You can call her the Queen of Everything; literally, Ardre Orie can do it all. “The Best way to predict the future is to write it yourself,” spoken like a true boss. She’s a Celebrity Ghostwriter, Publisher, and Entrepreneur. Media Maven, Ardre is no stranger to hard work and out doing yourself. In addition to her already full plate of duties, Ardre is also a Film Director, Playwright, all-around book publishing expert, and CEO of 13th & Joan Publishing House. She is a force to be reckoned with the pen and this time is no different; she is working on a new gig to add to her already solid resume of reads. She has worked with several names like, VH1’s Amina Buddafly, MTV’s Javi Marroquin and Kailyn Lowry, Influencer and Businesswoman Africa Miranda, Grammy Award Winner and Founder of the legendary Commodores, Thomas McClary and Celebrity Fashion Stylist J. Bolin. Her latest client has worked with A-list names like, Drew Barrymore, Serena Williams, Gabrielle Union, Estelle, Verdine White, and Tia & Tamera Mowry; and she is most recently working with “The Emperor of Hair,” Elgin Charles. Elgin has held a successful career over 25 years in entertainment and beauty. The Celebrity Hairstylist has decided it’s time to tell his side of the story and guess who’s scribing it and telling it like it’s never been told? Yours truly, Ardre Orie is beasting on the pen.
PYNK: You’ve been dubbed the Queen of Storytelling. In your own words, what does that title mean to you?
Ardre Orie: The Queen of Storytelling is one of the most empowering things that I have ever been called. Hearing or reading it, reminds me that I can tell any story, and through any format. I make up so many stories in my head on a daily basis that I can hardly keep up with them all. The crazy thing is that I don’t want one of these concepts to die with me. I desire to leave this world empty, knowing that I allowed God to use every single gift and talent while I was here. That title also serves as a beacon of hope for all of the stories untold. So many people feel like they’ve never been heard, or that they have never had a voice. Not on my time. Every face has a story and I will tell as many as I possibly can. Lastly, coming from a single parent home and one in which I witnessed the torment of domestic violence, I struggled to discover my true worth. I refer to all women as Queens and I will never consider myself to be anything less. We can’t give anything to the world if we don’t first know how worthy we are.
PYNK: Briefly describe the woman behind the pen.
Ardre: I am so genuinely humble and happy. I know that my energy is contagious. You rarely ever see me not smiling. Every time I meet someone new, they are usually surprised by my sense of humor. I think my social media depicts my serious side, but that’s because it’s mostly business. I would venture to say that I spend 80% of my time laughing or trying to make others laugh, in person. I know for a fact that laughter is healing for our souls. There is so much in the world that can take our joy, I’d rather discover moments of laughter and love. My mother always told me to bring the sunshine to the room, and I try to live up to that. I get such energy from people and I love to understand who people truly are, and what makes them tick.
I feel that I was purposed to ensure that people know how important it is to use their voice and to share their journeys. If I could say one thing that spoke to the hearts of others, it would be that we all have a story, none more important than the other. To walk in our truths is one of the most powerful things that we can do.
Aside from who I am as a person, I am a happily married wife in a society that tells us that love can’t thrive, and I am a mother of 3. I’m still cute though:) My family is everything to me. I feel so blessed to have brought forth life and to watch them grow into who they are destined to be. It is my honor to serve my family and it brings me great joy to see them smile.
I’d like to think that all of these stories that I give birth to, are what God intended to be my legacy, to empower, to educate and to inspire.
PYNK: I know you’re excited about this new partnership and project with Elgin Charles. What was or is your vision for it?
Ardre: HONEY CHILE, ELGIN CHARLES! The Elgin Charles memoir has been such an adventure. Our writing sessions are filled with screams and a hearty dose of ugly laughter. I’m talking about the type of laughter that makes you show all of your teeth, and lean forward to hold your stomach because it hurts. He is a true embodiment of the entertainment and beauty industry, all rolled into one.
His life reveals so many definitive layers that the public has never seen or been exposed to. The beauty of this project is that there is a perception of who he is, because so much of his life has played out on tv through his reality shows. As they say, there are at least two sides to every story. My vision for his book, is to shine a spotlight on his side of what has been depicted in the public, and to introduce the world to who he truly is. What I can say about this “tell all” memoir is that there is more to Elgin Charles than meets the eye. This will be one for the books, literally!
PYNK: What do you want people to take away from your Author’s Master Class? Talk about the tour.
Ardre: The Author’s Masterclass is such a reflection of my personality. I just want to see everyone win! Even though, it is a class that teachers aspiring authors and writers the publishing process, it is also a party. A huge part of my writing process is music. I listen to so many genres but I must say, I love trap music. The art of storytelling is so deeply embedded and the struggles are so evident. Music is an intricate part of my writing ritual, and having one is essential to every writer’s success.
I will not only introduce each cohort to some of my favorite writing strategies, but I will also introduce them to a blueprint to get their book published. I’ve managed to invent a system to get manuscripts done in approximately 90 days, and I am not keeping it a secret. I think that everyone should become an author at least once in their lifetime. It is such an experience. Every author that I have coached or ghostwritten for, told me that my process was like therapy for them. The Author’s Masterclass will ensure that attendees feel empowered, equipped and energetic about going from blank page to published work.
On the tour, we will visit some of my favorite cities, including, Atlanta, Orlando, Chicago, NYC, DC and Charlotte. In each city, I have strategically connected with influencers to bring their city out. The best part is that all of the influencers are also authors through my publishing company 13th & Joan (www.13thandjoan.com), so they can speak first hand on their experiences and offer another layer of encouragement for the attendees. What better way to spend your time than creating something that you have dreamed of, that can create another stream of income for you while having fun at the same time. The Author’s Masterclass is going to be #LIT!
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PYNK: What is your biggest advice for someone looking to break into the publishing and/or ghostwriting industry?
Ardre: My advice for anyone looking to break into any publishing or writing related endeavor is to read everything and write everything. Even though I do this for a living, I still practice writing, read relentlessly and try my hand at new techniques almost daily. It’s true that excellence is what we repeatedly do. I also don’t believe that anything that happens to us in life is as a result of perfect timing. We must chase what we want to manifest. I call it #dreamchasin. I have literally dreamed about doing the things that I am doing right now. I also don’t believe that there is any one person who we must connect with to change our lives, we have the power to do that. When we put in the work, strategically with intent, divine intervention places the right people in our paths. I can recall so many occasions, reaching out to people that I thought I needed to connect with, and receiving no response. One day, it occurred to me that I must focus on being the best at what I was intending to do. When you are the best at what you do, people want to connect with you.
Lastly, I would say that we should wear blinders. The act of comparison is damning. If we visualize our own dreams, and remain steadfast on achieving them, on our own terms, it makes for a pretty interesting story. After all, we all become stories in the end.
PHOTO CREDIT: Ardre Orie