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Meet Trailblazer Tierra Amira Jones

Today we’d like to introduce you to Tierra Amira Jones.

Tierra Amira, can you briefly walk us through your story – how you started and how you got to where you are today.
Performing and music are two things I was exposed to at a very young age. I started acting when I was very young. Around the age of four, my mom had the whole family in acting classes. Even though I was young, it felt natural to me to be in front of the camera. I remember my first commercial was with Oscar Meyer. I still remember the Oscar Meyer jingle! I didn’t really know what I was doing or why but I remember always having fun. Unfortunately, my mom did not keep the family in the acting classes. Again, around the age of eight, I decided for good that acting was a career a wanted to pursue. I remember being a little girl sitting in my living room watching tv. I was so wrapped in imagining how the actor had to memorize lines and have rehearsal and shoot several takes on camera; I thought to myself I want to be there, I want to do that for the rest of my life. A very powerful thought for then, but my mind has not changed since that day. I love acting and I truly enjoy the process from first receiving a script to finally seeing your work premiere.

I was also inspired by music at a very young age as well. My brother was a rapper and wrote his own lyrics, Sometimes, I stumbled upon his journal that he wrote all his songs in. I was always intrigued by the words because reading it to myself made me really see the poetry of it. We fought a lot when I was younger but music always brought us together. Today, he still inspires me as a DJ. I go by DJ Full Xposure because is one of the only outlets that allow me to feel comfortable and be vulnerable or exposed as an artist.

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
The road has not been all smooth. I had to push past a lot of obstacles, some within my controls and others not. It is and will always be a learning process along the way. Every time, despite the circumstance, when I persevere and push through I come out stronger in the end. With that being said, my piece of advice for young women and anyone really is that you have to stay ready. That meaning that you should always be working on your craft whatever it is. Do something every day that helps you towards your career, have content and collaborate. Some of my best work are things that I have accomplished with a team of creatives.

Please tell us more about your work, what you are currently focused on and most proud of.
I am an Actress, Model, Dancer, and DJ. Since I mentioned my music and acting background, I’ll speak about dance. I started dancing when I was ten, a tap was the first that I learned. Looking back, I feel like I was drawn to tap because of its rhythmic nature. The fact that you are creating beats and sounds with your feet. From tap, I went on to performing Jazz, Modern, Hip-Hop, Flamenco, Dunham, African, and Contemporary Dance. Some of my greatest memories as a Dancer was dancing in competitions and training at the Debbie Allen Dance Academy. I am most proud of the diverse nature of my brand. I am the kind of person that doesn’t stick to one things and love to explore new ideas and experiences. So, that is how my passion for acting , then turned into a passion for dance, and music, and fashion. I love it went artists/creatives conquer more than one avenue. I believe that the idea, that you can’t do everything is very limiting. You can do anything you want!

Do you recommend any apps, books or podcasts that have been helpful to you?
More recently, I am reading the “You Are A Badass at Making Money” by Jen Sincero, which is the second to the book “You Are A Badass” I love these books because they encourage you to push past the fear and be the best you! Other great books that have definitely inspired me along my career was The Alchemist by Paulo Coehlo and The Greatest Salesman In The World by OG Mandino. The Alchemist taught me patience and perseverance along my journey and The Greatest Salesman taught me manifestation and discipline. I want to encourage everyone to sit downing read, it is one of the best methods to expand your knowledge.

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Paige Wilson, Melissa Rodriguez, Charles Mitri, Jose Cruz, Mickey Wyrozebski, David Kelly

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