UPSCALE’s March 2014 issue has snagged three reality TV stars: Tameka Raymond (Atlanta Exes), Phaedra Parks (Real Housewives of Atlanta) and LaTavia Roberson. Check out a few excerpts from their interview.
Tameka on signing on for “Atlanta Exes:”
I’d previously received several offers to do a variety of different shows, but I’m all about timing. No matter what people have reasoned were the best things for me, I know myself better than anybody. I know my family and I know my needs. The timing wasn’t right. Now, it’s better. People have begun to focus more on me as an individual, a mother, a business woman and I think that this new exercise of introduction to the world is meant to happen right now.
Tameka on being fearless:
Let’s be clear, there’s not a lot that I’m actually “scared” of—that’s the Oakland in me.
Phaedra on the financial realities of reality TV:
We’re not members of SAG so it’s not like we’re getting benefits from replays. We’re talents that aren’t being considered as actors, so their getting talent for a nominal fee. They’ve found a way to make money and cut the cost on studios and productions so they’re making the largest profit with the least amount of residual.
LaTavia on how people will receive her:
There is nothing I can say about how people are going to perceive me. I have to stay true to myself. I know who I am, I love who I am. As far as the reality [television] part goes, I’m being myself; I really can’t change that… I’m not going to try to change that.