Destiny Aja is a Los Angeles-based actress, dancer and radio personality. She plays "Renee" in the upcoming Blasian show Audrey & Dre. I completed this interview with her on August 2, 2010.
So, Miss Social Butterfly; tell me a few things about yourself!
I’m one cool, mellow-yellow kinda girl, LOL!
To hear Ms. Kelley tell, you’re very determined to be a successful actress. What steps are you currently taking to ensure this?
I am currently working on my reel, Indie Productions, actively seeking representation, and starting a scene study class in September.
Have you come across any obstacles?
Tons and tons of them!!!!! From bad break-ups, to evictions, to two-hour bus rides to an audition...and when I get there it's been cancelled! There have been many a day I say to myself, "Do I really want to do this???"
And how does your family feel about your career choice?
Not very supportive. They think I'm wasting time. My mom asked me the other day, "When are you going to start doing college graduate activities?" All I could do was laugh.
What is like moving from Atlanta to Los Angeles?
It was a huge change. I felt like I was in another country. I've lined Atlanta, Washington, DC, and visited everywhere in between. There's no other place like L.A.
How did you get involved with Audrey & Dre?
Auditioned. Then at the audition, I realized I had worked with Audrey on one of her previous projects.
We didn’t get to see your character in the previews. What you can tell me about “Renee?”
Renee is very headstrong and she doesn't take much mess. She's looking for love and getting fed up at what she's getting instead.
Ohhhh...that sounds familiar. Now, you've also been in music videos. I’m curious: what’s that like? Did you enjoy the process?
Music videos are a lot of fun. There's music, dancing, sometimes there's alcohol. Still a lot of hard work and long hours like any other set. Definitely enjoyed myself; can't wait to do more.
What was it like working with Snoop Dogg and Usher? I understand you worked very hard to land those gigs.
It was amazing. To be able to be in the same room with artists who have been doing entertainment for so long was an honor. I just wanted some sort of quality they have to rub off on me.
You also appeared in CBS’s The Mentalist. Did you enjoy that gig? How was it different from working on music videos?.
I had a lot of fun on that show. Didn't have lines, but the crew was great. They work fast. Met some great people. Music videos are just more free-flowing. The budgets are a lot lower sometimes, so the sense of urgency is not as much as a TV show.
You’ve overcome a lot to get where you are. What advice do you have for others who want to achieve what you have?
My advice would be to form, if you don't have already, a very strong and understanding support system. And if you have one, keep it very close and tight knit. You need very tough skin in this industry and that system can back you up when need be.
What are you working on now, and what can fans expect from you in the near future?
I'm currently working on an indie project of my own. A mini-documentary on a look behind the scenes of this modeling/acting grind.
I wish you great luck, Miss Aja; it's a been a pleasure. Thanks for "stopping by".
Thank you so much for your interest in this project! We had a lot of fun!