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Life & Work with Amanda Lauren

Today we’d like to introduce you to Amanda Lauren.

Hi Amanda, can you start by introducing yourself? We’d love to learn more about how you got to where you are today?
Ever since I was a tiny little thing, I’ve always envisioned myself in the entertainment world. While my peers were drawing themselves becoming doctors, lawyers, and teachers, I was drawing myself on the red carpet.

As I began to blossom into my teen years, I lost my childlike wonder and the magical belief that being in the industry was attainable. I starred in a play my senior year of high school which quickly reignited the flame I once had as a little girl. However, once I left for undergrad, the dream was buried again.

After college and many trials + errors later, I landed a role at one of my dream companies (ViacomCBS, now Paramount, specifically for BET Networks). It was (and is, ~I currently work here~) truly a blessing, but somehow I still felt like a piece of me was missing.

It wasn’t until late 2019 that I would finally find it. In October 2019, I began taking vocal lessons at I Heart My Voice Vocal Studio. Taking lessons was the catalyst and pivotal point where a mental shift began to occur and I started believing in my capabilities to pursue the other side of the entertainment industry.

Fast forward to 2022, and I am a thriving multi-passionate. By day, I work in advertising sales. By night, I am a singer, commercial actress & a million other things.

Recently, I released my first single ever, “Becoming SZN”. It’s all about healing your heart, transforming your mind, and stepping into your divine power. It’s a celebration of BECOMING the person you’ve always wanted to be.

It’s a testimony of where I’ve been vs. where I am now. Becoming SZN also serves as encouragement for the one who is struggling, facing a heavy season, or is on the ambiguous adventure of becoming.

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?
There have been struggles along the way. The biggest hurdle is my mindset. Imposter syndrome has always been my nemesis. As I was struggling to find my identity as an artist, I never felt worthy of the dreams I envisioned for myself. As I grew older, I started placing several limitations on my life.

For quite some time, I put myself in a box and felt complete shame because I was unable to “choose ONE thing” and pursue a single path. I’ve always had various passions in my heart, yet didn’t give myself permission to be exactly who I’m called to be: multi-passionate. It took me years to realize it is okay to be/do more than one thing, to take up as much space as I want, and to embrace all of what makes me, ME! One of the most liberating lessons I’ve learned is unapologetically owning ALL of my passions.

Working on my mindset is a daily (sometimes hourly, minute-ly if that’s even a word) action. I’m proud to say the fear + doubts still come, but they don’t stifle me in my tracks any longer. “Thank GOD it was a SZN!”

Thanks – so what else should our readers know about your work and what you’re currently focused on?
By day I work in advertising sales as a West Coast Account Executive overseeing all of BET Networks’ portfolios and by night, I’m a singer/songwriter and performer. I’m a life-enthusiast + optimist & always spillin’ positivi-tea. I hold a fiery passion for empowering women to DREAM BIGGER and pursue their multiple aspirations while creating balance and seeking healing. I pride myself on being a multi-passionate woman. I can’t be defined by ONE THING. I am multi-dimensional, complex, and dynamic.

In this season of life, my main focus is artistry as a singer/songwriter. If you are ever in need of warmth, light, encouragement, or motivation–my songwriting/singing encompasses all of the above.

As a coming of age, on my birthday, I released “Becoming SZN”.

It was inspired by a challenging past “SZN”. I was experiencing a phase where everything felt as if it were collapsing. I was quarter-life crisising…and challenging everything I believed + re-evaluating numerous relationships. I was at a crossroads where I had to make certain decisions that would affect my future trajectory; however, they were incredibly difficult to navigate. After making said decisions, I found myself in a space of sacred solitude–filled with growing pains, surrender, and healing. Thus, resulted in the birth of my first baby ever, Becoming SZN.

Feel free to take a listen. WARNING: Blissful, joy + peace may arise.

Releasing “Becoming SZN” has to be one of the proudest moments of my career thus far. It is truly significant because not too long ago, I was trapped in a mindset of defeat. I did not believe in myself nor did I think I was capable of creating something of this magnitude, and here I am by the Grace of God. If I can do it, anyone can.

If you take away anything from this interview/song, please let it be this: even in the depths of your pain– you are not breaking, you are BECOMING! I pray this song is a lighthouse + the hope that keeps you going when you’re passing through the heavy seasons of life.

ALSO!! You are capable of being and doing whatever you put your mind to + what your heart desires. Once you learn how to tackle your deepest fears + doubts, you will be unstoppable. Keep dreaming BIGGER! There are people’s lives tied to your dreams. Do not give up.

Can you share something surprising about yourself?
Because I connect with people easily, the line of work I do, and my passion requires me to be very public, most people don’t realize that I have very strong, introverted tendencies.

I’m extremely passionate about singing + performance; however, I don’t lead with it. I’m kind of like a walking paradox. HA!

When I released my first single, Becoming SZN, everyone was FLOORED. A majority of my family and friends did even know I sing. In fact, a family friend who has known me before I was even born gasped and said to my mom, “WHAAAAT?!!!! I have known her whole life. Where has she been hiding all of that talent?”

*cue I’m Coming Out by Diana Ross* She’s a shower Singer turned Artist!!!

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Sean Muse, Antonio Combs

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