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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  • Quasheena Renee  McMillan

    Quasheena Renee McMillan Paterson NJ

    Hey Samantha I finally got through to your fan site . You are a truly Outrageous woman who still have time to contact all the fans. I'm so proud of all the wonderful work that you have accomplished throughput your life I hope someday to meet and see you.

    Hey Samantha I finally got through to your fan site . You are a truly Outrageous woman who still have time to contact all the fans. I'm so proud of all the wonderful work that you have accomplished throughput your life I hope someday to meet and see you.

  • Nancy Mattus

    Nancy Mattus Wilton-Saratoga Springs, New York

    Hey there, Samantha! Sorry it took so long to find out about your Guest Book her on your website. Here I am finally, though! As every fan of the show and your work who posted here, I too say the same: thank you for your legacy!!!! You deserve to be as proud of all that you have done these last 30 years of your career as we have been and still are. Stay true and stay outrageous! You will always be so to us all.

    Hey there, Samantha! Sorry it took so long to find out about your Guest Book her on your website. Here I am finally, though! As every fan of the show and your work who posted here, I too say the same: thank you for your legacy!!!! You deserve to be as proud of all that you have done these last 30 years of your career as we have been and still are. Stay true and stay outrageous! You will always be so to us all.

  • jemgirl8588

    jemgirl8588 Michigan

    HELLO SAMANTHA NEWARK!!! I *beyond* LOVED meeting you in Toronto for JemCon 2014! It was the hugest thing that ever happened in my life, along with meeting Christy Marx!! OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND I WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!! HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE AT JEMCONS IN THE FUTURE... but I still have Instagram to talk to you (for now) BUT I LOVE YOU LIKE U DON'T KNOW ;*

    HELLO SAMANTHA NEWARK!!! I *beyond* LOVED meeting you in Toronto for JemCon 2014! It was the hugest thing that ever happened in my life, along with meeting Christy Marx!! OH MY GOD I LOVE YOU SO MUCH AND I WANT TO SEE YOU AGAIN!!!!! HOPEFULLY YOU WILL BE AT JEMCONS IN THE FUTURE... but I still have Instagram to talk to you (for now) BUT I LOVE YOU LIKE U DON'T KNOW ;*

  • Kristine Johnson

    Kristine Johnson North Carolina

    I met Miss Newark at a convention in Georgia in April but I was too starstruck to really talk to her. Then I talked to her this past weekend in Savannah, Ga and OMG! This woman is so lovely and so sweet! She made my weekend! My life! Lol My twin and my older brother and I used to all watch Jem. And meeting Samantha Newark was like a dream. I will never forget that experience. Thank you so much to Samantha Newark for being so cool and letting me "fan girl" over her. :)

    I met Miss Newark at a convention in Georgia in April but I was too starstruck to really talk to her. Then I talked to her this past weekend in Savannah, Ga and OMG! This woman is so lovely and so sweet! She made my weekend! My life! Lol My twin and my older brother and I used to all watch Jem. And meeting Samantha Newark was like a dream. I will never forget that experience. Thank you so much to Samantha Newark for being so cool and letting me "fan girl" over her. smile

  • Philip

    Philip Edmonton, Alberta, Canada

    Today is October 6th, 2015: A very special day, indeed!! ***HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY***, to my Dear Samantha / "Pollyanna" / Jerrica / Jem !!! 30 years ago: Truly the Golden Age of Hasbro-Sunbow cartoons. 30 years ago, you brought life to Jerrica & Jem. 30 years ago, your positivity & sincerity enchanted the hearts of so, so many children all over the world … and no doubt you’ll continue to do so for generations to come. In this crazy world where all sorts of terrible things occur, you are a beacon of contagious optimism & kindness. All the very best to you from Canada!!

    Today is October 6th, 2015: A very special day, indeed!! ***HAPPY 30th ANNIVERSARY***, to my Dear Samantha / "Pollyanna" / Jerrica / Jem !!!
    30 years ago: Truly the Golden Age of Hasbro-Sunbow cartoons. 30 years ago, you brought life to Jerrica & Jem. 30 years ago, your positivity & sincerity enchanted the hearts of so, so many children all over the world … and no doubt you’ll continue to do so for generations to come. In this crazy world where all sorts of terrible things occur, you are a beacon of contagious optimism & kindness. All the very best to you from Canada!!

  • Debra Hammer

    Debra Hammer Pueblo, Colorado

    Hello Dearest Samantha, or as you call yourself, *Little Miss Pink Hair* LOL thats such a Pizazz quote, I love it! I just had to say that yes 30 years ago you and the rest of the crew and cast rocked my world and you continue to do it still. I have high hopes for the new movie, and I am looking forward to bringing JEM to a whole new generation!!! I raised my now 23 year old daughter on Jem, and we sing her songs all of the time. She knows the episodes as well as I do! More moms and dads can do that now I believe now that she is making her HUGE comeback!!! We owe a lot of that to you. SO THANK YOU for keeping it real!!! I also must say I love your singing voice. Jem inspired me to sing as well. Music is a part of my life now and forever, and Im happy to see that its a huge part of yours life too! I wish you many blessings and much success in your life and love. Now and Forever, from a fellow JEM GIRL!!!

    Hello Dearest Samantha, or as you call yourself, *Little Miss Pink Hair* LOL thats such a Pizazz quote, I love it! I just had to say that yes 30 years ago you and the rest of the crew and cast rocked my world and you continue to do it still. I have high hopes for the new movie, and I am looking forward to bringing JEM to a whole new generation!!! I raised my now 23 year old daughter on Jem, and we sing her songs all of the time. She knows the episodes as well as I do! More moms and dads can do that now I believe now that she is making her HUGE comeback!!! We owe a lot of that to you. SO THANK YOU for keeping it real!!! I also must say I love your singing voice. Jem inspired me to sing as well. Music is a part of my life now and forever, and Im happy to see that its a huge part of yours life too! I wish you many blessings and much success in your life and love. Now and Forever, from a fellow JEM GIRL!!!

  • I LOVE JEM THE CARTOON I AM A FAN

    I LOVE JEM THE CARTOON I AM A FAN LAS VEGAS NEVADA

    SAMANTH I HATE THE NEW JEM MOVIE .THE MOVIE IT TOTAL GARBAGE ..ALOT OF JEM FANS HATE THIS NEW MOVIE IT A JOKE TO THE JEM CARTOON....IT LIKE THE DIRECTOR GOT THE NEW MOVIE FROM HIS BUTT ...DID THE DIRECTOR WATCH THE CARTOON JEM AND ALLL THE EPISODES....SORRY BUT THE TRUTH I DON`T LIKE THIS MOVIE

    SAMANTH I HATE THE NEW JEM MOVIE .THE MOVIE IT TOTAL GARBAGE ..ALOT OF JEM FANS HATE THIS NEW MOVIE IT A JOKE TO THE JEM CARTOON....IT LIKE THE DIRECTOR GOT THE NEW MOVIE FROM HIS BUTT ...DID THE DIRECTOR WATCH THE CARTOON JEM AND ALLL THE EPISODES....SORRY BUT THE TRUTH I DON`T LIKE THIS MOVIE

  • Randy Meyer

    Randy Meyer North Dakota

    First of all, Thank you for all of your hard work (past, present, and future) entertaining me, as well as millions of other fans. I can't wait to order your albums. One question (there always is "one question", isn't there): How can I order a physical copy of your first album? I know there's a downloadable option, but I like to have something in my hands when I'm listening to music. I guess I'm old school that way. Keep up the outrageous work and I look forward to your next album.

    First of all, Thank you for all of your hard work (past, present, and future) entertaining me, as well as millions of other fans. I can't wait to order your albums. One question (there always is "one question", isn't there): How can I order a physical copy of your first album? I know there's a downloadable option, but I like to have something in my hands when I'm listening to music. I guess I'm old school that way. Keep up the outrageous work and I look forward to your next album.

  • Cullen Pittman

    Cullen Pittman Virginia.

    Great webpage, Samantha. Thank you for your outrageous work on Jem.

    Great webpage, Samantha. Thank you for your outrageous work on Jem.

  • ByTheOceanTravis

    ByTheOceanTravis

    Thank You for the many years if inspiration and entertainment! You are truly amazing! xoxo Travis

    Thank You for the many years if inspiration and entertainment! You are truly amazing!
    xoxo
    Travis