Jay’La Sims was born in Henderson, Texas and was raised in Dallas, Texas, where she now resides since the pandemic. After graduating high school at Booker T. Washington High School for Performing and Visual Arts, Jay’La is now studying comedy writing and performance at Columbia College Chicago in Chicago, Illinois, and is a member of the Improv Club, expecting to graduate in 2023 with a Bachelors in Arts. She currently lives with her mom and sister and is continuing her studies from home through virtual learning. Jay’La has performed at Comedy Cabaret at Columbia College Chicago. She is using her time at home to further develop her writing and performing skills along with her classmates.
Jay’La moved out of Columbia College Chicago’s dorms quickly after learning about the campus closures due to Covid-19 and is now sharing a room with her sister once again. Jay’La’s mom works as a nurse in two different nursing home facilities. Jay’La is hopeful to return back to campus and city life in Chicago in the fall. After the pandemic is over she is excited to be with friends and return to a more independent lifestyle.
Columbia College Chicago
comedy, isolation, motivation, writing, performance, Texas, COVID-19, pandemic, Chicago, Illinois, United States, coronavirus
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Cinelli, Clare, "Interview with Jay'La Sims" (2020). Capturing Quarantine Oral Histories. 22.