Today we’d like to introduce you to Ayauna Rose.
Ayauna, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
I began acting at the age of five. Since a child, I’ve always been interest in three things: Entertainment, Law and Creating works of Art. I also thought I was a princess (I literally dressed as a princess every Halloween and I have a collection of tiaras, lol).
As a pre-teen, I studied etiquette with Michelle Shannon in Los Angeles (she has now published a book about etiquette). It truly helped to shape who I am today. Good manners and etiquette go a LONG way!
As a teen, I competed in several pageants in North Hollywood with the Miss NoHo group led by Amanda Lee (she also designs princess costumes for Disney)… These pageants are where I got to learn the ins and outs of poise, the healthy benefits of fitness and positive competition. I always got really close but I never won. These moments helped me to learn how to be happy for those that DID win and it helped me to work harder.
It is at this point that I decided to change my name. My name is Jae’Lyn Ayauna Godoy but I prefer to be called Ayauna. I added the Rose in honor of my Belizean Great-Grandmother. It was also at this time that I signed with Paloma Model and Talent (PMT). My fierce agents at PMT took me on at the age of 13 and I have gone on to work for companies that I could only dream of (Disney, Apple and American Girl, to name a few). My love for television did not stop my drive to win a title.
In January 2020. I was honored to win the title of 2020 Kingdom Day Parade (KDP) Queen. It’s as if my life has come full circle while still expanding, allowing more room for growth. The 2020 KDP Queen title was especially meaningful to me for several different reasons.
First, it is in honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Second, I got to ride in the parade down Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd in Los Angeles in the 2020 King Parade. We rode down the streets where I grew up, we passed the Baldwin Hills mall where I used to shop with my Mom, we passed the “Jungles” where I spent the early years of my life, we passed Leimert Park where I used to go after school for Day Care; this title was all about my community! Third, I was crowned in the presence of one of my idols, actress Keke Palmer. Lastly, I was truly looking forward to spending the next year mentoring and tutoring students in schools across Los Angeles County. Unfortunately, the COVID-19 pandemic has prevented me from completing my duties.
During this pandemic, I have found other ways to keep active and nurture my crafts. I have gotten back into writing and I have plans to publish a book of poetry. I also started making Waist Beads and I am learning how to make scented candles. I am also taking classes soon to be a licensed Practitioner to lead Meditation classes.
One of the most important qualifications for competing for the title of 2020 KDP Queen was enrollment in school. I am proud to say that I am and my major is Communication Studies with a minor in Paralegal Studies. I am also continuing to act and model while working for the City of Burbank at an Aquatic center.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
The road to where I am today has not always been a smooth one. I have faced many hurdles along the way.
During my adolescent years, I had really low self-esteem. So, whenever I lost a pageant or didn’t book a job after an audition, I took it really hard! I blamed myself for how I looked, or the color of my skin, or the texture of my hair, or my size compared to those around me.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
My brand is myself. It begins and ends with me so I am most proud of myself and my new found love for myself.
The more I love me and focus on bettering myself, the more doors I open. Once I began to really love myself, I could only see what I am able to accomplish and not my losses. I was to pat myself on the back for doing my best instead of beating myself up.
I take a lot of pride in my work, whether it is an audition or a waist bead. I put my greatest effort into everything I do and I am proud of who I am today and the woman I am becoming.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
I don’t necessarily believe in luck but I o believe that when you work hard, your blessings flow. Once I as able to just focus on myself and what I bring to the table, I began to see positive outcomes in my life.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: https://instagram.com/ayaunarose?igshid=nhjdazw2c48t
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ayauna.godoy/
- Other: https://m.imdb.com/name/nm7637261/
Croyce Allen (pictures of Ayauna in the blue and white top; @croyceallen), Nubian Princess (pictures of Ayauna in the fluffy dress and crown; @npspdwes Dress by Nichole Lynel @shopnicholelynel), Shanta Body (pictures of Ayauna Rose in green dress; taken at the 2020 OC Black History Parade), Heaven (pictures of Ayauna Rose in the pink shirt and burgundy shirt; @fromheavensview)