“If I cannot have my cake and eat it too, then I do not want the cake,” says Von Decarlo regarding her journey to reach her full potential as an artist.
Von Decarlo, a multi-talented performer and television personality originally from Pittsburgh, PA, landed the very first audition she ever attended in New York City, and shortly there after, found herself in Belize shooting for Fox’s hit Reality Show, Temptation Island. She was voted off the show in the first episode by the other female cast members for being the most “intimidating single female” and received little notoriety for her appearance on the show; which, in her words, was a blessing. “It forced me to concentrate less on becoming famous, and more on becoming a really solid, well-rounded performer”.
She was engaged to the late Comedian Patrice O’Neal, who passed one month prior to their wedding date, and says that her title track Honest Righteousness from her debut independent album is about him. She says he called it the “stalker song”. The other side of her album title, Not As Pretty As I Used To Be, is a song she wrote about her own self-image and issues with low self esteem.
She wrote and produced the theme music Cool Ride for The Patrice O’Neal One Hour Comedy Central Special, Elephant In The Room, and after his passing, she produced two successful comedy albums on his behalf, Mr. P and Unreleased.
Von Decarlo is excited to announce the release of her first book titled, Speak Fluent Man, anticipated for Spring 2015. She is also the Executive Producer / Producer of the official Patrice O’Neal documentary, Better Than You which will begin production in the Summer of 2015.
You can catch Von Decarlo as one of the talking head Comedians and Relationship Experts on BET’s Centric, According To Him + Her, as well as in her very own spin-off digital Instagram series, Coach Von’s Playbook. She is also a regular guest on NBA radio, Sirius XM and life coach on The Bill Cunningham Show.
You can find her performing live at various New York City comedy and improv clubs with her Musical Improv group Good Catch Comedy.