We had the good fortune of connecting with Freddy “Jay” Walker and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Freddy “Jay”, how do you think about risk?
It’s important to think outside of the box. Sometimes the biggest challenge is recognizing that you’re in one in the first place. There are risks with anything you do, but I would rather know what the risk could lead to versus not trying or taking a risk at all. I’ve learned that risks are what got me to where I’m at. Coming from years working in pharmaceuticals to the sudden change to the arts; film, acting, modeling and composing was not in the forefront of my future. I came to a crossroad in my life where I had to take and try new opportunities and explore avenues that I wasn’t certain would work out. Through struggle, patience, practice, prayer and perseverance, I was able to take what was an unknown risk and turn it into a positive opportunity. The motto I live by is that, it’s better to try and to fail than to not try at all.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, musician and music composer, I had the opportunity to work on a number of projects. From Top Golf, Vantage West, O’Reilly Chevrolet and many others, I am always grateful for the opportunities I have been given, and for those yet to come. With the opportunities I’ve been accepted for, there were also an equal to even a greater number of denials. I’ve learned to leave a positive impression no matter where I go, or what I do. My focus on my business is not just about what I offer, but on how my services can solve a problem for others and why my services are what the client is looking for. I definitely want others to know that there’s beauty in originality and it’s important to let the uniqueness show within your craft. Professionalism and quality are always important attributes to have, but if you focus on just a sale, that’s where the transaction will end. You must build relationships with clients and leave a positive impression, which will allow them to share who you are with the people that are important to them.
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.
I would have to say that Downtown is a great spot with many unique places to eat and explore. Depending on the day, finding what events are happening that entrepreneurs might attend is a must. Making connections is a very important part of what I do. Hotel Congress is a great place for live music and hearing the local talent. Blaxfriday.com is a great resource that will provide you with local food, hair, clothing, and other black owned businesses/services in the community.
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?
There are some amazing supportive people in my life. My beautiful parents Fred and Linda Walker, Zeke Younger my big brother who always gives me encouragement, my daughters who are the reason why I do what I do, Naomi Marley my confidant. These people have played an important role in my journey and I’m grateful to have them in my life.
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