We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Combs and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, what role has risk played in your life or career?
“you cannot just exist in this life… you have to jump” – Steve Harvey
I started my response with this quote from my favorite comedians of all time because it truly defines me and my way of thinking about risks and life in general.
Being a kid from a small town in Lousiana, shout out Shreveport, you realize early that in life you have to create your own opportunities or you’ll end up stuck, letting life pass you by. And for me, I realized at an early age that this was just not an option for me. I wasn’t gonna get stuck in small-town America, counting the days until I die. The world is bigger and greater and it’s yours for the taking, you just have to “jump”.
So for me, I look at life as a game of risks and chances. I would still be that kid stuck in Shreveport if I didn’t accept this fact to be true. Someone once told me “you have to be okay with being uncomfortable and be open to changes” and ever since that day I’ve looked at risks as opportunities, and depending on the benefit vs the long-term cost is how I decide on whether or not I’m gonna take that risk.
So yeah, that’s an extremely long-winded way to say, risks are important and are where I am and am going in my life.
You can’t win in life playing it safe, sometimes you just have to jump and say Jesus take the wheel.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As an artist, I am most intrigued with learning, growing, and having open and honest conversations with others. Because of this, I tend to lean more towards stories that are not only entertaining but are insightful and/or are conversation starters. That for me is the biggest thing, not only entertaining audiences but giving them something to think about after.
To this point, I am most proud of the fact that given every chance I’ve had to deviate, I’ve accomplished and have gotten to see and do so many things that a lot of people could only dream of. Then on top of that, with every pitfall and every opportunity to accept defeat and give up, I’m still here pushing onward towards my hopes and dreams. Whether by fate or sheer arrogance, I’m still standing and most importantly still dreaming. What better accomplishment can you have in life, especially when so many are forced to tap out way too early.
Is it easy. Hell No! (excuse the explicative). Going after your dreams and trying to succeed in life is by far the hardest thing in the world. Knowing every day you’re meant for something greater and not seeing any signs of that greatness, is both very humbling and at times soul-crushing. But hey, as I mentioned earlier, you really just have to constantly jump and remind yourself why you are doing what you are doing, because there are genuinely times when trying to succeed seems both impossible and pointless. So for me I just always try to write down my goals and the things I want in life and constantly tell myself, this time is only temporary, you gotta keep pushing for better, and it’s definitely no easy task.
Some lessons learned along the way are these…
1. One no one cares wh how you didn’t, they only care if you did it.
2. In life you truly get out what you put in.
3. *The Most Important” Nothing in life worth having, is ever easy
With that in mind, I just want people to know (stilling a line from the artist, Big Sean), Success comes from a little bit of luck and whole lot of grind.
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?
Lol, I legit hate this question because I am legit the worst planner and tour guide ever.
Honestly, though it would depend on them, I’d give them a list of things we could do such as visit the beaches, visit the walk of fame, Beverly Hills, the Beaches, Downtown LA / the Staple Center, or just random site seeing. The great thing about this town is there is never a shortage of things to do, so finding something definitely would not be a problem, I just personally can’t say what exactly I’d plan to do. Although I definitely would make sure they got to try all the major restaurants, such as the Fat Burgers, the In N Outs, the Roscoes, etc. To me, the food culture in LA is the greatest part of the city.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I would like to shout out my Mom, My Grandmom, & My Aunt, The three women who I owe my life to and who raised me to be the man I am today.
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