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Meet Jazlyn Miller aka Brown Rich of Compton, CA

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jazlyn Miller.

Jazlyn, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I started off in the 10th grade as a cheerleader in high school (long beach poly). I thought that’s what my life was going to be, I made All American all three years I cheered. I knew nothing about the dance world. In the 11th grade, I was introduced to a performing arts school that I went to on the weekends, called AGC (Amazing Grace Conservatory).

That was my intro to dance. Once I got to the 12th grade, I got an offer to join the USA, a pro cheer team. I was also offered to go to England for All American, so I went. My intentions were to join USA after I graduated, but I graduated at a very early 17, so I had a year until I could join.

In that year, I joined a hip-hop community theatre program called Chosen by God (CBG). From there, I became intrigued with dancing and started my journey on getting signed. Once I got signed, that’s where my real journey started. I’m now signed with MSA.

Has it been a smooth road?
I don’t believe anything is ever a smooth road. Struggles happen in different forms for different people, whether it’s emotionally, physically, socially, or spiritually. My overall and personal struggle is the fact that I really have no training. I do believe I have natural energy when it comes to dancing, but often times I’m challenged with textures, lines, and technique in certain auditions or on sets. It’s always extra work because most times it’s my first time doing something.

Mentally, I want to be the best on whatever job I’m on, I want to feel confident and do a good job. Therefore, I have to find ways to kill a style I’ve typically never done or to keep up with the technique of people who’ve been doing this all their lives. My next struggle, I don’t like the industry. My morals are strong. I like to treat everyone with respect, and I like to be respected. People feel like ‘Oh, it’s just the industry.’ I don’t believe in that. I think there’s ALWAYS a way to be respectful, no matter who you are.

With having this mindset in the industry, it’s created beautiful and genuine friendships for me because we attract what we put out — my last struggle. On so many occasions, dancers are not being paid what we deserve. It’s unfortunate because this is how we survive, so it’s hard to say no sometimes. But I wish people would understand that in order to get your full vision, it takes resources. If you don’t have those resources, then you have to make do with what you have. It’s not fair to us to do otherwise.

Tell our readers more, for example, what you’re most proud of as a company and what sets you apart from others.
I am a professional dancer. I dance on music videos, award shows, tv shows, you name it. My specialty is hip-hop. I feel like I’m known for my blue hair, tattoos, energy, and realness. I am also an early head start teacher. The same morals that I instill in my children are the same morals I live by.

I am very proud of that, I am the same person always. I go and speak to high school students about many things, but the biggest lesson is staying true to yourself and loving yourself no matter what. That is partially where the name ‘Brown Rich’ comes from.

Let’s touch on your thoughts about our city – what do you like the most and least?
I claim three cities. Carson, Compton and the LBC! I love the culture in all three. I also love to see people make it big out of these cities. My cities hold so much history, a history that can never be taken away. I wish we had better resources. These cities lack what richer cities have. But I think times are changing, and I’m trying to be a part of that change.

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