Pepper Jay

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Pepper Jay
Pepper Jay Feb2011.jpg
Pepper Jay in 2011
Susan Carole Jay

(1949-05-12) May 12, 1949 (age 71)
OccupationMusic Producer / Speaker / Author / Actress / Teacher / Former Attorney, Actors Reporter / Actors Entertainment

Pepper Jay (née Susan Carole Jay), born May 12, 1949 in Hollywood, California is a music producer, teacher and lecturer (Life Time Teaching Credential - State of California), an actress (member of the Screen Actors Guild / AFTRA and Actors Equity), an author [Dynamic Song Performance, a Singer's Bible], and a former attorney licensed in California.[1]

Early career and education[edit]

Pepper Jay began her performance career in the television sitcom, The Real McCoys starring Walter Brennan, which premiered on ABC in 1957, and in local theater. She earned her undergraduate degree from San Diego State University then obtained a lifetime teaching credential from the State of California. Fluent in Spanish, Jay in the 1970s taught drama, dance, Spanish, law, and health and physical education for the Los Angeles Unified School District. She was assigned to the campuses of Hollywood High School, John Muir Junior High School, and at Crenshaw High School, where she produced shows by the 100+ member drill team. Pepper Jay transitioned from her public teaching career in 1983 and earned her Juris Doctor degree from the University of San Diego School of Law. In 1985, she was admitted to the State Bar of California and went on to practice law in State and Federal Court for 32 years specializing in representing trustees and creditors in breach of contract and fraud litigation.[2] During this time, Pepper Jay was a member of the Wilshire Bar Association and President of that Association for 3 years.[3]

Career in entertainment and journalism[edit]

In 1990, Pepper Jay established the entertainment company, Pepper Jay Productions, LLC. She created the Working Actors Group, where, from 1993 through 2010, she and partner John Michael Ferrari offered on-camera and cold-reading workshops to selected union actors. They continue to coach performance skills for singers, actors, and speakers.

Pepper Jay's performance students include Allison Iraheta[4] (American Idol, Season 8, Top 4), Stevie Wright (Season 8, Top 36), Nikki Nova (Taiwan Idol, 2010, Top 10),[5] Liquid Blue (Pop Album of the Year, Los Angeles Music Awards), Gisell (Winner: Talentos Premios), teen opera singer Golda Berkman, and hip hop dancer and singer, Montana Tucker.[6]

In 2008 Pepper Jay Productions created the Actors Podcast Network and its first channel Actors Reporter and in 2009 her company established its second channel Actors Entertainment, which consists of 12 internet and cable shows, including ActorsE Chat, Models Best Friend, Sidebeat Music, and Tinsel on the Town.

Pepper Jay is the author of "Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer's Bible,"[7] available on Amazon, with contributions by John Michael Ferrari, preface by Allison Iraheta, and photographs by John Michael Ferrari, Jeff Knight, and John Wright.[8]

Pepper Jay was honored by the Multicultural Motion Picture Association with the Diamond Rose Award in Entertainment (2016).[9] Pepper is also an American Ambassador for Arts 4 Peace Awards (2015), and traveled to Lagos, Nigeria on behalf of that organization.[10]

Pepper Jay's keynote speaking, teaching, acting and music producing career continues.[11]

Pepper Jay has produced music for almost 30 years. Her latest is the original story-telling alternative country album of John Michael Ferrari, "My Early Life." [12]


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