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Post People: Essex TV lad from Dagenham let loose with own show

PUBLISHED: 13:00 08 July 2016

Self-described Dagenham Loose Lad Jay, second from left, with wife Keri, grandmother Jean and director Terry Coker

Self-described Dagenham Loose Lad Jay, second from left, with wife Keri, grandmother Jean and director Terry Coker

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Future TV host Jay Connor, 27, speaks to Sebastian Murphy-Bates about providing an on-screen space for men to vent and hosting a king

“I’ve always wanted to be on TV – it’s near enough every child’s dream.

“I first got into the entertainment industry doing location management on a film called Essex Vendetta, which came out this year and was directed by my friend Terry Coker.

“Then I got offered the chance to make a documentary for Essex TV about King Kigeli V of Rwanda. We followed him round London for his 80th birthday, stayed in various hotels and took him to the Cavalry and Guards Club for the celebration. It was a whole new world for me.

“I am about to start shooting another show for Essex TV called Loose Lads, which should be aired around September. I was looking for stuff that’s not on the market and there’s not really a show where lads can watch and get things off their chest and talk like they would with other lads. This will be a place for men to vent, something blokes can watch and it’ll give women an insight into the minds of men.

“I’m also in training for a documentary I’m making called The 1st Fight. I’ve been doing mixed martial arts for about five years and ended up speaking to the owners of the Muay Thai Grand Prix. I’ve been training with them for six months and I’ll be having my first professional Muay Thai fight in Liverpool in February, which will be filmed, along with my training, for the documentary.

It’s a bit unnerving but I’m excited because I wasn’t allowed to do sport when I was at school due to a car accident I had when I was nine.

“I got bullied when I was young but martial arts has given me self-esteem. I had none when I started and I was terrified when I first got in the ring.

“What I do is all freelance – I didn’t go to university after attending All Saints Catholic School Sixth Form in Dagenham and I work fulltime as an assistant pub manager.

“But if you don’t try you’ll never know – you have to take that step and just give it a go.”

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