Brand Director, Amer-X Security and Creative Director, Crispy Pelican Film Co.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO COME ON REMOTE YEAR?
I needed to spice up my life a little. I had never travelled outside of North America and needed to get that going sooner than later. I thought about doing a month long trip to fill that void, then I came across Remote Year. It seemed like a great way to travel, be part of a community of likeminded people, while still being able to work.
DESCRIBE YOUR REMOTE YEAR EXPERIENCE IN 3 WORDS.
Sure, why not.
WHAT ARE YOU WORKING ON FOR THE YEAR?
Besides my tan, and Czech/Serbian accent, I am working on enhancing my photography and videography skills and using the cities of Remote Year as my palette to create cool stuff. I am writing a blog. I am doing a complete overhaul of my company website and a variety of other tasks to help my company.
HOW DID YOU FIND YOURSELF A REMOTE ROLE?
I am lucky and was able to create one.
WHERE HAVE YOU LIVED/TRAVELED TO PREVIOUSLY?
I was born and raised in Arizona and lived there until I was 29, and then moved to Nashville. I lived there for 2 years, and returned to Phoenix. I had only travelled to Mexico, Canada, and many cities across the good ol US of A prior to RY. Once RY started, I lived in Prague, Belgrade, London, Lisbon, Rabat, Valencia, Mexico City, Bogota, Medellin, and Lima thus far.
WHAT WOULD YOU SAY TO OTHERS LOOKING TO BRING TRAVEL INTO THEIR LIVES?
It is easy to find reasons not to do something like travel. My advice is, do it anyway. The eye-opening experiences you gain from visiting other countries and cultures will stay with you for all your life. Travel allows you to appreciate the beautiful and not so beautiful things in this world much more than if you did not travel.
WHO DO YOU HOPE TO BE BY THE END OF REMOTE YEAR?
I hope to be a person who looks at the world differently, and has an appreciation for all that it has to offer. I hope to be more humble and empathetic. I hope to embrace being out of my comfort zone and I hope to inspire people to travel.
WHERE DOES YOUR PASSION FOR TRAVEL COME FROM?
The mystery of travel and the curiosity from not doing it much is what created my passion to travel. I did not travel much prior to Remote Year. The extent of my travel prior to this was driving from Phoenix to San Diego with my parents and 4 brothers, spending time in the midwest during the summer and seeing a bunch of cities in the USA. I never travelled abroad and only have been to Mexico and Canada.
WHAT DOES YOUR TYPICAL DAY LOOK LIKE?
Wake up. Power of Calm Session. TRX workout or some sort of exercise. Breakfast. Explore. Get to workspace. Work. Lunch. Take pictures. Watch inspirational YouTube videos for an afternoon boost. Throw on Kickstart My Heart by Motely Crue to fire me up for more work. Take a Spanish lesson. Go to a track event. Make or go out to dinner. Dessert. Take picture of said dessert and post to #dessert channel in slack. Brush my teeth. Check slack for emoji responses to dessert channel post. None. Throw phone against wall. Lay down. Go to sleep. Wake up and figure out how to change that pattern up the next day.
HOW DO YOU THINK TRAVELING WILL AFFECT YOUR CURRENT WORK?
The biggest effect it has had on my work, is opening my eyes to how work is done. As a small business owner, you can get stuck in your ways and think that your talent pool is limited to where you business is located. Remote Year has shown me that the world is now the talent pool for any business. Remote Year has affected how I will make decisions about where and how work is done in the future. It has shown me that anything is possible with an internet connection, laptop, and cup of coffee, or three.
WHERE IS YOUR FAVORITE PLACE ON THE GLOBE?
My family cottage in Michigan will always be one of my favorite places to go. It is on a lake, it is surrounded by tall trees, and at night you can see every star in the sky. I have spent many of summers there and it is home to a lot of great memories for me and my family.
YOUR FAVORITE DIGITAL NOMAD HACK?
Ranger Roll for clothes. It helps save space in your luggage.
WHERE ARE YOU IN 30 YEARS?
I will be the CEO of Remote Year for Robots. A photographer for National Geographic, and a Film and Music Video Director.
WHAT IS THE MOST CHALLENGING PART OF BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Being away from family and friends while watching the Cubs win the World Series in Morocco. Losing one of your bags for the first four days of Remote Year. Trying to keep up with Slack. Not being able to communicate sometimes.
WHAT IS THE BEST PART ABOUT BEING A DIGITAL NOMAD?
Being part of something that is going to shape the future of how work is done and traveling macbook liking all your photos on Instagram.
WHAT IS YOUR SECRET TALENT?
I can sing Marvin Gaye's Let's Get It On with a Serbian accent.
WHAT ARE YOU MOST PASSIONATE ABOUT?
Telling stories and capturing images that move and inspire people. I am passionate about building strong relationships and being someone that people can trust and rely on.
DESCRIBE YOUR PERFECT DAY?
Wake up and watch sunrise. Have French Toast breakfast on a beach. Play golf. Take a nap in a hammock on the beach. Eat a cheeseburger. Go for a walk. Listen to music. Swim in the ocean. Drink an ice cold beer, or 6. Give someone a high five or hug. Watch the sunset. Eat lobster for dinner. Stare at the stars and listen to the ocean. Fall asleep in a hammock on the beach.
IF YOU HAD TO BE STUCK ON AN ISLAND WITH ANOTHER REMOTE WHO WOULD IT BE AND WHY?
A volleyball with a Tyler Taboada mask on it.
WHAT BOOK SHOULD EVERYONE READ?
The Phantom Tollbooth. It is a classic with a lot of different life lessons hidden throughout it.
WHO IS THE MOST INTERESTING PERSON YOU HAVE MET WHILE TRAVELING?
A boy I met in Belgrade at the Refugee Center. He walked all the way to Serbia from Iraq several times to try and get out of his country so he didn't have to fight in a war. This was one of the most eye-opening experiences of Remote Year and my life.