Today we’d like to introduce you to Ilisa Juried.
Hi Ilisa, thanks for joining us today. We’d love for you to start by introducing yourself.
From the time I could walk and talk, I was dancing and singing everywhere. I come from a very strong lineage of professional performers, so it was only natural that I would follow suit in my parent’s footsteps. I’m the daughter of Phyllis Juried (Broadway and television performer) and the late producer/composer and recording engineer Michael “Skip” Juried.
My first production deal was with Jive Records/The Cornelius brother’s when I was 14 years old. From there, I worked with many different producers and labels to develop myself as an artist. During this time, I was also touring as a professional dancer for Missy Elliott, City High and Busta Rhymes. In 2007, I was a member of the Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious TV show and from there everything changed with my career. Signed to Interscope/Geffen Records, followed by Can I Ball Records (Nick Cannon), I have had the opportunity to work with some of the greats. I’ve been blessed to perform and record with artists such as Get Busy Committee, Fort Minor, Scoop Deville, Apathy, Dr. Dre, Bishop Lamont, All For One, Berlin, Britney Spears and Backstreet Boys.
Additionally, I’ve done a lot of TV/Film work with ABC, NBC, Fox, Nickelodeon and Discovery channel. Currently, I am focused on my motivational speaking, where my main focus is to speak about my experience with Cardiac Arrest and maneuvering through the entertainment field.
We all face challenges, but looking back would you describe it as a relatively smooth road?
Nothing is ever smooth! The way we typically envision our lives to be doesn’t always go according to plan. There’s a saying that goes, “Tell God your plans, and he’ll laugh”. It’s so true! You can plan for everything to go a specific way and it rarely ever does. But that’s the beauty in the adventure of life. Part of success means there will be struggles and moments of failure on the way, and I honestly love that! You can’t become strong without some pain. You can’t be successful without some failure. Your journey is unique and what makes it special is that it’s yours.
In any industry, you’re going to get rejected. But, in the entertainment industry, it’s on a whole other level of obstacles. You are constantly being told no, and why you’re “not what we’re looking for”. Too skinny, too fat, too tall, too short… It’s a never-ending journey of being told that you’re essentially not good enough. But in order to become great, you need to understand that people’s opinions of you are just that and they don’t hold merit over your life. To get to that point takes a long time though, I’ll admit. It’s a consistency of constantly telling yourself to just focus on YOU!
Appreciate you sharing that. What else should we know about what you do?
My goal in life has always been to inspire people, whether that be through music, God or life. It was always bigger to me than just doing music. I believe that I was put on this earth to be a people person and inspire those through my experiences.
There is nothing more that I love than to be on stage, whether singing or speaking at events. Being in front of the camera feels like home. I’m most known for the Pussycat Dolls: Girlicious and speaking/performing at American Heart Association events all over the country.
I am the youngest person in the world to have the type of heart condition that I have and survive it. I was 18 years old when I went into cardiac arrest and was saved by God and CPR. I truly believe that this heart condition has been a major blessing over my life because it has given me the ability to show God’s love and grace over me, and with that, I’ve been able to build my motivational speaking career around it. I’m most proud of myself for never giving up and for being a consistent fighter every day.
Are there any important lessons you’ve learned that you can share with us?
You are your only competition. I believe that there’s space in this world and industry for everyone. There’s no need to step on each other’s toes to get where we want to be. Instead, we need to be lifting each other up and assisting others along the way. Of course, in a selfless way, you always need to put yourself first but understand that everything we learn in life should be shared amongst each other. I believe that we are all in this life together, just trying to figure it out. It’s important to believe in yourself along the way!
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