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VERSAFI MAGAZINE: YOU ARE DOING SOME BIG THINGS IN THE WORLD OF AUTHORPRENEURSHIP AND EVEN IN THE WORLD OF FILM. TELL THE READERS A LITTLE BIT MORE ABOUT YOUR REALITY SHOW ‘REAL WOMEN OF RVA’
KIMBERLAINE JOHNSON: REAL WOMEN OF RVA is a positive show for women. We touch on topics that REAL women deal with on a daily basis; life altering issues, highs and lows. No, we’re not throwing drinks and bottles at each other. No, I do not want physical fighting with one another! However, this is a reality show and do we have a level of drama. We are a group of women from different walks of life and we each add a different dynamic to the mix.
VERSAFI: I DEFINITELY FEEL YOU! TOO MANY REALITY SHOWS WITH DRINKS THROWN ON THEM AND AT THEM. HOW DID THE INSPIRATION COME ABOUT WITH YOUR REALITY SHOW?
KIMBERLAINE: I’ve been trying to do a reality show for years. I actually made a prior attempt with Literary Dons & Divas, but it wasn’t in the cards. God gave me the vision for Real Women of RVA, Real Women of ATL and Real Women of NYC. He also let me know which of my friends He wanted me to approach about the show. Hence, BLUNT, BROOKLYN MA, CANDY RICH, DEE, LEZ AND TC are the Real Women of RVA!
VERSAFI: I WOULD LOVE TO SEE THE REAL WOMEN OF ATL AND NYC! THAT IS WHATS UP! YOU DEFINITELY HAVE A GREAT VISION OF WHAT YOU WANT TO DO IN THE FILM INDUSTRY. SO WHAT OTHER FILMS HAVE YOU BEEN WORKING ON BESIDES THE REALITY SHOW?
KIMBERLAINE: I’m working on my very first web series for my latest release, “EVERTHING MONEY CAN’T BUY”. It’s a hood love story; which is my specialty.
VERSAFI: VERY POWERFUL! DEFINITELY LET US KNOW WHEN THAT DROPS SO VERSAFI MAGAZINE CAN GET THE EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW AND SCOOP. SO HAS THERE BEEN ANY CHALLENGES THROUGHTOUT YOUR CAREER SO FAR? IF SO, WHAT WERE THEY AND HOW DID YOU COME TO A CONCLUSION?
KIMBERLAINE: Challenges include remaining relevant; continuously producing content; prioritizing projects. Marketing and promotion are crucial to your success and it can also be a challenge to stay consistent. Funding is another challenge. As a self-publisher and executive producer I’m responsible for financing all of my projects. The conclusion I’ve come to is – you have to put your big girl panties on and put that work in on all levels to make your dreams come true!
VERSAFI: I LIKE THAT! PUTTING YOUR BIG GIRL PANTIES ON! THAT IS SO TRUE! THERE ARE SO MANY REALITY SHOWS OUT HERE, HOW WOULD YOU SAY YOURS IS DIFFERENT FROM OTHERS?
KIMBERLAINE: Oh our show is definitely different than everything else out there, and I can’t speak for the girls, but I pride myself on that fact. I was literally told our show is authentic. I took that as a huge compliment. We each have personal as well as professional goals in which we’re trying to achieve. We want to capture those real life issues and goals on camera.
VERSAFI: HAVING A SHOW THATS AUTHENIC IS VERY IMPORTANT AND SOME OF THE REALITY SHOWS YOU SEE ON TELEVISION NOW SUCH AS LOVE N HIP HOP AND THE REAL HOUSE WIVES CAN BE A LITTLE RATCHET AND MAYBE SCRIPTED, BUT HAVING THAT ORIGINAL FLAVOR TO IT IS TRULY HOW IT SHOULD BE. SO BESIDES BEING AN EXECUTIVE PRODUCER OF YOUR OWN REALITY SHOW, YOU ARE ALSO AN AUTHOR. HOW MANY BOOKS HAVE YOU PENNED?
KIMBERLAINE: I have a trilogy “Betrayal of a Hustler”. A novel, “Everything Money Can’t Buy”. I also have “Aint no Love in These Streets” and “Rubberband Girls VA” which are novellas. Then there are the short stories in the anthologies in which I have been blessed to have been a part of, which are ENJOY’s “Even Sinners Have Souls 1” and Carl Weber’s “Around the Way Girls 7 and 8” .
VERSAFI: WOW! YOU ARE DEFINITELY KEEPING BUSY WITH THE BOOKS! THOSE TITLES SOUNDS REALLY INTERESTING! CARL WEBER IS A GREAT AUTHOR AS WELL. READ A FEW BOOK BY HIM. CONGRATS ON THAT! BUT I NEED TO KNOW, HOW DID YOU GET THE NICKNAME BLUNT?
KIMBERLAINE: It was given to me by my first husband. BLUNT stands for Black Lady Under New Terms: God’s & My Own!
VERSAFI: GOTCHA! LOVING WHAT IT STANDS FOR. SO NOW ARE YOU CURRENTLY WORKING ON OTHER BOOK PROJECTS?
KIMBERLAINE: Yes, I have a new release coming out soon. It’s a collaboration with another legendary author and the industry is going to love it! Stay tuned, it’s definitely a BANGA!
VERSAFI: WELL I CAN’T WAIT FOR THAT SURPRISE COLLAB TO DROP! BECAUSE YOU HAVE SO MUCH GOING ON, DO YOU STILL HAVE A REGULAR 9 TO 5 JOB AS WELL? IF SO, HOW DO YOU BALANCE YOUR DAY TIME JOB ALONG WITH FILMING AND WRITING NEW BOOK PROJECTS?
KIMBERLAINE: Yes, I still work. I have written books while working. When I’m in a zone, I’m in a zone. However, I’m a workaholic so my workload for my employer never suffers. I film whenever the cast is available to film. You make time for what you want and I have a lot of goals to accomplish. I also find time to play and have fun.
VERSAFI: THAT IS SO TRUE! I LOVE THE FACT THAT YOU MULTI-TASK AND IS VERY FLEXIBLE WITH A LOT OF THINGS. MAYBE YOU CAN TEACH ME SOME OF YOUR TACTICS! LOL. SO TELL THE READERS AND SUPPORTERS HOW THEY CAN CONNECT WITH YOU?
KIMBERLAINE: For the reality show, please subscribe to our YouTube channel and wobbletv.com to see full episodes of Real Women of RVA! Follow us on IG and Facebook @realwomenofrva. Subscribe to our website www.realwomenofrva.com – For books by BLUNT please hit me up on my BLUNT Facebook page. Website http://www.queenbpublications.com is under construction – visit us in the near future!
VERSAFI: AWESOME! I WILL DEFINITELY BE CHECKING OUT YOUR WORK AND ALSO YOUR YOUTUBE PAGE FOR THE SHOW! ANY FINAL REMARKS?
KIMBERLAINE: Thank you so very much for this opportunity – Peace & Blessings ~
VERSAFI: NO PROBLEM AND CONGRATS AGAIN ON YOUR MANY ACCOMPLISHMENTS!
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