BIO




Alyssa Veniece was born on May 10, 1990 in Toronto, Canada. On her father's side, Veniece is of Jamaican, Chinese, Indian, German, and Irish, and on her mother's side, she is of primarily Jamaican, Chinese, Portuguese and French. Growing up, she often spent time writing stories and poems, drawing, taking gymnastics, piano lessons, ballet, jazz, tap and Latin lessons. After winning her grade school poetry-writing competition, Alyssa had her first poem published at eight years old. In her teens, she worked as a certified lifeguard, swim instructor, dance choreographer, and competed with Team Canada's hip hop dance team. On the weekends she would go to the old folks home where her father played guitar, sing along and write poetry books for her favourites to keep.

After studying Business Economics in university, Alyssa began trading stocks and futures with her father in the financial district and became immersed in the fitness industry. She entered her first fitness competition and became the youngest WBFF Bikini Pro at 19 years old. Alyssa worked as a nutritional consultant and personal trainer out of her building's fitness facility, was featured in numerous fitness publications and competed in Miami at the 2010 Ms. Bikini Universe, Model Universe, and the Olympia's FLEX Bikini competition in Las Vegas. 

Alyssa began working in movies and modelled internationally, finding a niche market in mixing her aesthetics with her athletic abilities in numerous campaigns. She was cast as the lead lover-fighter in music videos for EDM DJs and major recording artists. Alyssa is trained in Muay Thai kickboxing, Taekwondo, the art of Wing Chun, and wire-work technique. She is familiar with motion capture VFX and performed as a video game character for Warhammer 40K Games.

After years of acting, dance, vocal, martial arts and fitness training, Alyssa took time out to create her first EP.  In 2015, she won the SOCAN Pop/Rock Song of the Year Award for co-writing Down With Webster's platinum-selling single "Chills" which also earned a JUNO nomination and Much Music Award nomination.

Alyssa plays the werewolf Justine on ABC's new television series Shadowhunters, and released her debut EP Pyrrhic via Soundcloud in the summer of 2016.
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