Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamie Bondega.
Jamie, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Originally, I moved here from Louisiana when I was 18 to pursue a career in acting. I did that for about two years and I did it well. Most of the roles that I got were leading in small projects. Somewhere along the line, I got extremely homesick. Although I was doing well, things were moving too slow for my liking. I’d go in the audition room and KNOW I was the best, but unfortunately that’s not always enough in this industry. Someone else who “looked the part” more can easily get the role just because of that. I felt like I wasn’t in control of my destiny.
One day, I randomly asked my boyfriend if he wanted to make a song just for the fun of it. He said yeah, but didn’t really deliver on that so I made one myself and… IT WAS SO MUCH FUN!!! Around the same time for some reason, I don’t remember why I was off of work for three days straight. EVERY DAY, ALL DAY I sat and wrote songs for three days straight!!! I fell in love with it!!! I was really good for someone who had only picked up the pen a few times to just to clown around with my brothers.
I had gotten really depressed and this was the exact outlet I needed at the time.
I wasn’t sure what to do. I really liked acting but at the same time, I’ll admit I don’t think I ever truly LOVED it and I’ve always been the type to follow my heart. I spend like a week or two debating on what I should do. Should I quit acting? Should I do both? I made the decision to focus all of my energy at the moment on my music. We all know that this is kind of a gateway into the entertainment industry anyways.
I hit the ground running! I go hard at everything I do and everything I want, I WILL get. I gathered some songs I had written and went to the studio for the first time. I dropped a Mixtape called “Chaos Theory” completely out of the blue on SoundCloud. Everyone was Shocked! I LOVED THE PROCESS of everything. I loved writing, recording, coming up with the concept for the project, creating album art, directing music videos.
Since then, I’ve Grown tremendously!!!! I created my own little “tour” if you will. (booked a lot of showcases and open mics) to get practice on the stage. I killed every performance. Once I got to do my first music videos, I knew that I had an advantage over everyone else because of my previous acting career.
It taught me charisma, I was comfortable being vulnerable on stage when others in my position would not be. I know how to work on camera. This was perfect!!! It was liked everything I’d done before was to prepare me for my true destiny
About a month ago, I dropped my second project called “Final Girl”. If you know movies, then you know what a “final girl” is and that’s what I am. The project has done GREAT!!!!!! I dropped a few music videos for it on my YouTube channel. I’ve gotten one song from the project on the radio, (100.9 THE HEAT). Everything is going great.
My most recent accomplishment is about a week ago, I submitted my music to DJ Kid. This is the DJ of DaBaby. He is my FAVORITE rapper and the HOTTEST out right now!!!! He was doing a “Quarantine mixtape” for independent artists to gain exposure. He played all of submitted tracks on his Instagram live. The people would then vote if its “hot or not”. Mine song got a GREAT reaction!!!! I can tell from his reaction that he really liked mine. He handpicked his top 10 favorite artists and I was one of them and he messaged me personally saying my music is “hot”. If you look it up, I’m on his tape.
I have a huge amount of momentum right now. More BIG THINGS coming soon. 🙂
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It hasn’t always been easy.
1) I got fired from the first job that I had gotten in California. I was a sales rep and didn’t make enough sales lol.
2) I almost got evicted, not because I wasn’t making payments but because of personal stuff with my landlord.
3) Once I got over that situation I had a few sticky situations with my roommate that led to me calling the cops.
We didn’t get along, so me and my boyfriend had to move out. We didn’t feel safe living with those people.
4) It is extremely hard being away from my family for so long. We are really close and I get really homesick at times.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I see myself as the business. I am the product. I’m the hottest female MC that everyone I know has ever met. I specialize on making people feel my energy. If I want you to turn up, you’re going to turn up. If I wanna get a message across, you’re going to listen. Not because I’m forcing you to, but because you want to.
I’m most proud that I’m doing EVERYTHING myself. I write my own lyrics. I hustle at my day job to make enough money for music videos and the studio. I’m a creator. I was born to be.
I’m not being cocky, just honest. What sets me apart from others is that my flow is CRAZY. It’s original. My charisma will make you want to be friends with me. I deliver in front of the camera like no one else. I have the ability to make you feel my energy through a silver screen. And I have a nice smile, haha.
NO OTHER FEMALE RAPPER IS LIKE ME, but you have to look me up and find out for yourself!!!!!!!!!!
What is “success” or “successful” for you?
I’m big on goal setting. Success to me is setting that goal and achieving it. If you’re specific about what you want and how you’re going to get it, then it’s hard to fail. You only fail if you quit.
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