“The junkiness of the office is because I’m a pig pen. Wherever I go, stuff accumulates,” “Power” creator and showrunner Courtney Kemp says with a laugh in her office at Sunset Gower Studios in Hollywood, where she spends about 60 hours per week during writing season. To make the space feel like her own “power” spot, Kemp has packed her workplace with key tokens, filled the halls with her favorite music and brought in red curtains and a matching couch, giving a nod to her favorite color.
Kemp is a self-proclaimed comic-book nerd (she’s a Frank Miller fan), but the Thor hammer is actually a gift from her writing staff. “It’s very much about me as a showrunner and I have to make all the decisions,” she says. In fact she has two: One in Los Angeles and another in New York City where “Power” films. “Also, if people get out of line, bop!,” she jokes. “Just kidding.”
If you watch “Power,” you could probably guess that Kemp is a “big music person,” as she describes herself. “Around me, there’s always music playing,” she says. “It just calms me down, it soothes me, it helps me write, it helps me with my mood.” Among her favorite artists: The Spinners, Chaka Khan, Haim, Purity Ring and, of course, 50 Cent and G-Unit.
Her high-profile role means a jam-packed calendar, so her office doubles as a dressing room. “I have a 5-year-old and I don’t have a lot of time to try things on, so I always order everything to the office and I try on here,” says Kemp. These floor-length gowns didn’t make the cut for the NAACP Image Awards, but she’s holding onto them for the future.