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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  • Nico

    Nico CA

    Hello there, my name is Nico and I'm a songwriter/singer from the Bay Area who loves Jem. My best friend and I watch it all the time, and as 20 year old men, we're obsessed with the series! I wasn't around to see it when it was originally on, but it's been a huge influence on my music. I was born 10 years late but I'm very much a child of the 80s, and I wanted to thank you for being a part of something that's still inspiring people today! I know that you make music as well so it's nice that the people who love Jem, and in your case who were a part of it, always have things in common. Have a great day, Samantha - Nico

    Hello there, my name is Nico and I'm a songwriter/singer from the Bay Area who loves Jem. My best friend and I watch it all the time, and as 20 year old men, we're obsessed with the series! I wasn't around to see it when it was originally on, but it's been a huge influence on my music. I was born 10 years late but I'm very much a child of the 80s, and I wanted to thank you for being a part of something that's still inspiring people today! I know that you make music as well so it's nice that the people who love Jem, and in your case who were a part of it, always have things in common. Have a great day, Samantha - Nico

  • Kelsey Reese

    Kelsey Reese Hartville, Mo

    even though i didn't grow up in the 80s i started watching Jem and the holograms about 5 years ago my Ma - Maw has the Hub Channel and they used to show Jem and the Holograms on it and I am looking forward to meeting and getting Samantha Newarks autograph at Lebanon Comic Con

    even though i didn't grow up in the 80s i started watching Jem and the holograms about 5 years ago my Ma - Maw has the Hub Channel and they used to show Jem and the Holograms on it and I am looking forward to meeting and getting Samantha Newarks autograph at Lebanon Comic Con

  • Rob

    Rob

    I feel soooo lucky to have had the chance to snag both the autographed Jem comic banner and the original comic book cover art. Maybe I should play the lottery today?? But I'm happy to help support everyone's favorite indie artist. It just feels right to give back to someone who gave many of us 80s kids a happy Saturday morning. Your passion inspires us all. Thanks for all you do and keep up the awesomely outageous connection you have with your fans - it's what makes your artistry meaningful to us and keeps us coming back for more.

    I feel soooo lucky to have had the chance to snag both the autographed Jem comic banner and the original comic book cover art. Maybe I should play the lottery today?? But I'm happy to help support everyone's favorite indie artist. It just feels right to give back to someone who gave many of us 80s kids a happy Saturday morning. Your passion inspires us all. Thanks for all you do and keep up the awesomely outageous connection you have with your fans - it's what makes your artistry meaningful to us and keeps us coming back for more.

  • Jennifer Laybourn

    Jennifer Laybourn Lakewood, WA state USA

    I really like the new photo gallery y'all added to the homepage :-)

    I really like the new photo gallery y'all added to the homepage :-)

  • Jennifer Laybourn

    Jennifer Laybourn Lakewood, WA state USA

    sorry, but "CATAGORY" is really really bugging me. it's CATEGORY. Love you all so much (or I wouldn't have said anything... please don't hate me)

    sorry, but "CATAGORY" is really really bugging me. it's CATEGORY. Love you all so much (or I wouldn't have said anything... please don't hate me)

  • Jennifer Laybourn

    Jennifer Laybourn Lakewood, WA USA

    Sam & Jemtourage crew; I love everything you do! Sam, extra thank you for my very unique (very awesome & special) voicemail greeting - you even used my ideas from my e-mail re: general themes that JEM stands for & that means the WORLD to me. Also, when my JemGirl hat was a little late...and YOU signed it and mailed it along with one of your star necklaces - the one that has like 5 different settings of how it glows the Jem colors! I cried! no one in my life has ever been that thoughtful &generous to me!! I L0V3 Y0U! You are my heroine/hero. Thank you a bazillion times over!!!

    Sam & Jemtourage crew;
    I love everything you do! Sam, extra thank you for my very unique (very awesome & special) voicemail greeting - you even used my ideas from my e-mail re: general themes that JEM stands for & that means the WORLD to me. Also, when my JemGirl hat was a little late...and YOU signed it and mailed it along with one of your star necklaces - the one that has like 5 different settings of how it glows the Jem colors! I cried! no one in my life has ever been that thoughtful &generous to me!! I L0V3 Y0U! You are my heroine/hero. Thank you a bazillion times over!!!

  • Rob

    Rob

    Hi Samantha! Just want to say thank for the autographs. I just got them in the mail and they are awesome. I showed it to my son and now he wants one also. So I told him that if he is good, maybe I'll ask Jem to send him one for his birthday. Good stuff!! Rob

    Hi Samantha! Just want to say thank for the autographs. I just got them in the mail and they are awesome. I showed it to my son and now he wants one also. So I told him that if he is good, maybe I'll ask Jem to send him one for his birthday. Good stuff!!

    Rob

  • Jemfan123

    Jemfan123 Pella, Iowa

    Samantha, You are truly, truly, truly outrageous! You are an amazing woman. Thank you for that!

    Samantha,
    You are truly, truly, truly outrageous! You are an amazing woman. Thank you for that!

  • 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.