(c) Regina L. Burns, Harvest Reapers Communications,
Wendy Calhoun is enjoying an unprecedented,
hard-earned level of success as co-executive
producer/writer of the Fox mega-TV-hit "Empire."
I first "met" Wendy through her mother, Marilyn Calhoun, a retired Dallas Independent School District principal, who hired my communications consultancy to do some work for her and to support her breast cancer awareness efforts. She has proudly shared news of Wendy's terrific accomplishments during our years of friendship.
Several weeks ago, I asked Marilyn to inquire whether Wendy would agree to a telephone interview for a Black History Month-kickoff series on success. Learning how my interviewees define success and the evolution of the definition as their lives flow are my goals, and with the popularity of "Empire", I knew Wendy could contribute a lot to the blog series.
Friday night (Feb. 13), from L.A., Wendy talked to me exclusively during a telephone interview about her Dallas roots and how she's achieved success in her TV writing 'empire.' Thank you Marilyn!
Please enjoy the audio excerpts and let me know your thoughts. ~~Regina
Q: I'm curious to know with it being Black History Month, how do you look at this (the success of "Empire") in terms of the history that you're making right now?
Q: How do you respond to the show's success?
Q: Growing up in Dallas, you attended Booker T. Washington High
School for the Performing and Visual Arts.
Q: How did you get from Dallas to L.A., (after graduating from BTW)?
Q: You said you learned to really focus on one type of writing and that made a huge difference in your career?