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Meet Jaydelise Volquez

Today we’d like to introduce you to Jaydelise Volquez.

Jaydelise, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
Ever since I was a child, my entire life has been motivated by art especially movies and movie making. I grew up in a small city with a big city vibe, in Massachusetts, with bodegas at every corner and remarkable Latin pride. The city was also very underprivileged and artistic outlets were pretty much non-existent. Any thought of a creative career was absolutely ridiculous which led me to become isolated from my peers. It was in this isolation that I was met with sexual abuse and circumstances that led me to detach myself from my reality and create an entire world in my imagination.

Basically, I was always acting and it saved my life. It wasn’t until I was older and made my move down south that I realized I had never truly faced the sexual abuse I endured. That realization led me into a spiral of deep depression that caused me to abandon the arts. But then I started writing. I wrote scripts about my life and acted them out as a completely different person. I learned monologues about things that had absolutely nothing to do with me and it helped light the fire for my love of acting once more. I poured all of my energy into making my dreams a reality.

In 2019, I was lucky enough to be cast in a play alongside Dascha Polanco, who is someone I have looked up to for some time. It was incredible see and work with someone who looked like me and is as successful in the industry as she is. Many might take it lightly, but I grew up watching telenovelas where no one looks like me so being in the same space as Dascha really changed my perspective and made me want to work even harder for my spot in film & tv. I am completely in love with my craft and I am blessed to be able to do what I love.

Has it been a smooth road?
I faced a lot of struggles along the way. Some of it stemmed from the sexual abuse, but a lot of it came from not seeing many people who looked like me on television and the doubt that came from friends and family. I dealt with stress and anxiety that came from not knowing how I was going to make things happen, but knowing that I had to. It was a constant war between my creative side and my realist side. In my journey I have tried my best to take the “no’s” with a grain of salt because there is so much rejection in this industry. You can think you did an amazing job at an audition and never hear back. The uncertainty is not ideal but now that the dynamics of the industry are changing, there is more space for diversity.

We’d love to hear more about your work.
I am an actress. I know that the road is long and I have so much more to learn but I am very proud of myself because I have overcome so much adversity to get to where I am. I went from growing up underprivileged and not knowing how to even begin to feed my creativity to making acting my full time career. I am very hardworking and I know my dreams will not be given to me. I work for it every day and if I don’t see any open doors, I am willing to build my own doors.

Is our city a good place to do what you do?
Absolutely! I worked my first major film in this city! There are so many opportunities here. It doesn’t matter what level you are at, whether you are just starting or already have an impressive resume, Atlanta offers many opportunities in film and tv. It’s a wonderful place to learn the behind the scenes while on set, as well, because there are so many productions going on.

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