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Best Male Working His Butt Off: Geoff Richardson

For the people, by the people!

We recently circulated a survey asking for nominations for various categories of Charleston’s Favorite Creatives.  These folks were not chosen by us, but by the public, and what an honor to be voted in by your colleagues!  We did have a blast going through all the nominations as well as reading all of our winners’ Q&As!  Pretty much all their answers are awesome and hilarious.


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Who is most inspiring to you and why?

I couldn’t begin to narrow the list of specific people that inspire me but I can tell you the kind of person.  Someone who loves life, has a passion that runs deep, creative thinker, someone who may be afraid to take a risk, but takes one anyways, who doesn’t see life in terms of success and failure but in personal growth and ascension.  Someone who can identify simple brilliance that was in front of us the whole time.  Someone who sees the beauty in life and creates balance and order out of chaos.  Anyone who makes the world a better place no matter the scale of their deeds.  These traits feed my soul, maintain my faith in humanity and encourage me to emulate and resonate that creative energy.

When you are feeling creatively blocked, what do you do?

I’m an idea junky.  Creativity is like a drug to me.  I crave the high of inspiration that comes from the light bulb turning on.

Sometimes I only need a sounding wall, someone to bounce off of and sometimes I’d rather think of ideas for other people.  I feed really well off of collaboration.  Creative energy comes directly from the source and provides nirvana.

Best moment of your life?

From birth to the sum total of all subsequent moments including this moment right now.

What you wanted to be when you were little?

I’ll never forget the day my dad first asked me this question.  It was 1977 and we were sitting on some bad naugahyde vinyl couch, drinking Tahitian Treat sodas (tastes like carbonated red cough syrup).  When he asked me what I wanted to be, and I said a “cat burglar.”

What makes you feel alive?

Breathing in, my 6 & 8 year old sons, a happy hair client, the smell of pluff mud and a Lowcountry sunset, traveling the world, witnessing the wonders of the universe, and breathing out.

What are you most grateful for?

My wife, Noel.  She allows me to be 100% me.  Fully realized and actualized. That is not an easy task.  She deserves more credit than she gets.  On top of all that, she keeps the home fire burning while I’m running around pursuing entrepreneurial endeavors.

Best advice you were given or that you would like to give to others?

Dream big but stay rooted in reality.  Cultivate your life with as much positivity as possible. Connect to your community.  Commune with the universe.  Manifest your reality.  Anything worth doing is worth overdoing.

The one thing you can’t live without?

Hope. or Oxygen. or my iPhone.

Describe yourself by using only three words.

Catalyst.  Uninhibited.  Storyteller.

Tell us one quirky thing about you that no one really knows.

I have a weird thing for tall amazonian women that derives from a childhood pop cultural obsession for Linda Carter (who played Wonder Woman).

Favorite quote?

“Man that never takes a chance, never has a chance.” – Chinese proverb

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”- Milton Berle


Posted in Mixed Media on July 26, 2014 (Summer 2014) by admin.

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