In her cover story with TEEN VOGUE, Keke Palmer opens up about how 2023 changed her: from becoming CEO of KeyTV and the record label Big Bosses Entertainment, to turning 30 and becoming a mom to her son, Leodis. She also discusses how her latest venture, KeyTV, launched with her three founding partners dubbed ‘Keymakers’ – Lenoria “Nora” Addison, Jeff Lopez, and Chelsea Sanders – with the dream to empower the next generation of artists of color and share what she has learned in the industry.
On how KeyTV became her next step in her career evolution: “When I was younger, I used to have so much anxiety. I love to perform, but is that something that can last forever? I think I always would wonder, Is it something that times out? Obviously, you have people that have been acting their entire careers…. but I just never knew how I could scale myself. If you were a lawyer, you want to get to be a partner. I didn’t understand what the version of that was for me. Some people become directors or they become a producer or they become the head of Paramount.”
On sharing her knowledge and empowering the next generation of artists of color: “When you create generational wealth within underserved communities, you create wealth within our entire economy. My hope and my desire is to teach people the skills that I have, to teach them how to brand themselves, how to be entrepreneurs, how to work within a system, but also use that system to create something that’s unique to them. In doing that… I’m not behind the eight ball. And now my son, he can start at stage 10 instead of having to start at stage one like I did. I want other people to have that [too].”
On why she tapped go-getters to build out her core KeyTV team: “I wanted to be a leader and a collaborator that people felt that they could trust, that would provide the skills and the support needed to run a business. Hey, I’m ready to hold all y’all asses down. I got y’all back for real.”
On why she is not ready to walk away from the entertainment industry: “I don’t know. I think the timer has started. I think it’s because I just haven’t felt it yet. But the timer, I know that it’s around the corner. I don’t know when exactly, but it’s around the corner.”
Writer: Kaitlyn McNab
Photographer: Andy Jackson
Sr. Fashion Editor & Stylist: Tchesmeni Leonard
Hair: Keshaun Williamson
Makeup: Kenya Alexis
Manicurist: Sreynin Peng
[Photo Credit: Andy Jackson for Teen Vogue Magazine]
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