Remember that MTV show Driven? I loved that show. They profiled one artist and how they achieved fame. It was great because you got to see just how hard these celebs work to get ahead. Their success is rarely “an overnight success” type of thing. And that’s also true with J-Lo. People think that In Living Color was her first showbiz gig, but really she was working years before that for a chance to get recognized.
In the show Driven, we get to see Jennifer’s working class roots, what she was like as a kid and young adult, and how she got into dancing. In the second part of Driven, we get to see Jennifer’s early beginnings as a dancer. You’ll also get a glimpse of her ex-love and mentor Des Calderon.
In an especially fun segment, you’ll get to see Jennifer’s first on-air appearance with none other than MC Hammer! This appearance really sparked things professionally for her. Check it out.
In Part 3, it starts out with Jennifer’s desire to be on Broadway (and the part that she didn’t get) and how she got her start as a Fly Girl. You’ll get to see some early clips of Jen’s dancing career on In Living Color, and find out how she got her very first music video gig with Janet Jackson. Interestingly enough, Jennifer really wanted to be a recording artist first (before an actress). But she loved acting as well, and after she’d tried to get a recording contract (to no avail) she turned her sites back to acting. She knew she would need a certain level of success before she would be able to get a recording deal.
In Part 4, we get to see Jennifer’s early movie rolls, including her part in Selena. This is perhaps my favorite part of the series. Jennifer went down to Selena’s hometown and actually stayed with her family in order to get a sense of her energy. I think this is one reason Jen did such a great job in the role. At the end of the segment, we find out how Ojani Noa proposed.
In the final Part (5) we find out about how Jennifer recording contract came to be. I love one of the quotes in this, “You can help people make a great record, but you can’t help them be a star.” So true. Jennifer was obviously meant to be a star. Enjoy this final clip.