Clayton looks to toast quieter life after a wild ride
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