Staff in Spotlight
Meet Mpora's Associate Editor Jack Clayton
Staff in Spotlight series shines light on the creatives, designers, editors and executives who make Factory Media happen on a daily basis. Our company values - authenticity, inspiration, access and insight - are never more apparent than when you meet the real people behind our business.
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Read a little bit about the experiences and unique personalities of Factory's staff, in their own words.
This month: Jack Clayton, Associate Editor - Mpora
What was your start date and position at Factory?
Started in March 2015 as an Associate Editor on Mpora.
What has been your favourite Factory project?
I’d have to say the Outdoor 100 for Spring/Summer 2017 is the Factory project that’s given me most satisfaction. The team worked their arses off putting that thing together, and the final bit of content looked awesome. It was definitely a rollercoaster of emotions trying to get it finished on time, but in the end it all came together really well. Post-project beers have never tasted so good.
What has been the weirdest job you’ve ever had to do?
During my time at Mpora, I’ve often been the go-to guy for doing silly bollocks on camera in the name of sponsored video content. So whether that’s getting on the London Overground in full ski gear (with skis attached to my feet) to celebrate the launch of the computer game Steep, skiing topless at Stubai Glacier for Ellis Brigham, or frightening the dog walkers at Lee Valley Park in a duvet “costume"...again for Ellis Brigham; I’ve definitely done my share of surreal jobs at Factory.
FYI. Our Head of Sales, Chris Brown, keeps asking me to drink urine through a LifeStraw, just to prove that it works. He says it could help with future sales pitches but, honestly, I’m not convinced. Anyway, one for an intern maybe?
What’s the best place you’ve ever travelled to?
Whenever someone asks me this, I always say Japan. I spent a month travelling round the main island of Honshu in 2011 and, without wanting to put too fine a point on it, it was an absolute dream come true. We spent a solid amount of time exploring Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, and Hiroshima. But also got to do some hiking in the beautiful mountains around Takayama, and go sea kayaking through the Torii Gates at Miyajima. As a bucket list destination, I can’t recommend it enough.
Who has influenced your career the most and how?
In terms of travel writers, it has to be Bill Bryson for me. He’s always been the main man when it comes to going to a place and then writing about that place in a way that’s both informative and entertaining. Shoutouts also to Danny Wallace and Charlie Brooker, whose differing writing styles both influenced my early efforts.
If you could have a drink with anyone, who would it be? (dead/alive/fictional/famous/not famous...)
The handful of times I’ve been fortunate enough to meet one of my heroes, in a social context, I’ve tended to freeze up like a rabbit in headlights, say something stupid and/or get a nosebleed.
I’m generally just down for going to the pub with my mates, and having a laugh with people I know are on the same wavelength as me. That said, I reckon a night down ‘spoons with Salvador Dali would be worth the price of a pint.
Greatest personal achievement?
This one’s fresh in my head, as I’ve only just done it. But yeah, I recently climbed Mount Toubkal in Morocco. At 4,167 metres, it’s the highest peak in North Africa. Here’s a photo of me celebrating, while two random dudes behind me undermine the moment slightly by casually checking their phones like it’s no big deal.
Three things people would be surprised to know about you.
1. I appeared on the third series of BBC’s Total Wipeout, under the alias ‘Bilbo’ (which is actually my middle name). There was a video of this on YouTube but it seems to have been taken down. I didn’t win the episode, but I did get punched multiple times by a wall of pneumatic boxing gloves.
2. I once created a piece of “art" for a month long exhibition at the Tate Britain. The piece was called ‘Last Mango in Paris’, and comprised of a giant mango being skewered on the Eiffel Tower.
3. One of my first jobs out of uni was Production Assistant at an interactive adult TV channel. If you’ve ever gone to channel 900 or beyond on Sky, you’ll probably know what an interactive adult TV channel entails.
Best thing about your job?
Writing and travelling are two of the activities I like most in this world so the fact that my job combines both these things is definitely the main reason I enjoy it so much. Getting to go wild camping in Snowdonia, skiing in St Moritz, and trekking in Morocco...and then getting to call it work. It’s stating the obvious a bit, but what’s not to love about that?
"Do what makes you happy."