Some personal thoughts from Tamela
I welcome new visitors and really enjoy connecting with fans at my concerts or at film festivals, etc. I love people. I love their stories. My parent's taught me to try to invest some time in every person I meet and learn from them. You never know where other people's life lessons can take you. I try to remember them all. I have been fortunate enough to come upon some wonderful mentors in my life and do my best to remember this quote by my grandmother: "If you're bashful, you lose."
I love to laugh. I love to hear it. I love to make you laugh. I love it when you make me laugh. In short, I keep very fun and funny people around me. Debbie Downers go home!
I demand the highest work from myself. As a performer, I am a huge fan of The Strasberg method, which is based on the great Stanislavski who first questioned "What is inspiration and how can we evoke the creative mood or spirit?" The basics of those methods and coming from a place of truth is what I try to bring into the foundation of all of my work as a storyteller, whether it be in singing, acting, writing, directing, etc. I live for stories. What's your story?
Lil' bit O'Life Advice:
Question everything presented to you. Don't simply accept the answers. Go on your own journeys. Listen to your gut first, then your heart. Step into worlds that you are frightened of and that you know little about, so you can broaden your own horizon.
This business we call Show:
I adore every bit of it, even the B.S. You have to be as soft as silk to enter it and as tough as nails to stay in it.
Tamela D'Amico is an American jazz singer, actress, and filmmaker who started her own production company, La Strega Entertainment, to create vehicles for the many facets of her career.
Tamela recorded her debut album Got A Little Story, executive-produced by actor–producer Peter Krause (Parenthood, Six Feet Under, The Catch) and produced by 6 time Grammy Award winner Jimmy Hoyson, and arranged by Multi Grammy nominee Chris Walden at Capitol Records Studios under the La Strega Entertainment banner. The album has been picked up by LML Records/The Orchard (SONY) distribution and went into worldwide release and is available wherever fine music is sold. She can be heard on over 140 national radio and cable outlets in various jazz based/Adult Standard & Contemporary markets as well as many International radio and Internet streaming markets. She was named Clear Channel's Best New Jazz Vocalist, the relaunched MySpace's Rising Star, and is in constant rotation on The Penthouse Radio Network, Martini in the Morning, and MUSIC CHOICE's Singer and Swingers channel via satellite, cable, & Internet. This year Tamela executive produced an album for 2013 Grammy Winner Billy Vera (known for the hit “At This Moment") entitled BILLY VERA: BIG BAND JAZZ (released on Varese Sarabande/Universal). She also duets with Mr. Vera on the album on the song "I'll Never Be Free," which has been a radio favorite. They have been touring together ever since. Currently, in the music arena, she is prepping a follow up to her debut album with composer Mark McLain entitled 100 Years which is a large orchestra format that they will be recording at Capitol Records in Los Angeles.
D'Amico is also known as one of the top 24 finalists on the FOX reality show On the Lot produced by Steven Spielberg and Mark Burnett. She garnered attention from the show's producers with her heartwarming entry film entitled Volare, starring Federico Castelluccio (The Sopranos), which led her to a first-look deal with Dreamworks. D'Amico produced and directed the hit web television series Sex Ed:The Series starring Joanna Cassidy (Bladerunner, Odd Mom Out) which garnered much TV press and accolades and boasts over 140 Million views on YouTube. The show received nominations for both a Streamy Award and a Webby Award and TV Guide listed it in the top 10 of notable television shows worth watching. She has gone on to create other several TV web serials and has many feature film projects in development through the La Strega banner. Two recent projects that she directed and co-directed, respectively, have recently gone viral on the net, "What Might Have Been” (30 years after Blade Runner, actress Joanna Cassidy resurrects her character Zhora to do the reptile dance that Ridley Scott never got to film for the movie.) and The Modern Fundamentalist - Kim Davis Parody starring Broadway chanteuse Rena Strober. Just released is (Ya Got) Trouble which is a parody of The Music Man starring Stephen Van Dorn as Donald Trump.
As an actress , Tamela recurs on the hit Disney Channel show Best Friends Whenever, as nemesis Janet Smythe. She has just returned to the United States after filming the Indian drama One Little Finger. She can also be seen in the recently released feature film Walt Before Mickey with Thomas Ian Nicholas (American Pie) and Jon Heder (Napoleon Dynamite) about the life of Walt Disney and is currently filming the independent film Quinn as well as just finished the independent film 3 People I've Never Heard Of. She stars in the award winning web series Englishman in L.A. with actors Cameron Moir (Non Stop), Eddie Jemison (HUNG, Oceans 11, 12,13) and Ashley Fink (Glee) for which she was just awarded "Outstanding Actress in a Comedy Web Series" by LA WEB FEST. The series is moving into the second season in 2016! Tamela can be heard singing the Bond-esque theme song "Love and the Gun" in both English and Italian in the recently released feature film Rob the Mob (Millennium Films/Lakeshore Records) directed by Raymond De Felitta (City Island) now streaming on NETFLIX.
Among her other talents, Tamela is the face of Alison Raffaele Cosmetic's LIVE BEAUTIFUL! campaign, representing the porcelain face for the makeup line, as well as Mellow World Handbags.