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Lawrence Jackson has made his way from Syracuse Universities stage to Revolt TV all the way to MTVs main stage, TRL. Lucky for us through the growth of his career, his character and advice has yet to change.
*This interview was conducted before Law's move to MTV, TRL.
TA: Who do you listen to on your way to work? Working-out? Relaxing?
LJ: On my way to work - Kanye. He's smart and I listen to him to remind myself to protect my dreams and remember that they can actually happen. I listen to Future, while I work out - I like something that is related to hustle and grind. And when I'm relaxing, Corinne Bailey Rae - her energy is soft and sweet. She's amazing.
TA: Thoughts on the recent election?
LJ: Working in this industry I've noticed that people have mastered pretending. For instance, in certain environments after a few drinks, white men or women feel more comfortable saying the n-word regardless of the color of their skin or mine. We're living in a world where if you're homophobic, racist or anything that is controversial/hurtful to others you've learned to mask that. This election, showed just how many secrets America has. I'm nervous this'll become a popular norm — hate masking.
TA: Describe your your morning in one emoji...
LJ: The side eye black moon man.
TA: When your first direct deposit hit, what did you buy?
LJ: A leather book-bag! From Cole Hann on 5th Ave. It's the perfect balance between a graffiti and a briefcase.
TA: What is your current hustle?
LJ: Revolt TV On-Air Host and Producer
TA: That's dope! Do you have any advice to the younger generation on how to get there or where they want to be?
LJ: There's levels to this advice shit! Step 1: You've got to get right with you first and foremost. You need to figure out who you are. What makes you insecure? What motivates you? Are you okay with working in a office? Do you hate the office? Do you want a professional vs. unprofessional work environment? How important is money to you? Be honest with yourself! Go with what works for you! Step 2: Go put the ground work in. There's no secret sauce/steps to it. Step 3: Make a plan. Be stubborn enough to stick to it but flexible enough to realize when something isn't working for you. Overall: Refuse to wake and be disappointed now so you avoid let-down in the future. Go for what the fu*k you want and don't be apologetic, hesitant, or meak about it. Sometimes it takes not listening to your parents and while they can help and assist sometimes they are or can be conflicted by the same things you are.
TA: Who has been your favorite client-interview-guest on Revolt so far?
LJ: Kevin Durant. Not only is he top 1 or 2 in the NBA, but I'm a basketball fan and fan of his. Throughout the interveiw, I felt I could relate to him which, was scary because most NBA players have the same repeative story. For example, the way he talked about his Mom, is similar to how I talk about mine. From his genuine answers to my questions, I remember thinking he had the same insecurities and normal habits to those who follow him and admire him as a player and a human being. I preapared about 40 questions because I didn't want to leave anything unturned - especially because I work in the music industry so crossing into sports was HUGE for me. Of course I asked (about four times), if he planned on leaving Oklahoma City Thunder and since he spoke so highly of his time there and had nothing but positive comments to make, I was shocked to hear he left. To me, that said a lot about his character. He gave me a full hour and it became my first 30-minute special that was picked up by ESPN.
TA: Who's your dream interview guest?
LJ: Barack Obama. It's one of my active goals to get some time in with him before he leaves office. He's the smoothest and did a great job these past eight years. On a black level, man level, political level and spiritual level he's that guy.
TA: Having worked amongst celebrities and notable influencers, who has given you the most memorable career advice?
LJ: I'm blessed and cursed enough to be so stubborn that I don't need to hear much from others to get motivated or stay focused. I like to tell myself "I have value. I can do more. I can make more. I can be challenged more. I know I can do so much more!!"
For more of Lawrence follow him here, or catch him on MTV.