The Drama Queen – Interview With Tamara Jaber
The Drama Queen is a new US dramality show which stars Marki Costello who is an uber talent manager in LA teaching her clients how to be stars.It follows her and some of her clients and Australian Tamara Jaber is one of them.
Tamara who is based in LA now pops up in the first episode and will be seen throughout the series we talk about her long history with reality TV, whether she regrets having Kyle Sandilands as her manager and what she is doing in LA.
Reality Ravings: The Drama Queen is starting tonight on E! for Australian viewers you are going to be a bit of a draw card to watch the show so how much screen time do you actually get?
Tamara Jaber: I am not sure as I kind of fell into it. I did not audition for it I was part of the agency and Marki and I got along. She liked my personality and she said do you want to join in and follow what you do. I know I am on throughout but basically it is about her and the agency and they follow clients and I am one of the more controversial ones. I know one episode in particular is focussed on me.
RR: What are you doing in Hollywood are you concentrating on singing or acting?
TJ: No acting. I have concentrated on my music. I do gigs all throughout Hollywood. House of Blues, Sayers Club all the hot spots. It is a one woman show with my eight piece band and I also do hosting stuff, red carpet, E! anything personality driven.
RR: It is interesting as I have watched your career for quite some time now. Going back to Scandal’Us in Pop Stars. Pop Stars was at a time of reality TV when we had rose coloured classes as a viewer about the genre. The viewer was more naive and there was not so much social media. Then you were on Dancing With The Stars a few years ago.
TJ: I just end up on reality don’t ask me how but I do.
RR: Have you seen any changes in the genre over the years as now you are on a dramality show. Has each been different over the ten years.
TJ: Definitely, with Pop Stars that was one of the first ones and that was very innocent, the viewer didn’t know that things were as orchestrated. It was just like let’s follow these kids and put it on. People like to watch other people, people like to relate to other people, people like to connect with other people, and people like to know that celebrities are just like them. I think as the years have gone on reality has become a lot more scripted, thought out and organised. There is now scripted reality. It is orchestrated but at the same time they see where the good bits are. You live your life and they cut it up to make a story. That is not my end I just rock up and do my bit.
RR: Have you found the social media side of things a bit harder with people instantly criticising you on facebook and Twitter?
TJ: I used to hate social media as I am a bit of a technological retard and people were banging on to me about it for years. I finally bit the bullet I understand how important it is. One of Marki’s things that she said to me is “Why don’t you have a social media”? I said I hate it. Well she said you have to join the revolution as it is important for your brand. I thought if I was going to do social media I would make mine worth something. I would be real but helpful and influential at the same time. I think it is great to use it to do something positive. You get to have your opinion which is good too.
RR: There is no doubt that you are talented. You’ve got the looks, you can definitely sing and you can move, you are just as talented as other pop princess that have “made it” What do you need to be a pop star? What have you learnt over the years as you have been in the industry for many years now?
TJ: I am really shitty pop star. I don’t know otherwise I would be Kylie Minogue right now. So no point asking me. I don’t know what it takes I think that it has become a lot different these days, as pop stars are not just known for their music they are known for their brand. For me my music is part of my brand and am I looking to be a pop star? Not particularly. I do my music, I do my shows and I am very theatrical and now I am doing TV.
RR: You were managed by you then by your husband Kyle Sandilands. Do you think in hindsight this might have had a negative or positive impact on your career?
TJ: I don’t think anything that happens in life is positive or negative it is just exactly as it needs to be in that space and time. I would not be here if I did not have that. I think everything happens perfectly and now everything I have learnt I can use to move forward and have my own career now. Who knows if it was negative or positive maybe everything was perfect and in sequence for what is happening now. I had different experiences then I would have had and that has given me a lot more depth, a lot more understanding. I need to have a purpose in everything I do with my music it is not just a song and I think that has come from experience. I would not really change a thing to be honest.
RR: You have got a new man called Kenny and he over here [Sydney] for Christmas as well?
TJ: He was but he just left as he had to go back to work. He was a professional rugby player and now he is an investment banker. Very serious job.
RR: How serious are you two and is marriage and babies on the cards?
TJ: I would definitely get married again for sure and we are pretty serious we have been together for two and a half year. He is very different he has a serious job. We have a lot of fun but he is not in the media at all. All his family are doctors and lawyers – serious people.
RR: Would you come back to Australia to work?
TJ: I love Australia. I love LA I would not turn down a job here. I will definitely be working in Australia as well.
The Drama Queen – airs Tuesdays at 8:30pm only on E!