So I had a thought the other day about what I would ask my peers if I met them. I wrote a few questions down and then I thought, what would my answers be? I continued to answer my own questions and actually found it to be a really helpful process to better understand myself and long term goals. I highly recommend you give this a go. Here’s what I came up with:
Who or what inspires you?
I get inspiration from everything, anything & anyone that makes me think about my life & how I can improve it. We aren’t perfect, none of us are but if we are willing to recognise our strengths & weaknesses & to work on both, then I like to think that that helps make us who we are. I think as well, we have to look at what we are good at & we need to use that to be inspired too. So, yea, I guess I’m also inspired by myself in the most honest way possible.
What motivates you to do what you do?
Knowing that I can make a difference, motivates me. Not just in my life, but more importantly in other people’s lives. My family, friends and hopefully you, reading this. Sound is my thing. Anything sound. I have a good ear for sound, literally. The harder I work, the better I become, the more of a difference I can make & that motivates me. And if the right people recognise the work, even better. Even if the wrong people recognise my work & drop their feedback, I’m cool with that, that motivates me even more.
What are your plans for the future?
I’d like to continue being creative. So, I’m not planning to limit my creativity to just one thing. Right now I am writing a book, working in film as a sound recordist, music composer & even doing a little acting here & there. I am also working on writing some new songs for an album which I am really excited about. Long term is just to be the best creatively I can be & to keep sharing what I create in the hope that it inspires & motivates others.
What’s been your greatest achievement so far?
I think getting to this point in my career is my greatest achievement so far. I’ve had very little help & it’s been hard. Real hard. Every day since I left college it has been one mountain after another. Learning what’s what within the ever changing music industry. The who’s who, the how & how not to. Along with that, having to deal with let down after let down. But all this has made me stronger, wiser, & I understand a lot more now because I’ve had to do it myself. I’m always learning, always moving forward. It’s tough but if I don’t do it, no one else will.
So, really, I think my greatest achievement so far, is actually sticking at what I love because all I have at the end of the day is myself to blame if things are shit. I mean, 2013 to 2015, 17 tracks recorded, produced & released by myself on my own record label ain’t too bad on top of managing / creating everything else, website, videos, photography, tuition book, gigs as well as myself. That’s good going for a one-man machine!! It’s not a brag, it’s just what I’ve achieved because I had to put in the work. Sometimes it’s good to reflect on what we have achieved.
If you could do anything, what would you do?
My answer is pretty simple and I’m kinda doing it already & that’s working towards my end game. Helping others through my creativity. That’s me in a nutshell. My end game is to live on a mountain & snowboard every day, well, when it snows but my main thing right now & even when I’m riding down a hill is to be able to help others with my creativity. If what I create can help motivate you or anybody then I’m winning.
What’s the bravest thing you have done?
Simply put. Being me. I have put this off for years because of a huge lack of self-belief & confidence. I’ve had to really dig deep to get in front of a camera to share who I really am with you and to start these blogs. But do you know what, it’s been the best thing I have ever done. Both for myself & for everyone who is now benefitting from this content. It’s been an awesome learning experience & it truly has helped me understand who I am even more. It’s not been easy but it’s definitely been the bravest thing I’ve done to date. I don’t include black runs in the alps as that is just adrenaline madness.
What makes you happy?
What makes me happy is seeing others being happy. If I can make one-person smile, job done. If I can impact someone’s life for the better, job done. Seeing that my family are happy makes me happy & if I can help them in anyway, even if it’s just a hug or chat, then job done. So, being there for the people that need me to be there is key to my happiness.
What do you do in your spare time?
In my spare time, when I’m not working on being creative I love being outdoors. I used to skateboard loads when I was younger, not so much now but I want to get back into that as a friend of mine currently rides bowls & the whole flow of that really appeals. I do make time for the gym too where I enjoy a relaxed swim & steam at the end of the day. It’s a nice environment to bounce ideas around with friends. I’m really into my snowboarding at moment. I’m currently a snowboard instructor at my local slope near Chatham, which is pretty cool. #dreamjobnumbertwo
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