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Raven-Symoné answers fans' queries

We asked a few of Raven-Symoné's preteen and tween fans in Modesto if they had any questions for actress/singer. They did, of course, and Raven was happy to answer:

Q: You're so funny. How did you learn your comic timing?

A: I've been very blessed to work with Bill Cosby, Mark Curry, Eddie Murphy and now Martin Lawrence. I think it's me watching them over the years, watching Lucille Ball and Carol Burnett and Flip Wilson and just studying all those people. I can't say I sat down and took a test and all that. I think it really just comes from watching and things like that. Thanks for saying I'm funny. I really don't think I'm that funny, though. I just have fun.

Q: How did you like having your own show, and is it something you'd like to do again?

A: I liked having my show. I have to say it was a lot more work than I thought it would be. People warned me. I called Mark Curry, who was on "Hangin' with Mr. Cooper" with me, and he was like, "Raven, it's gonna to be a lot of work." And I was like, "Nah, it's gonna be fun, it's gonna be fun!" Getting in there -- actually getting in there -- wow, it was (a lot of work), ya know. I would love to do it again because now I know what to expect and now I can hopefully be seven times better at it and not surprised at being put in the situation. I enjoyed myself, I enjoyed the learning experience and I think that if I didn't do it, I wouldn't be the person I am today. So, it was difficult, but that makes you better, always.

Q: Do you have a preference between acting and singing?

A: Um (thinks for a moment), I do not. I love both of them equally. I think each of them gives me something that the other can't.

Q: Have you been able to attend college, or do you intend to?

A: I do intend to attend, but I need to do it when I can give it 170 percent, because it is a job all of its own and I want to experience it to its fullest and I don't want to waste my money, obviously. So I want to wait until I slow down or become an executive and do it then so I can really understand everything and not have to say, "OK, I gotta miss this test because I gotta go on tour." Not acceptable.

Q: What is the best thing about being famous?

A: You get to be paid for what you love to do -- let's keep it real.

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