Nick Mara is so cute, such a good dancer, can act and sing! I would die to have a dance battle with him, but he would totally win. Check out my favorite things about him!
What is one secret you have never told anyone?
What? I can’t tell. Then it wouldn’t be a secret anymore!
What was your dream job as a kid?
I wanted to be a professional football player in the NFL.
What is your guilty pleasure?
1. What has been your biggest accomplishment so far?
Releasing my first single, “Can’t Get Enough”!
2. What has been your favorite moment so far in your music career?
Tough question. I have met a lot of awesome people, including the owner of the legendary recording studio the Village in Los Angeles; Timbaland’s manager, Mike Evans; and my man Deezle, a two-time Grammy–winning producer!
3. Have you met anyone in the music business who has made a huge impact on your life?
Yes! Everyone I meet offers me great advice and insight. Tracy Morgan, the actor, came to one of my shows and really shed light on the industry from an artist’s perspective. He was so dope. I also got good advice from Mike Evans. Cool dudes.
4. What is the biggest obstacle you’ve encountered so far in your career?
The biggest challenge has been maintaining a normal life while recording, acting, and dancing. I love school and have always said that I want to finish school with the friends I grew up with. That being said, I have had to sacrifice a lot in order to pursue my passion in the entertainment industry.
5. What are you most looking forward to in the future?
So much . . . releasing more music, going on tour, meeting more of my fans face-to-face.
6. You’re in the new film Freeman Velocity. Have you always had a desire for acting?
I never knew I liked it until my manager suggested I audition for this role. Then I auditioned and actually got the starring role. I couldn’t believe it. We were on set, and each day I learned that I loved acting more and more. Freeman Velocity came out a little while ago and was chosen for numerous film festivals. So cool! Since then I’ve done a few commercials, and I’ve also done an Off-Broadway show.
7. What do you like about working in a film that is playing in film festivals, and how is it different from a movie in theaters?
Freeman Velocity is a short film and is approximately twenty minutes in length. It really focuses on a mission—awareness of bullying and autism. Film festivals are cool—nothing cooler than being able to see a bunch of movies at one time that you would not normally know about or have the opportunity to see. It was a surreal feeling knowing that people were going to the film festival in five different states to see me in a film. Wow!
8. Who is your biggest role model?
Another tough question. Anyone who works hard, doesn’t give up, and isn’t afraid to veer off course is a role model to me. My mom defines that—she has been thrown every curveball in the world, but she keeps getting back up and taking chances. Both for herself and for us, her kids!
9. How do you find inspiration?
Through life. something happens every day that means something. Turning that into music is the inspiration. I look at people like Chris Brown—every song he writes comes from life, his life. Same with Drake, Pink, and Stevie Wonder. They sing their lives into a reality. I admire that. That’s why they are icons with great entertainment quality. I want to be an icon too.
10. You just started working with Hushed . What is your favorite part about working with the company?
I was one of the first people to work with Hushed. They were so cool from the get-go that I just had to work with them. Now the app has officially launched and is ready to go! Everyone should get the Hushed app. It’s so cool. Fans can talk to artists directly. I just did a bunch of Hushed calls with fans, and they were killer. I love my fans so much—without them, I couldn’t exist.
11. How did you learn to dance?
Honestly, I learned by watching America’s Best Dance Crew. So I kind of self-taught and then learned through TV. Crazy!
12. Who are some of your dancer idols?
Lots. Chris Brown , WillDaBeast Adams, Ian Eastwood, Brian Puspos, Jun Quemado.
13. How do you stay focused on your work and avoid getting caught up in the craziness that often accompanies fame?
Mom always told me to be humble. So I don’t focus on the hype. . . . I’ve been through a lot in my life, so I’m aware that anything can happen overnight. I focus on what I want to do and what is important. I want to entertain. So I train to entertain!
14. Where did the inspiration for “Can’t Get Enough” come from, and did you encounter any obstacles while writing it?
You know, I write a lot, but I don’t necessarily always have a beat in mind. So I went into the studio and listened to a lot of different beats produced by Tyler Constantino. I knew I wanted to focus on an acoustic song but also incorporate a dance sound since I love to dance. Once I’d picked the beat, I began writing with a team. One of the writers, Tony Reyes, who’s written for Gwen Stefani, Beyoncé, etc, started writing with me. I wanted to talk about a perfect relationship, a perfect date. And that’s where “Can’t Get Enough” came from.
15. What message do you want your fans to get out of your new song, if any?
Appreciate all music! And that we’re all searching for that “Can’t Get Enough” relationship!
16. How is writing music different from dancing or acting?
Interesting question, because all three really focus on potential vulnerabilities. When dancing to music, like, really dancing, it can be very emotional. I did a lyrical dance to “Human” by Christina Perri, which forced me to show the feelings of the song and what I construed the lyrics to mean. Same with acting. Acting can force vulnerability as well, because you are becoming someone other than yourself and what your perception of that character is. But writing—those are your feelings, your words . . . which means you are exposing yourself and your feelings to the world. That is a very humbling and vulnerable position to be in.
17. At what point in your career will you consider yourself a great success? In other words, what needs to happen for you to be able to say that you’ve been successful?
Success is a relative term. And everyone is successful at something. But for me, I would like to be performing at the Grammys one day!
18. What is something that people might not expect you to love?
I love math!
19. If you could perform anywhere in the world, where would you perform?
Oh my! Anywhere in the world? I don’t know yet. . . . But I’ll start with Madison Square Garden (ha!).
20. What advice do you have for young teens who would like to get into the music/acting/dancing industry?
Be true to yourself. Surround yourself with the right people and with the best team possible. This business requires hard work and sacrifice. So make sure you love what you do, because hard work, passion, and drive are just the beginning of your success.
Check out my new song, “Can’t Get Enough” on iTunes or Google Play.
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Peace, Love, & Music . . . Zee.