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This Princess is taking the Entertainment Industry by Storm
Actress | Singer | Dancer | Songwriter
On September 28, 2015, I was on an exclusive Press Conference with other media and bloggers to get the 411 on Jasmine “QT JAZZ” Robinson whose name you will never forget, so get used to hearing her sing and dance on stages crowded around by a mass of fans; reporting on the red carpets, such as the BET Hip Hop Awards on behalf of Sprite P.O.U.R. (Purveyors of Urban Reality) and Coke Representative.
You may have already seen her appear on the “Ti and Tiny” reality show, The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and working beside Kandi Burruss and other household names of today. At such a young age, you name it, she’s done it. QT JAZZ puts on a show that wows the crowd with her high energy performances that had her sought out to open for major artists, such as OMG Girlz, The Braxtons, Lil Wayne, Ti, Tiny, and the list goes on and on. Although she is compared to a mix between Beyonce, Janet Jackson, and Ciara, I have to disagree. She definitely is in a lane of her own that is very unique and like no other. At nineteen years old, she is on her way to becoming the next Queen of Pop because she is already taking the industry by storm with her beauty collection, acting, music and the ability to put on a “SHOW” in front of the same large crowds that the household names muster up. Her solo debut, “Heels, Bags” was a very successful single because many females, young to old love heels and bags that keep their swagger intact.
QT JAZZ opened up with a bubbly down to earth humorous demeanor that made others and I feel comfortable to ask as many questions as we were able to do so during the one hour press conference. Her personal message was very enlightening, inspiring, and right to the point of what she currently has going on with her career. This is just the beginning for this young star as she blossoms into adult hood.
“I started dancing, singing, and acting at 3 years old. My mom did business management for a lot of entertainers, such as Xscape, The Braxtons, and others, so growing up I kind of got what I like to call, ‘the behind the scenes version of the industry’. I heard a lot of people say, ‘It’s what you know or who you know that encourages opportunities for you to make it, but I kind of believe it’s more so how good you are.’ So I really took the time out to train, anything from piano, gymnastics and vocal lessons. While she was doing the management side, I was in dance class. So eventually I got the opportunity to perform and open with some of the people she was working with and others, such as Monica, B.O.B, and I did a lot of tour dates opening up for Mindless Behavior and Jacob Latimore. As I got older, I started getting into writing.”
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When QT JAZZ had the chance to work with DJ 695 (@six9five), he produced the Aaliyah, “At Your Best Remix” she wrote herself that reached approximately 10,000 hits/plays on Soundcloud.
She later did a tribute to Xscape, “Understanding” remix video. This tribute was very close to her heart because she practically grew up around Tiny and Kandi. It’s these special moments as their protégé that will last a lifetime. Everyone loved the tribute, and this experience is prepping her to release her own forthcoming EP.
Outside of getting her music career off the ground, she was contacted by Sprite in 2014 that has a program called Sprite P.O.U.R. that highlights artists, fashion, art, and music by putting them in the spotlight in New York, Chicago, and Atlanta. They are also featured on the Sprite webpage.
QT JAZZ goes on to say:
“I continued to work with them this year, and I was able to work with Coke for the Coca-Cola Pay it Forward Program. I spoke to a lot of kids at the Steve Harvey Foundation event that came to Atlanta and had gathered everyone and handed out scholarships which was really inspirational, and I did the Hip Hop Awards Show with Sprite.”
“Sprite and Coke has been really, really good to me.”
I had a few questions to ask QT JAZZ after her introduction.
Hi QT JAZZ, This is Tishawn Marie from Black Folk Hot Spots Network. It’s a great pleasure to interview you. It’s extremely amazing at what you’ve accomplished at such a young age. To this day, many adult entertainers are still trying to reach to your level of success.
Not only are you an entertainer that puts on a very high energy show (I was watching them all last night and I couldn’t stop). QT JAZZ spoke, “I think that’s the most fun I have out of everything, the actual performing.” I went on to say….You’re a reporter, but you’re also an entrepreneur with your own QT Collection & Lip Gloss Line.
I specifically want to know more about your QT Movement in regards to how you plan to help our aspiring young generation, and influencing them to start their own businesses.
“The Coke Pay it Forward was kind of like a seminar where we talked about starting our own businesses and how social media played such a big role even with me getting contacted with Sprite. If I was to give advice to anyone of my age, it would be the following:
To Train, because that’s one thing no one can take away from you, it’s what you know, that’s what my dad always taught me.
Watch what you say to people because people remember.
Watch what you post online. Online is such a huge opportunity for me and others to start businesses. It’s like your own promo. You can be your own business. You don’t want to post anything that reflects you in a negative way.”
What inspired you to start the QT Collection Lip Gloss, and do you plan to add other products to your beauty collection?
“I absolutely plan to add other products to my beauty collection. It originally started because I was always into makeup. My house is literally up 24-7 because we are always doing something or learning something. My mom sews and does hair. She does my hair. I draw the outfits to help my mother make the clothing. I would love to make custom pieces that I actually put my own time into making them. I always made it my priority to learn how to do my own makeup. So anytime we stepped out, we were competing with the people that were signed to major record labels or even the people she was working for or working with, I would be invited to different places, I mean I would have to keep up. It kind of forced my hand in a way, but I also enjoy makeup in itself. I was more than happy to start this big brand. If I was to add anything to the QT Collection, it would probably be nail polish to match the lips.”
You were born with a special gift. What has been your greatest motivation throughout your youth for accomplishing all that you have thus far?
“My greatest motivation is probably my mom because she’s been so active in my life. It was always normal for me. I didn’t think for a second, other kids didn’t have that. Or even if they did have a mom, they didn’t have one that took the time out to really sit with them and learn their career with them, or for them so it could be taught to them. She’s really steady with me. We get into it sometimes. We fuss and fight about some clothes, but at the end of the day, I know she has my best interest. Also, my brother and producer, Gphonix, the way he just constantly wants get better and be better. Some people reach a point where they are just comfortable with themselves like they made it. He just never gets comfortable. He is always trying to learn new music, different sounds in which we work on them in the studio together, and he’s teaching me how to write. That’s just the biggest gift I could ever receive, and that’s my family.”
You’ve had your career going on all throughout your youth. You also were in school as an honor student. How were you able to balance your life, schooling, and your career all at the same time at such a young age?
“It was kind of normal for me to be able to come in do my schoolwork and get it out of the way. Then go and do whatever I had to do on set. Then on addition to that when I was really young, they would require us to bring a progress report card to the set to be able to get the job. What this is showing everyone is that I was able to sit on the set, pay attention, and remember what is going on. This is what they expected of me to do. So I had to make A’s and B’s at a certain point in my life just to be able to do what I wanted to do. School was kind of easy for me. Remembering things and then going to dance class and then remembering choreography that just kept my mind going. It wasn’t balance, it went hand in hand.”
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
“In the next 5 years, I would love to be on tour with my music at that point. I would love to be able to headline or co-headline a tour with someone else. Being an actual headliner is the biggest stretch in life. I think that is the goal for 5 years. I would love to turn the QT Collection to a full makeup line, so we can have foundation and eye shadows and stuff like that. Those are my main priorities right now between touring, if I was to reach that point of touring before that 5 year mark, I would like to jump into acting as an entertainer.”
What county or states would you like to hit, if you had the opportunity to headline a tour?
“In the United States, at home in Atlanta. I would love to go to Florida. A lot of southern states support me the most, such as Alabama, Tennessee, and the Carolinas. I could reach New York, but I can’t comprehend what they have going on up there because it’s just so beautiful, amazing, and fast for me. LA is beautiful as well. London and the UK would be great too!"
I enjoyed interviewing QT JAZZ. She had me laughing off and on. I loved her personality. She hopes to get into comedy, and I know that she would definitely do well in that area too. Be sure to check out her website at www.qtjazz.com to hear her music, watch her videos, purchase her lip gloss and much more.
Check out the following links:
QT JAZZ “At Your Best (Remix)” track: https://soundcloud.com/qtjazz/jazz-at-your-best
Xscape “Understanding (Remix)” video featuring Zonnique, QT JAZZ, Bahja and Kelsie:
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