Welcome to JaySoJay!
“Every opportunity, is an opportunity, for an opportunity! ” – JaySoJay
Jay Dent is an actress, poet, motivational speaker, author, host, entrepreneur, director, creative consultant, and social justice advocate. Her passion for using artistry as a medium to reach the masses, has transformed in a full time position, changing the lives of students, teachers, professors, church clergy, and a plethora thereof.
Jay has hosted celebrities including, Columbus Short, Tika Sumpter, Pooch Hall, Kim Coles, Jason Weaver, Bianca Lawson, Essence Atkins and more. She books celebrities to come and speak to students and aspiring actors. She interviews them on a professional and personal level, and allows them to share their tips for success and longevity. Book Jay to come and host your event!
Jay Dent is also a prominent motivational speaker, speaking to various high schools and universities. Jay encourages students to activate their success through art , imagination, goal setting, and entrepreneurship. Jay also addresses issues such as bullying, cyber-bullying, competition, college readiness, and the negative impact of unhealthy romantic relationships. She gives them tools to utilize and maximize their youth to generate profit through social media and the arts. Jay’s story of struggle and triumph at a young age encourages students to understand that it is about the process, not the product. Rather than hating on someone else for striving for success, they can view it as, “If they can do it, I can do it.” She performs monologues and poems for the students , shares performance techniques, and illustrates the act of spoken word poetry as a psychological and emotional healing mechanism. Jay uses her leadership example of a success story in the making, and offers mentoring to the students she speaks to. The success of her mentorship program has resulted in an artistic consulting firm, officially launching in the Winter of 2016 .
Spoken Word Poetry
Jay Dent is also a spoken word artist, and travels across the nation to perform her original poetry. Jay has been a feature poet at the largest poetry lounge in the nation, Da Poetry Lounge. Other venues include, but are not limited to, First Fridays: The Living Room, Denver Mercury Lounge in Denver, Colorado, Ground Zero, B.A.S.I.C Coalition, The Black Family Dinner, Level Ground, Martin Luther King Jr., Celebration opening performer for Nikki Gilbert of R&B Divas of Atlanta, the Jenesse Center Domestic Violence Event with Halle Berry and Essence Atkins, and the Young African American Women’s Conference…etc. Jay Dent also featured as the guest performer for Steve Harvey’s 2016 Mentoring Program in Los Angeles, California. She opened for Mr. Harvey, and her performance was actually showcased on his celebrity Facebook page, and he talked about her poem in his personal speech during the closing ceremony.
She was a member of the CSULB Poetry Slam Team in 2013 and 2014. Upon her arrival to the University of Southern California , there was no poetry community. Thus, she created a recognized poetry organization and became the President and Founder of the USC Poetry Slam Team with over 150 members. Her organization also won USC Best Performance Organization 2015, within the organization first 2 months of existence at the University of Southern California.