Do What You Love

Posted by on Jan 26, 2012 in Daily Blog | Comments Off

We’ve all heard it – “do what you love and the universe will support you.” Sounds good in theory, but how do you actually pull that off while making an income? I’ve always taken jobs that pay the bills, whether I’ve liked them or not, mostly not. I take the jobs I’m qualified to do, which has often meant sitting in cubicles all day for months and years on end. It’s pure boredom – ever seen the  movie Office Space?

The dream has always been to travel, but to incorporate adventure sports and exploration. Big mountain skiing, skydiving, hiking & climbing, mountain biking, scuba diving and lately, trying the new sport of human flying. There’s really no option for living this lifestyle while supporting a family of 5.  The weekend warrior option isn’t much of an option either.  Part of aging and having a family, is to put this behind me and move on to plan B.

Plan B is to incorporate all my loves into some sort of business venture that generates an income.  So what are those? Skiing, Art, Music, Gaming, Technology and of course Coffee.  Enter Apple.  Two years ago, I got my first iPhone and immediately fell in love with mobile apps, and decided to create one.  It’s a wine app called iPairings, and it gets a few downloads every once in a while.  28 apps later, I’m ready to launch an app which is the culmination of all my interests – Big Air Style.

Big Air Style is a freestyle game for the iPhone.  There’s a huge backstory about this game that goes back 6 years, maybe even further.  12 months ago I had a concept for developing a ski game that would incorporate a local ski manufacturing company in Colorado, Icelantic. After having a meeting with them, they introduced me to one of their team skiers, Leigh Powis.  At the same time, I bought a compilation CD at Starbucks and heard a song by Yung Mars, a musician in the Bay Area.  We connected on Facebook.  A little later on, I met an amazing illustrator while on a random group cycling ride.  We rode together for about 10 miles and covered a lot of ground while chatting and decided to meet for coffee.  The one missing person was an animator.  You can’t create a game without an animator.  Then I got an email from a friend of mine about an animator who just moved to the area – we met for coffee.

Now I had all the ingredients to create the freestyle game I had skiing around in my head.  And with weekly meetings over coffee, the game turned into reality.

Friday the 27th of January is the launch day for the skiing app. This is the culmination of a year of combining all of my loves into a single app that can generate revenue.  I’ve given it my all, and then some.  This is the first honest attempt at doing what I love.  Launch day will tell all, as apps without success on day 1, tend to die on the vine. I’ll update this post after the launch, and we’ll see if the Universe is going to provide support.

Download Big Air Style



In the meantime, enjoy watching Leigh Powis do a little freestyle skiing.

Edit 09 Leigh Powis from leigh powis on Vimeo.