Amajae Hardy Jones - Pennsylvania Interview by Caroline Alegado Nomination by Diana Wolfe Main Photography by Troy Alexander Issue 21 of Inspiring Teens Magazine
Nomination: Amajae Hardy-Jones is a 17 years old actress in the Philadelphia area that is making waves in our local entertainment industry. Amajae is actively involved in many productions currently such as “Cinderella: The Bride of Christ” and was casted as the lead in a traveling stage play called “Not Without My Hijab” that follows the journey of Aneesa, a teenage Muslim girl struggling with many of the societal issues teenagers face: bullying, self-acceptance, and self-confidence. Amajae oversees monthly meetings and organizes various community outreach projects, such as her annual Jeans for Teens drive. This annual jean drive is organized to satisfy the most common request of teens who reside in homeless shelters, “a pair of jeans”. Last year with the help of her community, Amajae collected and donated over 300 pairs of jeans. Amajae loves to travel. In Belize, Amajae visited the local elementary school making friends with the native school children. She has also been to parts of Europe and believes that education through travel is imperative.
How did you get started in theater? I started theater when I was 14 years old. I began with church productions and community plays within the Philadelphia area. I also began a summer theater program at the Kimmel Center of Performing Arts named Show Stoppers.
What is your favorite production you’ve been in and why? My favorite production that I’ve been a part of is the stage play, “Not Without My Hijab”. This play has been one of my favorites because I was able to learn from and experience a culture and religion different from my own. While adapting to a Muslim character, I was able to reflect on my own religion and educate myself of the similarities and differences between the two. Overall, the “Not Without My Hijab” staged production does an excellent job in educating the audience on the importance of the Muslim Religion.
Image by Andre McNeil with Olympus Studio
Can you talk about “Jeans for Teens” and what inspired you to start? The “Jeans for Teens” drive is a nonprofit project that I took on in 2017 in order to benefit unfortunate teens who reside in homeless shelters. It was said that the number one item requested upon arrival is a pair of denim jeans. Through the “Jeans for Teens” project I was able to reach out to a homeless shelter in need and donate over 300 pairs of jeans. I was immediately inspired to take on this project in order to help those to feel a sense of normalcy amongst their peers. I was motivated to educate others of this issue while also encouraging others to take initiate in donating to those in need.
What lessons do you think traveling has taught you that you couldn’t learn in a classroom? Based off my traveling experience I became educated on the importance of learning from others. The importance of learning new cultures helps us all to become better citizens within the world around us.
How are you working to make your dreams a reality? I believe I am working towards making my dreams a reality by pressing on. I believe through goal setting, dedication, consistency and hard work, dreams have no other choice but to turn into reality.
What advice would you give to someone in a similar situation? My advice would be to keep pushing despite what others may say or do. Don’t get discouraged or lose sight of your vision. If you can believe it, your almost there.
Image by by Tara Hardy
Where do you see yourself in 5 years? In five years, I would like to continue in my craft of acting, I see myself continuously learning as I master my craft. Of course I see myself on the big screen by then.
What is your favorite activity or pastime that wasn’t in your nomination? I’m a true Disney kid at heart. If I’m not working on memorizing a script, I’m probably off somewhere watching a Disney classic movie.
What is the scariest thing you’ve ever done for fun? Scariest thing I’ve ever done was zip lining through the tree tops of Costa Rica.
Summer or Winter? Cats or Dogs? Vacation or Stay-cation? Summer, Dogs, Vacation
Amajae will be featured in Issue 21 of Inspiring Teens Magazine!