Samantha Montgomery Talks About Her LIfe In ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’

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Samantha Montgomery Talks About Her LIfe In ‘Presenting Princess Shaw’
Posted by Wilson Morales

May 24, 2016

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Coming out this week after traveling the festival circuit is the amazing documentary called Presenting Princess Shaw, featuring Samantha Montgomery (Princess Shaw) and Ophir Kutiel (Kutiman). 

Synopsis: The true story of the incredible Princess Shaw and the enigmatic composer Kutiman, who discovers her from the other side of the world. By day, Samantha Montgomery cares for the elderly in one of New Orleans’s toughest neighborhoods. By night, she writes and sings her own songs as Princess Shaw on her confessional YouTube channel. Raw and vulnerable, her voice is a diamond in the rough. Across the globe, Ophir Kutiel creates video mash ups of amateur YouTube performers. Known as Kutiman, he is a composer, a musician, and a pioneering video artist embraced by the world of fine art. Two strangers, almost 7,000 miles apart, begin to build a song. The film unfolds as Kutiman pairs Princess Shaw’s emotional performances in a beautiful expression of generosity and compassion, revealing the bonafide star underneath and her fight to never give up on her dreams.

In speaking with Blackfilm.com, Princess Shaw talks about her life on camera and where she’s at now in her career.

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How do you feel about the film ready to play in theaters and the whole world seeing your story?

Princess Shaw: I feel blessed. I feel honored. I feel happy about it. It’s like a roller coaster right now. This story is about struggling and surviving. Going through trials and tribulations. It makes people feel good. People cry at times but it’s happy tears. It makes people go further in what they do and inspires them. If I can inspire people to keep pushing, then I have done my job. It makes your soul feel whole and feel okay with life.

As I watched the documentary, were you re-enacting everything that happened?

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Princess Shaw: What you see on the film is my actual reaction to what was going on at the time. In the beginning, the film was a documentary about YouTubers including me. It started off like that but the film would go in different directions and the other YouTubers would be featured in his mashups. Then it slowly turned to me and Kutiman. I didn’t know anything about it until I got into the director’s house and saw a poster of me on the wall. I had no idea. Even Kutiman didn’t know how the film would turn out.

How much leeway did you give the filmmakers as far as covering your entire life?

Princess Shaw: There were some stuff that we didn’t put on film because we couldn’t put the whole thing there, but the majority is there. That’s my life and that’s what I do. The stuff that you see is the most important thing that you need to see.

There are other YouTubers who put their lives for others to see, and your story is one of the few that has captured the hearts of many. What kept you going?

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Princess Shaw: My soul. In the beginning it just started with me putting my music up there and trying to get someone to add sound to it because I can’t play any instruments. Then it was just me talking and get things out of my soul. I didn’t have anyone to talk to and it would be me and my phone. It made me feel better and I would push publish. I didn’t think past my phone.

Where are you now with your music? Have you signed any record deals?

Princess Shaw: I’m working on my first official album with Kutiman. I’m excited about that. People think that I have a deal, but it’s not even like that right now. I believe in action. I haven’t had any major labels approaching me and I’m okay with that. I’m just doing my thing.

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Have you changed anything in your music since you started getting further attention?

Princess Shaw: As far as me, I’m still the same person. My music is still me. I want to keep that originality. My hair is still red. I don’t want to lose myself. I may have some makeup and some curls but I’m still the same regular chick. I don’t think anyone expected this to happen but I’m still the same person.

Did you ever get your car fix?

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Princess Shaw: No. I had to give it up and sell the parts. When I went to Israel, people think I have a lot of money, but I’m still struggling. At the time, I went there to sing a song and came back home. I’m not rich. I’m struggling like the next person and trying to find my way. I’m doing a promotional tour and get compensated for what I do, but it’s not like it’s a billion dollars. My boyfriend has a car so I’m just rolling around in his car. I have also been moving so much.

How did it feel performing in Israel?

Princess Shaw: That was amazing. When I first hit the stage, it felt like I belonged there. I wasn’t nervous. I was about to cry but I also didn’t want to ruin my makeup. I was really amazed by the whole thing. I was like a dream come true. People don’t get to do that all the time and I got to do it. It was so beyond words, I can’t express it enough. I was so thankful.

Samantha Montgomery (Princess Shaw) and Ophir Kutiel (Kutiman)

Can you talk about working with Kutiman?

Princess Shaw: He’s so wonderful and humbling. He’s so down to earth and so comfortable and so realized.I could sing anything around him. He doesn’t judge you. He just want to do his music and be who he is. That’s the kind of person I am too and I think that’s why we connected so well. He’s like an angel. It’s an awesome feeling to around someone you think is a kindred spirit.


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