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When Vena Excell answered the phone, she was a little out of breath.
“I come from the set,” she said during an interview.
This is the current standard for social media stars aka pretty vieamassed nearly seven million followers across her platform for her hilarious videos.vine, humor instead of curated photos dominated the Instagram page. Nearly a decade after its original posting, Excell is making its foray into Hollywood.
In Issa Rae’s scripted HBO Max drama Rap Sh!t, Excell plays an aspiring sex worker whose reception has been overwhelmingly positive.
“It’s such a surprise that Pretty Vee is the best actor in Rap Shit.” 1 Twitter user I have writtenAnother user praised Excell, saying it was the best part of the show.
Excel’s flawless performance makes sense. Because the Miami native has seen glimpses of her acting chops shine through the characters in her skits over the years.
“I’ve always been imaginative, so creating these scenarios is kind of an outlet for me,” she said.
Before devoting himself to content creation, he studied mass communication and radio at university and eventually got a job working for a music label. She clearly had the talent for her, but her timing just wasn’t right.
“Well, it started with… working for the label,” he said in a 2020 interview with Atlanta Blackstar. “I was working. I worked at [and I] dismissed. ”
It was a hard blow, but Excel said it was God’s timing.
“He took me in a direction I didn’t realize I needed to go,” she says, and after her content received a lot of attention, she decided to pursue a comedy career. Decided to take it more seriously, Excell auditioned for the hit skit show Wild’N Out in 2017, but wasn’t cast until years later. Since then, she’s been a fan favorite on the show produced by Nick Cannon.
“Nick has definitely been a huge business inspiration for me,” she shared.
She plans to do the same.
Excell said this is just the beginning.
“There are so many great projects in the pipeline, all thanks to God,” said the self-proclaimed preacher kid.
She shared that she is grateful for all the opportunities that come her way, but she is not surprised.
“I’ve worked hard for this. I’m more than just a social media comedian.”
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