We had the good fortune of connecting with CeeJay Joseph and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi CeeJay, what’s the most important lesson your business/career has taught you?
Some of the lessons my career as an actor have taught me is not allowing a ‘not right now’ define what will happen next. In this business, it’s generally accepted that when you don’t book an audition, it is essentially a no. But, I like to dub it as a ‘not right now’, because your next booking could be around the corner that will create a shift in your career. Another lesson is that you need to celebrate the wins, regardless of how small they are. Invite to audition? Celebrate the win. Got a callback? Celebrate the win. And finally, have a boatload of perseverance. This business will have its ebbs and flows, but you have to stick with it, have faith and not let anyone deter you from your desired dream.
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.
Currently, I’m most proud that I never gave up and finally landed a recurring co-star role 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, 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.
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.
With plenty to do, see and eat in the Greater Houston Area, we will start with taking in the sights, sounds and shopping at the Galleria Mall and settle in for dinner at Mastro’s Steakhouse. On Tuesday, with a plethora of museum’s in the Museum District, we’ll visit a few of them and be totally immersed with what they have to offer. Since we’ll be in the area, on the menu will be the legacy of culinary excellence at Lucille’s. On Wednesday, perhaps we’ll test our skills at The Great Escape and since we are in the summer season, we’ll make our way to a Houston Dynamo 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 Houston Trellis Spa and hang out at Cafe 4212 for a nice meal and nice music that evening. On Friday, how can you visit Houston and not have breakfast at The Breakfast Klub? So, we’ll take in a delish breakfast and that evening, a theatrical production at The Ensemble Theater. On Saturday, games and racing it is at Andretti’s Karting and Games and when night falls, we’ll laugh it up at the Houston Improv. And on Sunday morning, we will attend service, of course, at Wheeler Avenue Baptist Church and for an elegant and yet delish brunch, State of Grace 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.
Orange sweater: Joseph Earle All others: self or screen grab