Marquetta began her illustrious career on the Columbia Pictures lot at Indigo Productions as a personal and creative assistant to superstar comedian Richard Pryor. While working with Pryor on the movie “BREWSTER’S MILLIONS” and the weekly CBS children’s show “PRYOR’S PLACE”, Marquetta learned to interact with studio executives, agents, stars, producers, directors and writers. When Pryor made his directorial debut on the film “JO JO DANCER”, Marquetta spent several months compiling Pryor’s personal research for the production.
Later, Marquetta co-created/co-produced and directed the children’s talk show “IT’S OK TO BE A KID” (starring Lark Voorhies of Saved by the Bell fame) and Executive Produced the short films “AZURE CIRCUS SKIES” (Christopher Neiman) with director Christina Morales (Naked Angel) and Marquetta also served as one of the unit publicists for the award winning short film “THE MIDDLE PASSAGE”.
She has worked on a number of film and television production projects of various sizes for major studios. She was part of the
strategic marketing team for the Interscope/Polygram film WHAT DREAMS MAY COME starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr., and she was a member of the production staff of Warner Bros. Television “It Had To Be You” starring Faye Dunaway & Robert Urich. Marquetta was an integral part of the executive production staff for the NAACP Image Awards (Halle Berry, Denzil Washington, Jay Leno) coordinating efforts between departments for the Executive Producer.
Her career also encompasses the promotion and A&R departments of five major record companies including, Warner Bros., Columbia, Epic, RCA, Arista. Overseeing the operations of A&R and budget administration, developing new artists, producing artists showcases, soundtracks and creating promotional campaigns were just a few of her responsibilities. She has worked with artists such as Quincy Jones, Madonna, Paul Simon, Prince, Luther Vandross, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, and a host of other music industry stars. She is a former associate member of the National Association of Recording Arts and Sciences (Grammys).
Marquetta became the Concert Promotions Coordinator and later Vice President of Artist Management/Project Development at David Lombard Management and Productions. At DLM she was responsible for recording and touring budgets, developing special projects and maintaining the careers of such acts as Samuelle, Eric Benét, EnVogue, Jasmine Guy, Malcolm Jamal Warner, Ronnie Laws, Brenda Russell, Johnny Gill, and platinum hip hop producers Bosko (E-40, Limp Bizkit, The Luniz, Master P) and Something For The People (Brandy, SFP, Eric Benét).
Marquetta is the recipient of the River Road African American Museum’s Louisiana Black Film Festival 2007 Award along with Wendell Pierce (Suits, Ray, Treme) and Lynn Whitfield (Greenleaf, Eve’s Bayou) for her contribution to film production; and has received the Service Above Self award of appreciation from her home town New Roads Rotary Club.
In addition, she is a Life Member of the Southern University Alumni Federation and a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.