A native New Yorker, Monica Sutton-Kelley studied at Syracuse University's School of Visual & Performing Arts, where she received a B.F.A. After graduation, Monica went to work for Time Warner and HBO as an associate producer for various shows. During that time, she was also producing music videos for several R&B and Hip-Hop artists on the Warner Brothers Records label, as well as freelancing on various film projects helmed by Spike Lee, Leon Ichaso, and the Hudlin Brothers.
Monica's career moved in a different direction when she went to work at the Chisolm-Mingo Group, an award-winning advertising agency in New York City, where she produced commercials for several major companies, and their diversity divisions.
She later went to work at BET, as Senior Producer of Creative Services. In 2009, Monica wrote a military reality series, which was green-lit and developed by ABC Television. She has since written and sold other original shows to both the ABC and NBC Universal television networks, and she has secured a production deal with Sony Television for a dramatic series, which she also created and wrote.
With a vision of launching her own platform for family television programming, Monica signed a deal in 2022 to write, produce and oversee, a sponsored original show idea for NBCUniversal.
Chasing the Dream is that show. The format of the series pairs celebrity mentors with undiscovered talent/mentees that they mentor and champion to move them closer to their dream careers.
Chasing the Dream is the first of several projects she is currently working on.