Micah Jesse, a noted entertainment expert and 2009 graduate of the Lawrence Herbert School of Communication, will be on campus tomorrow to deliver the keynote at the opening reception for LGBTQIA Heritage Month (Wed., Oct. 15, 11:15 a.m., Multipurpose Room West, Sondra and David S. Mack Student Center). We caught up with Micah, who founded the entertainment and lifestyle blog, MicahJesse.com, while an undergraduate, and has appeared on CNN, CBS, FOX, and VH-1.
Q. What projects are you currently working on?
A. I am still blogging (MicahJesse.com is almost eight years old!). I am hosting all of designer Betsey Johnson’s public appearances around the country. Next stops on our mall tour: Sarasota, Florida and North Park, North Carolina this and next month. I am also developing, producing, and hosting a TV project with a well-known production company that I can’t wait to share details about soon!
Q. What would you say were the main factors in creating your successful brand?
A. Persistence, consistency, networking, always being kind to everyone I meet, and faith.
Q. What makes you different from other celebrity and entertainment bloggers?
A. That’s a hard question to answer, but I would say timing — I was one of the very first celeb bloggers! — and I always try to make sure my energetic personality and voice shines through.
Q. What’s your best memory of Hofstra?
A. One of my favorite memories was my first-ever hosting gig at the annual Hofstra University fashion show. I didn’t let my lack of training or experience deter me. Rather, I used it as fuel to grow and become better. Every opportunity is a chance to learn and grow – don’t miss out!
Q. What do you wish people knew about Micah Jesse?
A. I want people to know that no one handed me my career. In fact, I had never even visited New York City before I moved there after high school! I worked long hours blogging between classes, commuting into the city to intern three summers in a row, networking, and attending events, while maintaining a full course load in the School of Communication.
Q. What advice would you give to students today who are trying to create a niche for themselves in the entertainment industry?
A. Be all over social media – it’s imperative! — but be careful what you put out there. In today’s world, your online presence is an extended component of your resume. Also, I would say develop a network and keep them updated on your work at least every six months to a year. Rather than sending mass e-mails, I recommend sending personalized e-mails to your contacts. People really appreciate that. If you are going to send a mass e-mail, be absolutely sure your contacts are on “bcc.” I learned this the hard way!
Q. What’s next for Micah Jesse? Where do you see yourself in five, ten years?
A. I will be hosting my own talk program!