We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Montague, LCSW and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, what do you attribute your success to?
Reciprocation, hands down is the biggest factor behind my success. As a child, who grew to be a kid, who bloomed into a teen, jumped into early adulthood too soon, and slid into adulthood almost seamlessly, I found myself “taking” in every developmental stage just mentioned. Along the way I took, from my community, I took from my parents, I took the schools. I Know that in many aspects one should expect a child/teen etc., to “take” from certain elements of school, parents. But until a grounded sense of understanding in developed and becomes a part of a person, I would like to argue that “taking” merely implies not having anything to give back. Now in every aspect of my work, all of my work, I look for ways that represent me giving back, giving back some of what I took and giving back some of what I learned. The biggest way that I give back now is aiding in giving and showing individuals, especially those who relate to association of or belonging to a disenfranchised population, how to use their voice, tell their story and reclaim their narrative. I do it Creatively, and Clinically.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
In 5th grade at Pepper Middle school I won a national Poetry contest, “The Humming Bird.” I can remember most of the poem, I know it was published but for sakes I can’t find it anywhere. So what sets me apart from others is one word. That’s it, one word, all I need is one word or one phrase, or one thought and you have a song, a story, a script, or a poem. My imagination and brain processing are lateral to one another. It’s not easy all of the time, especially when you are mentally working on 6 to 7 projects at a time. I overcome these challenges in two ways, physical fitness, and scrap paper, I will write on the back or side of anything to capture a thought, phrase or line that comes to mind. I have learned one thing and continue it along the way. When you write so much and so fast, have someone else edit! I use to tell myself I want my mistakes to stay there so that I have something to compare to the next thing I write and I can see how much better I’ve gotten with catching silly errors. Now that’s only for my writing, the writing that I’m contracted for is a different beast. Some film writing that I am credited for (that I can mention) Tales of a Shadow Boxer; and Where Have all the Flowers Gone. I have two major nondisclosure agreements for scripts to films that “made it”. Also I have several well accomplished works (Books). Death of the King’s Horsemen PT I & PT II; The Disappearing Act and; Situations all available on Amazon digital. The craft and writing is also played out on the clinical realm as well. I treat children and adolescents, getting them to tell their stories is priceless and a privilege.
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Food wise, between Uncle Sier’s food truck and Jim’s Steak’s no need to go anywhere else, except to the gym to burn off the grease from the steaks. We’re definitely hoping on the Harley’s to slow walk South Street and Broad Street. There is never a week when I don’t stop by the Barbershop “Levelz” 54th street to holla a Dee and Lax. Any biker gonna stop pass the “Platt” and if you’re in Philly, besides the steaks, you gotta get you a water ice and pretzel, if you 40 and older, then you for Matt’s (o.g)
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
First an honor to God, I have my stuff with me now, and He is in my life, I can’t tell you what my stuff would look like without Him in my life; my life verse (Matthew 3:17) I definitely owe my big sis Star major recognition, she did a lot of guiding, advising, encouraging, and believing in me. My daughters are my world. And of course, Kenny Brown, my pops, everything he pushed my siblings and I on, all off it that made us feel miserable, every bit of paid off, makes sense [now], and has definitely been a life compass in many of matters. I love my family! When my mom passed when I was 19, God sent Maude! Shout out to Professor Wright (English 101) CCP and Dr. Veronica Carey of Drexel University.
Other: https://www.amazon.com/SITUATIONS-Short-Stories-Jay-Montague-ebook/dp/B07V9K4XWL/ref=sr_1_1?crid=U24Q4VBM7A7D&keywords=jay+montague&qid=1653494001&sprefix=jay+montague%2Caps%2C73&sr=8-1 https://www.amazon.com/Disappearing-Act-Jay-Montague-ebook/dp/B00OX1GRJK/ref=sr_1_2?crid=U24Q4VBM7A7D&keywords=jay+montague&qid=1653494001&sprefix=jay+montague%2Caps%2C73&sr=8-2 https://www.amazon.com/DEATH-KINGS-HORSEMEN-missing-pieces-ebook/dp/B00E1VTWIU/ref=sr_1_3?crid=U24Q4VBM7A7D&keywords=jay+montague&qid=1653494001&sprefix=jay+montague%2Caps%2C73&sr=8-3 https://www.amazon.com/Death-Kings-Horsemen-Bernard-Montague-ebook/dp/B005JPEHOG/ref=sr_1_4?crid=U24Q4VBM7A7D&keywords=jay+montague&qid=1653494001&sprefix=jay+montague%2Caps%2C73&sr=8-4