Media personality and mogul Madison Jaye is creating a global brand in entertainment. Originally from the inner city of Newark, New Jersey, she’s earned her way reaching out to major markets and followers all over.
Since the age of 25, she’s specialized in digital marketing, with over four years of internet sales experience working campaigns for major companies like Lifetime Network, Maybelline, WBLS, Hot97, and many more. She has also interviewed some of the industry’s elite, including Swizz Beats, Sean Paul, Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child, and Marsha Ambrosius.
Her digital platform and movement attracts a large following, and she was recently honored with a six-week campaign on the main billboard in Manhattan’s Times Square.
She also found the newly international “Create Your Destiny Tour,” which sold out in three cities and wrapped up at Columbia University. Jaye has created a platform to expand her knowledge and experience networking in media while mentoring the lives of her fans and viewers. Her first audio-book, Gaining Wealth, was released January 15, and has reached listeners all over the world.
The Source: What exactly inspired you to begin your profession and when did you officially start?
Jaye: Honestly, media has alway been a part of me. I like to believe that our purpose is embedded in us since childhood or even birth. If we look back over our lives, we can all see the traits within us as we continue to grow. For instance, I have always been very talkative and nurturing. In fact, my grandmother used to have a song just for me called, “You Talk Too Much,” and every time I would go on and on, she would just start singing that song. I’ve always been passionate about this line of work, it just took time for me to find myself in order to unlock it. Media has always been embedded in me; this is what I was sent to do.
What has been the biggest highlight of your career so far and why?
I have three moments that stand out the most: interviewing Swizz Beatz, covering Oprah‘s “The Life You Want Tour” and working with Beyonce, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams on the “Say Yes” video.
I think saying those names says enough [laughs]. When I covered “The Life You Want Tour,” I met Oprah. It was for like tow-minutes, but that was all I needed. I introduced myself to her and told her one day I would be interviewing her. She looked at me, shook my hand and told me to keep doing what I was doing. When Oprah tells you to keep going, you keep going. I still hold those words close to my heart.
Working with Beyonce, Kelly and Michelle was literally a dream come true. I love Destiny’s Child. I grew up on them. When I was a kid, I would pretend to be Beyonce and form a girl group with my sisters. So to work with them felt like a dream come true, and they were all so humble and professional. When you think of iconic stars, you usually think they would be stuck up and not down to earth. They were phenomenal. They had a pizza party with us, danced with the crew, and I even had a small conversation with Bey. She’s amazing, very knowledgeable, sweet, and about her business. Each one of them were remarkable. Working with them changed my spirit. I’m grateful for that.
Swizz was amazing and so is his energy. I did the exclusive coverage for one of his new projects. He’s fun and he like books, which is awesome. He saw Russell Simmons’ book hanging out of my bag and we got into a long conversation about it. I got a chance to interview him, which will be released on my season 2 of my podcast. He dropped so much information about going after your dreams, it inspired me, so I’m positive it will inspire everyone else. P.S. The book was Super Rich by Russell Simmons.
How has your life changed since you began your journey and what are you expecting next?
My life changes every day. Because of my purpose, I evolve all the time. To be where I am, only being in the business for three years, I’m blessed and it’s all because of God. The goal right now is to get more countries involved. Right now, we have South Africa, the UK and Toronto, but the expansion will be more global than it already is. I’m also re-launching my YouTube series and it’s back and bigger than ever. We are on a mission to change lives, so I’m excited.
What characteristics do you believe are important to have in order to be successful and why?
Dedication, good energy and intentions, a phenomenal work ethic, and patience. You have to keep going. This business will beat you up, chew you up and spit you out, but it’s all a part of the process. No matter what obstacles you face, you have to know you can and will overcome it. Like one of my favorite Jay Z quotes says, “The genius thing we did was not give up.” It’s true you are going to be faced with so many hardship on a business level and also a personal level but you have to be dedicated and you skin has to be made of steal.
Good energy and intentions: If you don’t have these two attributes you will fail. The end. One thing I’ve learned about this industry is everything is about relationships and energy. No one will want to build with you if you have bad energy and/or intentions; your career will be short lived. Do things because you love to, not necessarily for what you can get out of it. I’ve received some of my biggest blessings that way.
A phenomenal work ethic: If you aren’t a work horse, don’t even both trying to make it in New York. This is the number one market in the world and everyone has a thousand jobs. If you aren’t putting out pristine work at a rapid speed then it’s honestly pointless.
Patient and passion: I think these two may be the most important characteristics to have. Nothing in entertainment happens overnight; it takes times and patience. In order to have the patience to obtain your goals, you must also have passion. So do what you love, what you do organically. If you aren’t doing what you have a passion for, you will give up. So just be yourself and follow your passion.
For the young generation inspired by your achievements, what advice could you offer to those pursuing a career in the industry?
No doesn’t mean no; it just means not now. The no’s are there to strengthen your spirit and build character. Just because someone says no it doesn’t necessarily mean no, it could just mean that it’s not your time yet. But that doesn’t mean give up. You have to push past the no and the disappointments, and keep going.
Build your own base, connect with your audience and, most importantly, be your organic self. Being your true self is what people will gravitate to. People can spot a phony. Just be you and work with your unique personality because we all have amazing characteristics within ourselves. Dig deep. Figure out what you are good at and nurture that.
Listen to my free audiobook called Gaining Wealth. The purpose of the FREE audiobook is for you to gain wealth—spiritually, mentally, financially, and emotionally. Whether we know it or not, we are all on a quest to seek a higher purpose and our higher selves. The audiobook will give you all the tools you will ever need to manifest wealth in every way imaginable. You will unlock the diverse attributes hidden within yourself to help you attract the positive energy of the universe that work in your favor to gain prosperity.
What message are you trying to send the world?
I just want everyone to know that no matter what walk of life you are from, you can do anything you set your mind to. I grew up in poverty. I’ve been everything from homeless to a parent, and I’m still making my dreams come true. It’s a lot of hard work, but it’s possible. If this is possible for me, it’s possible for anyone. If you want it, go get it!