Make the choice; always believe in yourself
Kameron Mack is a senior producer at COMPLEX (Complex Media, Inc.), specifically with a focus on Complex Hustle, which interviews celebrities working on new and innovative projects as a way to inspire young entrepreneurs. He graduated from the School of Journalism in 2012 and lives in New York. He has previously worked at Viacom, Eastern TV, and WE TV (AMC Networks). He is originally from the Atlanta area.
The day of this interview, New York was experiencing a blizzard.
KU just made sense because I really wanted to get into the arts and it had a really strong program. It wasn’t too far away from home, and it also helped that KU had just won the national championship in basketball the year before. KU was just for me that school that had so much pride and so many different programs that I was interested in.
When I first went to KU, I wanted to be a national news anchor. I always had a passion to work in television and the entertainment industry. I grew up singing, dancing, modeling, and so I was trying to find a different way to take all my passions and apply them into a career that really spoke to them.
A couple of students and I launched a new show on the channel called the KU Insider, which kind of allowed us to talk about whatever was on our minds. I wanted to focus on entertainment, another student wanted to do fashion. Everybody had a platform.
The journalism class that always stood out the most to me was the visual communications class because in that class, I found my eye for what looks good. It’s weird because as storytellers in journalism, we’re always so focused on what is the story, but we’re not doing eBooks, we’re creating television, so it needs to look good, too. It’s in everything that I do with Complex.
The thing that I’ve struggled most with over the span in my career is trying not to be too hard on myself and trusting the timing in my career. You can never compare yourself to what the next person is doing. Never get caught up on tiny details because everything happens the way it is meant to happen if you are preparing yourself for those moments.
I would say that my proudest moment is now. My proudest moment is to be present here in the middle of a blizzard, as a senior producer for a major magazine that has a lot of respect and a lot of notoriety, and to be able to be managing my team in New York and Los Angeles.
The best lesson I’ve learned from my parents would have to be - I’m going to say this in two parts – One: Look beyond the light. Two: See past the darkness.
In my family, we worked hard and nothing was given to us, so we really busted our butts, but with that comes a lot of light and a lot of visibility. My mother is so over the top and crazy just like me, so that’s more so the light. My father was always sick, and with that sickness came a darkness. My father passed away in my junior year of high school and it shook us, and that is where the lessons started to truly begin. We had to apply everything we observed from both of our parents. We had to take the positive attitude that my mom always had instilled in us and we also had to take the bad that came with my dad’s death and use both of those things to motivate us to push through in life.
The advice I have for current J-School students would be to multitask and be your own troubleshooter. It’s important to, like I said earlier, not get so focused on one thing. You need to be able to have a student-life balance. It is up to you to really decide what you want to get out of your experience.
Nashia Baker is a senior majoring in journalism and minoring in Spanish from Lansing, Kansas. She is a KU cross country and track and field student-athlete with work experience at The University Daily Kansan, Style on the Hill, Kansas City Star, Jayhawk Journalist Alumni Magazine, William Allen White School of Journalism Communications Office, and Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. She aspires to work in magazine journalism or creative content marketing/writing after graduation.