Bio

Jay Cameron  — Financial Literacy Advocate | CommonCent$ Creator | Playwright | Speaker | Consultant | Author

Raised in Washington, DC, Jay Cameron has developed a unique blend of life experiences that have influenced his philosophy. Growing up in the multicultural southwest section of the city proved to be beneficial for him, as he gained a deep appreciation for people of different ethnic and cultural backgrounds. Adding to these experiences, Jay attended elementary and middle school at Georgetown Day School and Washington, D.C. public schools for junior high and high school. Being raised as an only child in a single-parent household provided a perspective that many young black men were experiencing, and this perspective began to shape the man that Jay has become.

CHILDHOOD

At an early age, Jay developed an appreciation for creative expression and entrepreneurship. When he was nine years old, Jay decided that he wanted to become an entrepreneur, and this idea manifested itself when he was eleven when he asked his grandparents if he could take a course in small engine repair so that he could start his own business. Although he never had that business because of the financial investment required, he did take the course, and the entrepreneurial spirit was born.

Jay spent his summers helping his grandfather who was a brick mason and became interested in construction and remodeling. When he was fourteen, Jay landed his first job as a laborer for a small construction company. This work allowed him to learn about interior demolition of homes that were being remodeled. He also became skilled in interior and exterior painting. Later that same year, Jay became the painting supervisor at an apartment building. This painting skill proved to be beneficial for him as an adult with his own professional home remodeling and stage set design projects. Jay’s young age didn’t deter him from pursuing his dreams and ideas.

Jay has always had ideas that seem to be “outside the box,” but these are right in step with his personality and vision. As an adult, he has always been eager to try new things. Whether it was selling watermelons out of a U-Haul truck, rehabbing houses, or throwing a party or concert , he was determined to develop as a businessman.

In junior high school, Jay began to develop as a public speaker. His principal and guidance counselor noticed his ability to speak well and convinced him to sharpen these skills. They encouraged him to run for student government treasurer. He agreed but lost the election by one vote. Although this experience was his only stint in politics, the loss did not deter him from continuing to hone his skills as a speaker. After the student government campaign, Jay was invited to speak about the plight of today’s youth at the South Korean Embassy. Ultimately, as an adult, he became a national speaker and top-rated radio announcer in the Washington, DC, area.

MARKETING

In high school, the marketer was born. Jay decided that he wanted to run for Homecoming King. The previous year he had observed the campaigns that were waged and thought they could have been more effective. Everyone followed the same template. There was only limited creativity. When it was his time to run, he decided to do something different. Jay and some friends created massive banners instead of basic “copy paper” flyers. These banners were colorful, eye-catching, and impressed his classmates. This marketing strategy was successful, and Jay became Homecoming King. During his high school years, Jay also discovered his ability to write music and play the piano, which led to performing in talent shows and hosting events.

After graduating from high school, Jay moved to Atlanta to attend The Art Institute of Atlanta, where he could study broadcasting and develop his talents as a music producer. While in Atlanta, Jay discovered his promotion skills as a regional recruiter for Showtime at the Apollo. This experience required him and his business partner to create recruiting campaigns and host auditions for the Apollo Theater.

Later that year, Jay decided that he wanted to become more involved in concert and event promotions. He moved to South Carolina, partnered with a local radio station, and began promoting parties and concerts. Having learned from his previous marketing experiences, Jay’s events attracted thousands of people because he was not afraid to be different. His aggressive approach to promotions was unique and originally conceived from his campaign for Homecoming King a few years before.

BROADCASTING

Jay moved back to Washington, DC, to pursue a career in radio. After completing broadcasting school, Jay landed his first job in broadcasting as a part-time announcer and production assistant. A competing radio station noticed his skills as a radio announcer and marketer and offered him a position as promotions/marketing director and part-time announcer. His promotions and marketing strategies impressed his managers, and Jay quickly advanced to the full-time afternoon announcer position. Within three months, he became the top-rated afternoon personality in the genre, and the radio station became the number one radio station in the market in this particular format. Within the next three months, Jay was promoted to the morning show team. Building upon his marketing, promotional, and entrepreneurial skills, Jay continued to sponsor sold-out concerts and events. Additionally, he has provided voice-overs for organizations and companies worldwide.

PRODUCTIONS

In 1999, Jay began to write stories based upon his life experiences. Although he had often been successful, his journey had also been very difficult. He wanted to help others avoid the same mistakes he had made along the way. Jay discovered that illustrating the stories carried a greater impact than simply telling the story. He has written seven live productions that address a host of social, emotional, and spiritual struggles faced by many. As a result of these messages, Jay’s productions have reached nearly two hundred thousand people worldwide.

As a videographer, Jay has hosted, produced, and developed television programs and commercials for numerous businesses and organizations. He also created Life Radio Online and Life TV as platforms that share inspiring and informative messages with listeners and viewers around the world.

AUTHOR

Jay is currently writing Soul Ties – Soul Lies, which addresses the complexities that many people face in relationships. His goal is to share what he has learned from his personal experiences and offer solutions for those who might be facing issues identified in the book. Jay is also working on The Education Business Plan, a book about getting a college education without student loans and Fatherless Fathering, a book about being a father without the benefit of being fathered.

SPEAKER

As a speaker, Jay has created powerful messages designed to inspire positive changes. He has developed talks about a variety of issues that connect with all age groups. Having spoken to thousands of youth, young adults, and mature adults, Jay’s wealth of wisdom touches hearts and transcends generations and ethnic lines. His passionate, truthful, yet compassionate approach resonates with those in attendance.

ENTREPRENEUR | BUSINESS CONSULTANT

Over the years, Jay has launched several businesses thus fulfilling his childhood vision of becoming an entrepreneur. He has served as project manager for major state-sponsored contracts. As a real estate investor, he has restored homes in disrepair and made them available for rent or resale. Jay has been a consultant for Fortune 500 companies and a variety of businesses. He has also conducted a wide range of seminars devoted to personal development, business training, college and education planning, relationships, and healthy lifestyles. Jay’s musical writing and production skills have not been wasted either, as he has written jingles for businesses and songs for events.

In 2017, Jay will launch his CommonCent$ with Jay Cameron – Personal Finance, Business Development and Life Strategy Workshops and Classes.

GIVING BACK

Jay also founded Urban Change, a community outreach organization that has provided job and education training along with financial literacy training. Urban Change has also provided more than twenty-five thousand book bags with school supplies for underprivileged families in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area. This campaign garnered celebrity and political support along with national recognition. More than a thousand book bags were sent to India and Haiti to help students in impoverished areas. Additionally, Urban Change donated a school bus to Haiti to assist with transportation needs after the tragic earthquake in 2010.

Urban Change also sponsors Life Camp, a summer camp with an emphasis on creative expression, performing arts, financial literacy, and life skills. Jay’s goal for Life Camp has been to offer positive summer experiences that a child will remember for a lifetime.

Jay’s passion is to help others live to their maximum potential. He also serves in the ministry at The Life Center in Bowie, MD and Ft. Washington, MD. Jay is a proud husband and father of four children and currently resides in suburban Washington, DC.

Jay Cameron’s philosophy is to use every talent, skill, and gift he has to serve others. He refuses to be one dimensional or fit inside anyone’s box. This approach has allowed him to serve in many capacities and accomplish many goals.