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Entertainment CEO DonJuan Clark
Reality television viewers have come to know DonJuan Clark as the super loyal, straight-talking, project manager for Real Housewife of Atlanta, Kandi Burrus. And in reality, Clark is an entertainment mogul in the making as CEO of The Don Entertainment.
He’s 32 years old.
“Initially when I started, I thought I wanted to be a publicist and even when I was in school I wanted to be in entertainment. I figured out what I loved to do and then figured out a way to make a living at it.”
The Don Entertainment conglomerate has grown since launching six years ago. A focus on Artists and repertoire (A&R). A&R is responsible for talent scouting and overseeing the artistic and business development of clients. In addition to brand consulting, Clark works with actors, makeup artists, and celebrity hair stylists on talent booking, project coordination, contract reviews, publicity, and lots more.
Remembering the early days when he literally worked for little to nothing to get his foot in the door of the entertainment industry.
“When I met Kandi I was an intern, working for free, doing lots of things – big and small. Over the years, my role definitely changed. Now I’m general manager for her multi-million dollar company. I’ve known Kandi for 15 years. She’s the real deal.”
Mr. Clark is a graduate of University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, but has made Atlanta home base. As the child of military parents, he knows a thing or two about organization and resilience.
“I have a pretty good memory and I can juggle a lot of things well. But I do rely on people to help. Because anytime I get scattered, it means a lot is going on because I am usually pretty poised.”
So how does one prepare for success in the entertainment industry?
“I think the biggest preparation is being willing to work. I’ve worked for free a lot to get started. Just be humble and be willing to do a lot of things. Entertainment is not the same as other industries. Every step forward does not automatically lead to a promotion, that’s more corporate America.”
It’s obvious that DonJuan Clark is not only the epitome of ‘keeping it real’ but also making dreams reality for himself and others.
Walker Tisdale III is the Executive Editor of Healthyblackmen.org and resides in metro Atlanta, GA.