A day before Christmas, I had the privilege of attending a Christmas party hosted by: Fierce Magazine, for author, publisher, producer, director and filmmaker, Dee Dee M. Scott. I became a fan and admirer of Scott after attending her stage play: My Husband’s Woman, over the summer. The stage play was a breath of fresh air and I, along with other spectators, left the theater laughing and talking about the exciting events that had unfolded earlier on the stage.
Back to the Christmas party. I along with a room full of guest are anxiously awaiting Scott’s arrival. A few minutes later, Scott enters the room clad in a stunning full length sparkly gown with matching heels. Her husband, of sixteen years, Danny L. Scott, and her publicist, Monica Wilson, are at her side. Something became evident as I watched her: Scott is a star in the making. She is also a chic entrepreneur, who is aggressive about achieving her dreams and branding her companies.
In 2011, Scott exploded onto the scene with her hit stage play: My Husband’s Woman, which is based on her novel and also won, The Golden Pen Playwright Award. However, Scott did not stop there. Her movie: Lake House will be released to select theaters in the summer of 2013, and she has eight authors signed to her publishing company: Ahsyad Publications. Major accomplishments for a thirty-five old African American woman.
A half hour into the party, I was finally able to pull Scott aside and interview her. I hope this interview will motivate you to strive for greatness as it did me.
Shana B: Currently, you run, A DDMS Entertainment, which is comprised of four companies.(Ahsyad Publications, A DDMS Theater Production, A Raw Production, and D & D FILMS.) You also run: Authors On The Rise, an online site that promotes authors and their books. How did you first get your start?
Dee Scott: By writing my book, My Husband’s Woman. Due to the out of the box plot, I had a hard time finding a home for my story. It was at that time that I realized that what I had written was different, relevant and needed to be heard, so I studied and became my own publisher. In 2008, I published my book through my Publishing Company, Ahsyad Publications, and got it to the people myself. The book was well received by women and men. I knew that I had made the right decision and haven’t looked back since.
Shana B: Not only are you an author, but a screenwriter and playwright. You also directed and wrote your stage play and will direct your movie: Lake House. Tell us how you learned to do all of these things.
Dee Scott: By studying. There is no way around it. If you want to learn anything you have to put in the time and be patient. Things rarely happen overnight, and if they do, it lacks foundation. I also learned quickly that no one was going to tell me how to do anything without charging a hefty fee. I took it upon myself to spend all of my free time studying and honing my craft. It was hard, but now it is beginning to pay off.
Shana B: You have a total of ten books that you wrote. Some are children’s’ and young adult books. How were you able to write so many books with everything that you have going on?
Dee Scott: I wrote all of my books years ago, during a dry spell, when it seemed like I couldn’t get my foot in the door. At that time, I could have thrown in the towel, but I realized that it is during your dry spells that you must continue working hard, and doing whatever it is that you do, so that when the time does come, you will be ready.
Shana B: When did you decide to write your stageplay?
Dee Scott: After a fan wrote me an email telling me how much the book had touched her. I had already been studying on both stage plays and screen plays, but that letter really pushed me to move forward with the production.
Shana B: I’ve seen the stage play,My Husband’s Woman. You set the bar high. What can fans expect with your latest project, Lake House, set to be release in 2013.
Dee Scott: My plots are innovative. I don’t want to write what is already written. With Lake, you can expect an emotional, edge of your seat thriller. This movie takes so many twist and turns, and the surprise ending…you don’t want to miss it!
Dee Scott: Who has been your biggest supporter?
Dee Scott: Other than Jehovah God, and my loyal fans, it would be my Husband. He believed in me from the start; when I was a nineteen- year- old teenager writing poetry. He supported me in everyway and put his dreams on hold so that I could achieve mines. He sacrificed a lot to see me get to where he believed I needed to be. At times, he was more passionate about my projects than I was, and he worked tirelessly to promote me. For that, I am forever grateful for my him not only being my husband, but my best friend.
Shana B: What advice would you give to aspiring authors, playwrights and filmmakers like yourself?
Dee Scott: I say it over and over again: lose the naysayers. If you have a talent, if you have a dream, surround yourself with like-minded people who will uplift and support you. Negative people are Cancer. They will destroy you and steer you away from your dreams, if you let them. You have to stay free of as much negativity as possible. You also have to study, work hard and stay focused on your path. You can’t drive a car and worry about where the next car is headed or you will crash. You have your own road to travel and you have to stay focused on it. Lastly, protect your dreams and visions and surround yourself with people who will do the same.
Shana B: Where does your aggressive drive come from?
Dee Scott: When I was young, there were people who tried to cement in my head that I could only go as far as the situation I was born into. I rejected that. Now, I have a nonprofit where I teach theater and acting to children and teens. I tell them that what surrounds you is not what you have to be or become. You can be whatever you desire, but you must stay focused and work hard.
Shana B: What is the key to success?
Dee Scott: Hard work. And sometimes that isn’t enough. But you must never give up. If you do you will never know what could have been.
Shana B. What projects are you working on, and what’s next for Dee Dee?
Dee Scott: In 2013, I will be directing my first film, Lake House. I will continue to tour with My stage play-My Husband’s Woman as well. I am also in the process of opening a bookstore and eatery. What’s next for me? Living my life free of drama and being the best me that I can be and helping someone else along the way. You can’t be stingy with your knowledge. You have to help someone who is hungry and destined for success or you will only block yourself.
Shana B: I’m holding a copy of your new Magazine entitled “Optimistic Magazine”. Tell us what inspired you to lauch your new magazine line and where the name for the magazine came from.
Dee Scott:Optimistic Magazine was created with the positive man and woman in mind. Optimistic Magazine focuses on people in business and families who have a positive outlook on life, and who have a tendency to expect the best from the situations they encounter. Our magazines focuses on self-improvement and celebrating and living your life to the fullest. Optimistic comes from how I live my life. Life is never perfect but It’s all about growth and improvement for me.
Shana B: Where can people connect with you?
Dee Scott: I am on twitter and face book and many other sites.
Shana B is a contributing writer for Fierce Magazine and local newspapers in Columbia S.C. Find her on Twitter .