Part 2:: A Day With Brandy Cavalli

Brandy Cavalli is a screenplay writer that is quickly gaining notoriety in the independent film world.

She is sought after to work on various underground projects and she was recently chosen to become a member of the prestigious

Women’s Fiction Writers Association.

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In addition to leading her own marketing company, The Social Mob LLC, Brandy also works on the sets of many media projects.

She is known for her girly looks but kick ass attitude. She credits bad girl screenwriter Mae West as somewhat her muse, and when not writing about the mob, she is married to it.

Below is part 2 of my interview with indie screenwriter and international marketer, Brandy Cavalli.

I know that you have gained much success as an international marketer. How long have you been in the entertainment industry?

I have been exposed to the industry my entire life. My father was a popular college dj and he still works in the industry on an executive level, so I was born into the entertainment industry. I personally took my first job in music at the age of 18 working in the music industry. I still do minor projects and some artist management, mostly with reggae artists.

How long have you been writing?

I have kept a journal since the age of about 8. I used to write everyday as a child, as I got older I realized how easy writing came to me. It wasn’t until the last few years that I decided to use my writing as a talent and not just a hobby.

How did you get into writing films?

Actually kind of my chance, I worked in the music industry for many years and built a large network. After getting bored with music, I went into corporate America for a while but always felt like the entertainment industry was where I belonged. I decided that I would try my hand at television and I had planned to work behind the scenes in production or even advertising.

Writing films came about as I was approached to do a couple of reality shows. I went to LA to meet with an agent and realized that I would much rather be in control of any content pertaining to me. I didn’t like the fact that I would have minimal to no creative control so I decided to go to film school and learn to write/produce my own shows and films.

What genres of film most interest you?

I mostly write crime based material. I do enjoy comedy but so far I have only written crime and “gangster” style movie scripts. I would love to write a movie like Friday, both urban but comedy.

How do your male peers accept you as an up and coming female crime writer?

So far I have gotten a lot of love and support from the guys in the industry. There are very few female writers, especially of crime. I mostly work in the independent sector so I don’t have much competition. I’d say most of the guys are accepting and I’ve been approached by a few different producers to write on upcoming underground projects, which is right up my alley. I don’t plan to hit Hollywood anytime soon, I would like to stay independent and perfect my craft more.

What projects are you currently working on?

I just finished working on the script for a crime based indie film called “Lock and Load”, which is currently in production. I do a lot of work with student films in terms of scripts and production. I am also working on a documentary called “The Last King Of Jamrock” which documents the life of Jamaican crime lord Christopher Coke and co-writing the narrative script for the upcoming movie “The Gangster’s Girl: Last Girl Standing”.

What gives you inspiration as a film writer?

I get my inspiration from actual real life events or stories. I like real life documentary style films. I tend to take an interest in events that are considered sinister or crime based. I really enjoy writing about other people, especially of the underworld. I love to get inside of their world and help paint a picture of their world to the outside world. So I would say my inspiration is actually other people.

I know that you recently started your own film company, Femme Fatale Films, tell me more about that.

Femme Fatale Films is just another extension of my company, The Social Mob, LLC. Femme Fatale is a group of women screenwriters, who like me, prefer to write crime based or real life based scripts. In the future we plan to produce our own documentaries and other media. We are a different breed of screenwriters, mainly because we like to go where no other girls have gone before, we go to the streets.

Why did you choose the name Femme Fatale?

Femme Fatale describes me in a nutshell. I also think of sinister or “devious” when I hear the name Femme Fatale, which are exactly the kinds of movies we write.

Congratulations on your induction into the Women’s Fiction Writers Association. What can we expect?

Thank You! The Women’s Fiction Writers Association is a union of women that write fiction movies and scripts. It’s definitely a different world from what I usually do as most of my upcoming movie scripts are non-fiction, meaning real life based. I am excited to get the chance to work under other women in the industry. Hopefully one day I can write for prime time television (Hollywood). It’s a good opportunity and I am so honored to even be considered a member.

What other plans do you have career wise?

Right now I just want to focus on perfecting my writing skills. I do a lot of freelance writing and I am doing some intern work with a major local news station here in Atlanta, and learning a lot about production. In the future I plan to produce film and videos and other media. My first love is marketing so I plan to write, produce and market my own projects and make all the money. I am always thinking of ways to make all the money, not just some of the money.

I heard through the grapevine that you were recently engaged or married? Congratulations.

Thank you.

Being a gangster film writer seems as it would come easy to you based on your alleged ties to the underworld. How does your partner feel about your line of work?

He is ok with it. As you have stated, it is something that I am familiar with and it comes naturally. He is very supportive of my career and he gives me a lot of inspiration and push. He’s a hustler so he’s good with whatever I decide as long as I am happy and it makes me money.

There were rumors in the indie world that you were looking to write and produce a “Goodfellas” style movie about the Black Mafia Family (BMF) crime organization, is that still a possibility?

Yeah, it’s a possibility. I spoke to my hubby about it but we haven’t made any definitive plans. I feel like it would be a great movie and I would love to write one and I am sure he would be down for it. Maybe one day in the future we will put something together. There is and will never be another organization like BMF so it would seem like a no brainer to make a movie about them. – A real movie, no Hollywood bullshit.

In addition to co-writing on the film, do you plan to share your story on the Gangster Girls documentary?

As of now I am not sure. My other half is in full support of me being on the film but I don’t know if I will yet. I prefer to work behind the scenes, so you gotta stay tuned for that, it would be a crazy story. I would probably cry the whole time during filming, Lol. So far they are building a great cast of girls that have compelling stories and I am so excited about working with them. I enjoy helping others paint their picture. We will see if I decide to step in or not, it’s a strong possible though.

I also read on twitter that you may be the next cast member on the upcoming reality show entitled, BMF Wives? Is that true?

No. I am not sure how that rumor started but I am not going to appear on BMF wives. I love the concept of the project though. I would love to work on it from a creative standpoint, but I am not signed on to appear on the show.

What other projects are you working on outside of film writing?

I am writing my first mini series called “From a Socialite to the Mob” which is a memoir style series that documents a young girl’s life from wholesome beginnings to becoming the wife of an alleged mobster. In addition to that, I am working on a comic book series with CV Comics in which I will write the dialogue for a female vixen character. I am also doing some freelance writing for lifestyle and entertainment based magazines. All in all just perfecting my craft and staying busy.

What do you feel is the biggest misconception about female crime writers?

The biggest misconception is that we as women don’t have the experience to write gangster based flicks, which is 100% not true. When you have lived in the underworld it exposes you to a lot and you learn the ropes, the lingo and the way things work in that world. As a writer I feel that I am more qualified then a lot of male writers who have never touched that world. It’s still hard for society to accept a woman talking about guns and violence, but truth is there are some women that are just as vicious as the men. I can probably write a gangster tale with my eyes closed.

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Part 1: A Day With Brandy Cavalli

Gangster Girls Blogger Brian Perry of CNN sat down with the film industry’s newest gangster writer Brandy Coke for a one on one to discuss her business and film career.

Brandy is an international marketer, entrepreneur and writer who is now using her skills to launch a new screenwriting career.

Her career began at an early age in the music industry and she has since worked with many artists, most of which whom now have achieved both national and international fame.

Most would describe Brandy as beautiful, cool, and extremely down to earth with a no non-sense demeanor.

She is currently involved in various independent film ventures and also lends her talents to various lifestyle publications.

She is the owner of The Social Mob LLC, a marketing and networking company based out of Atlanta. She is also the lead screenwriter for Femme Fatale Films, an all female screenwriting team.

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All in all, Brandy Cavalli Coke is a young power player in business and she is quickly positioning herself to become a sought after writer in the independent film world.

Tell me a little bit about your organization The Social Mob LLC.

The Social Mob LLC is “my baby”. I started the group as a fun way to socialize with like-minded associates on Facebook. The purpose of the group was to encourage one another to “get money”. I wanted to start a group that we could “mob” together and have a place to share our thoughts with others of the same mentality. It became a “business” kind of by default.

Why did you choose the name “The Social Mob”?

The name came from the group, and I didn’t want to change from a branding aspect, it’s really a unique organization. “Mob” actually means “Money, Opportunities, Business”. Its kind of ‘underground’, not your typical organization.

What is the company’s mission of The Social Mob LLC?

The mission of “The Mob” is provide a networking canvas for young entrepreneurs that also encourages community involvement among young people. We partner with the Young Entrepreneurs Network to mentor college students looking to become entrepreneurs. The ‘moneyops’ team which is an outside marketing team, headed by myself, that provides marketing support for various products, organizations, and companies. In all, The Social Mob is a cluster of all things business and entertainment. We now have about 20-25 affiliates and outside marketing/sales associates. We recently launched FEMME Fatale Films. Its a lot of fun. It’s truly my passion. Lots of fun projects in store!

Why do they call you the IL Capitana?

IL Capitana is a name the was given to me by my Italian cousins. (Brandy’s great grandfather was an Italian wine maker and entrepreneur).

IL CAPO means “the boss or captain” in Italian so IL Capitana means “the female captain”.

I’ve noticed that you also have a charity called The Prettie Committee? Tell me a little bit about that organization.

Yes! My charity provides clothing and accessories for displaced women and young girls. We partner with many local shelters to raise donations and awareness in the community. We try to focus on women that were displaced due to “the lifestyle” and provide resources for the mothers to escape the streets and become productive members of society. We collect trendy clothing that the women can wear to job interviews, church, and other important functions. Appearance can really do alot to raise a woman’s self-esteem and we want to provide the best wardrobes possible to encourage self motivation and esteem.

What made you decide to get into charity work?

Philanthropy is something that is very dear to me. My mother is a lifelong philanthropist and humanitarian and its something that she instilled in me as a young child. I also wanted to give to the community because I feel that I am extremely blessed and feel it is necessary to spread your blessings around to others in a less fortunate position. In all, I just wanted to find a way to giveback to causes that relate to me.

I know that you come from a certain “lifestyle”, tell me a little about your past life.

Well, actually I came from a good home, my mother is a strong, powerful and educated woman. I ended up involved in the street lifestyle due to my choices in men. Personally, I have always been a feisty go-getter and fiercely independent, for that reason I’ve always attracted the bad boys. I started my career in marketing at age 17, even though I’ve always dated a certain kind of guy, I’ve always maintained my OWN identity and career goals. It was somewhat a double life. At work I was a professional and outside of work I dwelled in the underbelly, it was very much a contrast of two worlds.

So you would say you were inducted into the lifestyle, rather than born into it?

I wouldn’t say inducted because I come from a large family of hustlers and gangsters. My uncles and cousins are all street guys so honestly, it was a natural transition for me. I was always a rebel child so it was very easy to fall into the lifestyle but I did not see crime in my household growing up. My first REAL boyfriend was in the ‘streetlife’ and he was alot older than me, so he taught me alot and I took it from there. I jumped headfirst into the life once I left my mother’s house at age 17. At the time I really had no idea what I was getting into, it was a world-wind and I was the ultimate party girl, looking for fun.

Do you have any regrets?

Not really “regrets”, just lessons learned. I would have made some different choices but ultimately my choices are what makes me who I am. What I have been through has made me the strong person I am so I could not say “regret” I would say I would choose different for my children (when I have them). That’s why I try to talk to these young girls and guide them into another direction. I was lucky (BLESSED) to make it out and I want to save as many young women as I can. If I had not experienced the things I did, then I would have no story to tell them.

I know that you spent many years trapped in the lifestyle. How easy or hard was it to transition out of the lifestlye?

It was an easy transition in and a VERY difficult transition out of the lifestyle. You become accustomed to the money, the trips, the diamonds, the cars, the houses, the condos, the power and before you know it, you have spent years trapped in the circle.

Again, I always seem to attract this same kind of guy. After going through questioning, (Story Here) I decided enough was ENOUGH and if I wanted to save my life I would have to make drastic changes. I threw myself into my business and school and that was what helped me to get my mind in another direction, as well as ALOT of prayer and counseling.

Do you have any advice to women still in the lifestyle?

My advice is to position and transition out. It’s not going to be an easy process but it is worth it. I almost found myself in federal prison due to the lifestyle and that forced me to make a choice. There are many community outreach programs and churches that will provide resources, but my advice is to save yourself because no one else will. Once the man is gone, be it to jail or (God forbid) worse, us women are always forced to take care of ourselves and families.. and they will be able to do so.

Part 2 of this interview will be on From A Socialite To The Mob

Black Mafia Family (BMF) Wives Appear on The Ricki Lake Show

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Earlier this year, (The Jasmine Brand) shared news that a new reality show calledBMF Wives, was being shopped around. In short, the  potential show follows some of the wives and girlfriends of members of the  well-known (alleged) drug organization Black Mafia Family. To date, there is no word on whether the show has been picked up by a network.

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However, some of the women (Toni Welch, Lisa Buford and Janell Hall) are  being featured on an upcoming episode of The Ricki Lake Show

 According to the show’s site, here’s a description:

Today’s guests are women whose significant other is currently serving time  behind bars. Ricki first speaks with women attached to members of “The  Black Mafia Family” (aka, the BMF), a notorious American drug ring. Two years  ago, Janell began dating ‘Big Meech,’ (co-founder of the BMF) and lived a  glamorous lifestyle until it imploded when he was sentenced to 30 years in  prison for drug-trafficking and money laundering.  Despite his conviction,  Janell is standing by her man and plans to marry him when he is released in  2032. Lisa married PJ, another member of the BMF, whose life also came  crashing down after his conviction. Suffering from depression, she has decided  to divorce and move on with her life. Toni was not only married to a convicted member of the BMF, she also served four years in prison on a money  laundering charge. In addition, Ricki sits down with Kristen, a woman who  says she met the love of her life online, although he’s a convicted felon who is  currently serving a 30-year sentence for murder. And, Ramona Rizzo, star of  VH1′s “Mob Wives,” shares details about her upcoming nuptials to Joe, her  incarcerated fiancé who she plans to wed over the phone. Joining the  conversation is Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis, a licensed psychologist and associate  professor at Pepperdine University, who sheds some light on this attraction to  men behind bars and men who lead criminal lives.

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Tonesha Welch presents BMF Wives

Rumor has it, Terry Flenory’s, the drug king pin and leader of the BMF (Black Mafia Family), wife has turned into a Shaunie O’Neal sort of and is now producing a show called, “B.M.F. Wives.” While Terry’s brother, Demetrius Flenory aka “Big Meech” is the more popular of the two. Terry was said to be the Boss. Terry’s wife along with four other wives of BMF affiliates have started filming and plan on telling their side of the story. We hear the show is in negotiations with various networks. We are not much into reality tv, but must admit that we WILL be tuned into watch these ladies set the record straight and show their progression.

Check the BMF wives out below:

From Far Right: Terry’s Wife Tonesha Welch, Gricelda Chavez, Lisa Buford and Tiffany Gloster
***UPDATE***
Since the initial release of this press on the BMF Wives last year, they may have added and replaced some of the original cast members.
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