Amanda Rose O’Connor “Aro Rose” is a superstar in the making. Her debut single has the dazzling theme “I accept that I am hurting but I will never give up.” An accomplished and prolific musician, singer, songwriter and actress. Aro Rose’s talent can make the plainest faces come alive with promise.
Life is defined not by what we let go but rather by what we let in. Aro Rose lets in an orgasmic kaleidoscope of angelic tapestries within her lyrics and compositions. A soulmate of the heart she writes her songs candidly and passionately coming from her own life’s trials and triumphs.
What inspired you to want to work in the entertainment industry?
I grew up in New York City, I’ve been going to concerts and Broadway shows my whole life. I was always very passionate about music, my mom purchased me a grand piano for my 1st birthday. Being able to tell stories through music and acting gave me freedom to be who I was. The entertainment industry is a unique way to connect with people and create a bond that will forever have an impact on my life.
What inspires your lyrics and music?
Growing up I was mostly a loner, I never really had friends, so I found comfort in making music. Music has always been an outlet for me, it was a beautiful escape. Music has a way of touching souls, I think it’s important to have it in your life. I put a lot of emotion into writing my lyrics. I always felt like I was alone and nobody else felt the way I felt, even though I knew that wasn’t the case. Music connects people and I think it’s important to be as raw and authentic as you can when writing. A lot of people are silently suffering, and my goal is to have people never feel like they’re suffering alone.
Was there a moment or moments in your life that seemed to change the trajectory of it?
There have been many moments in my life that have brought me immense happiness and extreme despair. I think the songs I’ve written are definitely heartfelt from all moments in my life, good and bad. My songs don’t sugar coat anything, I write how I feel and I think that’s the best way to reach people.
Who were/are your biggest influences?
There are many people that have inspired me in the entertainment industry, but my biggest influences throughout my whole life have been Adele, Eminem, Lana Del Rey and Johnny Depp. They are all very close to my heart because I feel like I’ve grown up with them. Their music and movies have really had a major impact on my life. I relate to all four of them in many different ways. They have all been through very difficult times but yet they still managed to turn their pain into art and become successful. Sometimes being real and genuine isn’t always perfect. I think showing people a vulnerable side of you is brave and can really help someone. I am hoping someday I can be the same for someone else.
How old were you when you realized you could sing and write music?
I loved to sing and write music throughout my life, but it was never professional. It wasn’t until after high school that I became serious about making music. I started writing my album when I was 18 years old. I spent years in the studio creating music. Piano has always played a major role in my life, it defines who I am. To this day, I still can’t read music because I was too stubborn to learn. I was never the type of person that liked to be taught, I was always the “I’ll do it myself” type of kid. I’ve then since changed and am now much more open minded now that I’m older. I think it’s important to be open minded because you can never stop learning. I value people’s opinions and think that everything in life is a learning experience.
What motivated you to study acting?
I’ve always been extremely fascinated with acting. It always felt right to me, I wanted to grow up to be a storyteller. Acting gives you the ability to live a different life in someone else’s shoes. I feel like the more characters you play, the more you learn about yourself and how you relate to that specific character. Acting also gives you the opportunity to learn about so many different types of people, places and cultures. I never felt like I fit into anything besides the arts, it was always a comfortable place for me.
What roles would you be hoping to portray?
I would like to someday play roles that are very different from me. I think it’s challenging to play someone who is the opposite from you. With acting you will always discover pieces of you that you never knew existed and I think that’s pretty amazing. In the world of acting anything is possible.
Where would you like to see yourself in 5 years?
I would like to see myself hopefully doing what I love. I would love to accomplish having my music out, I would also love to hopefully be working on an acting project as well. My dream is to definitely perform concerts someday. My main goal is to be able to find people that will relate to my music and hopefully I’ll be able to create a strong bond with people that feel the same way I do.
Are you currently working on any projects that you super passionate about?
I am currently working on finishing my album “Damaged”. Each song on the album will tell a story about different chapters of my life. I see the album as a journal in a way. I’ve dealt with a lot of sadness in my life and I know other people have as well. So many artists have helped me through difficult times in my life, I’m hoping “Damaged” will do the same for someone else someday. The purpose of the album is, “I accept that I am hurting but I will never give up”.
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