Ciara Shares Her Journey on MTV’s ‘This Is How I Made It’

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The new year promises a new album from Ciara, but first, she looks back on her journey to stardom on MTV’s “This Is How I Made It.” In the 10-minute episode, the Atlanta singer reflects on the highs and lows of her career, her childhood, and her idols (Michael Jackson, Janet Jackson, and Sade).

In high school, she ran track and did cheerleading, but her true passion was singing and dancing. She joined the girl group Hearsay before auditioning for L.A. Reid and getting signed to Arista Records. She recalls recording her debut single “Goodies,” which was originally titled “Cookies.”

“I was 17 years old so I really wanted to make sure that I spoke from the place that hopefully other young girls would identity with,” said CiCi.

The song hit No. 1, but Ciara was already thinking about her next hit. “I was so determined to just keep getting better,” she said.

But with the ups comes the downs. A honest Ciara opens up about the low sales of her 2010 album Basic Instinct.

“It’s definitely a little punch to the heart when something like that happens,” she said. “However, those are the moments that define you. I learned a lot not having the best days. I definitely didn’t think about quitting.”

Now Ciara is taking her experiences and channeling them into her new album One Woman Army. “I’ve got some scars, I done crashed a few times. When you learn to embrace those scars, you become stronger.”

She still has a long way to go. “I’m far from where I wanna go, but I’m excited about the journey ahead,” said an optimistic CiCi. “I wake up every day doing exactly what I wanna do and there’s no better feeling than that.”

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49 Comments

  1. amber

    Love it..

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    Pinkprint Reply:

    @amber, I see you CIARA!!

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  2. Moe

    We love u Ciara! Giving up is not an option. I’m riding until it’s over. #CSquad #OWA

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  3. boom boom

    has been, hang it up! flat screen

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    lovelikejeffery Reply:

    @boom boom, get a damn life!!! like be for real who says that nowadays… only stupid cunt ass Nicki fans!!!… anyway, I cannot wait for “one woman army”!!!

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    l0 Reply:

    @boom boom, …. thats from like what 2011? Im a ciara stan but Ill laugh at many ciara jokes, just make it funny.

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  4. An0thrDream

    I huge part of the reason im a fan of Ciara isn’t just because she’s incredibly entertaining and talented, it’s because of her character and what she is all about when it comes to life. Can’t wait for #OWA

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  5. Sharp Tongue

    I’ve never told C-Error no, but girl after these flopped albums you may wanna try something new.

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    jazzyd Reply:

    @Sharp Tongue, jusy really shut the fuck up really

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  6. TeamCiara

    I love it ciara so proud of you.

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  7. Kyle

    This was a nice little segment! I love Ciara, but am I the only one who is a little worried about the new era already? “Sorry” and “Got Me Good” have done nothing on the charts and she’ll already be on the third single before the album takes off. I feel like this is yet another repeat of how “Fantasy Ride” and “Basic Instinct” got started. But with the chart success aside, I’ve always thought she released great quality albums. As a matter of fact, her least successful albums are her best albums IMO. I’ll always support anything she puts out because just based off of this video, she’s a great person and I know she is passionate about her work. Go Ciara!

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    meme Reply:

    @Kyle, i wouldnt be worried about the first 2 fail singles. she just needs to keep releasing music and not release the album until one of her single take off. neither of those singles sound current enough to stand in todays music….theyll get it together im sure.

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    Asa Reply:

    @meme, I do NOT want her to sound like “current” music. It sounds terrible. Thank you, but no.

    I doubt she will. Basic Instinct wasn’t, which is why she had to use her own money to try and promote it since the label wasn’t having it.

    She should do her own shit, and not alienate the fans who actually like her for her. And not the b/s fans that will complain no matter what she does. Half of people say Sorry sounds like Promise, and the other half whine that they miss the “old Ciara” which does not add up.

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  8. LushusDaim

    Beautiful episode. Truly show’s what a wonderful person she is. Her talent, intelligence, humbleness, passion, and determination is very admirable. Things can only go up from here and she’ll have the last laugh.

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  9. Breeangel

    Im rooting for you CiCi!!!!!!!! : )

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  10. bibi93

    Respect Ciara!!

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  11. meme

    very very inspiring…im rooting for her.once she gets that music together it will all work out.

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  12. Yep

    Absolutely love her, every artist have their own battles in the music industry. Glad she got to do something she loves and gets paid for it. A lot of us aren’t able to say that.

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  13. BeyStan

    So you wanted to sing but the thing is you cant sing i like her but this album is gone flop like the last 2 :)

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    jazzyd Reply:

    @BeyStan, bitch really gtfo ciara page and go see fake ass beyounce nice day

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    BeyStan Reply:

    @jazzyd, Lil my boo Bey not fake honey biggest bitch to do it you mad Ci is a flop she was born a flop flop should of been her name

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    LushusDaim Reply:

    @BeyStan, Pressed and miserable. Get a Life.

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    BeyStan Reply:

    @LushusDaim, lol never her shit is just not gone sell and we all know that

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  14. Smh

    HELLO?! With out more fans you will continue to flop! Can u say F…A…N…S! Those 2 songs Sorry and Got me good aint gonna generate more fans. Wake up!
    .

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  15. deelee

    who is this? is she a up and coming star? never seen her before

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  16. boom boom

    lmao.
    this hoe has no room on the industry!
    Rihrih & Beyonce runs things! not this broad

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  17. MusicJunkie

    She was the shit back then ‘ but she still has a chance . Everybody goed through the diwn phase .

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  18. STEM

    SHe has good music, she just releases the wrong singles ALL THE TIME!. Which then intern turns ppl off! She just has to come with consistent singles and make those who aren’t believing, believers. I like Ciara. May her future be bright.

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  19. Ken Evolution

    I adore this woman, I just hope she gets it together in time to release the album or delays releasing the album until there is a successful formula.

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  20. Nookie

    Such a humble person .

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  21. twista

    I don’t appreciate or co-sign on the negative things some of the commenters here have said, but in a sense I do agree with them. As much as I respect and admire someone for being determined..it’s not inspiring to see someone continue to fail at something, it’s tragic.

    The truth is that Ciara got lucky with her first single, and she was able to parlay that into a nice 2-3 year stretch between “Goodies” and “The Evolution.” Fans are fickle, though, and they tired of her sound. Even “Got Me Good” sounds like something she would’ve released 5-6 years ago.

    I think homie needs to try her hand at something else.

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  22. live4music

    Ciara is real and she wont let nothing get in her way, keep pushing for success and you shall recieve

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  23. Bizunes Prounld Foboze Changed 2013

    That was Nice & Man I wish i was a family memeber of her that would work for her. I can’t wait to hear her next album

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  24. WESHUTITDOWN

    WOW! TOTALLY INSPIRING & THIS IS THE REASON WHY I SUPPORT HER, JUST SUCH A STRONG WOMAN NO MATTER WHAT…..#LOVEHER! & WILL KEEP SUPPORTING, NEGATIVITY/HATING ONLY COMES WHEN SOMEONE FEELS LIKE YOUR A THREAT

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  25. OMG Just Google Kelsnetwork and see what happens!

    aww..ciaara seems so honest

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  26. A-Team

    Ofcourse Ciara still has a chance but she needs the RIGHT single. Got Me Good was 100% not the right single choice. She needs something more current id say get in the studio with Mike Will Made It and make a single that people will actually roc with in the club. Ciara definately needs a club banger in order to come back a ballad or midtempo isnt gonna cut it this time and trust me i know this. All her biggest hits have been Club records. If LA Reid was smart he would know that.

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    Reality Check Reply:

    @A-Team, Completely agree with you. I think Mike Will Made It would be a great producer for Ciara to work with. She really needs a big record the last 2 didnt take off at all and in most cases Labels will scrap your album if more money is going out than coming in. No money was proffited off any of her singles Got Me Good has not charted yet and i dont think it will. I kept saying after the song was released that it would not do anything and i was right. I just wish that ciara or La Reid would read this and know exactly what they need to do now. Ciara isnt a pop artist she is Urban and thats why carving her into a corny pop artist isnt going to work. Her fan base is strictly Urban.

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Reality Check, yeah the Music Execs “REALLY” need to read what ur saying because ur a MUSIC MOGUL and u have made SO MUCH money in the industry based off of managing artists…excuse me, but how do u know whether or not she’s made any profits?? Profits are generated in MANY ways, and Ci Ci has had some recent MAJOR performances…aside from that, I think that LA Reid and the rest of her management team are smart enough to handle her well without selling her out (like most artists these days)…the industy is so much more fickle now and it makes it even more difficult for artists with past success to come back out and please their fans as well obtain new audiences…sometimes it makes their music sound lost b/c they try to keep their original style and at the same time blend in with the new sounds of todays music…that’s extremely tough…people need to give her a chance and not give up on her so quickly, she’s one of the best entertainers of our generation!!)

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    Reality Check Reply:

    @SdotB, The thing is they would give ciara a chance if she actually made good music. What you fail to realize is that people arent giving her music the time of day because it belongs in the trash bin. Nobody wants to hear that Got Me Good BS. And sorry but when you say shes one of the best entertainers of our generation that is strickly your opinion. The fact is her music is trash and that is why shes not charting and selling records. It all falls down to singles and letting your music do the talking but her music has been very quiet as of now since it cant even make its way onto the billboard charts.

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  27. Chloe Spade

    Truth is, Ciara is damn near 30 still making childish music. Her fans (mostly teenagers-including myself) grew up and moved on to other artists.

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    Reality Check Reply:

    @Chloe Spade, This is so true. Ciara is still making corny music. Got Me Good is a big example of that. i mean “My Back is aching my bra too tight, my hips shaking from the left to the right”? ummm NO. Im no hater i just want Ciara to succeed Ciara indeed needs a club record. Pop isnt the right direction for ciara.

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    Asa Reply:

    @Reality Check, let me see your library of music because odds are you have plenty of dribble in there about retarded subject matter.

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    Reality Check Reply:

    @Asa, Odds are your just mad because im speaking facts. And sorry but my itunes music library consists of REAL music. Anywhere from old school to current stuff thats actually worth listening to. I 100% guarantee you the music in my itunes library will shit on yours so dont even go there………

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    MYS Reply:

    @Chloe Spade, I can agree Ciara needing to stop making childish music. That’s one thing I thought of when I heard Got Me Good. I still have faith she’ll get it right. Sorry was IT! But, didn’t chart well smh

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    SdotB Reply:

    @Chloe Spade, ur saying that ur a fan and ur still not an adult, but complain that she’s not making adult music…lol ok

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  28. Diego

    She needs to be on a show saying how do I make a comeback she is a flop now

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  29. b

    she cant really sing but she can dance so thats good enough no?

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  30. :D

    LOVE!!!!

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  31. Dreamvillian

    My Nigga cole just ate that Dance Beat…..!!!!

    Cole World Biaaaaaatch…

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