Meet Monique, a children’s media writer who approaches her storytelling with equal parts humor and heart. Monique currently writes freelance TV and digital scripts for the likes of Sesame Workshop, Nick Jr., and PBS. She has a Master’s degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Technology, Innovation, and Education. She also studied Human Development, along with Film and Creative Writing at Cornell University. Monique loves CMA because she loves “being part of a community of amazing people who are just as passionate about quality children’s media as I am.”
How did you get interested in children’s media?
I LOVED watching cartoons and playing computer/video games as a kid and I never really grew out of it. Though, it wasn’t until my senior year of college when I realized that working in children’s media was: (a.) what I was genuinely passionate about and (b.) a real career that I could pursue. It dawned on me then that the combination everything I studied in college—Human Development, Film, and Creative Writing—pretty much spelled out “children’s media” loud and clear.
Since then, I’ve interned and worked in various facets of children’s media (and even got a Master’s degree in it!), but my goal has always been to write for children’s TV and media.
What are you most proud of in your journey in the industry so far?
Being chosen to participate in the Sesame Street Writers’ Room Fellowship is, by far, my proudest moment as a writer because it was the first time that I truly felt like I was (or at least could be) a professional writer.
Where do you hope to see yourself in five years?
In 5 years, I hope to be a show creator with an Emmy nod or two.
What advice or tips for others interested in Children’s Media do you have?
Practice your craft consistently, get feedback on your writing often, attend CMA events and get involved in the community, be kind and gracious to everyone you meet, and when the going gets tough, remind yourself why you love this work!
What was your favorite show from when you were a kid?
This is a tough one! I’d say my favorite show from childhood would have to be a tie between Arthur and Rugrats. I just loved the characters and the worlds of both programs. And for being shows about talking animals and babies, respectively, I found them both to be super relatable.
If you could be friends with one character who would it be?
I would love to be friends with Hilda (from Hilda) because I doubt life could be boring with an adventurer for a friend.