Meet the 'Tara' in 'A.J &TARA'

Urban Craft magazine caught up with one half of talented duo ‘A.J & Tara’ in recent times and she was more than glad to give us an...




Urban Craft magazine caught up with one half of talented duo ‘A.J & Tara’ in recent times and she was more than glad to give us an insight into her origins and how far she has come in the industry.
Below is Tara’s narration in her very own words………………

 I (Tara) have always been a performer.

At a young age my parents encouraged me to join the church choir.

Then, when I was in 4th grade, my parents took me to see “A Christmas Carol”. I had found my new love! I wanted to make others feel what I had felt. 

I joined every choir I could and started taking singing, acting, and dance classes. I ended up in two to three musicals per year all the way through high school ranging from “SchoolHouse Rock” to “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The first album I ever bought was Alanis Morrisette. I sang the songs constantly. I would sing the album out of boredom when Mom made us go shopping with her, and my brother HATED it, haha!

Anyway, I told my family that I wanted to be in all the movie versions of the musicals I had performed.

I went to a college fair where I discovered the American Academy of Dramatic Arts (AADA). I scheduled an audition and was accepted into the Summer Program! The plan was for just my mom and I to get an apartment in California for the summer.

Instead my dad sold our house and bought one in Beverly Hills, California for the whole family to move!

But Staylok, have you ever had to start over? This felt like that, It was super exciting, but it also felt like I was starting my life over in what felt like a whole new world to me.

We were now living in Beverly Hills, I moved from a one-building, super small Catholic high school (400 people in the whole school) to a multi-building campus with 1,000 students in just my graduating class!

Remember the movie “Clueless”? Well, that was me with a capital “C”!

Everyone I met at high school already had their little group and I was the new senior who just didn’t fit in. I made some pseudo-friends in the choir group, but I think they secretly hated me because I took some of their solos.

I was beginning to feel very lonely. I didn’t understand why I wasn’t making friends.

I went into a depression and turned to music to find solace. I enjoyed listening to Avril Lavigne and Kelly Clarkson.

I also began to cling to pop punk and alternative music like My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Simple Plan, and Blink-182. They had a real knack for singing about passion and emotions, and I decided I wanted to do that type of music.

Things started to look up as I began to get really big auditions. I auditioned for the pilot of Hannah Montana.

At first I was rejected because they wanted “a Hilary Duff type,” but later I was called back for another audition. I ran into girls I recognized from movies and TV! Ultimately I got cut.

A few months later I started to see Hannah Montana posters everywhere and to this day I still think, “I got so close! That could have been me.”

I also auditioned for “RV” with Robin Williams (RIP). I was auditioning to be the daughter and I actually got four call backs. I was told it was between me and “a name.”

Eventually the movie came out and I found out the “name” was the singer, JoJo. There were other auditions such as for “Gossip Girl” and “Hairspray,” but none of them panned out.

So, here I was, feeling like nobody liked me again.

I clung even more to pop punk and alternative music. It helped me feel as if I DO matter and I AM meant for something.

I was even in a music video for one of my favourite bands, Fall Out Boy. It inspired me to keep going.

After all this, I started attending AADA. Finally I began to get really close to a group of friends. I was feeling as if I fit in.

I even met a boy. We started seeing each other and having a semi-relationship.

Then he broke my heart. I was crushed and this time fell into a really deep depression.

Where did I go wrong? First high school kids, then the industry, and now this boy!

Time to immerse myself in music again but this time it was pop punk and music that had lots of sadness and feeling in it. I was in such a deep, dark place that it was hard to believe that I would ever see the light again.

Then I met someone new in my life. He listened to my story and gave me hope for the future. You might even know who he is... but you’ll have to wait just a bit to hear about him……


To be continued………….





     



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