For over two decades, Clay Rivers has communicated stories as a writer, artist, and actor. His varied professional experience gives him a well-rounded base from which to draw. Clay is keenly aware that in order for a message to resonate with its intended audience it must first connect with both the head and heart. And the most lasting connections always begin with a compelling story.
Clay has penned three nonfiction books: Walking Tall: A Memoir About the Upside of Small and Other Stuff, The Raindancer: Finding Joy in the Storm, and 3 Things I Know: Facing and Embracing Life’s Challenges. Each takes a different look—first, second, and third person points of view—at how to effectively mine the best from life’s most trying circumstances with a positive attitude while holding one’s head high.
Clay’s nonfiction writing entertains with sharp wit, enlightens with subtle revelation, and inspires via quiet whispers. His credo of self-acceptance while embracing life’s challenges is a constant thread in his work, sometimes laid out for all the world to see and at other times veiled. His essays have appeared in The Daily Dot, The Mighty, the popular and innovative Medium publications The Mission and Crossing (G)enres, and most notably in The New York Times. His essays, which have amassed a passionate and devoted following, disarm without force, inform without condescension, and issues a joyful call that inspires readers to become better versions of themselves.
As a former award-winning art director for Walt Disney World Resort Design and The Disney University, The Disney Stores, Disney imagineering, and Disney Consumer Products, Clay’s aesthetic is rooted in the classics with a touch of whimsy that sidesteps trite and trendy, and zeroes in on relevance.
Clay has appeared in countless Walt Disney World productions, numerous television and film appearances, and the beloved Radio City Christmas Spectacular. True to form, his offerings have been consistent and authentic interpretations of his directors’ visions.
Clay lives in Orlando with his family, and is almost always up for good conversation and a Manhattan.