LOS ANGELES, CA- Everyone has a purpose in life, some find out what that purpose is automatically and others go through life testing out a variety of options before finding out their purpose in life, and then there are also the few who never find out what their purpose in life is or they just don't pursue it.
Through out the first quarter of 2013, I interviewed several individuals who I have watched over the past years hustle and grind in their chosen career paths. Each of these individuals have a passion, and that passion turned into their purpose in life. They have learned how to turn their passion and purpose in life into careers. I feel that they are a living testimony to our youth and young adults out there who are struggling to find out what their purpose is, or they may know what they're purpose is, but they do not know how to turn that purpose into a career.
With that being said, I want to introduce some and re-introduce others to Los Angeles native JayTee Thompson, 27-years-old, also known as, Jay 5th. Mr. Thompson has been seen on BETs College Hill, MTVs Yo' Momma, Pimp My Ride and a few other popular sitcoms. He is the epitome of many talents, such as song writing, producing, rapping, screen writing, directing, acting and hosting. As he puts it, he's an "All world entertainer." He has been in the entertainment industry for 12 years with seven years of experience behind television and film.
How did you know your purpose was in entertainment?
I knew my purpose was in entertainment because God spoke to me in three different ways. I always grew up in entertainment, and started out dancing and singing in the choir. I wanted to become a singer, but God didn't grant that prayer request when I asked for a voice (LAUGHS), so I switched over to rapping and since then I fell in love with it. God has blessed me to be on certain platforms to be able to perform in front of thousands of people to get my music heard, save people and to be a living testimony for the world. That's how I knew my purpose was in entertainment. It was to be a living vessel through God in film and music.
We're all not perfect; however, that doesn't mean just because we do Secular music and not Gospel, that we still can't live through the Gospel and through the Word.
What have been some of your most memorable highlights in your career?
A lot of memorable highlights of my career have been basically me sharing my testimony through music and being able to reach out to people, and having them grasp the concept of what I went through and being able to relate to it. After I did "College Hill", I had people hitting me up saying how they seen how I was following God. There were also a lot of hypocrites that were bashing and harassing me, but at the same time the love that many people were giving me uplifted me and that by me doing certain things on the show helped them fight through their situations in life.
Another highlight was a show that I did in the Inland Empire (East of Los Angeles) for a church event in front of a crowd of 10,000 people, and there was able to blow people's minds. That was a blessing. There's so many memorable highlights that I can go on forever (LAUGHS).
You are involved in so many things, as far entertainment is concerned. Would you recommend that others also engage in several entertainment outlets?
I believe that if you're an upcoming artist, do everything. This will eliminate the middle man, and if you're into money you will keep more in your pocket that you don't have to spend. It will also make you a better as a creative, business minded individual to be able to succeed in your chosen profession. Sticking your head in different pots will make you stand out from everyone else.
What would you say should be the first step that people should consider when launching a business in the entertainment industry?
The first step to creating a great idea and going after it is to write it down. I know a lot of people are technologically advanced now, so if you are too lazy to write it down, then find a note pad application in your smart phone and jot your ideas down. That is what it starts with; first the idea comes to the mind, then you have to manifest it and once you manifest it, write it down exactly how you see it. Let the idea manifest and play in your head like a movie.
My advice is for people to see the idea, believe in it and write it out, and everything will come to life after that. As long as you do those three things and stay true to it.
What are some things that others pursuing a career in the entertainment industry, should know about the industry?
Just be yourself. A lot of people loose themselves in this industry because they want to be a part of something, a part of a clique or they want to be dedicated or devoted to something. In order for you to be dedicated or devoted to it, you have to compromise who you are and sometimes step out of your box to act like other people, when in reality you don't have to do that.
Continue to set trends for yourself and become a trendsetter not a follower of a trend. That will create a uniqueness in you, and you will establish an extraordinary trait within yourself. Once you have that no one can tell you anything.
The sky is the limit and as long as you believe that you will be successful in each and everything that you do. Trust me, I'm a living testimony of that.
Any last comments or words of encouragement?
Keep your faith in God and remain strong. Anything and everything is achievable through Christ. Whatever you throw out there will come back tenfold, you just have to believe it, see it and go after it. Nothing is impossible with God. I started from the bottom and worked my way up without having to depend on anyone else.