What is “Everyday Inspirers”?
Let’s meet Gareth…
I thought: “This guy has gumption… I like it”!
And then he shared his “Take us to Jozi” video [see below] on Instagram… and that’s probably when I started stalking him for reals ;P
It was at a time when I was starting to make video’s myself, and I found his work, fresh, inspiring, and pretty much everything I wanted to be when I was big 🙂
Gareth, thanks so much for taking the time to inspire us!
Q. How are you serving the world?
A. I am a photographer, filmmaker and all round lover of creativity. I’d like to believe that I serve the world with my ability to encourage others to discover and seek out their own creative passions. As we speak I am actually on a 4 week “rest” period in the United States, earlier this year I decided to take some time to discover what the next step forward is in my life, I sort of do this often and I find it’s the best way to make life happen and move from one goal to the next
Q. A quick recap of life before you found your calling
A. To be honest, I think my calling is something that changes on an ongoing basis.
I have the blessing and curse of getting bored very very easily which means I am always setting my scope in a different direction to keep myself interested and excited.
I guess if we take a few steps back in my life, you’d find me as an individual who delved in fashion, architecture and design.
I also have a bit of history in retail marketing and before that I was in school thinking about becoming a chef. I have definitely had my fair share of goal shifts in my life.
Q. What was that Tipping point for you – that led you to make the change?
A. I think the tipping point was just after I finished college.
I was at a point in my life where I was taking on a lot of work and jobs purely for the money. I found myself suffering through nights, getting very little sleep and hating my life.
I took some time off and decided to go away for a few days, think things over and ponder what was happening.
At that time I decided to start honouring my medium more and finding respect for myself and what I do. From then I can say that the change was good, I found out that I could live creatively and still love life.
If you can’t respect and honour yourself, then no one else will.
Q. What did that moment [or moments] feel like?
A. It felt like biting into a really amazing hamburger. 😛 Getting a revelation that things can be better and that passion can make a way for you.
Q. Can you tell us about the little things you do, to keep inspired/creative?
A. The best way to stay inspired is to speak to others who will inspire you.Find at least a handful of people every month who you can talk to regularly.
Also. Make sure you get enough sleep and rest. There’s nothing worse than a creative who is tired and run down because he/she hasn’t rested enough.
Em Here: Gareth is very involved in the instagram community… and I first spotted the “Take us to Jozi” Vid…
but I also just spotted his recent “Single Moments” vid which I couldn’t resist including for you 😉
… and some of his recent instagram shots [He’s been travelling as you can tell]:
Q. Who are your favourite everyday inspirers?
A. I absolutely love the work of Nelson Makamo, his style has always been outstanding and one of the very first artists that have inspired me to go beyond.I also love the film work of Salomon Ligthelm http://www.ligthelm.tv/ he has been one of my inspirations for a long time.
Q. What is the single biggest life hack [that has saved your butt/given you your life back – over and over again !]?
A. Learning to say no. Your biggest entity in life is your time, if you don’t guard your time you’re dead.
Q. When times get tough, how do you overcome fear and self doubt?
A. I’d say it’s a combination of facing reality head on, tackling the things that give you self doubt and finding the space and time to encourage and inspire others.
The best way I’ve found to keep on the up and up is to help and encourage others.
Q. If you met yourself in 5 [or even 10] years from now… what would your life look like? what would you be doing?
A. To be honest, I can’t say that I know.
I would love to have gone to space already and possibly be in a place where I can fund and inspire creatives all around the world. At the moment it seems a bit out of reach, but my gut tells me that it’s possible.
Also I’d love to believe that by then I would have met an amazing girl who’s dreams are as big as mine.
Q. The quote I live by:
A. There are so many! but the one most relevant
“Sometimes things are so ridiculous, you have to believe they’re possible…”
Want to connect with Gareth?
Did you have any aha moments whilst reading this interview?
Never mind the constant inspiration that Gareth’s work has given me… after reading this… I’ve been inspired to get be more conscious about connecting with creatives on instameets… and to keep pushing towards making the dreams a reality!
What about you?