Recording artist, Jayvee instructor, actress, dancer, mentor, account manager, and full-time University student.
HOW DOES JESSICA MARTINEZ DO IT?
Most people may remember Jess as one half of the pop duo Prima J, signed with Interscope Records from 2006-2009. During that time Jess did a lot of songwriting and traveled across the country touring with Danity Kane, Jesse McCartney, and Jordin Sparks. After releasing their debut album in 2008, Prima J was featured on the cover of Latina Magazine, and Jess went on to pursue the big screen. You can catch her on films such as “Bring it On: Fight to the Finish”, “Bratz: The movie” and an indie film called “Gordita”. To give back, she began mentoring young artists including the very talented pop star Becky G. While still in artist development, she is working as an Account Manager at a top ranked law firm in Downtown Los Angeles, and somehow manages to fit school into her schedule, attending the University of Phoenix as a full-time Psychology student. As Jayvee’s Streetease instructor, she continues to share her passion with the Alhambra community, but also gives us a taste of how she mentors and helps others build self-confidence. In the future, she hopes to continue developing young artists as well as get her doctorate in Psychology to continue helping people for years to come.
It is our pleasure to have such a positive role model lead our Streetease classes every week. Here are a few things we might be able to learn from one of Jayvee’s Go-Getter, All-Star Divas!
QUESTIONS WE ASKED JESSICA
LIFE AS A PERFORMER MUST BE SO NERVE WRECKING!
HOW COULD I EVER PURSUE SUCH BIG DREAMS?
DON’T EVER LET FEAR CONTROL YOU,
because there is no harm in failing. Most people are scared to try things because they are scared to fail, but you learn and you grow from failure.
I always tell myself that I can either try and fail… and fail…. and fail some more until I finally see some success… or, I can choose to not try at all.
TO ME, NOT TRYING IS WORSE THAN FAILING.
Take a deep breath, look inside yourself, and if the things that scare you are things that you want, then you have to try!
I’VE GOT WORK, SCHOOL, AND A FAMILY TO TAKE
CARE OF, BUT I’VE BEEN DYING TO DO MORE OF
WHAT MAKES ME HAPPY. WHAT ADVICE WOULD
YOU GIVE SOMEONE LIKE ME?
PRIORITIZE. TRY AND MAKE TIME.
I definitely know how it feels to not have enough time in the day to do all the things you want to do. If you want to work out, but have no time before or after work, then make time during your lunch. If you want to go back to school, then take some online classes to start with, and see how you handle it.
Sometimes people have so many responsibilities that need to be taken care of, they forget to take care of themselves. Maybe we can’t all do everything we want, but…
Choose one thing you want for yourself and make it happen, just one, and go from there.
STAYING INSPIRED IS CHALLENGING. HOW DO
YOU GET YOUR CREATIVE JUICES FLOWING?
DO SOMETHING YOU HAVEN’T DONE BEFORE.
Sometimes the way to get inspired is to put yourself in situations that you don’t normally put yourself in.
Go to a museum, listen to a new artist you haven’t heard of, take a trip, ormeet new people. It is hard to stay creative and inspired when we are so set in a routine. Sometimes you have to simply step away and take a breath.
TAKE SOME TIME TO THINK ABOUT WHY YOU LOVE THE THINGS YOU DO.
When I began to get uninspired with my music, I had to start singing in the shower again, singing in my car, singing where it was fun and not where I was being criticized or judged. Sometimes we lose touch with why we started dancing or singing or acting because we get so wrapped up in it. We have to always take a step back and remember why we love it to stay inspired.
WHEN LIFE GETS YOU DOWN, HOW DO YOU
POSITIVITY AND PRAYER.
When I get down I think about all of the good things in my life, all of my blessings, all of my family and friends and I know that no matter what, I will get through it. I always wake up with a positive attitude and look at every day as a new day. Do not let negative situations control your happiness. You have to stay strong and always know that the sun shines after every storm.
TURN TO THE THINGS YOU LOVE.
Express it in your dancing, in your songs… write about it.
Take time for yourself, come up with some solutions, and move forward.