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Meet Danyol Jaye of On The Jaye Spot

Today we’d like to introduce you to Danyol Jaye.

Danyol, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
As an influencer, I’ve always drawn from my life experiences to figure out how my words in music, in a script or even in a post on social media, will impact the people who follow my journey. I have been a survivor all my life; overcoming sexual, physical, emotional abuse, homelessness and many losses of life of those close to me. In the early parts of my journey, I didn’t really have too many people that I could lean on for support and it caused me to be very independent and to fight for what I wanted in life. I figured I can’t wait for someone else to do for me what I’m not willing to do for myself.

People often ask me what it is I do; how do I identify myself? The answer is so vast because I feel like I’m a lot of different things. I’m a singer, writer, actor, and blogger but most importantly I’m an influencer. I influence people’s lives; their perspectives and motives. I influence people to find time to laugh and enjoy the moment. While also inspiring in-depth dialogue to bridge gaps between differing perspectives on all of the topics and issues I find myself to be passionate about. I love every facet of what I do.

There isn’t one thing that’s more important to me than the other because without all of them I wouldn’t be who I am. As an entertainer, I have sung and acted across the country. Music has always been a major part of my life. I can remember my family always playing the best music from Chaka Khan, Whitney Houston, Michael Jackson to Billie Holiday, John Coltrane, and the great B.B. King. Even though it’s cliché, I truly have been singing since the first day I can remember. There isn’t a day that I can recall that doesn’t involve my mouth open and music coming out of it. I then got into acting and writing very early on through school plays and poetry classes.

My performing talents were nurtured in a very professional way throughout my life by some of the best teachers I could have ever come across. Shout out to Hollywood High School Performing Arts Magnet!!! Those years of encouragement was the catalyst to me starting On The Jaye Spot; a multi-media brand that covers entertainment news, social media news, and topics that most people are afraid to address with the honesty that I bring to my followers. I believe that there is always a way to have an honest conversation with flare and flavor without compromising who you are.

When you ask me how I got to where I am right now, my automatic response usually is, “Where is that?” I know that I’ve come a long way in branding Danyol Jaye as a singer, writer, and actor while also branding On The Jaye Spot as a blog and online radio show/podcast. However, there are so many things that I have yet to accomplish and a plethora of goals I’ve yet to achieve that my only answer – in all honesty – is I got here because I’m too stubborn to give up on what makes me happy. Music makes me happy. Theatre, dance, writing, all of it makes me happy and whether or not people agree with me on the path I choose to take, I think we all can agree that it’s my choice to make.

Albeit, I couldn’t have gotten to where I am with the following things:
-God’s love, grace, and mercy!
-My persistence.
-And lastly, the support I get from my Tribe! #TribeLiving

Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
It definitely hasn’t been a smooth journey. I think the biggest struggle on my journey thus far has been being homeless at least three times in my life since I was 19. When people look at me they probably don’t see someone who would ever find themselves in such a situation. However, those experiences taught me that we are ALL just a few circumstances away from living a life we never thought we would; whether positively or negatively.

Having to live in motel rooms or couch hop from one friend’s house to another made me feel like I was worthless; like I was trash. It was a very dark and lonely time in my life when I really thought about just ending my life and dying in a motel room, by myself, without having to face the pain and struggle of surviving. Yet, even though that was running through my mind, I’m so thankful for a relationship with God and my faith because I just kept hearing a voice say, “Hold on! Just a little bit longer.”

I wish I could tell you that hearing that washed away the feelings of suicide, but they didn’t. What they did do was make me think about my options and I had the option to keep living and eventually receive better. Those moments, sitting in an empty room with everything I own in trash bags and suitcases, by myself in silence, it almost caused me to go crazy. However, in every tear, there was a whisper I could hear saying, “You’re not done!” In every feeling of loneliness I could feel comfort; scared and all, but a comfort none the less.

Those rough times in my life built strength and endurance in me that I take with me on the rest of my journey. Those moments taught me that NOTHING but God lasts forever and everything is subject to change at any given moment; whether you participate in that change or not. I know how to face adversity with a smile because of the rough times. I know how to still look up and say to myself, “As long as I have breath in my body, I STILL have a purpose!”

I think that struggles shape us better than any reward could. Struggle digs deep inside of us and reveals who we are at the core and at my core I’m a fighter. I’m a survivor. I’ve been doing it all my life.

Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about On The Jaye Spot – what should we know?
I created the blog and brand On The Jaye Spot back in 2009. It was really just a place where I could share my thoughts about what was going on in our world and communities. I’ve always had an honest voice. Very blunt and to the point but when I share an opinion I’m coming with some substance. It’s part of the reason why I’ve coined the tagline on my website, “An Oprah Wit With A Wendy Flare”.

I think there is a way to have deep, intellectual conversations and still have a good time. Sometimes we tend to be a little stuffy and tight when we talk about things: Politics, Religion, etc., but why not have that conversation with some pizzazz? On The Jaye Spot, as a brand is a place to discuss and read about real stories from real people who have transparent opinions. Albeit, the tone of the blog can be a bit more on the serious side. The need for something a little more light sparked me doing Jaye Spot TV; my review line of commentary on social media. Instagram has been such a great platform for me to be able to share my thoughts and feelings on a topic and share it with the world.

My followers follow me organically because they love what I have to say or simply how I’ve said it. I’ve garnered over 11k followers organically with the help of shares from celebs like Shaunie O’Neal (Basketball Wives), Tami Roman (Basketball Wives), Kandi Burruss (RHOA), and Mariah Huq (Married To Medicine). I think my organic following is what I’m most proud of because it means that people are following because they’re really interested. It’s not some computer algorithm with a thousand phones just auto following my content.

I always love this “What sets you apart” question. I set me apart! There’s not one single, solitary human being that can say what Danyol Jaye says, how Danyol Jaye says it, with the flare and the impact that Danyol Jaye has! Period! I am the ONLY me on this planet and that’s a pretty big qualifier for being “set apart” right?

Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
NO! I did this on my own! [Laughing] I’m kidding. I have an entire Tribe (now) that I contribute to helping me gain what I’ve gained. My best friend, my church family, my immediate tribal circle, and even my extended tribal circle (my fans/followers), because without their support I wouldn’t be able to have the platform that I have.

However, above anyone on this planet, God will always be number one in my life. He saw my greatness before he shaped me so there’s never gonna be a bigger cheerleader than the one who created me and gave me these talents.

In my adult life, I’ve done pretty well at choosing my Tribe of support. Due to that I no longer have to fear ever doing this thing called life alone again. My day ones keep me grounded and they remind me who I am, what I say I want to achieve, and the purpose I want to fulfill.

Every word of encouragement, every dollar invested, every moment of shared space when I just needed someone to be there with me. Those are the moments that have played a major part in my career thus far. Even though my immediate tribal members are few, there are still too many to name, but of ALL of them I do shout out my bestie. She has walked out this life with me for almost 16 years and she’s never ONCE given up on me. That’s real friendship!

Pricing:

  • Single Dreamers on iTunes for $0.99

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Image Credit:
Ron T. Young Photography, Cristopher Cross

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