Written by Erin Williams

Tray Chaney is best known for playing Poot on the HBO drama The Wire. After the show ended in 2008, the 30-year-old actor found himself at what could have been the end of his career.

"My state of mind was 'I don't know what else I'm going to do," he said. "I got a (mailroom) job, but at the same time, there was just something fighting me inside saying, 'This is not your dream.' "

The Forestville, Md., native โ€” who has since written a book, created his own production company and starred in three independent movies this year โ€” is a "Jack of all Trades," the title of his new album, due out Jan. 13.

"I had to take advantage of my own destiny and my own career," he said. Chaney spoke with the The Root DC about stereotypical typecasting, reaching for goals and fatherhood.

Read more the rest of this article at the Washington Post.