We had the good fortune of connecting with CeeJay Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CeeJay, what habits do you feel helped you succeed?
I feel one of the most important habits that has helped me succeed has been consistency. With consistency, it helps build the self-discipline muscle. As I maintained consistency in pursuing my dream, it fueled the persistency to continue my journey in the entertainment business, particularly acting. When you’re consistent in the chasing whatever dream you have, you will naturally become better at the activity and you’ll develop the discipline to the perform the necessary activities even when you’re not feeling your best. So, consistency is the foundation, in my opinion in which you can build your building.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I’m a SAG-AFTRA performer, but ultimately, I’m a story-teller. I tell stories through acting in film, TV, theatrical stage productions, voice over and being a producer. In addition, I also Emcee various events and moderate discussion panels/Symposiums. Outside of being behind the camera, I’m the owner of Casual Jay-Versations Talk Show which is a podcast that delivers Creative and Captivating Conversations to Engage, Entertain and Educate Americans on various topics and on the roots in Black History, both past and present.
What I’m most proud of is that I maintained consistency in pursuing my dream and finally landed a recurring co-star role (Principal Sam Heaney) on a major TV show, ‘Walker’ on CW Network in which I recently wrapped from the season finale of Season 2. And no, the journey wasn’t easy, because life will provide, without your permission, obstacles, set-backs, false promises and so much more. But I’m grateful for the support and encouragement I received down through the years.
I want the world to know that I want to consistently produce work that moves people to a particular emotion and moves people to a certain thought regardless of their makeup. My mantra is act for the person who cannot see and act for the person who cannot hear.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
When I’m filming in LA, there’s so much to do, see and eat in the Greater Los Angeles Area! So, we will kick off Monday with taking in the sights, sounds and shopping in the Fashion District! If you have a tiny idea of an outfit, you will certainly find more than what you are seeking to create in an outfit that leaves you dripping….in style. If you’ve been once, you are bound to go again, so we’ll settle in for a delicious meal at Maestro’s Steakhouse in Beverly Hills topped off with their mouth, watering Warm Butter Cake and we cannot forget the most savoring whip cream this side of heaven.
On Tuesday, with a plethora of museum’s on Museum Row on the Miracle Mile, we’ll visit a few of them and be totally immersed with what they have to offer, especially the newly minted Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Since we’ll be in the area, on the menu will be the legacy of culinary excellence at Sweet Chick’s.
On Wednesday, perhaps we’ll thrill ride at Universal Studios and since we are in the summer season, we’ll make our way to a Los Angeles Football Club MLS game.
On Thursday, since I have a spa background as a massage therapist, massages along with mani & pedi’s will be on the menu at Spa LA and thereafter, a nice lunch at Stevie’s Creole Café.
On Friday, how can you visit LA and not have breakfast at Roscoe’s House Of Chicken And Waffles? So, we’ll take in a delish breakfast and that evening, a theatrical production at Towne Street Theatre.
On Saturday, games and racing it is at K1 Speed – Indoor Go Karts and when night falls, we’ll laugh it up at the Laugh Factory.
And on Sunday morning, we will attend service at the Historic Second Baptist Church and for an elegant and yet delish brunch, Blu Jam Café it is.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Wow, this is a loaded question! At the top of the list is my Lord who gives me life, the gifts and all the intangibles. From there, I would say my mommy for always supporting me regardless of my crazy ideas, my family for their support and being ultimate cheerleaders, Mykle McCoslin, President of the Houston-Austin Local SAG-AFTRA for steering me to join the union. My Ace, friend and Accountability Partner Elle Vernee’ for our collective & creative ideas and her encouragement, my publicist, Tori Denise for her guidance and ingenuity and both of my agents, Pastorini-Bosby in Houston and iSubmit in Atlanta for their belief in me. Last, but certainly not least, My Bride, Nikki for her support, encouragement, for lifting me up and her sacrifice for allowing me to chase/live my dream.
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1. Orange sweater: Joseph Earle 2. Step & Repeat: LaVetta Morgan 3. CW: CW stock photo 4. All others: Gino J.