I met Greg when I was in Austin for SXSW. While I was running around the downtown area, capturing the scene, I had noticed a couple guys filming a band, all three had #Besomebody tshirts on, and I was more intrigued by what they were doing, then what the band was playing.
They left the scene, and I ran out to ask them what they were about. #Besomebody. If you don't know already, its a platform, a community, and a scene that inspires everyone to continue to keep on doing what they are passionate about. "
Your house or your car or your suits or your jewelry are not your most valuable assets. What you love – your personal passion – that’s your most valuable asset. #besomebody."
I have seen Greg's adventures on his social media, and he lets the world know that anyone can do the same. It's can be so easy for some people to just sit down and watch t.v. after work or school. Sticking to what we call "home" can prevent us from reaching outside of our comfort zones. Greg is the complete opposite. I swear, every single day Greg is out there not wasting one second of his time.
I am so astonished every time he puts a picture up, he is doing something extreme, and documenting it for the everyone to see. He inspires others to do the same if that is what they wish to do in their life. From his presence online, it makes me want to go out an adventure, document, and live it up.
While I was paling around with Greg, it was obvious he has a passion for capturing moments. If that means chasing a human pedaled vehicle into the city streets, or flocking in a fountain (at least in Austin), Greg is determined to capture it, with a huge smile on his face.
What draws you to your passion?
What I am Passionate about describes who I am. I’m in love with the Camera because I realize its true power. To me a camera is a time machine. Being able to share my creativity through videos and photos is what makes me happy. Life never stops and moments come and go and before we know it years go by in the blink of an eye. We naturally remember the best and worst of times throughout the years. We don’t recall every second, but with one photo or a small video we can go back in time and help recall a precious moment lost in the past. To me that is priceless. People always talk about how cool it would be to have a time machine when really they’ve had one all along. It’s called a camera, but with a camera you don’t have to worry about ruining your (or I should say anyone else’s) future when you go back in the past.
What is your favorite piece of work you have created, and why?
I would have to say a video I made this year for the UC Davis Gymnastics team on their senior meet. I’m really good friends with a lot of the girls so they were comfortable with me getting up close in their face (at least as comfortable as one could get with a giant camera a foot away). I tried capturing the emotions of the athletes and not just the routines. I also know how much it meant to the team to have their last regular season documented forever. Also the girls happen to break the school record that night and went on to compete at Regionals.
Do you find yourself more alive, more in tune with who you really are, when creating something of your own?
Sometimes. When creating something on my own or of my own I know I have full creative ability, which can be great and usually takes less time because I don’t have to change what I'm doing to satisfy someone else. However, I love working with others because you learn a lot. Someone else may notice something I don’t. Everyone sees something different when looking at the same thing and I’ve learned others perspectives might be better than mine at times.
How do you think others can find what they are passionate about?
For some it is easy for others it can be hard. You have to truly know yourself. I think spending some time alone can really help. I noticed that I started to learn a lot about myself when I took the time to write what was on my mind. I think taking a day or two and venturing off on your own. Jump in your car, blast some tunes with the windows down. Go on a long run or bike ride or just get lost in a busy city. A few times a year I like to throw my surfboard in my car, throw my bike on the rack, and drive to San Francisco by myself. I'll bike around the city and then go to Linda Mar Beach in Pacifica and finish off the day surfing till the sunsets. Both sunsets and sunrises have a magical way of helping you figure out life, and what you want out of it.
Any advice for people out there, trying to figure what they want out of life?
Life is the most beautiful gift that God has given to us all. You have the opportunity to make any path you want, why waste it not doing what you absolutely love? The first step is to not be afraid of failing. What would you do if you could never fail? I try to live as if the odds to everything I do are always in my favor. Take risks, and do what makes you happy. Mistakes happen, but they happen for a reason. God has plan. So enjoy the ride and help as many people as you can along the way.
Both Greg and I have something in common right now in our lives. We both are about to float on out of our nests of "home", to explore a new stage. Even though he doesn't need it, I am wishing Greg the best of luck with Austin and the #Besomebody family! Check Greg Fulks out on his Twitter to follow his adventures.