THANK YOU TO THE FANS!!!

You have been with me on such a crazy, wacky, wonderful journey all these years. 

 I really do relate to my roles on JEM. 

I'm Jerrica Benton, business woman, creating and running all that goes on behind the scenes, wearing a million and one hats and pretending like I know what I'm doing. 

Then I get to put on my makeup and hair, roll out my swagger in some sparkly heels, throw some glitter, crank the music and walk out on stage, much like Jem!! 

As many in entertainment will tell you, this is a journey of huge peaks and valleys, feast and famine. It's not an industry for the faint of heart and you have to be in it for the long run.

You will encounter a ton of in your face rejection of your talent In a business that offers no real formula for success. You'll meet magical peers, your tribe who are walking the same path but also many Misfits and Eric Raymonds along the way who would just love to see you fail. Be ready to leap into the void, and take huge risks. It will require a ton of courage or crazy, maybe a little of both because you never know what is over the next horizon. 

Be boundlessly in love with what you do like the deepest  most beautiful breath in your lungs, something "You literally CAN'T NOT do".

It is true for me and the one thing that has sustained me

and then there are YOU GUYS!!

I can't even begin to tell you what your love and encouragement has meant to me over the years, I'm so honored and grateful. My heart could burst sometimes, I'm incredibly humbled. It inspires me to wake up every day and keep creating, growing and sharing my gifts.

 

I wanted to have the following galleries on my website of some of my Truly Outrageous adventures over the last few years. I hope you may find yourself in some of the photos here and the ones yet to come.

Thank you, 

You have my heart!! 

 

Love always, Sam xo

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  • A Fan

    A Fan USA

    Samantha, alot of today's celebrities could take a few pages out of your book--you are super nice to the fans and that means so much to all of us!! Stay Outrageous :love:

    Samantha, alot of today's celebrities could take a few pages out of your book--you are super nice to the fans and that means so much to all of us!! Stay Outrageous love

  • Craig Phillips

    Craig Phillips Minnesota

    Hey Sam It is truly outrageous that you stay so connected to your fans, and that Jem is so much a part of your heart. You are truly gifted in voice, and music! And I know that as a musician myself I have named you as an influence. I was 9 when Jem was on TV in the 80s, and though I sadly didn't watch more than a couple of episodes (was afraid of being teased) as an adult I can't believe what I missed out on as a kid. Needless to say since 2008 I am a loyal fan of Jem. So much so that with my best friend we started an online radio show called The Truly Outrageous World of Jem on KJEM Radio so we and other Jem fans can share our love for this great show. If it had not been for me reliving my childhood during my second college run and watching all the great shows I grew up with I don't think I would have rediscovered Jem. For me what is truly outrageous is knowing that Jem is back on TV where she belongs, and that Shout Factory is releasing the entire series on DVD. Who would have thought that only a few years ago? It is just truly outrageous! 2011 is the year of Jem and The Holograms, the Misfits, and the Stingers. Finally Sam you are truly a superstar, and an icon to us fans. Thank you sincerely for sharing with us your talents on Jem, and your talents as a musician. You rock! :)

    Hey Sam

    It is truly outrageous that you stay so connected to your fans, and that Jem is so much a part of your heart. You are truly gifted in voice, and music! And I know that as a musician myself I have named you as an influence.

    I was 9 when Jem was on TV in the 80s, and though I sadly didn't watch more than a couple of episodes (was afraid of being teased) as an adult I can't believe what I missed out on as a kid. Needless to say since 2008 I am a loyal fan of Jem. So much so that with my best friend we started an online radio show called The Truly Outrageous World of Jem on KJEM Radio so we and other Jem fans can share our love for this great show.

    If it had not been for me reliving my childhood during my second college run and watching all the great shows I grew up with I don't think I would have rediscovered Jem. For me what is truly outrageous is knowing that Jem is back on TV where she belongs, and that Shout Factory is releasing the entire series on DVD. Who would have thought that only a few years ago? It is just truly outrageous! 2011 is the year of Jem and The Holograms, the Misfits, and the Stingers.

    Finally Sam you are truly a superstar, and an icon to us fans. Thank you sincerely for sharing with us your talents on Jem, and your talents as a musician. You rock! smile

  • Tish Tash

    Tish Tash New York, NY

    I was a big Jem fan in the 80's. I am a school principal now and found myself watching the reruns on the HUB channel. Thanks for the memories Sam!!!:)

    I was a big Jem fan in the 80's. I am a school principal now and found myself watching the reruns on the HUB channel. Thanks for the memories Sam!!!smile

  • James

    James Utah

    Jem for president!!!

    Jem for president!!!

  • Jonathan Banks

    Jonathan Banks Scottsdale

    Just found out you were in "Hook" I love that movie

    Just found out you were in "Hook" I love that movie

  • Brian

    Brian Long Beach, CA

    You actually look like Jem and Jerrica kinda spooky:laugh:

    You actually look like Jem and Jerrica kinda spookylaugh

  • Matt and Lucy

    Matt and Lucy Denver

    Jem is such a good example of "You catch more flies with honey" keep being a positive role model, the kids need it right now!! God Bless you :)

    Jem is such a good example of "You catch more flies with honey" keep being a positive role model, the kids need it right now!! God Bless you smile

  • Dave and Lyle

    Dave and Lyle New York

    Wow Sam, thanks for being so cool to your fans, my boyfriend and I met you in Birmingham a couple of years ago and you were so sweet to us. Good luck with your new album we are planning on buying that as well as the new Jem DVD box set as soon as they both hit the streets. Many blessings and good fortune to you girl, you will always be Truly outrageous!!

    Wow Sam, thanks for being so cool to your fans, my boyfriend and I met you in Birmingham a couple of years ago and you were so sweet to us. Good luck with your new album we are planning on buying that as well as the new Jem DVD box set as soon as they both hit the streets. Many blessings and good fortune to you girl, you will always be Truly outrageous!!

  • Cynthia

    Cynthia Tacoma, WA

    OMG, me and my sister are Jemgirls and we are watching Jem on the Hub channel. My nieces are too young yet to watch it but it's so much fun to see the episodes again on real tv. Thank you for being our Truly Outrageous JEM!! We love you!!!:love::):):love:

    OMG, me and my sister are Jemgirls and we are watching Jem on the Hub channel. My nieces are too young yet to watch it but it's so much fun to see the episodes again on real tv. Thank you for being our Truly Outrageous JEM!! We love you!!!lovesmilesmilelove

  • Anonymous

    Anonymous USA

    -Claim your place on the World Stage girl, you are mega talented!!

    -Claim your place on the World Stage girl, you are mega talented!!