Clay­ton looks to toast qui­eter life af­ter a wild ride

Herald Sun - Switched On - - ON THE COUCH - SHAN­NON MOL­LOY NA­TIONAL TV WRITER

He hosts a show about do­ing amaz­ing things be­fore you turn 30, but by his own ad­mis­sion Danny Clay­ton’s bucket list has one fairly or­di­nary item on it.

The Chan­nel [V] pre­sen­ter, whose new show B430 takes him around the world to ex­pe­ri­ence life-chang­ing places from a lo­cal’s per­spec­tive, just really wants to work in a bar.

“I’d really, really like to get my Re­spon­si­ble Ser­vice of Al­co­hol (cer­tifi­cate) and pour beers,” Clay­ton, 29, says.

Per­haps that’s be­cause the past 11 years or so work­ing in the tele­vi­sion in­dus­try have been jam-packed with epic ex­pe­ri­ences, fes­ti­vals and con­certs around the world, as well as in­ter­views with some of the big­gest stars in mu­sic.

Clay­ton landed the gig straight out of high school, mean­ing he skipped the typ­i­cal rite of pas­sage that is bor­ing ca­sual jobs dur­ing univer­sity.

“When I was at school, I had a few crummy jobs — I cleaned boats and worked in a video shop. But that’s it. I missed out on the grown-up in-be­tween jobs like hos­pi­tal­ity or re­tail or work­ing in a pub.”

So next year, that’s what he plans to do — his day job at Fox­tel fol­lowed by the odd night shift.

“I al­ready know where I want to work. It’s this tiny lit­tle bar (in Sydney) but it’s really cool and ev­ery time I’m there, I love it. I just want to pour beers and make peo­ple happy, have a bit of a chat.”

Branch­ing out ca­reer-wise could be a good idea. He’ll no longer be the right fit to host B430 when he reaches that age mile­stone him­self in 2016.

“I’m push­ing the bound­ary of it now,” he says. “I think I’ll pitch a new show called Af­ter 30, or maybe Be­fore 40.”

For the lat­est in­stal­ment, his itin­er­ary in­cluded Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Paris, Barcelona, New York and Reyk­javik.

It was in the last spot that Clay­ton had a “bit of spir­i­tual mo­ment, at the risk of sound­ing wanky”.

“We fin­ished the day stand­ing on the wreck­age of a plane on this black beach, watch­ing the North­ern Lights. It was sur­real — like, wow, this is my job.”

“I just want to pour

beers and make peo­ple happy, have

a bit of a chat”

DANNY CLAY­TON ON HIS NEXT BIG THING

B430: LIVE LIKE A LO­CAL , CHAN­NEL [V],WED­NES­DAY, 9.30PM

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