I had the privilege of meeting Jayla when she played a homeless teen in The Good Book. I had never met her prior to meeting her on set, but from the moment she arrived, I was impressed with her professionalism and talent. She gave her character a depth and vulnerability that totally caught me by surprised and amazed me with how electric she was on camera. I can’t wait to see her in Remember the Goal where she has a chance to really showcase her acting skills.
When did you first discover a love for acting?
I’ve always wanted to be an actress. I started taking acting classes when I was nine years old, and instantly fell in love.
How did you get involved in film acting?
My love for film started with my first commercial at age eleven. From there, I did some student films, music videos, and more commercials, which eventually led to feature films. The more I have worked in film, the more my love for it has grown.
Tell us about your role in Remember The Goal.
I played the role of Shelby in Remember The Goal. Shelby is one of the top five runners on the Orange Hills cross country team. She is faced with a tough situation when there is a boy that asks her out, but her dad doesn’t want her to date yet.
Had you ever been involved in cross country training prior to Remember The Goal?
No, I had never ran cross country before. Actually, I had never really ran at all before I was cast in Remember The Goal.
How did you prepare for your role?
As far as running, I began training about 6-8 weeks before we went into production. It was important that I built up my endurance to make it through the long days of running on set. As far as acting, I spent a lot of time reading the script, developing the character of Shelby, and preparing my lines. I always like to come on set ready to do my best possible work.
What did you enjoy the most about filming Remember The Goal?
I really enjoyed working with the cast and crew. It was a wonderful group of people and we became like a family!
Tell us about your blog.
I run a blog and YouTube channel called Just Being Jayla. I make videos and written content about health, beauty, and life. My goal is to create a positive environment that empowers young adults to live healthy and beautiful lives inside and out.
What do you do when you’re not filming?
When I’m not filming, I love reading, writing, blogging, and exploring.