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AJ: Profile + Interview

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AJ: Profile

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Full name

AJ

Age

19

Place of Birth? (city, country)

Los Angeles

Where you live now? (city, country)

Los Angeles

Origins (where parents are from)? (city, country)

Los Angeles

First Language?

English

What do you do? (Profession/Occupation)

Act, Model, Artist, Personal Assistant and full-time college student

How long have you been doing it?

Acting: about 4+ years, Modeling: Just started within the past 5 months, Art: 10 + years, Personal Assistant: 2 years, College student: Sophomore year (I’ve literally been in school since I was 4 years old, education never rests lol)

Fav Song

I have so many, this one is pretty tough but I guess I will have to go with Mariah Carey “Hero.”

Fav Musician/Vocal artist/Rapper/Singer

Beyonce’ duh lol

Fav Movie

Mighty Joe Young

Fav Actor/Actress

Dorothy Dandridge and Angelina Jolie

Fav Clothing brand

I am definitely a shopaholic so I shop at a multitude of stores but you can never go wrong with a good pair of jeans from Fashion Nova.

Fav Artist (in any art form)

Leonardo da Vinci

Fav Sport to watch

Football

Fav Sport to play

Flag-Football or swimming

 

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AJ: Interview

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The first words that comes to your mind when you hear Inspiration, Passion, and Strength

The first word?? Hearing those three adjectives quickly made me think of my grandpa. Not only is he my best friend but my hero he possesses all of those qualities and more.

Who are you? (Answer how you interpret this question)

Well this is a loaded question lol but if I had to sum up who I am as a being it would be a strong, funny, active, whole hearted, positive woman. I am a bit of a nerd; I’m not going to even front. I am weird but in a good way, like I tend to think outside of the box and random thoughts constantly pop into my head. I enjoy good books and old movies. I thank God for blessing me every day and I always aim to see the brighter side of life.

Why do you do what you do?

Hmmm… assuming this question is aimed towards my modeling and acting side, its actually quite funny to me. I love acting, I have always admired the past actors and films ever since I can remember. I strongly believe that acting is a skill that many people take as being easy but it really is not. When it comes to acting you have to shutoff who you are: your personality, your thoughts, your body language and then step into your character’s persona which you have to create yourself. It can be very challenging at times depending on who you are portraying and I love a good challenge. Being able to step out of my introverted bubbly personality and into a characters whose demeanor is completely different than mine intrigues me. Now when it comes to my modeling, phewwww that’s another story. I absolutely love being in front of the camera but it’s still something new to me. I owe Instagram a huge thanks for allowing me to showcase myself to people but I am more than just an “Instagram girl” (I.e. : gym, selfies, fashion, teas, etc lol) . When I first got my IG I could barely get 10 like never imagined I would get thousands. I use my IG to motivate women as well as young girls who follow me to show them that you don’t have to be rich to be stylish, to have a healthy natural figure, or a positive mindset. Trust me when I say I’m ballin’ on a budget lol. Being a college student is not cheap but I want to show people that if you eat healthy, rid yourself of negativity, and love yourself first, success will be sure to follow. I always emphasis on education though because I am a firm believer that beauty fades but the mind is always their stay.

When did you know this is what you wanted to do, and what events led you to choose it?

I knew I wanted to become an actress ever since I was little watching old movies like The Ten Commandments with my grandpa lol. Like seriously, I’ve watched that almost 5 hour movie a billion times. When I knew I wanted to act I started taking classes and auditioning and trying my absolute best to take on every role that was tossed my way. I definitely haven’t had my “BIG BREAK” yet but I know it’s coming. This industry is tough, there are so many talented and beautiful people I am competing against but one thing I know I uphold is perseverance. I go beyond determination when I have my heart set on something. When it comes back to my modeling side, though I love being in front of the camera and taking pictures I never really saw myself as a “model” lol. I just like taking pictures but when I saw that one of my photoshoots went viral I was like “Oh my goodness, is that me on Twitter?” I don’t even have a twitter account lol. Then came the faux pages of me and so on and so forth. I continue to model though because I feel like it presents opportunity to live the dreams I dreamt as a child. Some of which I’m living right now.

Toughest thing you had to overcome to do what you do? And what/who helped you?

I am a vegetarian and I work out religiously but when my look started to attract other people’s attention it really made me kick up my gear and made me hit the gym more and lay off the pizza. I’m human not a mannequin, I don’t want to give people this false cogitation that I am “perfect” especially at all times. I get bloated, I eat candy, I don’t hit the gym every single day, and I do make mistakes but I’m only 19. I am still growing and learning. It’s hard to try and meet people’s expectations but I came to the realization that if I am going to do this, I can’t do this for anyone else but myself if I don’t meet the desires or attractions of some people you know what? I’m okay with that. The person who has really been with me since I’ve started has been my mom. She gives me daily prayers, pep talks, and motivates me to bypass the negativity and shade that I get thrown my way. She is definitely my everything and pushes me to only move forward.

Has anyone/anything ever inspired you to become who you are (to follow your dreams)? Have you ever inspired anyone directly?

My grandpa is my inspiration. He comes from a time where opportunity was rare for an African American. I’m doing things he couldn’t even dream about at my age and every time I feel like I need to pause or take a break I think about him and my grandma and all of the sacrifices and tribulations they have committed to during their lifetime. What I do, I do for them.

 

Have I ever inspired anyone???? I get a lot of positive messages through my e-mail, IG DMs, and Tumblr. A few lover boys but a lot from young women and some older who want to know where I buy my outfits, or what skin products I use, or what workouts I do. And I know this is sort of cliché but it is the God honest truth: “I aspire to inspire.” I want to show that beauty comes in every shade and that you control your destiny. My parents are divorced, I was raised in two different households and grew up in a not so “ritzy” neighborhood, but I learned that you can’t live life playing the victim if you want success, you have to wear some comfortable clothes, toss your hair in a bun, and take care of your shit.

One mistake that you made in your journey? How have you learnt from them?

It took me a long time to decide to start modeling so I used to decline a lot of offers because though I love being in front of the camera I was shy. I have braces and stretch marks on my butt that took me quite some time to adjust to but at the end of the day I had to realize they are not going anywhere anytime soon so you got to just work with what you got. I learned that you don’t have to accept every offer, make sure you do your research because sadly there are a lot of people who will try and use people especially young females such as myself for negative exposure and you have to realize that if you feel deep in your gut that something is shady it probably is and don’t be afraid to walk away trust me. If it’s meant to happen it will happen.

Upcoming projects? Plans/goal? (about anything, if you have any)

I am quite excited, I just recently shot a short film for a film festival, I have some photoshoots, music videos, and a few other things coming up so I’m super duper excited to get started on everything. My goal is to be a red carpet correspondent, show that there is nothing wrong with having beauty and brains, and just continue doing me lol.

What advice would you give to other people? (Just about life in general - It could be about anything)

I would tell this to anybody: Never allow the opinions or expectations of others to alter your dreams or goals. You are amazing and there is no one else in the world like you. Just stay true to who you are and watch how life aligns itself.

Say anything you want, about anything (Last words)

Life’s easy, it’s the obstacles that come our way that make it a little bit more interesting…

Stay blessed.

 

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