate around the stage trying to beat him senseless with a Femur Bone that I wondered if one could get paid for this stuff.
Q. What awards have you received?
A. Up until now, my most cherished awards came from being on the Debate Team and my forced participation by my mother in Spelling Bee’s. My Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy” has been pending for decades now and I am hoping to get one by the time I am a senior, heck, I would be happy to get one posthumously at this point. But, finally, I can now call myself an “Award Winning Producer” even if it is only a little award, it’s a huge event for me. Our web series, “Kid Justice” (Producers: Yolanda Erica Buggs, Ernest L. Thomas, Priscilla Leona Horne, Toi Juan Shannon, Alvin Mount and Michael Ajakwe, Jr.,) won awards for “Outstanding Producing in a Reality Series,” “Outstanding Hosting in a Reality Series” and “Outstanding Editing in a Reality Series” at the 2013 LA Web Series Festival. We also received an Advanced Selection into the 2013 Marseille Web Series Festival in France.
Q. Tell us about the process you’ve been through to garner attention for your work.
A. As an entrepreneur, I’m the ultimately responsible for every aspect of my business. Among the many hats I have to wear, some of the most important ones that I know will help garner attention to my work include: Networking, Marketing, Research and Development and most importantly, Public Relations. Social Media is the most important tool you can use to incorporate all of the above “Departments” and will act as your Resume, Business Card and Website. I have to post every little bit of information to make sure that my work is recognized and keep it relevant. You must try to stay tuned in to what’s trending and going on around you at all times. Not only must you keep up with the Social Media, you must keep involved in attending many social events.
Q. Can you tell us about some of the people who have stepped up to support your efforts?
A. I have to say my biggest supporter on a personal, spiritual, emotional and professional level is my wonderful soul mate, best friend and husband, Albert Buyco. Albert possesses unconditional love, patience, tolerance, kindness, generosity, strength and most importantly, an endless sense of humor. My mother has to get credit not only for her endless financial contributions via film donations, but for the wisdom she has provided about business, people and how the “Real World” works in general. Last, but never least, are my dear, loyal friends whom I appreciate so very much for being so supportive of my overall efforts in everything that I attempt in life.
Q. What do you see developing in the future? Any further dreams?
A. I think I have to create a professional bucket list to go along with my personal one. I know that I want to continue to produce short films with a focus on comedies. I would like to produce music videos for all of my husband’s songs which has been one of biggest dreams. I would like to have every short film that I enter into a film festival win and award for something. Of course, my biggest dream would be to win a Primetime Emmy Award for “Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy” sitcom preferably. Not dreaming for much, right?
Q. How can people learn more about what you’re doing? Website?
A. Since 2008, every Sunday at 5:00 PM (PST) on Channel 1, I produce and host the “Question Reality Radio Show” and it is always broadcast “live” from the LA Talk Radio station. It is the #1 Internet radio show for the best tips, advice and resource information from celebrities, award-winners and various other show business professionals on how and what it takes to pursue a successful career in the entertainment industry. Our goal is to inspire, motivate and educate people who wish to follow their dream of pursuing a career in show business. Our guests include: Celebrities, Award-Winners, Producer, Director, Casting Director, Agent, Talent Manager, Production Manager, Writer, Novelist, Playwright, Actor, Comedian, Model, Stunt People, Makeup Artist, Fashion Designer, Musician, Vocalist, Public Relations, Reality TV Stars, Film Critic’s and more.
- To listen to our radio shows or find out how you can be a guest, please visit our website: QuestionRealityRadioShow.com or LATalkRadio.com.
- For more information about Priscilla Leona Horne, visit: IMDB.com, PriscillaWebsites.com or PriscillaLeona.com
Q. Do you have some advice or encouragement for “Dream Catchers” in the entertainment industry?
A. SHOW GENUINE INTEREST IN PEOPLE – I believe this is by far the most effective way of encouraging others. Let them know you care. Express genuine interest by asking questions. Get them talking. I find the act of talking and thinking can fire up the engines. With some hope and luck, this can lead to positive action. But don’t be fake about it and don’t go overboard.
ACKNOWLEDGE WHAT’S IMPORTANT TO OTHERS – When you acknowledge what’s important to others, you provide a form of affirmation and validation about who they are and what they’re doing. Whether people can admit it or not, people crave acknowledgement. The affirmation and validation is like nitro to our confidence and self-esteem.
ALWAYS SAY “WELL DONE” OR “GREAT JOB” – Worthwhile things always takes time and effort. Always provide encouragement by simply saying “Well Done” or “Great Job.” These magical words of encouragement can make all the difference.
ALWAYS SAY “THANK YOU” – Common courtesy and good manners will always be a commodity. They are like pieces of gold and silver.
ALWAYS RECIPROCATE – If someone does something nice for you, reciprocate the favor. Think of this as a pendulum. They do something nice for you. You do something nice for them and so on…
RESPOND WITH THE UNEXPECTED – An effective way to encourage others is to respond with something totally unexpected. Out-of-the-blue. That’s when the maximum impact is delivered. These acts can reach us at an emotional level and our brains are hard wired to respond to emotional things.
ASK FOR ADVICE OR CONFIDE – This is like flattery. Haven’t you felt like you were on top of the world when your peers asked you for advice or confided in you about something personal or important to them? Didn’t that make you want to help and do everything you can to ensure their faith in you is well founded?
LEND A HAND – Waiting for someone to ask you for advice is passive. You can be proactive by offering to lend a hand. If a person sees that you are willing to commit your own time and energy in their interests, they will be more committed to seeing it through and less likely to give up themselves.
Q. Do you know of organizations “Dream Catchers” could utilize to further their careers?
A. The best place to hold your auditions. – CAZT.com
- The best place for classes, emergency housing and financial help for actors. – SAGFoundation.org
- The most inexpensive website designs for actors, singers, etc. – PriscillaWebsites.com
- The best website for extra or background work. – ExtrasAccess.com
Dream Catcher Priscilla Leona Horne.