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

Hi Jaylan, why did you pursue a creative career?
Performing arts came into my life at the age of five when I joined a local dance team in my hometown. My childhood was so riveting with dance in my life, and I couldn’t see myself doing anything else. I absolutely loved to perform. Naturally, I always had an inclination for fashion and they way I decided to wear my clothing exuded artistry. Navigating through life and trying to figure myself out in my teenage years, I decided I wanted to pursue a career in fashion, as a stylist. But moving out of my hometown, and exploring life even more as an adult, I realized that I yearned for performing again. I’ve always had a secret love for acting, feeling that it was one of the rawest forms of expression. So I went for it, and it has honestly been one of the best decisions of my life. I finally feel like I am right where I need to be.

Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
I am a performing artist, working every day to become the best version of myself. I think it’s so important to keep learning in your field, every single day. Gaining knowledge as an actor is so important to me, and because I aim to be as multifaceted as possible, I’m growing as a dancer by taking classes weekly. Because I still have so much evolving to do, my biggest challenge has been to not compare myself to where others may be in their lives. At times, I don’t even realize that I’m doing it, but I’ll beat myself up about how I should’ve continued dancing, or how I should’ve started acting earlier, and that’s just so unfair to my growth. I now understand how vital it was to go through the every obstacle I faced. It’s apart of my testimony and made me who I am today, which I am very proud of.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Oh this is a great question 🙂

I love the Deep Ellum area. Spending the day here, we would have seafood from the Crab Station, grab a couple of Moscow mules at Stirr’s rooftop, do some shoe shopping at Sneaker Politics, and hit a night cap at Off The Record.
Going to the Dallas Museum of Art is one of my favorite things to do, with free admission. This is next to Klyde Warren Park and their lovely food trucks. I enjoy walking the area for cool scenery and take photos. We could walk to Zenna’s on Akard for their amazing happy hour and the best combination rice in the city. One day we would have to check out the Dallas observatory, for amazing view of the city, and then hit Harris House of Heroes for some amazing wings and great music. There are so many other neat spots like Lower Greenville, Legacy Hall in Plano, Jonathan’s in Oak Cliff, Bishop Arts, I mean Dallas is poppin’ lol

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
This is what I learned about my journey: there are a group of people, and typically not in close proximity to you – you may know them personally, know of them. or they’re actually complete strangers — but this group of people see a higher version of you. They speak life into you. They are manifesting your dreams by expressing how you motivate and inspire them. They tell you to keep going because you’re on your way, and it’s because they see it in you. That type of genuine love can be hard to come by, but I think it’s so important to know this while on our journey because when I don’t feel like putting my best foot forward one day, I know that there are people in this world that are subconsciously pushing me to the finish line. I absolutely love humanity for that.

Now specifically speaking, I wouldn’t be where I’m at today if it wasn’t for my family/friends that are near and dear to my heart. My mother, Aunty, Dad, Taylor, Ashton, Mercedes, Diamond, Donovan, Lola, Alfred, Ravonda, Baugus, Janae, Shiloh, Davelyn, ZyKora, King, Desha, Kumani, Shanyce, Courtney, and Terry. Each individual listed here has in some way motivated, inspired, grounded, coached, and helped me on my journey in ways I will forever be grateful for. And to anyone I may have missed, thank you for your selfless love. It doesn’t go unnoticed.

I also want to thank my brother John for always uplifting me about owning who I was and knowing what I was destined to be. He has always been my biggest cheerleader.

Lastly, God.
Thank you God.

Website: jaylanrose.com

Instagram: @thebaldrapunzel

Facebook: Jaylan Rose

Image Credits
first photo: @madelinefayephoto (IG) 5 photos: @enochodustudios (IG)

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