Clay Aiken – “What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?”

On November 15, 2004, Clay Aiken was a guest on the Larry King Live television show. Clay was the exclusive guest for the first half of the show that was broadcast on CNN.

Clay and Larry discussed many topics, including Clay’s book, his new Christmas CD and his Christmas special.

Larry teased the audience by saying that Clay had a big announcement to share on the show…

The huge announcement was pretty spectacular. Clay had been asked by UNICEF to be one of their goodwill ambassadors. Because of Clay’s experience as a teacher, Clay’s focus for UNICEF would be on educational issues.

I remember when Clay made this exciting announcement. I was so proud of Clay and realized what a difference Clay was going to make in the world.

The interview ended with this question and answer:

KING: What do you want to do with your life?
AIKEN: You know, I’d love to say that I had it planned out. But that’s one of the big things that I’ve learned is not to plan exactly what I’m going to do next. I want my tombstone to say that I made a difference somewhere.
I mean, I don’t have to necessarily do it with an album or to any huge number of people. But to one person. I don’t want it to be for naught. I don’t want all this to be a waste. I kind of would like to think that I’m here for a reason. I think everything that I’ve done up to this point, whether it be working with children with disabilities, working at the YMCA, has kind of all led to this position. And if this is… this job may not be the last one I do. But if something else that I’m on the way to, then I want to be open to it and be ready.
KING: You’re an extraordinary young man.
AIKEN: Oh, thank you very much.
KING: Congratulations. I congratulate the UN for choosing you.
AIKEN: Oh, thank you very much.

It’s been a few years so I have included a video of some of the show. I hope you enjoy it.


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3 thoughts on “Clay Aiken – “What Do You Want To Do With Your Life?”

  1. I never saw this interview. Thanks for posting it now. Clay did a lot of good back in the days when he was a UNICEF ambassador.

  2. I remember this interview and like Larry King, I was very impressed with Clay and his hope to still make a difference in his life to help others! He still does to this day and I am so proud of him! Thank you, CANN for sharing pictures and video!

  3. i have seen this interview i was so impressed with clayand his hopeto still make a diffence in his life and the lives of others im so verry proud of clay

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