Radio & Television Presenter | Journalist | Media Strategist
Entrepreneur | Philanthropist | Content Creator | Voice Over Artist
I am Jay Foley, a radio and television presenter in Ghana who is popularly known as Foley. I have represented Ghana and covered the 2013, 2015, and 2016 Black Entertainment Television BET. I was also appointed the Manager of Ghanaian high-life singer Bisa Kdei. I attended the Bishop Bowers School Junior Secondary School from 1989 to 1998 and the Achimota School from 1999 to 2001, where I studied Visual Art. I hail from Sekondi -Takoradi in the Western Region, and I am the last born of three children. I grew up in many communities, nurturing my talent and leading me to what I am today. My creative thinking process went up a notch high when I gained admission to Achimota School to study Visual Arts. To further my knowledge of music, I decided to study sound engineering, working with legendary Ghanaian music producer, Hammer.
As a student of Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, I started a network of young people with a burning desire to become great achievers called 2131, with the tagline Lead, Challenge, or Just Forget It. It was my way of committing to networking with like-minded individuals, and it made me develop a mindset that encouraged me to continually work hard at being successful and not just add to the numbers. I set up my first company, The Radio Advertising People (T.R.A.P), which specialized in recording radio commercials. It was born out of an idea to train myself as a sound engineer and also to understand the power behind speech. I trained myself in the art of voice-overs and have become one of the most sought-after Voice over artists. I believe in "living an exemplary lifestyle to inspire young men and women out there" who are a part of my growing fan base.
The T.R.A.P experience presented me with an opportunity to join leading Entertainment Television Channel 4StyeTV as a host in its early days, a position I still hold after some nine years. I am the co-host of Live Breakfast Club, the morning show on LIVE 91.9 FM, where I also double as the Business Manager. I am proud to say that I was the first Ghanaian journalist to officially cover the European Music Awards in Frankfurt, Germany, in 2012. I was also the first Ghanaian journalist to cover the BET AWARDS in 2015. I was a Brand Ambassador for Remy Martin in 2016, an MTN brand ambassador from 2013 to 2015, and a Guinness Ghana "Brand Influencer" in 2017.
What were some of the most significant challenges you faced initially, and how did you overcome them?
As a radio and television presenter in Ghana, I faced several challenges initially. One of the most significant challenges was breaking into the industry and making a name for myself. It was a highly competitive field, and many talented individuals were vying for the same opportunities. To overcome this challenge, I had to work tirelessly to improve my skills and make myself stand out. I invested time and effort into networking and building relationships with industry professionals, which helped me to gain exposure and secure opportunities.
Another challenge I faced was balancing my work with other responsibilities, such as managing my company and pursuing other projects. This required excellent time management skills and the ability to prioritize tasks effectively.
To overcome this challenge, I developed a daily routine that allowed me to manage my time efficiently. I also learned to delegate tasks where possible and focus on the most critical aspects of each project to maximize my productivity.
Finally, as a public figure, I faced the challenge of maintaining a positive public image and dealing with negative feedback and criticism from the public. This required me to develop a thick skin and learn to handle criticism constructively. To overcome this challenge, I focused on building my self-confidence and developing my communication skills. I also learned to listen to feedback and criticism and use it as an opportunity to improve myself and my work. Overall, these challenges taught me valuable lessons about resilience, determination, and the importance of continuously improving myself and my skills.
What advice would you offer to young people who are just starting their careers or pursuing their passions, both locally and internationally?
As someone who has pursued my passion and built a successful career in the entertainment industry, I would offer the following advice to young people who are just starting their careers or pursuing their passions, both locally and internationally:
Be patient and persistent: Success rarely comes overnight, so it's essential to be patient and stay persistent in pursuing your goals. Don't give up, even when faced with setbacks or obstacles.
Develop your skills: Invest time and effort into developing your skills and knowledge in your chosen field. This may require taking courses, attending workshops, or seeking mentorship from experienced professionals.
Network and build relationships: Networking is critical in any industry, so make an effort to meet and connect with other professionals in your field. Building strong relationships can lead to valuable opportunities and collaborations.
Embrace failure and learn from it: Failure is a natural part of any journey, and it's essential to embrace it and learn from it. Use failures as an opportunity to grow, improve and refine your approach.
Stay true to yourself: Don't compromise your values or beliefs in pursuit of success. Stay true to yourself and your vision, and success will follow.
Have a positive attitude: Maintain a positive attitude and outlook, even in the face of challenges or adversity. Believe in yourself and your abilities, and stay focused on your goals.
Give back to the community: As you succeed in your career or pursue your passions, remember to give back to your community. Use your success and influence to make a positive impact and inspire others to pursue their dreams.
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