It is difficult to put Greensboro’s Tiara Arvinger into one category. She acts, she sings, she dances, she cheerleads and she models. Arvinger says she first discovered her passions at the age of four when she began cheerleading, and then progressed to other performance areas by the time she was in fifth grade.

“I think the competitive aspect and the performing aspect of it kind of led me to do some other things,” she said. “I got into dance right after that, and then really after a friend asked me to come audition in a play with h er and I went and I got in.”

Arvinger was born in Jersey City, New Jersey but spent most of her formative years in Greensboro. She has appeared in several local productions including “Annie” at Community Theatre. She said musicals are her favorite type of show.

“Musicals are such a challenge because you go from one thing to the next,” she said. “You sing a song and then change clothes real fast, do a scene, change clothes again, dance. So it’s just always something going on and I like the challenge of it.”

One of Arvinger’s latest projects she is working on is a film about the jazz musician Buddy Bolden, which is being shot in Wilmington.

Arvinger began modeling off and on in high school but has gotten back into it in the last few years, appearing at the 2013 Trending Topics Fashion Show at Lotus Lounge.

“Mostly my experiences come from just knowing different photographers,” she said. “Either they’ll ask me to shoot or they’ll say they’re looking for a model.”

Arvinger said her success can be attributed to her mom’s support.

“Being a performer is definitely not as glamourous as it appears on TV,” she said. “It’s a lot of hard work but just knowing that she really did believe that I could do it, she was at every one of my shows, just having that cheerleader made me feel like if she believes I can do it, I can do it.” !