I recently had the opportunity to talk with Model, Actress, and now musician Inker Bella. What started out as a regular conversation turned into a full-blown interview, and I enjoyed it so much, I thought I’d share it with you.
TMJ: So, you first started out as a model, right?
IB: Yes! I had always wanted to model, and just didn’t know how to get started on that path. I was actually approached on MySpace (yep that long ago) by Jeff Davidson of Cosmic Frog Photography in San Diego, CA. He was working on a website of tattooed chicks called The Female Canvas (**WARNING!** Slightly NSFW) and wanted to know if I was interested in modeling for it. I was totally up for it! Jeff is super talented, and we had a great time. From there, I was hooked! I tried different genres, and ended up modeling for different websites and companies (jewelry, clothing, make up etc.) I have been featured in magazines, calendars, comics, books, and so on.
TMJ: That’s pretty cool! You’ve even tried your hand at acting right?
IB: Yes I have! I had my first go at acting back in 2007. I did a music video for an Indie band called The Transers. I loved it and had a blast, but at the time…I was more focused on modeling. I really started to get into acting in 2011. I have been lucky enough to have worked with so many amazing and talented people though all these years!! I have been on CSI, 1000 Ways to Die, Innocent Blood, Odd Brodsky, and many, many others! I’ve also been music videos as well. Maroon5, Neon Trees, I just really have so much fun meeting and working with new people on set!
TMJ: Wow, Maroon 5 as well as Neon Trees? That’s really cool! That must have been an awesome experience
IB: It was most certainly amazing to work with these two talented bands! Neon Trees were so down to earth, and they actually came over to me and thanked me personally for being there! Maroon 5 was another blast to work with. Adam Levine is a nut! He kept messing around on set. Peter Berg was the director for the Maroon 5 music video (One More Night), and complimented me on my work! I was shocked and happy he that noticed I was trying to just be in the moment and act as if I wasn’t “acting” hahaha. I even got to have some great conversations with Mickey Madden as they put me sitting next to him in the video. It was great, lots of amazing memories and of course I always love to make new friends on set too, I call them my film family!
TMJ: Wow, that’s awesome! So then what inspired you to pick up the ukulele?
IB: Well, I come from a very musical family background. My Grandpa is Harry Chamberlin, the inventor of the first Electro-Mechanical Keyboard Instrument called the “Chamberlin”. My Dad was in a band and played the drums. On my Mom’s side, I have a Great Great Uncle, Benjamin Doubleday, who was a famous banjo player in the UK. As a kid, I was into piano, singing and dance. I just really love to entertain people! I decided to start taking up the Ukulele when I learned about my Great Great Uncle Benjamin. I never really had a huge interest in learning a string instrument until then, to be honest. I wondered if I had any talent with a string instrument. I started looking into it, and the first thing that popped into my mind was the Ukulele. I love the way they sound, I love the size, and I felt like it was the perfect fit for me! I got my Soprano Ukulele in October 2014. The first day I practiced for 6 hours straight! My finger tips were numb for like a week! I looked up chords and how to play them on YouTube and just kept practicing. I learned my first song, “You Are My Sunshine,” on the third day of getting my Uke. I decided in May 2015 to share some of the songs I have learned, and came up with my weekly release that I call #TunesTuesday or #InkerbellaTunesTuesday.
TMJ: I’ve checked out your videos, and I’ve got to say I’m impressed! You’ve got a great variety of songs up, ranging from classic tunes from The Animals and Herman’s Hermits, to more modern songs from acts like Sublime and Pearl Jam.
IB: Well thank you, that means a lot! I really like all kinds of music, so I don’t limit myself to a certain style. I actually just got another Ukulele this week! I’ll be switching it up a bit… this one is a Tenor Electric Ukulele. I’m still learning it and playing around with what it can do! Last week I decided to try to teach myself how to do finger picking. I can now finger pick a song. It’s tricky, but it’s getting better each day!
TMJ: Yeah, I saw your video on that. I’ve got to say, when it comes to songs featuring an electric ukulele, I’m drawing a blank.
IB: Oh cool, thank you! Well, really an Electric Ukulele sounds a lot like an electric guitar. It definitely changes the sound up a lot. It’s fun though, and I’m excited! I already have some songs in mind for it! I plan on making videos about the Electric Uke as well, because when I was doing my research I found there wasn’t much out there. So keep your eyes peeled for that to come!
TMJ: Well, it’ll certainly be cool to follow your research on the matter.
IB: Awesome, thank you for that! I just like to make people smile with my music, and help them out along the way too if I can with tutorials or research. I’m not saying I’m any type of expert AT ALL, I’m just a UkeLady enjoying life and trying to help others along the way!
TMJ: For sure. So, aside from your research, what can we expect to see from Inker Bella next?
IB: Well, definitely more Ukulele videos on Tunes Tuesday! I also plan on doing more acting again soon. Other than that, I keep an open mind to other things to come, because I’ve noticed in life that it can take you down paths you never thought you’d be down. So you never know what else could happen!
TMJ: Well, it looks like you’ve got a bright future in various forms of entertainment ahead of you, and I for one am looking forward to seeing what’s next!