“God will SHIFT your mindset through your STRUGGLE to give you the SOLUTION you’ve been waiting for.”
I am powerful and influential because I chose to SHIFT from feeling like a victim, to being a Healer. The STRUGGLES of my life serve as the catalyst for my personal motivation and grind towards success. In the process towards being the best I can be, I experienced bullying, hatred, disappointment, failure, relational distress, and ridicule for wanting better for myself. Spoken word poetry, has equipped me with the ability to heal my wounds, bring aid to other people’s scars, and have intimacy with God. Sharing my story and encouraging others, has turned into a lucrative motivational speaking career. I delight to see others win, whether or not they desire the same for me. Equality seems to be an anomaly, but it has caused me to understand that I must be the SOLUTION to my problems.
My definition of success has changed, as I have moved away from seeking fame. People will know me by my gift, they do not have to know my name. I am striving for full self-acceptance and living a purpose-driven life.
Every opportunity, is an opportunity, for an opportunity. What has God told you to do, that you have been defiant in doing?
Jay received her Associate of Arts in Liberal Arts: Social and Behavioral Sciences from Santa Monica College. She graduated with high honors, accumulating 7 competitive scholarships, and as a member of Phi Theta Kappa National Honor Society, for her excelling scholastic achievements. Jay received her Bachelors of Arts in Theatre with an emphasis in Acting Performance, from California State University, Long Beach. In 2013, she created the Black Actors Union, a support system for minority artists to nurture each other’s talents. She graduated from CSULB while earning high rankings on the Dean’s Honor List for 4 consecutive semesters, with high honors, and an honorary member and graduate of the accelerated University Honors Program. She published her first research thesis, where she adapted the play, Doubt: A Parable, and conceptualized the use of light shadow theatre as a mechanism to illustrate spiritual warfare and it’s theatrical effectiveness towards depicting racism, sexual abuse, and gender inequality.
Jay is currently working on her Masters in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Southern California (USC). She created another chapter of the Black Actors Union at USC, and is now the President and Founder of the USC Black Actors Union. In addition, she is the Founder and first President of the USC Poetry Slam Team! Jay’s leaderships for the USC Poetry Slam Team won the “Best Performance Organization Award” at the University of Southern California. Jay is also the first graduate student Spirit Leader, a cheerleader for USC the focuses on crowd engagement and cheering at all USC athletic events.
Professional Press Publication Links
Jay has been featured in 7 publications to date, because of her artistry and professional development leadership. She was placed on the front page of the Long Beach Press Telegram Newspaper with a three page article about her and her organization, The Black Actors Union. Additional publications include LA Weekly, the Los Angeles Sentinel Newspaper, The Daily 49er, Religio Magazine, and The Daily Trojan.