Today we’d like to introduce you to Jamaal Lewis.
Jamaal, please share your story with us. How did you get to where you are today?
Growing up I was a short overweight child that got picked on a lot. I decided I was going to gain popularity by playing the saxophone in my 6th-grade band. My band teacher had a different Idea. He took a look at me and assigned me to play the Tuba. This is where my character stems from. Over the summer going into my 8th-grade year I literally ate and slept, ate and slept eventually growing a foot and leaning out. I discovered my love for sports and started playing basketball football and track. This carried over into high school and ended up earning a full ride scholarship to Arizona State University to play football. College was an amazing experience but also a learning curve in my life. I was exposed to a lot, FAST.
The limelight that I walked into was something that a lot of people dream about and I honestly wasn’t ready. I quickly became very egotistical and very prideful. I had turned Ito the stereotypical player type even tho in my mind I was just living life and having fun along the way. Going into my senior year I got into trouble off the field and ended up getting suspended. I went from a second-round draft pick status to a free agent prospect overnight. From here it was all downhill. I lost hope and started partying away my sorrows. This went on for years after my career was over and I was living in a state of depression. The friends that I had disappeared with the popularity and I was left all alone.
One day a close friend of mine approached me when I was at an all-time low, grabbed me by the shoulder, looked me dead in my eye and told me I was “Blessed” and to “Stay” that way. Stay Blessed! It instantly recharged my soul and gave me hope and purpose. I didn’t know what exactly what was going to happen next but I knew my engine was back in full throttle. My girlfriend at the time suggested that I try Modeling and I don’t think that I have ever laughed that hard in my life. I wasn’t ideal at the time to go from a football player to a model. She helped me t0 pursue my first audition that I eventually booked. It was a national commercial for a casino and I literally stood at a pool all day and was treated like royalty. I thought to myself, I could get used to this.
A couple weeks later I received the check in the mail, opened it and said: “Ok I’m a model!” I kept booking and after everyone, I would make a post on Facebook and as a tagline say, Stay Blessed. It became a part of me.One day I decided to take the money that I was earning and go to a kiosk at the mall and make a shirt that said: “Stay Blessed.” I had no idea the impact that this simple saying would have but I posted it on my social media and the response I got was out of control. I prayed on it and heard God loud and clear. I needed to create a vehicle for the brand to spread.I relocated to LA due to My bookings and use the platform to spread this message.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Definitely not a smooth ride. I believe its the struggle that brings out your true character and reveals your strength and faith. The modeling and acting world is very humbling and on the social media platform, people only get to see the end result for example. I look at it as a numbers game. I self-submit to my gigs, roughly 200 a day, that 1000 a week and 4000 a month. Out of the 4000 Ill typically get 10 auditions and book anywhere from 1-5 gigs. Point being that out of those Thousands of “no’s” I receive social media only sees the couple yes’s. You definitely have to be able to deal with rejection well and able to hit the reset button instantly.
Please tell us about CEO Of “Stay Blessed” Clothing Line/Model/Actor/Host/Photographer/Sheer Strength Sponsored Athlete/Celebrity Correspondent for CVH 1st class magazine.
My Clothing line is a faith-based company and it is applicable to everyone. That’s what sets it apart. There is no boundary or guidelines. It’s going to change the world.
Do you look back particularly fondly on any memories from childhood?
Food, anything involving food is a great memory.
- Website: www.stayblessed.co www.jdlewisphotography.com
- Instagram: @mrlewis82 @stayblessed_co @jdlewisphotos
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/jamaal.lewis.167
- Twitter: @mrlew82 @stayblessed_co
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