Hello my name is Taylor Moore and I am a filmmaker, photographer and game developer.
I am a Digital Nomad.
When I turned 50, I wanted everything to be different. I wanted to radically simplify my life, and get rid of all of the crap that I was dragging around. I wanted to travel, and pursue work that was global and to live the life of a lifestyle entrepreneur.
In the Beginning
So to start things off, I got my personal belongings down to 50 things(excluding my professional gear). It actually was much easier than I thought it would be. Doing this purge has been one of the most liberating things I have ever done. It is comforting to know where everything is, and not to worry about “stuff” anymore. It has made me very conscious of what I will bring into my life next. I don’t know if I will always conform to this lifestyle but it has been a great personal experiment and experience.
The next thing was to be anywhere but in an office. In the last year I have worked out of coffee shops, book stores, libraries and beaches. This has been a tremendous boon to my creativity and approach to work and projects.
Bye Bye TV
One of the greatest events has been getting rid of the TV. Now I only watch what I really want, when I want. So many people live there augmented life through TV. With the relatively short time we have here, to spend it being spoon fed information is not my idea of living life.
Regrets, I have some
- This is not an easy path at times, and I depend on Skype and email to retain my close friendships.
- Having a romantic relationship in this type of lifestyle is very hard, but the new friendships forged makes it all worthwhile.
- Loneliness is not something that visits me very often, but it can be lonely. Getting out and exploring my surrounding breaks it.
What can I not live without
- Digital Camera with which I shoot stills, HD video and time lapse
- Macbook Pro with which I edit my stills and video with.
- iphone Keeps me connected to friends, family and twitter.
- 2 TB backup Drive (Shit happen’s be ready for it)
- Swimming trunks…ya never know when you will find a good place to swim!
- Having the freedom to pursue projects I believe in – such as being asked to film a Strawbale House-Raising for a family in Tennessee who lost everything in a Tornado.
- Learning and speaking another language, which makes me think differently and grow.
- Helping build a school in Mexico and what that does for the children, community and my karma.
- Realizing that no matter where we are people want to help. And that gives me hope and faith in humanity.
Money tips I’ve learned
- Always travel with two bank cards
- Find out which local bank is closest to you (some places are pretty remote. I once had to travel 20 miles to the nearest bank!)
- Find out which day is payday for the local folks because the line-ups can be around the block on those days
- Get used to military men with machine guns standing in front of the banks
- Withdrawing cash internationally has fees attached. Use a bank ATM though; white-label machines have even higher fees
- Paypal is your friend. I typically get paid in the local currency via paypal which then converts to Canadian and is deposited in my Canadian bank account.
Taylor Moore is a filmmaker, photographer and game developer. In 2011 he has lived in Chacala Mexico, Guanajuato Mexico, Summerland BC, Tonasket, WA and Yellowknife, NWT. He can be reached at www.pixelbuz.com or on twitter @pixeltrek
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