What are you doing and why?
I am getting this question a lot right now, and it’s never felt so damn good to answer it. To keep it short, this is the podcast and platform I wish I had when I was wavering on quitting my job in 2009 at the height of the recession to pursue journalism full-time and a life with more adventure. I wanted it again when I was debating on moving to Costa Rica to work and teach surfing, and again when I was deciding to move to New Zealand. Living a more adventurous lifestyle has always made me happier, healthier, and more empathetic to those around me. This show isn’t just for people who want to do crazy adventures outside. It’s for anyone who wants to live healthier or make better choices, from the food they eat to the people they surround themselves by.
I love storytelling. I love the power of words and what they can do. At 16-years-old, I published a story about a family member’s battle with alcoholism and then interviewed a student of my mom’s (she was a professor at San Diego State University) who had been date raped. Kids wrote in and said the stories changed their lives. After that, I was hooked. I have always loved the power of telling stories, but the art of storytelling has most appealed to me in long form.
I Love Conversations
That is, I love full, un-edited raw conversations with people who kick-ass and are doing wild things and living life on their own terms, and making it happen. These are the conversations I had with people when I finally developed the courage to quit a corporate job in 2009 that was a dream job of its own, and pursue a more adventurous lifestyle. I love listening to stories on audio, because you can hear the full effect – the sound of their voice, the pauses, the emotions they convey. You can’t misquote anyone, either. My friends have always asked me what some of the subjects I talked to really said, and I’ve always wanted to share full conversations… not just 500 words.
How do you find your subjects?
Some people go to parties and find the hottest guy in the room — or the richest. I usually find the person with the most adventurous story. I love meeting people who live with passion and/or took the road less traveled. I try to interview people who keep it very real. They are for the most part, not trust-fund kids, and have other jobs and worked their tails to follow their dreams.