Interview with PHOENIX (@phx_65)

Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path? 

For years I was a career criminal. I had years of stories and experiences of police chases to jail. Only by working in LA as a filmmaker was I able to secure a legitimate path. Many people have suggested writing a book it creating a documentary. It was not something I thought anyone would want to hear until I bought a boat, having never sailed, and left alone out into the North Atlantic Ocean off to solo sail the world. As a filmmaker, I have worked with many big companies like Warner Bros and Disney. I am not putting my skills to use to create a documentary about my life outside the law and now at sea, with the hope to help and educate those who have been through similar things in a way to offer them some light.

Can you share the most exciting story that happened to you since you started doing this?

That’s a tough one; since being at sea, I have been in a wild force of eight storms, 66 Kat of wind, propeller shaft disengagement from the engine, drifting out at sea to broken fingers and thick fog with no equipment to indicate my location.

Which tips would you recommend to your colleagues in your industry to help them thrive and not “burn out”?

In any industry, make time for yourself and break up the monotony with jobs you love. There’s no point in being the richest man in the graveyard.

None of us can achieve success without some help along the way. Is there a person you are grateful for who helped get you to where you are? Can you share a story?

So many people have helped me, and it would be tough to pick on. Some of my closest friends have supported me through my most challenging times. Before buying my boat and facing homelessness, my close and dear friend Lorna gave me a floor to sleep on and a roof over my head. I will be eternally grateful to her for that.

How have you used your success to bring goodness to the world?

My sole purpose in life is to help those who have been through the same troubles I have. I grew up in an abusive environment and suffered mental health issues due to drugs and trauma. With this documentary, I want to offer people with trauma a way to see that anything is possible, and you can change your life for the better no matter what. I will always offer my time and support to good people who need it.

Do you have a favorite “Life Lesson Quote”? Can you share a story of how that was relevant to you in your life?

There are no rules in life, do whatever you want, say F##k IT and do it, as long as you don’t hurt anyone. Live your life how you want. Since I overcame my crippling fears as a child, I have lived by this as much as possible.

How can our readers follow you on social media? 

Then you can find me on Instagram @phx_65, where there are links to other media.

Anything specific you’d like to have mentioned in the article?

I am a retired career criminal turned documentary FilmMaker solo sailing the world, trying to bring a little light to those who cannot see the wood through the trees.