I’ve always been a bit of an entrepreneur which sees me working on ideas all the time. Something I’ve been really interested in over the past few years is working on projects in other countries whilst still being able to travel the world. For a brief period of time this lead to a successful online personal assistant service called ‘Sean’s Odd Jobs’ which allowed me to earn a bit of money whilst completing tasks for people around the globe in my spare time. The great thing about that little business is that I can switch it on again at any moment if I ever need a little extra cash and it took very little to get it set up in the first place.
I’ve been doing little entrepreneurial things my whole life, in high school I organised events that would benefit our school charities, from there I’ve produced theatre, maintained websites for people, run social media campaigns, tinkered on some business/art projects, getting an ABN for uni was one of the best things that could have happened to me.
The entrepreneurial lifestyle suits me because I can’t be bored, if I start to get bored I immediately start generating ideas, many that will never come to fruition. I also have a lot of theories about working and business, they are as follows.
-It’s not all about profits and making money!
Making enough money to survive is one thing, but I think far too many people get too focussed on generating huge profits and becoming rich. Money mentalities are greedy and lead to managers treating their staff like robots.
-I’d like to work with my friends!
My friends are really creative people, often more creative than me, and in such varying areas, I love to create ideas that might be able to employ my friends, engaging their talents and immersing them in a fun environment.
-I want to be able to work around the world!
The world is a big place, there’s a lot to see. I want to be able to work in different locations, to discover new cultures and learn from how they create business- in positive and negative ways.
Just checking to see if you were still awake.
With those theories in mind I’ve been working for the last couple of months here in London on some great new ideas and I’m now in a position where it looks like I’ll be going global, by working on three projects in three different countries. As it’s an exciting time I thought I’d take a moment to tell you about a few of them.
I come from a small town in Australia called Langwarrin. Chances are you’ve never heard of it. That’s ok, there’s not much there. Something I loved about America though was how people LOVED their hometowns, no matter where they’d moved to in the country they’d champion their tiny towns to anyone they spoke to.
I began to wonder what it would be like to instill some hometown spirit to the residents of Langwarrin utilising humour and t-shirts. A couple of days later I had notebooks full of ideas and historical research on the town. Langwarrin annoyed me when I was there because there was nothing to do- I want to change that.
ThreeNineOneOh (named after the town postcode 3910) is an exciting art/business project. The initial idea will see a couple of t-shirts designed and sold locally in Langwarrin, the bigger idea is that it will not only instill some hometown pride (and maybe put Langy on the map) but also be a way to employ local artists, and engage the community.
I joined the team working on Facing East: The Musical whilst I was in the US in 2011. That lead to a development reading staged in Chicago which was one of my trip highlights.
In exciting news Facing East will undergo more development this year in the US, and I’ll probably have to go back over to continue working on it. (Tough life I know!)
This important musical is about a Mormon family dealing with the recent suicide of their gay son and is based on the stirring play by Carol Lynn Pearson. Each performance, including public developments, donate a portion of profits to LGBT support groups such as The Trevor Project. Earlier this week it was announced that we’ll be working with students on an initiative to develop Facing East which may be the first of it’s kind.
I can’t tell you too much about this project just yet, other than that it’s based in London. A friend of mine discussed an idea with me and I loved it so much that I had to try and help make it happen.
We’ve been working on it in our spare time over the last couple of weeks and we’re hoping to get it launched sometime in the next few months.
There’s a few challenges for me, including a language barrier, but I think the idea is so good that it’ll be worth it!
There aren’t any links for this one yet, but the minute there are you can bet I’ll be linking you up.
So there you have it, a few of the ideas and projects I’m currently working on across three nations- Australia, the United States of America and the United Kingdom. Perhaps you’ll understand why I might have been a bit quiet on the blog lately. Perhaps I’ll try get a few more posts about London out soon too.