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EXCLUSIVE: Adrienne Bailon Dishes Details On Long Career & Hosting Gigs On ‘Nail’d It’ & ‘The Real’

By: Zon D’Amour

Adrienne Bailon burst onto the scene in 1999 as the 16-year-old lead singer of the multi-platinum girl group, 3LW. At 20, she became a part of the world wide Disney franchise, The Cheetah Girls. Now at 30 years old, having several reality shows and films under her belt she has reemerged as a TV personality as the host of Oxygen Network’s new competition series Nail’d It and is a co-host on The Real.

Making a successful transition from child star to a mature, enterprising woman is not easy in Hollywood. Bailon talks to CocoaFab about her new projects, reinventing herself and offers advice for aspiring hosts.

CocoaFab: Are you still working on music? Between Nail’d It and The Real, how do you prioritize your time and your passions?

Adrienne Bailon: I truly believe in the phrase ‘you make time for the things that you want to do.’ You find the time for anything that you really want to accomplish. I’ve been blessed with so many opportunities and I want to give110% to everything I do. Even though I was working on music prior to The Real, A lot of people still associated me with 3LW and The Cheetah Girls.

People are finally getting to know me through my shows, my personality and my life experiences. That’s going to be so helpful when I release new music. The songs are going to make sense to my fans. I can’t wait to get in the studio and get back to music.

CF: You recently turned 30, what have you learned about life and business that you didn’t know when you were 21?

AB: I learned how to say “no” which I didn’t know how to do in my twenty’s. I used to have this habit where I would feel bad about everything. If I couldn’t make it somewhere, even if it was something I didn’t want to do, I felt like I had to do it. Something as simple as an interview, if I didn’t want to answer a question, I felt like I didn’t have a choice. When you turn a certain age [like 30] you get to a point where you can standup for yourself and say ‘I don’t want to do this so I’m not going to, period.’

CF: What attracted you to Nail’d It? There are so many reality show competitions, what will make people interested to watch a show about nails?

AB: For me, what made the opportunity so special was that it was organic and it’s something that I’m actually passionate about. People get asked to do jobs all the time and they just do it for a check. For me Nail’d It was a passion project. I love nails; I have my own polish line called Fingertip Fetish (which is re-launching for the holidays). I definitely wanted to be apart of a show like this which is the first ever nail art competition show on television. The experience surpassed my wildest dreams of what I thought nails could do.

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CF: You’ve been in the industry almost two decades. What kind of patience and resilience was necessary for you not to give up on your dreams?

AB: It definitely takes a lot of resilience, which is the keyword. You have to believe in yourself and never give up. You have to find new ways to reinvent yourself. For me, I always say being cute may get you in the door but it’s the hard work that opens up so many other doors. I like to think that word has got around that I’m easy to work with, and down to earth. I feel so blessed to be presented with so many opportunities that I never take them for granted.

I’m always ready to work and put my best foot forward. I believe that has made a difference in my career. And being kind to people truly goes along way. I’m sure a lot of people counted me out but it’s during those times that I really had to believe in myself and remember that God has a plan for my life and the right doors will always open.

CF: How do you define success?

AB: Success is being happy, comfortable in your own skin and being surrounded by love. I have a great family and a great relationship. Self-love is also extremely important as well as getting to a place where you’re happy with yourself. Success…and what would make me the happiness is always having stability. That’s very important to me. Between having The Real, Nail’d It and adjusting to life in Los Angeles, I’m on my way to finding my version of ultimate success.

CF: What happened to the second season of Empire Girls with Julissa Bermudez? Will you be doing any more reality TV shows?

AB: The show aired on Style Network which doesn’t exist anymore. When we were in our negotiations for the next season the network was acquired. (Style Network was rebranded into the Esquire Network.) I realized that The Real is enough reality for my life. We’re so honest on the show and we even have segments where the cameras come home with us and viewers get a glimpse into our lives which is pretty cool.

CF: On The Real, you’ve been extremely candid about everything from your exes to watching porn and having breasts implants. Is there anything that you’re censored about to protect your family or your reputation?

AB: I think it takes a lot of courage to be so open and I believe that’s something that should be applauded. You can be a role model in your own way by sharing your life experiences, sharing your opinion on certain situations and letting people know ‘it’s okay, you’re not alone I’ve been through that same situation.’ Everything I share may not always be happy and positive but it’s the truth.

While I would be happily talk about myself all day I won’t speak on other peoples issues and failures because that’s not my place so it’s something I wont do.

I’ve chosen to be a public figure, I date a man who’s not an entertainment, he has no desire to be in front of the camera and I have to respect that so there’s a level of privacy and discretion about our relationship.

CF: What’s your advice for aspiring TV personalities? How do you prepare to host a television show?

AB: I never had an acting coach or hosting coach, I’ve never been able to take classes but I believe the most important tip for aspiring hosts is to remember to be yourself. There’s nothing better than seeing someone that’s natural and comfortable being themselves. That’s what makes you relatable and makes people want to get to know you.

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