WRITTEN BY: RYAN FU @FU_BEATZ
“We never know how high we are Till we are called to rise; And then, if we are true to plan, Our statures touch the skies.” – Emily Dickinson
I don’t know about you, but in 2014 I want to be successful!
Whether it is in photography, music or writing. I just want to be highly successful. Of course, I want to be successful for the fame and money, but I also want to inspire people to become successful. As an Asian American, growing up in America, there weren’t many role models for me to look up to with the exception of my father and Bruce Lee. I am thankful that I had those two influences in my life because I would have been a lost soul. I want to find other people who can inspire people to achieve great things in their own lives.
BLW is introducing a section about people you may or may not know but they are well-known in their own fields and now they are starting to make noise for the whole world to hear. We decided to start this because we as a society are always looking for heroes or someone to look up to as a role model. Ynfortunately, we sometimes look for it in all the wrong places. So, we decided to dedicate an article about people, who you should inspire to be or are least gain some knowledge about how to be successful just like them. “Alone we fall, but together we stand.”
“I”, Jillian Murray, Inspire
Jillian Leigh Murray is an American actress. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Portlyn on Sonny With a Chance and as Heather in An American Carol. Murray made her film debut in the independent film Deep Toad as Natashia. She was later cast in Fifty Pills as Jayne, followed by Legacy also known as Pretty Little Devils. Her first leading role was The Fun Park. In 2009, Murray portrayed Gwen Adams in the romantic comedy American High School. She later played Heather in An American Carol, Abby Graves in The Graves, and Lex Mitchell in Forget Me Not. Murray starred in a recurring role on the Disney Channel original series Sonny With a Chance, playing Portlyn. She had a role in Cougar Hunting playing the lead Penelope (Lara Flynn Boyle’s daughter), as well as in Wild Things: Foursome playing Brandi Cox. Murray’s face and body were used as the model for the character of Liara T’soni in the Mass Effect franchise of video games. She recently appeared in the premier episode of the 2011 revival of the reality series Fear Factor(where she came in second place) In 2012, Murray starred alongside Danny Trejo and Ron Perlman in the action film Bad Ass.
Ryan Fu: Who Are you?
Jillian Murray: I’m a storyteller
Ryan Fu: What are you famous for?
Jillian Murray: I guess when I did Disney’s Sonny with a Chance; I got on some youngster’s radars. And then I did a known video game called Mass Effect where my face and body was used for the main female so that got the male audience and then I guess some movies like Never Back Down 2 for the rest of them
Ryan Fu: Do you like being actresses?
Jillian Murray: No I hate it, why am I here? What am I doing? (Laughing) Of course I enjoy it. I would never do something I wasn’t passionate about.
Ryan Fu: Why did you decide to go into show business?
Jillian Murray: I’m so addicted to understanding people, the how’s and why’s. My curiosity lead me to examine characters and I wanted to dive into them. That along with being a pretty fearless person which I guess I wanted to challenge myself and see if I could do it.
Ryan Fu: Which actor or actresses do you look up to the most?
Jillian Murray: Meryl Streep is an obvious answer but I adore her. I love Juliette Lewis, Halle Berry and Cate Blanchett too.
Ryan Fu: Whom were your role models growing up?
Jillian Murray: This sounds awful, but I didn’t really have any. I was always independent and tried to march to the beat of my own drum. I was careful to not get caught up with idolizing others.
Ryan Fu: If you weren’t actresses what would you be doing?
Jillian Murray: I love psychology so maybe something in that world.
Ryan Fu: What is the best and worst part of your job?
Jillian Murray: The best part is the constant change and constant challenge but its a difficult profession because you have to be able to handle rejection and disappointments often and you have to also be away from your home and loved ones for very long periods of time, which makes sustaining a relationship much harder.
Ryan Fu: Is it more important for you to be famous or to be recognized for your work?
Jillian Murray: My work! But I really haven’t had the opportunity for people to see what I’m capable of yet. When you start out, you take jobs to build your resume and a lot of the times they are not great movies. But they provide a learning experience every time.
Ryan Fu: What are your thoughts about FAME?
Jillian Murray: It comes with the territory.
Ryan Fu: How do you deal or feel about the media, making people famous for doing nothing?
Jillian Murray: I’m gonna plead the 5th.
Ryan Fu: What are your thoughts about the MEDIA/ Paparazzi?
Jillian Murray: I understand it’s their job to get the shots and I understand that the general public is very curious about people’s lives behind the scenes.
Ryan Fu: What are your turns you on or off about a person?
Jillian Murray: Turn ONs – Vulnerability and honesty and someone willing to take risks… its so sexy seeing someone living presently.
Turn OFFs – Selfishness and lying. And someone who is close-minded is a big turnoff.
Ryan Fu: As a person, is it important to be more beautiful inside or outside?
Jillian Murray: C’mon, are you serious? I’m sure you already know my answer because of the previous questions but it’s so obviously the outside! (Laughing loudly) But seriously, I am always looking past the exterior. Whether is beautiful looks, money, or success… those things don’t affect the way I see someone ever. A good soul and a beautiful heart can go the distance.
Ryan Fu: What are your Goals or Aspirations in 2014?
Jillian Murray: My goal this year is to really focus on being more present in life and finding a beautiful balance in regards to work and personal life. I’m an extreme person and when I have my eye on something I go all in. So easing into that balance is really important to me.
Ryan Fu: What makes you so successful?
Jillian Murray: Well that’s a very relative term. You mean how do I live off this career choice? Well this is the advice I give my friends that are actors “If you don’t take a chance, you won’t have chance” and what I mean is stop playing everything so safe! I like walking into an audition knowing that I will either bomb horribly or do amazing and get called back. I think being mediocre or average or safe is death to an actor in LA. The same goes with life too… I LOVE taking chances… yeah I might get my heart broken or lose my financial stability in the process but at least I’m living life to the fullest and I think that way of life attracts positive things.
Ryan Fu: What is your Fitness/ Beauty/ Health regimen?
Jillian Murray: Well this is all changing. This interview is happening in March. And as of right now I haven’t walked into a gym in over 6 months and I have been eating awfully! So I actually will have a much different answer in a few months. I literally lost so much muscle in the last few months that I really am focused on getting back into shape.
Ryan Fu: What is you Philosophy in Life/ Business/ Relationships?
Jillian Murray: Be honest, hardworking, and positive
Ryan Fu: Why should we keep an eye on you in 2014?
Jillian Murray: Well this summer my new film CABIN FEVER PATIENT ZERO hits theaters. I have 5 other films that will be coming out directly after that as well.
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