Amber Riley, Flo Rida Set for MTV's THIS IS HOW I MADE IT, 11/17

November 15
2:59 2012

Amber Riley, Flo Rida Set for MTV's THIS IS HOW I MADE IT, 11/17

Below check out a selection of quotes from this weekend's all-new episode of MTV's THIS IS HOW I MADE IT, featuring Flo Rida and "Glee's" Amber Riley. The episode airs Saturday, November 17 at 12:00 p.m. ET/PT.

Flo Rida:

"I remember one time when I walked outside and it was like a swat team on top of the roof and they were even telling the little kids to get down, lay down, don't make a move. That really frightened me…to the point where I was just like I don't want to be caught up in anything wrong." – Flo Rida, on growing up in Carol City, FL and realizing that he wanted to make something of himself

"I recall just going [to the studio for the first time] and everybody just stopped what they were doing and was like 'Go ahead and spit something.' So I started rhyming and [my friend] was just like 'You got something. Matter of fact, you're part of the group.' That moment just changed my life. I became a rapper." – Flo Rida, on a huge moment in his life that jump started his career

"In school I stayed in honor classes but I always [en]visioned myself becoming a superstar. I don't want to work a nine to five. Nine to fives's take away from what I'm doing. It was never in my mind to do anything else other than just give my all to music." – Flo Rida, on realizing and pursuing his passion

"I remember going inside [record executive] Lyor [Cohen]'s office and they were just telling me 'Nobody really performed in Lyor's office other than like LL Cool J.' I recall jumping on top of Lyor's desk shaking up his vintage bottle of Dom Perignon and performing. And it was just amazing. My idea of making it was definitely you know signing on the dotted line. When I got a record deal, man I was just in tears, just so happy because I know how hard I worked." – Flo Rida, on signing his first record deal and realizing he'd made it

Amber Riley:

After I did [the pilot for] 'Saint Sass,' I kept on auditioning. I was being offered the girl who sits in the corner and you know eats all day. The girl who wanted to commit suicide because she was fat. It was never anything that I felt had a good ending. I wanted people to know that those aren't the only kind of roles for women like me, normal girls." – Amber Riley, on life in Los Angeles and trying to make it as an actress

"I'm a healthy person. I have great friends around me that are positive. I think that's the key to life – is to make your own path, set your own rules, because there is no set rule. There is no set look, there is no set anything. You make your own rules in your life and you make your own decisions." – Amber Riley, on refusing to conform

"[Mercedes on 'Glee'] was a role I could feel positive about. It was an honest role. And it was the role of a lifetime for me." – Amber Riley, on her big break

"'Glee' has opened up doors, windows, shutters, anything you can think of. I've been accepted into the music world and that is probably the greatest thing that 'Glee' has done for me. – Amber Riley, on making her dreams a reality


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