Producing a series about living is ironically hard to do when you’re so busy out and about living.
I remember Winter vividly as it feels about twenty minutes ago. It was fun, long and I chose to start the move into a van. In this episode there’s a couple of months crammed into one episodea s a lot of my time was ties up with a van build. Heeeeere you go
As for what’s coming well I can assure you the weather and action turned on from November which is where I’m up to.
To say I learnt a lot this year is an understatement. I don’t really believe in a 5 year plan because things change so much. I’m finishing up this year in a completely different position that I could’ve even imagined at the start of the year. Even 6 months ago taking a stab at where I would be at the end of the year I would’ve been dead wrong.
It’s been fun, it’s been challenging, I built a van to live in, met a lovely lady, swam with sharp teeth, ate a heck of a lot of fish and almost drowned about 400 times.
Last Sunday had a few of those sharp teeth I mentioned.
As for 2018 I really have no idea what’s going to happen except for the fact that it’s going to be a heck of a lot of fun. I will also be trying to build a fun email list so if you want to sign up to it then go here.
Lastly, thank you to those I’e spent time with this year it’s rally been a blast. I hope you’ve learnt a few things like I have and want to grow on it all.
The road to self employment is a piece of cake and everyone should do it.
Now that I have your attention I will come clean, That first line isn’t true. For most anyway.
Self employment for me is about a dream. Not just a boring business that I copy and paste a how to from others. It’s about creating what I view is my dream life and living each day as I want to. This isn’t at all easy.
Last week we shot to the Far North to help my parents with their little slice of rocky roaded self eployment. You can find Saturday here
They have had easily enough of their own problems incl that big shed burning down but boy, what an amazing process for the produce.
Sunday morning we were up and looking to score a feed (thumbnail hints as to how it went)
Back to self employment. As far as my dream goes, in my mind I want to go skim, surf, spear, run my brand and shoot content all day.
The complications arise when you actually have to make a few bucks from these things because life is expensive. One thing I’ve always had from the start is product to sell and I’m always looking to expand this. Selling is hard but when it’s your own product but boy, it’s satisfying. Anytime someone wants to fork out their hard earned cash on something I made makes the pursuit of the dream worth it!
Producing content is much harder than selling product as it requires far more of my time invested, for much less income. If I wasn’t so passionate about it, I wouldn’t be doing it. For some reason I love it!
Oh and on a sales orientated pitch you can sign up to my mailing list here.
Sunday the 29th of October was my first night out in the wild. By out in the wild I mean not living in a conventional house.
The van build has gone pretty well for a first attempt and it’s turning into one of those “shoulda done it years ago things”. As far as what I’ve learnt so far is that there’s no real drawbacks. There’s some mild inconveniences, but nothing I would consider a drawback. I’m writing this parked up by the Omaha Boat Ramp in fact.
Last Saturday was a great day. I got back out in the water after a injury and moving stint! No solid fish but was a cracker of a day!
Sunday we awoke by the water and set about competing with each other
So far the van is warm, dry and has been more rewarding than I thought it would be. I’m going to be uploading some New Zealand specific videos on the campervan/ tiny home/ mobile living scene regarding showering, biodegradable soaps and chemicals, general living and a full van build (when it’s actually finished).
When it came to the layout of my van I took special consideration into where I lay, literally.
Things that were important was I wanted it to be comfortable (obviously), simple and a table to work from was a must. I feel the permanent bed option is better in terms of day to day hassle and storage options but the importance of having a good desk and working space was a top priority! Check the video below or all the layout info
I can tell you at the time of writing this that these have all proved pretty reasonable decisions as I’ve been living in it for over a week now!
Hands up if you like the water? To say I do is an understatement.
I am now offering services based around the Boating and any marine based sports and industries. This ranges from boat shoots, fishing, surfing, scenic, sales, social media, video, photo, documentary, diving aaand you get the point. The options are basically endless. More details are in the video below
Own a business and need to show it off to the world? Then I have plenty of options to suit. Want to capture the true feeling of a Game Fishing trip? I can be there shooting it all. Have you been on trips with your mates and are looking to capture it? I know how to do it! Water sport event won’t film itself? I can do it!
Capturing the adventure in still form is a favourite of mine, from under the water to multi layer aerial panoramas suited for canvas or framed prints. Here’s a few favourites.
One of the caves at Goat Isand
Underneath the action
Motorsport applications? No worries.
Exploration to some of New Zealands remotest coastline. We are actually in this shot.
A classic pano of home. The original copy is over 10000 pixels wide!
New Zealand love their boats. All applications are suited.
I quite literally have thousands of photos that I could add but if you’re curious for more then I suggest keeping up on Facebook or Instagram.
You can of course view my video work here on YouTube.
Creative ideas, plans and pricing are all available by emailing me email@example.com or call me 0211297511.
There are so many types of content floating around out there that I don’t even really know where to be begin.
In my first phase years ago of making stuff to put online it was all skimboard orientated because that’s what I knew. Fast forward a few years to where I am now. I tend to split between vlogs/day in the life stuff, informative and more nicely edited visual treats. Or however you want to explain it all.
Here’s some interesting stats of my own that I’ve learnt from my own content.
-Vlogs have a much higher initial engagement due to the personal aspect of them. You can see in this weeks one below
– Informative videos seem to work well once they’ve been in the system for a long time.
– Finely edited videos with very little personality expressed, don’t do as well as they did 5 or so years ago but…. If you create a video targeted at something specific then they can and do get on a little roll.
– The average spearfishing video possesses zero creativity. There’s no personality or context to what is going on.
– The average drone video possesses zero creativity. There’s so many people putting content out now that it has become overused and dull.
– Surfing related content creates a heeeeeap of interest but also the most negativity.
– Podcasts are rad and are booming. Is this the rise of real news from real people?
-Adventure based content from little businesses and/or groups is on a massive boom right now. Soon to be horribly saturated.
-Fishing content is so popular to the point that I don’t really think you can make anything original!?
-There’s a lot of negativity online but the channels I have created seem to get much lower than my average share, which is great!
That’s just a few things I can think of off the top of my head that I’ve noticed from my own experiences. As the online content market rises so do the opportunities for people, young people in particular.
Living in New Zealand is great! Doing stuff in the outdoors in New Zealand is great! Trying to get it done around the weather is not so great.
I’ve turned into a bit of a forecasting nerd. The constant reading of maps to establish what the best thing to do and where will be happening. Is there surf? Is the going to be? Will it be raining? Will that matter? The wind is usually the biggest factor and if it’s going to be onshore or off.
2016 was wet. The start of this year was dry until about mid-late Feb. Then it started raining again and hasn’t really stopped. To put it into perspective here at Omaha I have two things at my sheds I’ve noticed.
We have a row of Feijoa trees there which have a drain underneath them. In the 6 or so years I have only seen this drain run during big storms for a day or two. This year it has run steady the whole time the Feijoas have been in season.
The shed floor leaks. This is because there’s a big concrete pad dug into the ground. No big deal as it only leaks onto the floor once or twice a year in particularly damp Winter periods. This year it’s done it pretty much every time it rains.
Right now how do we get around this issue? I really have no idea, it’s the weather. It does however indicate a particularly high water table.
I do however enjoy having a flexible work pattern. No 9-5 here so I try to make the most of it. The surf came up late last week so we were on it. Saturday we somehow got skunked but it was a ripper of a day!
Sunday turned into Monday. A last minute decision saw me work most of Sunday then dive on Monday instead. Even had a pod of dolphins came say hi
As for this weather I would love to provide a solution but I don’t have one. I intend to wait it out. Or move to the tropics, I’m not sure yet.
With 2017 almost over ha! Sort of, not really. To kick off this years series of Alive In New Zealand I wanted to mix the standard editing style with more of a vlog feel. Vlogs are popular and my vlog channel is almost bigger than my main so that’s my approach.
This will make the series longer and hopefully more interesting and engaging. This episode has all the drone shots you can imagine, thundercats, spearfsihing and some mad buggers on a wake winch. Take a look at the new episode below
Long term I want to make this series an accurate representation of not just my life but hopefully a lot of Kiwis lives! With a bit of luck the next episode won’t be too far away.