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Aside from being an amazing friend who never fails to support those closest to him, Jeremy Clayton might be one of the most level headed millennials living in New York City. Currently apart of one of the biggest television networks in the world (HBO), Jeremy still finds time to accomplish more outside of those walls in a week than some do in months. In between advising celebrities on their social media presence, he's building his own brand (from the ground up) and attending events the industry won't even send RSVP links out for. Take notes. Sounds like a #YoungJefe you should know!
TA: What's your current hustle?
JC: I'm currently apart of the Digital and Social Media Fellowship at HBO, freelancing and running my blog (ItsJayClay.com) in my free time. My ultimate goal is to work for myself as a Digital/Social Media Manager for celebrities.
TA: What is the difference between your 9-5 and your 5-grind?
JC: Although, my 9-5 is a in a corporate setting, it's in the same arena as my 5-grind. Essentially, what I'm learning in my 9-5 sometimes helps me with my 5-grind. My 5-grind allows me to have creative freedom, that's something I don't really get with my day job. Right now, I have a freelance client that I would love to commit more time to but I'm confined to a building from 9-5. So I'm diligently working towards making my 5-grind my 24/7. I want to be able to work from anywhere.
TA: What has the response been (from your peers) to either your 9-5 or 5-grind?
JC: My peers are usually very impressed by my 9-5. HBO is a popular premier network, so it';s hard to get a job here. It's one of those places where you can pretty much go anywhere after. I just started freelancing, so I don't think many people know about that work yet. But I am not shy about it. I've been blogging for years, so most people know I have one. It's helped me get almost every job I've gotten post graduation. I put a lot of sweat and tears into it and I think people see and respect that.
TA: Who gave you the most memorable career advice? How has that aided you in you day-to-day?
JC: Oddly, it was the Director of Social Media at OWN, Maya Watson. I interviewed for a coordinator position about ta year ago and I told her my biggest weakness was, that I feel that being the youngest in the room makes it hard for me to speak up sometimes. She told me, "If you're in the room, you're there for a reason." That has helped me so much. I am still the youngest person in most of the meetings at my job, but that advice always helps me get over my fear of talking in meetings.
TA: What has been your favorite "project," so far? Why?
JC: My favorite project would be working on the editorial content for GIRLS. It's one of my favorite shows, so I enjoyed every moment of it.
TA: What is your dream collaboration (or with who, where, etc.)?
JC: I would love to work with Chrissy Teigen. She is seriously life goals. I feel like she is very comfortable in her own skin and so easy to work with. She's already doing a great job with her social media, but she could easily expand to apps and YouTube.
TA: When your first direct deposit hit, what did you buy?
TA: What do you listen to on your way to work? Music (if so, who?), Podcast? Motivational clips?
JC: I usually listen to Future, various reggae artist, Kehlani, podcast: SideHustle Pro and Breaking into Starups.
TA: If you could steal anyone's musical/artistic/visionary talent, who would it be? Why?
JC: Definitely — Miguel's talent and style. I am obsessed with him.
TA: Who are 3 "must-follows" on Instagram? That aid to your day-to-day inspiration/career path.
TA: In 3 words, what would you tell your 16-year-old self?
JC: You're almost there!
TA: Closing statements? Feel free to say anything!
JC: I'm always open to connecting with other creatives, so don't be afraid to hit me up!