From Professional Basketball to Fashion, Renee Montgomery Lives Life with No Regrets
A powerhouse on the court and in the media/entertainment world, professional basketball player, Renee Montgomery lives life with no regrets and intense discipline and determination. Her journey to play guard for the Atlanta Dream of the Women’s National Basketball Association started at a young age and she’s been unstoppable since. I had the opportunity to ask her a few questions about her life both on and off the court which left me breathless and in awe of her achievements. Here’s what Renee had to share:
What was your childhood like and how did that foster your interest in basketball?
My childhood was electronic free like everyone else my age. This meant that I spent countless hours outside where I would ride my bike and play games with my neighbors. My Diddy (dad) built me a makeshift basketball court and hoop, and I fell in love.
How do you stay motivated?
What keeps me motivated is everyone that believes in me. As soon as I told my family I wanted to play basketball seriously they encouraged me and stood behind me every step of the way. Then when I told my family I also want to act and host they were all in again. Their support as well as my fans always keep me going.
Was there a time you were told you wouldn’t be successful? And how did you handle that?
I’m very fortunate in that I had a great circle of friends and family around me. I was sheltered in a sense that my immediate family (parents and two sisters) never allowed me to doubt myself nor anyone else.
How did it feel when you were chosen to play professionally?
It felt gratifying but also a bit scary. I was moving to the big leagues, and I knew that I was going to have to elevate myself and my game. It also was exciting because I knew I was going to be making a living play a game.
Do have a mantra/motto when you walk onto the court for a game?
I have a mantra that I stand by in life. “It’s a good day to have a good day.” What I like about that is, every day isn’t going to be great, you’re going to be tired some days, annoyed, etc. but it’s a choice to still have a good day anyway.
What is a day-in-the-life of Renee Montgomery like? Or a week-in-the-life?
That’s so difficult to answer because my weeks vary so much. I’ll just walk through this past weekend and upcoming week.
Saturday: guest speaker at Sporty Girls Inc., audition, business dinner
Sunday: shopped for an event I’m hosting this upcoming weekend. 70’s theme
Monday: Lift then drive to the gym to workout on the court, conference call
Tuesday: morning court workout, Improv class from 12-3, business meeting for my foundation (Renee Montgomery Foundation)
Wednesday: Interview with Ozy Media, acting class 12-3, court workout 3:40, pack for upcoming trip
Thursday: Lift then drive to gym for court workout, Get up Podcast, keynote speaker at Meals with Meaning. a nonprofit event by Family Promise, sit on a panel for an event called, Breaking Barrier, Sports for change., located at the Center for Civil and Human rights
Friday: fly to Ny for a photoshoot; photoshoot will last majority of the day
Saturday: fly back to Atlanta, host a sizzle reel premier (Heaven, Harlem, and the Rucker). The premier is 70’s themed and I’m also in the movie.
When off the court, what do you enjoy doing? Favorite hobbies?
Because my schedule is so busy, when I have free time, I love to binge watch a show or catch up on my favorite tv shows. I also love going to the movies which is basically the same thing.
How do you find balance in your life? What are some ways you deal with stress - physically and emotionally?
Working out helps handle stress for me. It’s a way to work off nervous energy or anxiety. When I’m on the court, I’m only thinking about basketball and what I need to do during that workout or game. So basketball can cause me stress, but it’s also my escape from stress.
What advice would you give another female who dreams of being in your profession? What advice would you give your “younger” self?
The advice I would give another female trying to get in any profession is that it’s not going to be easy. But if you work hard enough, the results you get will be worth it. The reason I say the results will be worth it is because when you give your all to a situation, you shouldn’t have any regrets, even if you don’t get the goal you were trying to reach. But don’t stop there. Try again.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Transitioning from sports into traditional entertainment (acting and hosting) is an uphill battle. Everyone always sees me as the athlete. So each role I get or each job I get, I’ll be trying to show people that I’m more than just an athlete.
And because you clearly have a strong fashion presence, you are in the entertainment world as well, do you have any fashion/styling tips to share? How would you describe your style?
My styling tip is that you should find a style that fits your personality but also fits your body type and rock it proudly!