Grade – High School Senior
Age – 17
School – Westtown. Attending George Washington University in the fall of 2016.
Creative work- Style blog and Acting
My past projects include Formula X, Unwanted Behavior, and Erudition.
Art is important to me because it allows people to be themselves and can be an outlet for many people to express their ideas and feelings.
My future goal is to become an art director of some sort, preferably in either film and or fashion.
Being a part of Lil Filmmakers has helped me grow as an artist because it helped me find what I truly appreciate most and what I could foresee myself doing in the future.
My advice to any aspiring artist would be to simply throw yourself out there. I know it sounds cliche, but I had waited 3 years to start my style blog simply because I was afraid of how people would perceive me. I knew it was something I wanted to do for a really long time yet fear had held me back year after year. Eventually, I jumped out there and made my first post. While my blog isn’t an incredibly famous blog yet, with tons of views, it is still something I am proud of and absolutely love doing. I wouldn’t have known how much I love taking pictures and talking about style had I not just jumped out there and created my first post.
- College- Penn State
- Age- 18
- What type of creative work you do- Actor
- Past and current projects- Erudition (Lil Filmmakers), Helmet (Drexel student film), Bully (indie film)
- Why is art important to you? Art is important because it allows one to express and be passionate about themselves.
- Future goals- To become a professional actor.
- How has being a part of Lil Filmmakers helped you to grow as an artist? Lil Filmmakers allowed me to have my first feature film experience.
- Advice for other young aspiring artist- Never give up!!!
Joi Ross is a sixteen-year-old singer, songwriter, actress and producer. She is a sophomore at Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts. Joi plays Audrey in Lil Filmmakers’ new film Erudition.
Joi was a feature artist for the Playback Musik record label. She also works as a music producer and engineer for VIP Recording on projects. She has worked on various music videos in front and behind the camera. Joi was a principle dancer in her annual school musical Pippin and assistant dancer instructor to Smart Mark (I am Phresh).
Joi believes that the arts play a very valuable role in the lives of the youth in Philadelphia because it allows youth to escape from the difficult realities they are faced with and the arts allows them to do something they love. Joi’s goal is to become a worldwide entertainer. When asked about how working with Lil Filmmakers has impacted her, she responded, “Lil Filmmakers has helped me grow as an artist and a person because they encouraged me to discover my true potential; they showed me how unique and talented I can be by introducing me to other artists who share the same drive.”
Joi is also very interested in helping new artist emerge and grow in their craft. For anyone struggling with working on their craft or just need some words of encouragement, Joi Ross has this to say: “Be the only blonde out of the brunettes. I say that because, there are so many people who can do what you can do but you do not want to be labeled as a “Plain Jane”. Find a way to differentiate yourself from all the artist in the world. Become a game changer and stick to what you believe.
“It’s one thing to be famous but it’s a whole other ball game to be legendary.”
Tiggs and Rudi’s Commentary
Tyiem Beckett, a Lil Filmmaker actor, has a new show!!
Tyiem and his brother Rudi travels around the city of Philadelphia exploring historical landmarks, interviews local artists, business owners and community leaders and learn how to do really cool things. Afterwards, they’ll share their commentary.