We had the good fortune of connecting with Clayton and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Clayton, what’s your definition for success?
People often associate riches with the definition of being successful but that’s only a small part of what success is. I think being able to look at your work, see the blood, sweat and tears that was put into creating it and allowing for it speak for itself and see how much and many people appreciate and value what you have creatively/artistically bring to the table. As well as being able to just live in comfortability while still pursuing the career paths of your choice(s).
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
My name is Clayton. I’m a singer/songwriter and filmmaker from Houston, TX. I knew music was something significant in my life when my mother told me that when was pregnant with me, I would just get to moving and hitting different things inside of her every time I would hear music. I loved music so much, I would beatbox different songs in the tub while bathing. Then along came film, naturally watching all of these different movies and just soaking them in like a sponge. I wanted to be in movies but also know what it took to make a movie behind the scenes at such a young age. It amazes me honestly. I think what I offer music as well as film is a different, creative perspective. I think about each project I’ve worked on by myself. Producing, writing, recording, mixing and mastering from 13 and up and each time was me musically exploring sounds and trying to one up myself on what I had created before. Pushing the boundaries is what I’m about. I’m a Capricorn, a natural leader. Leaders break those boundaries. And if I can break down doors for myself then I can only image how many I can break down for others. Realizing that if there was no way for me to do something, I would make a way is what drives me every day to continue making art. It’s hard at times because of the human artistic need to want to be validated by more than just your family and friends. The want for things to just happen already is constantly a battle. But diligently working toward that goal while wishing, praying, mediating, and manifesting makes receiving the recognition much more powerful.
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
Yikes. I’m such a homebody and ambivert but I do love the outdoors. So I’d probably plan a picnic outside or a walk. Grab a bite to eat. Houston is a staple for good food, so you can hardly ever go wrong with grabbing food.
Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to thank and shoutout my friends who have always shown support in any and everything I do. But I most importantly want to thank my mother, for standing by me. She recognized the drive and talent that I had and instead of fighting for me to pursue a career that wouldn’t work for me, worked with me to push myself to go for everything I want and now it is your turn to creatively work and let me support you in return.