We had the good fortune of connecting with Jay Anderson and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Jay, the decisions we make often shape our story in profound ways. What was one of the most difficult decisions you’ve had to make?
I don’t look at any decision I’ve ever made as “difficult” according to textbook standards, I always know that I am making the best decision for my life at that moment and it may come with some difficult consequences. However, once the decision to move forward is placed in my spirit, I move! The difficulties only came when I didn’t act according to my life’s purpose. Life and experience have taught one more important lesson and that is when God, says “move”, you move!
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
The most interesting thing about my career is that to be honest, it has yet to start. In the fashion industry it’s more the norm than the exception for we all have different standards for our careers. Mine to be honest is Sports Illustrated, shout out to MJ Day! For me growing up accolades such as Sports Illustrated, Victoria’s Secret, GQ and the likes were great opportunities because I saw the doors they opened for the models who were able to grace their pages. So while I have yet to get there, I never stop working tirelessly to do so for I know the greater things I am passionate about, these opportunities help to elevate. The world should be ready to know that once my preparation meets these opportunities, that I’m not cookie cutter, I love sports, working with under privileged communities especially to eradicate homelessness and passionate about literacy programs.
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?
I haven’t lived in Dallas for years but, “jump in losers, we’re going to eat’! I’m definitely going to Spain’s Chicken Delight for the 3 pc catfish or chicken with the light bread, 2 pickles and a pepper and don’t forget my Red Soda! Then the African American Museum of Dallas and the Dallas Museum of Art to walk it off. Afterwards, the North Park Center for a bit of shopping before making my way to Uptown Park where I can literally spend the whole day just wondering. Before leaving the city, I definitely would have to go to Braum’s, I don’t eat red meat but the chicken sandwich is LIFE!
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
Other than God, which sounds so stereotypical but it’s true. I’m definitely thankful for Darcel Moreno for recommending me, she is not only a wonderful actress who’s been in major Hollywood blockbusters but has been an amazing life long friend, she is Halle Berry 2.0! To PMINYC for the mentorship I’ve received on my latest project which is integrating more project management principles into the fashion industry. I’m am member of PMINYC, my local project management chapter and have created a series of work shops dedicated to furthering the innovation of the fashion industry. Also, to Fashion Scholarship Fund, I’m a member of the Equity Committee and committed to doing more for the future of Black and under privileged students not only in their fashion education, but as they move forward in their careers. Lastly, to any and every booker, photographer and especially independent designer I’ve ever worked with for without them, I wouldn’t be able to do this interview.
Micheal Letterbough Jr., Denison Magazine, Becky Yee