Wow… I don’t even know where to begin. The past year has been so crazy that I haven’t even had the chance to create a single post. As I sit here looking back at everything I have accomplished over the past year, I’ve come to realize that I’ve been too distracted to continue sharing my experiences along the way. In this post, I’m going to try and quickly summarize everything that has happened in 2013 into a few quick paragraphs. Here we go.
I brought in the new year back in Athens with some big events lined up for the spring. The first one was an event called Red Bull Thre3syleU that would soon be rolled out nationally. Overall, it was one of my favorite activations since I was able to work so closely with the venue and having a great partner to work with during the event.
The next big moment was our road trip down to Ultra Music Festival in Miami which was one of the most amazing productions I have been too. Red Bull was rolling out their new line of product (Red Bull Editions) so we had a huge market blitz during that entire week. I closed up spring with my second Red Bull Chariot Race and it ended being the most successful activation to date. Although this would be my last big moment in Athens, I knew that I was leaving it in good hands with one of my close friends taking over my position.
On June 17 I sold everything that I owned, packed my few most important positions up into a single suitcase and bought a one way ticket to Los Angeles. I found a nice quaint apartment in Beverly Hills and became an official resident of California. After riding my skateboard to work for three weeks, I finally decided to buy a car once I realized that I couldn’t take my friend who was visiting anywhere. I managed to find an amazing deal on my dream car (Range Rover) and bought it that very morning.
I know what you are thinking… very stereotypical. However, I quickly realized that I didn’t fit into that lifestyle or community and after a few months packed up my bags and moved to Venice… but kept the Rover :) I found the most important thing is to be surrounded by good people and things that you love. I was quickly picking up a new love for surfing so this was the first major stepping stone to getting close to the water.
The rest of my summer was full of exciting projects at work and traveling to conferences throughout the U.S. My first stop was in Orlando, Florida where I was able to see some of my friends from my old market. The next stop was in New York where I was able to catch up with one of my good friends who helped to emerge myself into the culture while I was there. We went checked out shows in Manhattan, went to a block party in Brooklyn, and then headed out for meetings in Long Island. After my final day of presentations we took a surprise trip down to the beach for some surfing (which just so happened to be on my birthday).
After a few weeks of moving around and getting projects wrapped up at work, I was set to go on tour back in the south for a couple of weeks. I was very excited to attend the upcoming shows but had no idea what was in store for the trip. I arrived on day 1 to a bus full of artists that were eager to start partying and playing shows (mostly partying though).
I helped organize the logistics and production of the shows while I was on the road but mostly enjoyed spending time with the film crew from Red Bull Media House that was along for the ride shooting a trailer for the upcoming year. As much as I loved waking up in the morning eating gas station pizza and being pressured into taking shots of fireball at 10am, I could not wait to get back to my own bed in sunny California.
The past few weeks have been probably the most exciting and interesting for me. I began to start surfing a lot more and becoming a lot closer with some of the people at the office. I ended up leaving my place in Venice to get a place closer to work in West Hollywood and have found to actually really enjoy living here a lot. The community is full of motivated / ambitious people that are all out to make big things happen. It’s a good atmosphere to be around and California officially feels like home.
I took off the last two weeks of December to visit friends and family back east and had a great time catching up with my closest of friends. It’s amazing that no matter how far away, your true friends will always be there for you. Over the past few days I’ve realized the importance of good friendships and how these people are crucial in your life. It’s these people that have made me realize my purpose and hopefully through here I will be able to start fulfilling that purpose once again.