Nick Cannon is a very busy man. So busy that you’ve got to take a long, deep breath before listing his recent activities. Consider what he’s been up to the past few months. [Inhale.]
Hosting America’s Got Talent (NBC). Hosting and producing the latest version of Wild ‘N Out (MTV2). Producing and creating the theme music for Incredible Crew (Cartoon Network). Showing up on Real Husbands of Hollywood (BET). Getting slimed on Nick’s Kids’ Choice Awards. Getting ready to host Style Channel’s reboot of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous. Pitching an updated Soul Train.
And that’s just his TV work. [Inhale again.]
Then there’s promotion of his new single, “Me Sexy” from his upcoming dance music album. And a schedule of regular DJ gigs. And a set of signature headphones his company NCredible Entertainment has put out with Monster. And an Ncredible-branded tablet computer. And launching a line of school supplies with Office Depot. And starring in a Web video for the Honda Civic. Did we mention renewing his wedding vows with wife Mariah Carey and their twin 2-year-olds? It makes you think that there’s nothing that the 32-year-old doesn’t do.
“Honestly, I consider it one career,” explains the recipient of this year’s ADCOLOR All-Star honor. “I’m a content provider. I love to be creative whether its in film or hosting a TV show or developing consumer products.”
The one-time teenage stand-up believes his training in comedy helped him be both multidimensional and self-reliant.
“When you’re a stand-up, you have to do everything yourself,” he says. “I was always creating my own opportunities—creating TV shows and writing film scripts. I just continue to do it in every aspect of my career.”
While his professional commitments keep him busy, Cannon makes time for giving back. As one of the most recognizable personalities in teen media, Cannon focuses on what he calls “youth empowerment.” With TeenNick, he started The HALO Awards to recognize teens that make a difference; its now going into its fifth year. For the past three years, he’s given away nearly 100,000 backpacks and supplies to needy kids. And he works with organizations like Feeding America, Boys and Girls Club, Do Something, Toys for Tots and others.
“I want to reach the young person in the community,” says Cannon. “As my brand grows and my reach grows, I want to do more things like that.”