We had the good fortune of connecting with Jajuan Hill and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jajuan, why did you pursue a creative career?
It hasn’t been something that I intentionally pursued through my journey. I played sports for about 15 years of my life, and that was my primary outlet of expressing how I felt inside, both good and bad. Once that ended, I needed a new creative outlet. So, I began simply writing poems, then I had a friend suggest that I write a book and I just tried it. Not because I had big dreams of being an author, but simply because I wanted to create space for new ideas since sports was gone. I didn’t actually commit to being a creative until I experienced the joy of another person appreciating my work.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
Well to start, I’ve written 3 books— which all cater to the mental health and worldly success of the current generation (ages 18-30). I’ve began writing short films that I plan to put out in the future. I also do consulting work for other brands and even some music artists.
My true passion is creative conversation. That can be movies, books, films, podcasts, anything. I love to create content and that’s really what brings a lot of people to discover who I am. I model myself to be a perfect mash of Gary Vee and Eric Thomas.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
If I’m honest, I’m really a homebody. If I’m out, there’s a reason! But for drinks, I’d say the Southside in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Food- for a fancy places, I’d say Vallozzi’s or Grand Concourse. For chill spots, Hook N’ Fish, Live Fresh, and you can never go wrong with Chic Fila.
Personally, I love nature. So I love to do trail walks, small picnics, or even just sitting at the park.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
There are so many! I’d say my mother first. 3 years ago, as a broke college student, I wanted to publish my first book. Believe it or not, it can be costly and I didn’t have the funds to handle it. So, my mom took out a loan for me to do so, without her, I would probably just now be putting out my first project.
My close friends Derrick Caraway, Anthony Perkins, and Glenn Ford have also been very instrumental in my journey.
The book that started everything for me would be, The Mindful Athlete by George Mumford.
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