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Every person’s journey is unique, and there is no such thing as an “average” journey. I am a prime example of that.

My name is Orondé and I’m a twentysomething African-American male living and working in the entertainment industry in Los Angeles. I was raised middle class on the south side of Chicago, went to public school through the 12th grade, fairly intelligent, okay at athletics, and a bit nerdy… a seemingly “average” story. Yet, my journey has been anything but.

average [av-er-ij, av-rij]
(noun) a quantity, rating, or the like that represents or approximates an arithmetic mean
(adj.) typical; common; ordinary

I was an international triathlete at age 7. I’ve performed at the Symphony Center in Chicago (the home of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra) on six separate occasions. I became a national award-winning filmmaker at the age of 12. At one point, I was an active member of Academic Decathlon, Theater/Video Club, five different music ensembles playing trumpet and percussion, and a championship-winning, predominately African-American swim team. Far from average.

I was in the first graduating class of a high school that is currently ranked 6th in the country. I graduated from college with honors in 4 years. Within four months of moving to Los Angeles, I had completed a 5-week program in Music Supervision, acquired an internship with an Emmy Award-winning composer, and secured a position at a major record label.

I don’t state any of this to be boastful, because (1) there was a LOT of kicking and screaming along the way, (2) it is all thanks to a praying momma and the desire to “make it out of the hood”, and (3) I can’t take any of it with me when I leave this earth. However, I state all of this to make a point: none of this can be defined as typical, common, ordinary or average, especially for a kid from Roseland.

Why I Started No Average Journey

My motivation for starting this blog can be summed up like so: my brain is a sponge for knowledge and has no chill. Because of this, I’ve learned a little bit about a lot of things. To keep it all fresh, I do consulting work in a number of areas. However, I also know that one of my purposes in life is to assist others in achieving their goals.

No Average Journey is a site for creatives and entrepreneurs to learn some tricks of the trade, get a bit of inspiration (and a smidgen of sarcasm), and grab some of the knowledge I’ve collected over the years. I’ll be posting a smorgasbord of articles and stories on the things that can help grow your talents and businesses, cool things around the interwebs that I know you’ll enjoy, as well as some life lessons that I’ve come across in my journey.

Stay tuned,

P.S. the title of this site comes from the No Average Journey EP that I recorded and released earlier this year. This is a testimony in itself, considering the fact that I didn’t start singing until I was 23… but that’s another story for another day.


Orondé Jenkins is a multidisciplinary artist and media consultant based in Nashville. No Average Journey was born out of his desire to help artists grow in their lives and careers.