Interview w/ Chloe Mondesir | BHL's Conversations
Black Hollywood live host Lem Gonsalves interviews Chloe Mondesir today on Conversations.
Chloe Mondesir is an American Actress. She was born and raised in Oak Cliff, a borough of Dallas, Texas. Chloe graduated from Booker T. Washington High School for the Performing and Visual Arts where she was able to attend advanced placement courses in both academics and the arts. Chloe attended Newman University on a soccer scholarship. After a year of College in Wichita, Kansas, she decided to join the United States Marine Corps. Chloe served 4 years in the Marines as an Ammunition Technician. She spent 2 years in Okinawa, Japan at the Ammunition Supply Point, 1 year at the School of Infantry in North Carolina, and she completed a tour of duty in Fallujah, Iraq. Chloe was awarded a Certificate of Accommodation for her part in successfully transporting 300,000 tons of ammunition during her deployment.
After completing a 4 year contract with the Marines, a failed marriage, and becoming a single mother, Chloe found herself back in Dallas, TX homeless. For a year she lived in her car and took her daughter to “visit” family members to avoid the feeling of shame and failure. Eventually she was able to get back on her feet and decided that she would return to her first love; the arts. Chloe saved her money from a temporary job she had been working, packed her and her daughters clothes, and drove to Los Angeles to chase her dreams of becoming a working actress.
After studying Theatre at Los Angeles City College, she landed an internship at Station Film as a production assistant. Chloe used her position to learn as much about the industry as possible. She soon found herself going on auditions on a regular basis. Auditioning proved to be a challenge for the young actress as she was forced to bring her (then) 3 year old daughter along. Though completing the audition process with a small child was a challenge, it ended up landing Chloe’s daughter in a national Super Bowl Commercial and eventually a contract with a well known agency. As she managed her daughter’s acting career, Chloe completed her Business degree with a concentration in Marketing online.
With more time on her hands, Chloe hit the ground running after making her debut in the film “A Race against Time: The Sharla Butler Story.” She also appeared in BET''s hit comedy "Real Husbands of Hollywood." Chloe's counterparts say, “Her vibrant, energetic, and incredibly positive spirit is contagious!" Chloe has also taken classes taught by influential individuals and groups including Robert Townsend, Hawthorne James, and The Groundlings. Chloe credits her acting ability to her great teachers and life experiences, as she is able to bring a little of her past experiences into her characters
Outside of acting, Chloe donates her time to a non-profit organization called Pin-Ups for Vets . Pin-Ups for Vets is a non-profit organization that raises money for underfunded Veteran Affairs Programs as well as equipment for Veterans Hospitals. Chloe, along with many other volunteers, dress in 1920’s style PinUp and visit hospitalized Veterans around the country. She’s also associated with The Vet Hunters Project, an organization that helps to reunite homeless Veterans with their loved ones. In addition to working and volunteering, Chloe works regularly with the Department of Children and Family Services in the Emergency Response Unit.
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