Recent television credits include:
Her theatre credits include Rebeck’s OUR HOUSE, Hansberry’s A RAISIN IN THE SUN, and Shange’s FOR COLORED GIRLS. Ajarae is currently developing and starring in an action comedy pilot for television called SMACK Unit.
In 2012, she founded an online marketing resource for actors, The Workshop Guru. She also works as a brand ambassador for the prestige skincare line, Rodan+Fields. She serves on the board of directors of CeCe: Croquet for a Cause, an organization whose mission is to connecting and empower young women in the entertainment industry.
Visit www.ajarae.com for more information.
Inspirational Interview with Ajarae Coleman
Who or what inspires you to stay motivated?
I love Brian Johnson’s Philosopher’s Notes and daily emails. He takes nuggets of wisdom from so many potential mentors and distills them into consumable nuggets that I can enjoy in a short period of time. Marie Forleo‘s Marie TV is a model for my Workshop Guru video series, and she is a model of a successful online entrepreneur.
How long did it take you to get to where you are now?
I quit my corporate job in mid-2009 to pursue an acting career, and I am just reaching the point where I am being seen and considered for my dream projects and creating my own TV show. It takes quite a while to develop your craft and relationships, and aspiring actors should know that they need to be patient and persistent.
I launched TheWorkshopGuru.com in late 2012, and I am just at the point where I’ve recently expanded my team beyond the basics and feeling like I have a handle on what is happening with my business! The first year was a complete whirlwind. The second year was a little bit easier. I’m just starting to feel comfortable. Sort of!
What struggles did you encounter in order to become successful doing what you love?
I’ve always traveled what seemed like a pre-determined path to the next event in my life. School was always important to my family, and my childhood was consumed by working as hard as I could to get the very best grades and achieve constantly. I finished high school and there was no question of whether I would go to college.
After college I took a job serving a community that I cared deeply about. Then I needed to earn some money, and I took a highly paid corporate job. The very FIRST time I stepped off that obvious path was when I quit that job to pursue my dream of becoming an actor, and that was extremely scary for me. It was a huge risk, but my passion for performing was so strong that I couldn’t imagine not doing it.
How did you deal with fear, doubt and worry?
I meditate twice a day. I attend Sunday services at Agape Int’l Spiritual Center, and volunteer with the kids there. I surround myself with inspiring, uplifting people and when worry crops up, I consciously remind myself that it doesn’t help at all.
What people, places or things motivated you to make your dreams come true?
The prospects of complete time freedom, financial freedom and creative freedom are what fuel me every day. I want to be able to decide exactly how I want to make an impact on the world.
In order to do that, I can’t be consumed by day-to-day survival, nor can I be tied to some specific task that I have to complete every day (like for a business or job where I work for someone else). That’s what I work toward every day.