We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Field and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, we’d love to hear more about how you thought about starting your own business?
I don’t know too many people who had the desire to start their own company when they were young. I think between the thought of quitting your stable job to go do something that maybe your family and friends are telling you not to do is a hard thing to overcome and process mentally. Starting your own company is not for everyone, especially if you have doubts, a lack of appetite for hard work knowing that if you don’t work you don’t eat, compounded by the pressures of trying to date someone/ or looking to get married (which I was doing at that time). However for me I got to the point that I wanted more in life. Not only to make an impact but to have better things in life and get to the point I can work when I want or take a vacation when I want. I knew working for someone who didn’t appreciate my hard work, and didn’t pay me what I believed I deserved was a huge part of my process of stepping out and doing me, and doing me was to start my own company.
Alright, so for those in our community who might not be familiar with your business, can you tell us more?
I own and run NVEA Management established in 2015, a sports & entertainment firm located in Tustin California, about 25 miles SouthEast of Downtown Los Angeles. We manage and represent some great Professional athletes from the WNBA, FIBA, MILB and college coaches. I never really thought too much about being a sports agent, being in a sales/commission based role was never a desire of mine especially being an owner of a company that relied on clients/commissions. As I started to learn more about the sports industry from the business aspect as opposed to looking at it from a former athlete’s perspective, I started to appreciate the hard work/reward of being an agent. I think the biggest thing that separates my firm from others is the energy, care, and attention to detail we provide each and every one of our clients irregardless if they are clients I personally manage or if its one of our other agents’ clients. We are a family business firm, we absolutely care and work hard behind the scenes to make things happen for our clients. I am proud to have the ability to say I own something that can be passed on to my children if they choose that path. God has to be the main reason I got to where I am despite not even being fully content about where I am as my vision for my firm is always growing. My family such as my wife and daughter are also my driving factor of how I kept pushing through obstacles . I believe I quit at least 200 times a week in my mind, as it is not an easy industry to thrive in especially being a minority, and having to start from scratch is even tougher. Overcoming challenges is something I have done all my life so usually when adversity comes and smacks me in the face I get stunned for a moment, gather myself, remind myself who I am and keep pushing. A great lesson I’ve learned is you will receive hundreds of No’s before you get that one yes. Yes I know you hear it all the time but it’s the honest truth. It’s awesome to be able to say a black owned small agency like mine got the number 7th overall WNBA draft pick in Tyasha Harris and is now managing Ariel Atkins who is a 2019 WNBA champion. The hardest lessons I had to learn is you can’t rely on everyone nor can you go into partnerships with just anyone. Some will be in your life for a brief moment just to set you back. It’s important to stay positive, stay inspired, and stay humbled on your journey. You can reach the top and then have everything taken away in a blink of an eye. For me I want the world to know how hard I work for my goals as well as my passion to provide a pathway for other minority young men growing up desiring success as entrepreneurs.
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?
For sure would have to be based on the season/time of the trip. If it’s summer time for sure head to the beach. My family and friends hang out in different cities and places like Downtown LA, Long Beach, Newport Beach, Venice, San Diego, Huntington Beach and maybe Hollywood. Some of my favorite lounges, bars, clubs etc to go to are the Rooftop lounge at Hotel Erwin, Rooftop Lounge at the Standard Hotel during the summer nights in Hollywood, and Sevillas in downtown Long Beach. Some of my favorite restaurant recommendations are Water Grill near Irvine, Winery Restaurant in Newport Beach, Mastro’s Ocean Club in Crystal Cove. Basically anywhere with a view, good food and great drinks.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
The best person to talk about is my wife Belen Mulugeta Field. She keeps me focused, supports me, pushes me to strive for greatness, and the biggest part has my back! Without her by my side I would be lost, as she picks the right moment to be there just when I feel like getting frustrated and depressed at the everyday struggles of being an entrepreneur, but she reminds me of the important work I’m doing for my clients, my family legacy, and future minority business owners
My inspiration! My Girls! Field Family!