James Hunt is recognized nationwide as “The Celebrity Credit Guru,” helping America’s biggest entertainers, athletes, and thousands of everyday people with their credit so they can make money moves with supreme confidence.
Among his clients are people like Bruno Mars, Akon, Tank, Taraji P. Henson, Larenz Tate, Tichina Arnold, Tyrese, Usher, and Shaq. However, the multi-millionaire business owner and author also have a penchant for developing young black men into successful entrepreneurs. Now, he is taking it a step further with his new company, The Hunt.
Just eight years ago, James Hunt was homeless, walking through the upscale Buckhead community of Atlanta dreaming of one day owning a beautiful home and driving the Range Rover or Bentley that would often pass him by. Those dreams are now a reality, and he credits that to his vision and unrelenting pursuit of success.
“The Hunt, while a namesake, is all about being able to target what it is that you want with a laser focus and going out there and getting it,” Hunt said. “It is my new company, which is focused on developing young black entrepreneurs. I think that so often we are encouraging people to be entrepreneurs, but no one ever teaches you how to hunt and how to properly go after what you want.”
Through Hunt’s credit and financial concierge company, based in Atlanta, GA, he elevated himself from a life of homelessness by becoming the top person in the credit repair industry. Over the last seven years, he has done the same for several of his employees. All young, black and mostly in their twenties and thirties, some of them were homeless themselves or just lacked direction – only to work with Hunt before ultimately launching their own six and seven figure businesses with excellent credit to boot. He is currently elevating the next group of business owners and has designed a masterclass for entrepreneurship and credit on his website.
“Becoming a millionaire, or becoming successful at all requires a certain mindset and unwavering focus. There are various techniques to hunting down success,” he said. “I teach things like strategy, knowing how to approach clients, knowing when to pull the trigger, knowing when to lay and wait for your “prey”… knowing when to make your move and when to actually be silent. Many of our young black men aspire to live a luxury lifestyle, but no one teaches them how to actually achieve it. No one teaches them about money, how to manage it, and how to make it work for you. That is what I am doing with The Hunt.”
Hunt states that it is easy to identify why most entrepreneurs fail as opposed to those who succeed. Aside from the lack of discipline and drive, here are some other reasons he mentioned:
Failure to prepare. You can’t survive if you do not do your research. How well do you understand your business? What do you offer that separates you from your competition and makes customers want to go to you? If you can’t figure that out, you will not succeed.
– Giving up too early. Many entrepreneurs quit right before they are about to experience a breakthrough. You have to weather the storm, sometimes multiple storms.
– Lack of patience. Hunting means that sometimes you have to lay and wait. You can’t always move before it is time or you may spook your prey. In other words, you may turn potential customers off and ruin your opportunity.
– Telling your business. A good hunter understands the value of keeping quiet so your prey is not alerted to what you are doing. Also, you do not want critics and the competition to know when you plan on pulling the trigger. If they do, they can lay traps for you and the hunter can become the person who is hunted.
– Lack of financial literacy. Successful businessmen understand how money works, recognize the importance of credit, how to leverage it, and how to properly invest their money.
“When you see me haul away the prey, that is when you will know that I was hunting,” Hunt said. “That is what I teach these young men. Educate yourself, put in the work. then, speak with actions and results, not words.”
Hustle and Soul Magazine got an exclusive interview with James Hunt.
What inspired you to become an Entrepreneur?
James Hunt: The thought of actually working for someone else and the idea that my employer held over me the two most dreaded words that could end everything I was working towards — You’re fired! It was understanding that I did not want to put my success in someone else’s hands.
What do you enjoy most about the work that you do?
James Hunt: Far more enjoyable than the money is the reality of actually seeing my clients get new homes, new cars and start their businesses. It is a great feeling to know that you were a part of making it happen. Many successful people, no matter how talented they are on the court, on the football field, or on stage, still have limitations as far as what they can and can’t do financially, and I play an important role in their lives that helps them to reach the success they truly want.
What would you like our readers to know about your journey from homelessness to becoming a millionaire?
James Hunt: I want them to know that in this America that we live in, everybody has an opportunity. It does not matter where you come from or what you have struggled with. It doesn’t matter how distorted your past may have been. If you have the audacity to believe in yourself and the drive and the ambition to actually see it through, you can do anything you want to do. My story can be anybody else’s story.
How have things been for you during the pandemic?
James Hunt: This business is a recession-proof business, so the pandemic did not affect us at all outside of actually being able to entertain regular clients in the office. But, as far as finances are concerned, it did not affect us at all. In fact, things improved during the pandemic. We were able to successfully make even more money, hire additional staff and expand during the pandemic.
What would be your definition of success?
James Hunt: I say success is getting up every day and doing something that you love and making a difference in the lives of the people you are working with. Success is having people who work for you and depend on you to pay their bills being able to work without fail without the fear of being laid off because the business is not strong enough to maintain them. Success to me is also watching other people succeed. If you are the only person who is succeeding then technically you are not really succeeding. When you impact people’s lives and they become successful because of the part you played in their lives, at that point you are officially successful.
What has it been like offering your guidance to celebs?
James Hunt: I actually never sought to work with celebrity clients. It just happened and it happened as a result of me doing very good work with regular clients who knew celebrities and then referred me to them. Once my foot was in the door and I excelled, the celebrities referred me to people in their circles. NBA players, NFL players, rappers, actors…they all know each other. I didn’t envision at the beginning that I would be working with them, but it has been a great experience to know that I am able to make a major impact on the biggest level. If you want to achieve something on a certain level, you speak it and work towards it, you will become it.
What else are you currently working on or involved in?
James Hunt: A lot of things. I am doing some work in The Hamptons this month and also having a TV network come from all the way in Germany to document the work that is being done at my company. Also, I am writing more books. The new book I am working on is entitled The Black Card Life.
For more information on James Hunt and his company, visit www.celebritycreditguru.com. More details can be gathered on Instagram at @whoisjameshunt.
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