What makes Lauren Lake a bona-fide Jill of all trades? Whatever it takes to find the best and the brightest of African-American female entrepreneurs. Mother of the World.net had a chance to chat with this amazingly talented, smart, phenom outside of the courtroom, and you will quickly realize that she is a multi-faceted African-American woman building an empire with various projects including her new role as a judge on the new reality series “Queen Boss” on BET Centric.
The advice that she has given us on how to remain “Limitless” and to live up to your fullest potential, while continuing to focus forward with a limitless mindset leading you along the way. “You can do it all, you just can’t do everything at once.”
As you may already know, Lauren can be seen five days a week as the opinionated TV judge with a heart of gold on “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.” Beginning January 14, Lauren will step into a brand new role when she appears in the reality series “Queen Boss” on BET Centric. “Queen Boss” is a new eight episode series that strives to find the best and brightest African-American female entrepreneurs and have them compete for the business opportunity of a lifetime. Each week, three new female entrepreneurs will step into the “Queen Boss Conference Room” where they’ll pitch their products to a panel of esteemed celebrity judges including Vanessa Simmons, Lauren Lake, Kandi Burruss, Carla Hall, Mikki Taylor, Lisa Price, Rakia Reynolds, Angela Benton and Robin Wilson. The entrepreneurs are all impressive women, but the judges put them to the test to see who has the Product, Passion, and Potential to win the competition.
Queen Boss was a show tailor-made for Lake. With fearless determination, Lauren has experienced success throughout her life — from pursuing a career as a professional singer where she sang back up for Mary J. Blige and P. Diddy, to earning her law degree in two states, to running a successful home design business which led to her hosting two HGTV series, to serving as the TV judge on the Emmy nominated “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court,” Lauren’s philosophy on life is that anyone can live life limitlessly.
Lauren Lake, is a renowned attorney and legal expert and the judge we have all come to know from TV’s hit syndicated courtroom series, “Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court.” She built a prominent law career as a member of the New York, New Jersey, and Michigan bars with a concentration in family, criminal, and entertainment law.
Lake co-founded the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN), which promotes the positive portrayal of women in entertainment and society through nationwide mentoring and outreach programs for young women.
Lauren is a legal and lifestyle expert who has frequently appeared on the “Today Show,” “Access Hollywood Live,” “The Wendy Williams Show,” CNN, “The Insider” and many others.
MW: How is “Queen Boss,” set apart from other entrepreneurial television shows like “Shark Tank?”
LL: Forbes calls “Queen Boss,” Shark Tank for Women of Color entrepreneurs who may not have the opportunity to be on a show like Shark Tank. We are busy managing our day-to-day lives as wives, mothers, that
we don’t often see women of color in a positive light as entrepreneurs on television.
MW: You are known as a Jill of all Trades. What advice would you give to women who are in the constant act of juggling family and career?
LL: The advice that my mother gave me to prioritize and don’t sweat the small stuff. We have the ability to do more things done at once from settling on a play date, to checking your work email, and cooking dinner all at the same time.
Being a mom and how your children see you in this role is very important, to do things with style, love, and vision. “You can do it all, you just may not be able to do everything at once.”
MW: Who is your greatest influence growing up?
LL: My late mother and father. My parents allowed me the room to grow and discover! From childhood they allowed me to express myself, I never felt like there was something that I couldn’t do, I never felt like I had to be put into a box!
MW: What is the main catalyst for you to co-found the Women in Entertainment Empowerment Network (WEEN)?
LL: The way in which women are perceived in society or in media. We wished we had an organization to groom women in pursuit of their dreams.
We also created the (WEEN) Summer Academy where we encourage students to learn more about the behind the scenes action in the entertainment industry. We have the academy every summer for one month June-July.
To teach women about other careers in the entertainment industry screen writing, directing, hair and makeup, and PR, not to mention the need for more African-American women behind the camera not just in front of the camera.
MW: What motivated you to attend Law School and become a television judge on your top rated show Paternity Court?
LL: When I attended college my goal was to be in the medical field as an undergraduate, and become an anesthesiologist. My parents were firm believers in post-graduate education and how to best utilize my unique set of skills after graduation.
I love to heal people! I decided that I wanted to switch gears and try my hand at law school. When I got into the trial advocacy, I felt like I found my way home. With my background as a singer, the court room felt very much like a stage. I knew that I wanted to be a good litigator. I had the chance to become a voice for the voiceless.
To give people a second chance and to uphold the law. I love it!
MW: What are the major attributes that the judges are looking for in the aspiring entrepreneurs on Queen Boss?
LL: Passion, Potential, and Profit. The potential of the entrepreneur to truly use the prize money to grow their business.
MW: According to Forbes African-American women are the largest number of growing entrepreneurs in the US. What do you think this means for today’s economy?
LL: Black women have been innovative since the beginning of time. There is a trend that we are not just secretaries and assistants. There is a responsibility for us to live life out to the fullest! Being smart, being capable women in positions of power, making moves affects the way that young girls see us. We do not have to play small as women we are full plates.
MW: What else can we expect from the Lauren Lake Brand?
LL: The re-launch of my Limitless Living website. The Limitless Living conference in Atlanta, Georgia October 2017. The conference will feature business start-ups, health and wellness and so much more! Also, I am working on my necklace line that you will be able to see in the next few months. This is a busy time, but a blessed time!