Jayleen Martinez Is the Prototype
How do you handle having everyone from rappers to directors trying to talk with you, turn them down, but maintain relationships?
Well, I set the boundaries right away. And, you become their friend. You don’t flirt with them or be kinda weird with them. Basically, you have to come off a certain way for them to know what it is. It’s not like, rude, but you’re also friendly. I become more of their friend than anything and if they wanna ask me out on a date or anything, they’ll ask politely. And they can’t be mean, because I’m not a bitch.
So, in Kid Ink’s “Time of Your Life” video, you’re smoking weed, getting caught and driving away. How close are you to being that person?
I was that person in high school. I would always just go play basketball. I was a boy basically and get arrested all the time. It was just fun. I was just one of the boys. And, I basically haven’t grown out of it too much. [Laughs] I still go to the gym and play with the boys. I like Xbox all that shit.
What would you get arrested for?
You know, stupid shit. Like, smoking. Ditching school, tagging. All that kind of shit. I was bad.
You mentioned playing basketball. Do you still play?
Yea. I still play. It’s good way to keep your cardio up. I’m pretty good. My handles are a little bit rusty, but I got a good jumper.
So you’re also a singer.
I’m working with No I.D. right now and that camp. I have a deal with the production company called We All Out. And he’s part of it. I just had a meeting with him the other day. He’s excited about the project. He just feels like we need a little more, a couple more songs. I don’t know, big names on like J. Cole or Big Sean. Then like I said, We’re on our way.
What is it like working with No I.D. in the studio?
He’s scary [Laughs] He’s just intimidating. He comes in and listens to the songs, I’ll be like, grinding my teeth, clutching my jaw together ‘cause I’m like, “Does he think it’s good?” You know, you always want it to be perfect for him and he’s really quiet when he comes in there. He wont’ say anything. So you’re just like, “What is he thinking?” But, he’s on it, so I guess he likes it.
He definitely has a poker face.
But, I did play him one song one time. I started singing on the record and his eyes opened up wide and he was like, “This is you? This is you?” I just felt so good at that moment.
What about the acting? Are you going on auditions?
Not at the moment. I’m just doing the whole music thing. But, whenever I do get a chance to audition for anything, I do. I’ve met with a few managers and agents and they loved me. They say I have a really awesome look, which is marketable. That’s where that’s going.
Anything else you want to say?
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