- Received a scholarship to UCLA but dropped out after just one semester to pursue a career in entertainment.
- Before embarking on her Hollywood career she was a featured member of the renowned performance troupe the Young Americans.
- Released her debut dance-pop album, Nothin' But Trouble, in 1988.
- Hosted a short-lived late-night musical variety show, The Party Machine With Nia Peeples, which was executive produced by Arsenio Hall.
- Volunteers for the American Heart Association and in 2011 participated in the AHA's "Go Red for Women Stiletto Strut" in Glendale, CA.