I’m on a train in New York City on my way to a video shoot and although he doesn’t even know it, I’m here, (via years of domino effect), because of Stevie G.
Without probably ever realising it, Stevie was responsible for my love for radio. Through our radio interviews for Coolaboola on Red FM, I got a sense of what it was like to be in a radio studio and I instantly knew that’s what I wanted to pursue. I would sit beside my radio every evening doing my homework, listening to Red FM. I would spend my mid term breaks from school hanging out at the radio station, observing what Stevie was doing, learning the basics. It was during this time in my life that I decided to study media in college. For a long time, radio was my love and my main focus. This eventually evolved into a love of video and television production. It brought me to IT Tralee where I studied media broadcasting for four years and it eventually brought me to New York City where I’m now pursuing a video production internship. A domino effect that all began that day in UCC back in 2005 at Stevie’s ‘Where’s Me Culture’ workshop.
It’s rare in life to meet someone who inspires you so much that you can thank them ten years later for helping you find your direction in life. I remember being interviewed for a study programme back in my school days and one of the questions was ‘tell us about someone who is a role model to you, who inspires you’. Most people said it was their parents, which, don’t get me wrong, would take another ten blog posts alone because my parents inspire me to no end. But that wasn’t my answer. My answer was Stevie G, because at that time, who knows what I would have been doing with my life if I’d never attended that workshop in UCC and met someone who believed, inspired and elevated us to do things that I still, to this day, marvel at having achieved. It was a platform that pushed me into a life of creativity that I will forever be grateful for – and I’m just one of many people in Cork that could thank Stevie G for the very same thing.
So, thank you Stevie G and good luck with your next adventure. Your dignity and positive attitude, even at a time when it would be easy to act otherwise, inspires me now just as much as you inspired me back then. A true gent.