For 17 year old Monét, there's no doubt in her mind where she belongs — in the spotlight. But for this talented teenager, deciding what she'll be doing in that spotlight is another story.
"I love to sing, dance, I love to play instruments, and I want to have my own clothing line. I can't choose just one," Monét says of her aspirations. "Ever since I was young I've wanted to do all of that. Most people don't know what they want to do with their lives at my age, but those were the things I was born to do. I want to be on the movie screen and singing on stage, that's what I've always wanted."
The young star is off to a flying start, having already made guest appearances on such TV programs as "The Bernie Mac Show," "Zoey 101" and "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody." Her guest spot on "Suite Life" remains one of the highest-rated episodes in the show's history and landed her the Best Actress title at "The Young Artist Awards."
Monét got her start in theatre, making appearances in such productions as "Grease," "Bye Bye Birdie," "The Music Man" and "Teen Witch the Musical." With daily rehearsals, and time spent practicing with acting and vocal coaches, this teen seems to have an unending amount of energy and drive.
"I've been writing songs since I was three, but my first legitimate song was when I was 11 years old," Monét recalls. "It's called "Two of Them" and it was actually on "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" when I was a guest star. So it's pretty cool that the first song I wrote was the song the Disney Channel picked."
"I write a lot of my own music," Monét continues. "Sometimes I just sit down late at night and I'll go through my day and realize there's something that I could write about. And some are just fun like "Watch Me Dance," because everybody likes to dance and have fun. But all my songs are just based on what I'm feeling."
Combine her musical aptitude with her family's showbiz genes, and it appears Monét is well on her way to getting exactly what she's been after in record time.
"My dad's dad did a lot of singing and my dad's uncle was a composer and wrote songs like "Tenderly" and "You're in the Army Now," so I think I definitely got it from my dad's side," Monét says of her love for music.
"My mom was an actress, so I think I got that from her, and my dad was a stunt man, so there's a little daredevil in me too," she adds.
Influenced by Christina Aguilera, Justin Timberlake and Gwen Stefani, Monét can't help but wow her fans with her energetic and upbeat pop-punk style.
"People at my concerts have fun because I'm a big firecracker of energy on stage," she says. "I like to dance and I like everybody to dance with me, so when you come to my shows you just let loose and feel alive. What's a good word for it? It's just fantastical and everybody should come and dance and sing with me."