Asia Monet Ray is a singer, dancer, actress and digital influencer – and yet, at only 11 years old, she still manages to juggle it all. You may recognize the young star from her docu-series, Raising Asia!, or perhaps her role in Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition, Grey’s Anatomy,or American Crime Story: The People v. O.J. Simpson, but you’ve surely never gotten to know Monet like this before.
Ahead, read about her goals, working with Mariah Carey and more.
You’ve had a busy week! Tell us what you’ve been up to.
Well, I just came back from San Francisco because I was doing this appearance with one of my really good friends – for panels, for girls and for empowering. It’s called Girls for Tech.
Cool! What were some of the topics that you discussed?
Well, we were talking about mostly social media and how like not to really worry about the hate comments, and how to build your Instagram and how to, just kind of how to post things, and how like you arrange them, and what you should post and everything. It was really fun. There were a lot of kids there that don’t have the time to sit on Instagram all the time. So it was really fun to help them and teach them how we fit it in to our schedule.
Since we’re on the topic of social media, how do you deal with any hate?
When it comes to the mean comments, or the hate comments or anything, I just don’t really worry about them because I’m not going to remember them. I just tell my mom and she just deletes them. Most of my following is very positive, and I try to keep it positive, and I take suggestions on what to post next or what to do next or what they want to see more and like when people just have negative comments or like bully comments and everything, I just don’t even worry about them because most of the following is positive. So that little 5 percent of people that are just trying to be negative for no reason – it’s like, why?
Absolutely. Changing subjects a bit, tell us about your latest venture in music.
I’ve been really growing as an artist since when I started singing at around 7 or 8 years old. I have grown drastically from then – I sound totally different. My voice has grown a ton. I’m so happy. Since I’ve been singing more, my voice has been more raspy and deeper, which is funny because when I was little I thought I sounded like a little chipmunk! So now I’m really happy that I’ve been really growing in the studio. I’ve been working on a ton of music and coming out with a lot of covers and stuff on my Instagram. I’ve been doing music posts, and I just have been working really hard on my music and hopefully by like the end of this year I’ll have a couple songs coming out. We’ve been working really hard on writing, and I’ve been in the studio a ton listening to tracks and everything. So I mean I’m just working really hard on my music and getting it in while I can. Because I’m so busy, I always try to fit in everything so I’m glad I’ve been getting a ton in.