We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Malloyd and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jay, what matters most to you?
As a creative, it’s important to recognize your values & stand firmly in the principles you hold dearly. In a world where we can become so easily influenced, I believe that my success is contingent upon how I value integrity and authenticity. For me, integrity is not only necessary for success in your field, but also for your own personal advancement. Having the right intentions and coming from a place of love & civility in everything I do is very important to me. There are many people in this world who will do anything to get by and upon first glance it might seem like their success or achievements are worth compromising their morals. But at the end of the day, all we have is our values. Authenticity is also so important to me as a creative. I find that the more I stick to my intuition and my own personal style, the more I feel at peace with my decisions.. It’s easy to get stuck in a cycle of comparison with social media as “in our faces” as it is, so you have to remember that you are YOU for a reason! I constantly have to remind myself that we all have something that makes us different and staying authentic to that is a beautiful thing.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
My blogging and personal styling career took off about two years ago, at the end of 2019. I was in college and felt that it was time for me to turn my hobbies into my career. Having styled many of my friends for events and concerts, just for fun, I realized one day…this is what I wanna do; so I began taking on clients. I made the decision to transfer schools in the middle of my junior year to pursue a degree in Fashion Management & Marketing. It was definitely challenging starting over so far into my college career, but I was so much happier making the decisions to follow my passion. Being a full time college student while also working on my personal brand and business was much harder than I had initially anticipated, but it was a challenge I was up to accepting. When you’re doing something you absolutely love, that passion & drive push you to overcome any obstacles you might face. But it definitely wasn’t easy! From learning how to operate with different clients and continuously trying to stay inspired when the world seemed so bleak during the pandemic this past year, I had my hands full. In the moment it can get easy to get frustrated, but looking back I see how important it was for me to face the obstacles I did, because the lessons I learned have been so pivotal to the success of my brand. I have found that looking at every challenge from the perspective of “what is this trying to teach me” instead of “why is this happening to me” have kept me on my feet.

If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
LA is such an exciting place with something to spark everyone’s interest. For drinks, BonaVista lounge offers the ambience paired with an incredible view. Perfect for drinks with the girls, or a chill date night. If you’re in the mood for brunch, Joan’s on Third has some amazing food and drink options for anyone’s taste, or Le Pain Quotidien for a healthier option. Im a museum girl, so The Getty, The Museum of Contemporary Art, and the FIDM Museum & Galleries are the perfect place to stop by for a few hours.

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I would like to dedicate this shoutout to my friends, who are my family more than anything. Without them pushing me to be true to myself & to keep working hard, I definitely would not be where I am today. I would be doing myself a disservice if I also didn’t acknowledge how the universe has worked in my favor throughout this whole process, and how divine timing has played such a big role in my life.

Website: https://jaymalloyd.wixsite.com/stylebyj

Instagram: instagram.com/missmalloyd

Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jayla-malloyd-812a281ba/

Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC8waDYFEGFyrYFzFLK2Pyfg

Other: TikTok: https://vm.tiktok.com/ZMRaF3nPw/

Image Credits : Ejah B. @filthyhaje

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