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Meet Marissa Ford

Today we’d like to introduce you to Marissa Ford.

Marissa, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I am a singer and actress from Long Beach, California. I grew up singing in school and in several music groups. I even went to a performing arts high school and graduated as the valedictorian of my senior class. After high school, one of my groups was signed to a production deal with Jque Smith and Bryan Michael Cox. Unfortunately, this group along with the others through the years eventually dissolved. After several years of learning about my craft and the music business from the various girl groups, I was able to branch out and explore my career in music and entertainment as a solo artist. I began pursuing acting as well landing my first tv and film role this year on abc’s The Rookie. In 2018 I was able to put out my first EP called Sweat For It along with two music videos I created. Currently, I am looking to create my next project.

Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
It has definitely not been a smooth road lol. Dealing with all the personalities and opinions of a girl group was hard and caused a lot of years of work to be lost in most cases. Finding someone to trust in this industry is also difficult. Navigating this industry as a woman might be the most difficult as much of the time men are only looking to pursue you romantically or sexually but will act like they want to help you expand your career. It can be very frustrating.

Can you give our readers some background on your music?
For me, live performances are my favorite part of being a singer. Being able to look someone in their eyes while you are on stage and see how entertained the are watching you share your gift is the best feeling ever. I grew up doing musical theater so I love to bring the theatrics to my live show with dancing and a real animated approach to singing a song. I am most proud of the fact that even when I no longer had anyone in my corner as far as music goes (managers, producers, labels, even money) I still found a way to continue to create and do what I love.

What moment in your career do you look back most fondly on?
The most proudest moment of my career so far is being asked to go back to my high school and help cast the musical this year. I felt so honored that they respected my opinion as a performer and that my presence at the school was still being felt so many years later.

Or being able to put out my EP as I had never put out any music before and it was proof of what I was able to accomplish without the safety blanket of someone telling me how things should or shouldn’t be done.

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