Photographer Joshua Shultz
Bellus Magazine (BM): How long have you been dancing?
Asia Monet (AM): I started dancing a little before 2 years old, so for about 8 years now.
BM: What is it like to dance for you? How does it make you feel?
AM: Dancing for me is my happy place, where I’m free to express myself and just be me. I love the challenges dance gives me. It just pushes me to be better. It also makes me feel free and happy when I perform on stage. I love to perform, especially live.
BM: What was it like to be on “Dance Moms”?
AM: Dance Moms was a great learning experience for me. Being the youngest on the team at 7 years old, I was ready for the challenge and to take on a different way of training and take on what Miss Abby asked of me. We all know Miss Abby loves her 1st place wins, so I focused and pushed hard and had a great run with 9 out of 9 1st place solo’s for the ALDC. It was definitely a crash course in extreme pressure. I always like to say it’s ‘’dance survival”. I loved the challenge!
BM: Tell me about your show, “Raising Asia”?
AM: Well after leaving Dance Moms to work on scripted projects and my music training, I was offered my own show by Lifetime. It wasn’t a surprise because we were approached before about having my own series prior to me filming with Dance Moms. It was more of a timing issue and for me to be a little bit older. Raising Asia was approached to us as a docu-series of 14 episodes about my everyday life of trials and of juggling my crazy schedule as a young dancer, singer and actress with being so young. My family went though a lot to support me with performances, training, vocals, auditions, expenses, concerts, appearances, homeschool, basically everything. You name it! There was a lot going on. It was definitely a crazy experience and I learned a lot about Reality TV.
BM: Tell us about American Crime Story? What is it about?
AM: American Crime Story let me just say how blessed I feel about being cast on this series. I am so excited to be in one of Ryan Murphy’s projects. I mean, that’s a big deal! He and the A-list actors on this project as so amazing to work with! It’s going to be a must see series. I can’t get into any details other than its an anthology series, centered around famous historical crimes with the first one being 10 episode series of ”OJ Vs. The People”.
BM: Tell us about your character, “Sydney Simpson”
AM: I play the young 9 year old, Sydney Simpson, who happens to be OJ Simpson’s daughter. The role is challenging because the series is a drama. I am having a great experience on set. I love the challenge!
BM: What is next for you?
AM: I have another project to be excited about. I’ve been asked to work on more episodes of American Crime Story as well, which I’m excited about. I have another scripted project in the works. And of course music that I’m working on, I love being back in the recording studio. It’s all about my development, training and acting now. I am more focused than ever! I’m really having a great time and I love what I’m doing.
BM: What advice can you give to other artist out there who want to become successful in their fields of art?
AM: My Advice –It’s not going to be easy! Continue to work hard and push through the tough times. Love what you do and don’t give up. There will be more no’s then yes’s but let that motivate you to prove them wrong. It’s a journey not a sprint to the finish line!