Pepper Jay began her performance career at age 5. When she wasn’t appearing in television sitcoms, such as “The Real McCoys,” she was performing on stage in school, local parks, and community theater. From ages of 5 to 15, Pepper also tap danced, played the accordion, and performed skits for charity events and fund-raisers.
After graduating from San Diego State University, Pepper Jay obtained a life time teaching credential from the State of California. Pepper taught several subjects for the Los Angeles Unified School District including performance, drama, dance, health education, and physical education, to name a few.. During the 1970’s, she taught at Hollywood High School, John Muir Junior High School, and Crenshaw High School, in Los Angeles, California, where Pepper was also in charge of coordinating and producing shows by the 100+ member “drill team.”
Although Pepper Jay completed her pubic teaching career in 1983, she continues to this day her private teaching and coaching, specializing in performance skills for actors, singers, lawyers, teachers, and public speakers. Some of her singing performance students include John Michael Ferrari, Montana Tucker, Nikki Nova, Erin Gavin, and Allison Iraheta.
Peppper Jay is the author of “Dynamic Song Performance, The Singer’s Bible.”
Pepper Jay also continues her public speaking engagements; sharing topics such as “Audience Psychology” and “Listen and Be Heard” at film festivals, corporate events, conventions, schools, etc.
In 1990, Pepper Jay formalized the entertainment company, Pepper Jay Productions. And, in 1993, created the Working Actors Group, which for a decade in Hollywood, California offered free on-camera and cold reading workshops to selected union actors.
Today, Pepper Jay is found on both sides of the camera. She is the publisher and a producer and director for the Actors Reporter and for Pepper Jay Production clients, she continues to privately coach performance skills. Pepper Jay has returned to her acting roots and enjoys the world of the working actor.