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Life & Work with Aliya J’mari

Today we’d like to introduce you to Aliya J’mari.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
I didn’t grow up in an ideal household. I turned to creative outlets to escape a lot of what I experienced as a kid. Writing and acting out the scenes in my room was how I got through so much. Over time I lost that creative fire, and I became shy, timid and afraid. I majored in radio, TV, and film at Howard University, but I never got back to writing and acting until after I graduated and I had nothing else left. Back in 2019, I moved to Los Angeles to pursue the business side of the TV industry. Once I started working in the field, I hated it! I tried multiple jobs, and they all made me realize that it wasn’t for me. So I quit. I had nothing else left, and a friend thought I would do well as an actress and told me to at least do some background work. I did, and I loved it. I took a class and the first day, the instructor came up to me after class and said, “oh, you’re good.” Now I’m here for good.

Would you say it’s been a smooth road, and if not what are some of the biggest challenges you’ve faced along the way?
It has not been a smooth road. I dealt with a lot, but my biggest obstacle was fear. I spent a lot of time focusing on how afraid I was of performing. How afraid I was of getting in front of someone’s camera as a model. That I wasn’t good enough or pretty enough. It crippled me to the point where I did nothing. I believe the way I was raised played a huge factor on my self-esteem, but now that I’m independent, I’m growing into my own, and I’ve gained so much confidence by just going for what I want unapologetically, in spite of fear. I no longer let it hinder me. I recognize it, I get to the root of it, and I push through.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am an actress, model, and content creator. I’m currently working on a web series that I created that’s set to be released this summer. I am also set to be in the next season of the Netflix show, Cobra Kai. I can’t say too much, but its my most exciting project I’ve been on to date, and I am so grateful for the opportunity. I also just started my business, Golden Giraffe, with affirmation apparel and other items to inspire others to live a prosperous and fulfilling life on their terms.

So maybe we end on discussing what matters most to you and why?
Being free. My freedom means the most to me. It’s the underlying current of who I am. I desire to be and stay free in creating, dancing around my house, being authentically me, in my relationships…etc. Being able to move in spaces and around people authentically is what matters the most to me. And that’s not being nonchalant, it’s simply being able to be who I am and do what I want in every situation I encounter…it’s me having a voice and taking up space because I didn’t always have that.

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Cy Patel, Taleah Rayn

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