Singer and Songwriter Ester Dean won 3 BMI Pop Awards at the 61st BMI Pop Awards, held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in California on May 14.
She won the awards for ‘Mr Know it all’ by Kelly Clarkson, ‘Turn me on’ by David Guetta ft Nicki Minaj and ‘Where have you been’ by Rihanna
DEMONSTRATING a triple-threat of talents, Ester Dean’s credits include singer, songwriter and actress.
Having penned songs for the likes of Nicki Minaj and Katy Perry, the US artist found favour as an artist in her own right with the release of her 2009 single Drop It Low featuring Chris Brown.
Complex got a chance to speak to the singer-turned-actress about why she’s giving Hollywood a shot, the inspiration behind her character, how close she got with the cast, and the new single we can expect from her this year.
On transitioning from a singing career to an acting career:
My whole thought about life is growing, so when it feels like my head has reached the ceiling, I always tend to figure out what else to do. I’ve always wanted to do animation, so I was bold enough to go out and say, “Hey, I would like to do this!” When I tried to get [a voice role] on The Lorax, [the producers] were like, “Well, we already did Lorax, but if you would like, you could go to casting.” And then the lady at casting was like, “Oh, there’s a movie and I think you’d be great for it. It’s called Pitch Perfect. It’s got some singing in it.” So I went and did the audition, and I think three to four days after they called me back and said I had it. A week later, I had to fly to Baton Rouge. It was not me going on auditions per se, it was me saying that this is what I wanted to do and allowing myself to catch the opportunities.