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If you don’t know Michael Clements (shame), then you’re about to find out – and not just because he gave us the scoop on his life and access to his (pretty sweet) Instagram, but because his name is about to infiltrate your life and what should be one of your priorities: Avoiding FOMO. Michael is the newest Editor in Chief at Capitol File Magazine and we’ve got at least 5 reasons why you should care.


You’ve traveled to quite a few places. Which has been your favorite and why?

MC: Hong Kong. I loved living and working there and have a lot of respect for its history and people. It’s such a dynamic and international urban center with an infectious energy and food, nightlife and hiking. Plus, now I can ask for the “real menu” in Cantonese at Dim Sum restaurants in Maryland.

Plugged in and ready to hop the pond.

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As an artrepreneur, what kind of art or creative works have inspired you most?

MC: I’m moved by art that inspires and challenges. Basquiat and Khalo are my favorites. Locally I’m a fan of No Kings Collective, Maggie O’Neil, Violetta Markelou, MasPaz, Martin Swift and Kelly Towles. I’m also continually surprised by the talent of all the artists we have on our ArtJamz team.

Working on painting “deadline” with @ericalynnmoody 👨🏻‍💻👩🏻‍💻#dcmedia

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Where can we find you on a day off?

MC: Day off? During downtime, I love date nights with my awesome partner Anchyi Wei as well as working in the garden with our son, who starts DCPS this fall.

Stepping out with @anchyi. We ❤️@oceanprimedc #nomnom #loveyourcitymore @gilt @taa_pr

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Which of your Instagram posts best describes you?

MC: Probably this picture I took shark diving off Cape Eleuthera, Bahamas last December. You can’t grow and learn unless you conquer your fears. Sharks are beautiful, amazing and misunderstood creatures.

“Sometimes you have to swim through sharks to get to the boat”. -me #entrepreneurialmindset #proverbs #entrepreneurlife At first, the thought of diving in the open ocean with up to 16 4′ to 6′ #caribbean #reefsharks 🦈 scared the 💩 out of me. But as any #entrepreneur knows, #fear is worse than the real thing and regrets are even worse. So when I found out there was only 1 #sharkdive happening during my time in #eleuthera and it was happening the next day at 830am I dove head first just like I did 5 years ago when I quit my full-time career in #dcmedia to found @artjamz. The worst part was standing on the boat seeing the sharks circling in the water, knowing that I had to jump in. It’s the same with taking the #founders #leapoffaith !! Once in the water, I was comforted by the gentile beauty of these amazing creatures who have adapted perfectly to their environment over millions of years of #evolution. #humans are much more a threat to them them they are to us. They were inquisitive and majestic. Unless a diver does something stupid or is carrying a speared fish, reef sharks aren’t going to attack. Overall, this was an amazing #lifeexperience that reinforced that life is short and you have to take risks. And most of the time when you do, you realize the fear you had was worse than reality. So, stop living in fear and make the leap in 2017 that will change your life! #sharktank #sharksarebeautiful #sharkconservation #sharkweek #sharkdiver #sharkdive #bahamas #startuplife #swimmingwithsharks #sharkwisdom

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What can Capitol File fans look forward to with a new Editor in Chief? (Congrats!)

MC: (Thanks!) With my first issue I’m hoping readers can look forward to getting their books on time – I’m sort of working on an “abbreviated” production schedule. Welcome back to publishing, right? In the long term, our region can expect an EIC that thinks out of the box. That’s not afraid to take risks. That respects our region’s diverse and rich history. That wants to define what Pollywood means.


BONUS: Your turn! Ask yourself a questions and answer it.

What’s your favorite movie or TV show about magazines? 
MC: Hmmm. Good question. In full disclosure, I binge watched The Bold Type in preparation for being a Gen X EIC in a Millennial world.

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