Born in Northern BC, Marc Smith moved to Vancouver in 1989 and hasn’t looked back. Today he’s the chief adventurer on his travel & lifestyle blog, 30 Day Adventures, but before this he’s done everything from running his own event company to being a cook, sales, managing a warehouse and even a grounds keeper at a golf course. All of those jobs lead Marc to this current adventure of traveling the world and experiencing new places and meeting new people. 30 Day Adventures started as a one off community building exercise and now has become Marc’s life and passion. Awesome is around every corner, you just have to be looking for it.
Did you always want to be in the media? If not, what other careers were on the horizon?
Actually I did. I wanted to be Phil Donahue. I wanted to meet cool people and interview them. Thirty years later I sort of do just that, just from a travel perspective. On the way to 30 Days though, I’ve had many careers including a cook, retail sales for clothes and jewellery, warehouse manager and customer experience & event manager for a major grocery store chain. Funny that the skills I picked up on these jobs are all of use to me today as I travel the world.
Where would you like to be five years from now?
Five years is so far away, but if I had to say I would say more of the same, just on a bigger scale. I’m exploring writing a book, would love my own TV/web series and hope to be well established on the speaker circuit inspiring people to live their best lives.
Any advice for people getting started in your industry?
Just do it! It’s more important to start something and carry through with it than it is to wait for it to be perfect before you publish. Perfect is unattainable and not really very interesting. Build relationships, be bold, punch above your weight class and most importantly be authentic and transparent.
What are your favourite media outlets, not including your own?
I honestly don’t have a go-to anymore. I get most of my news via Twitter and Facebook thanks to friends that stay “up” on current events. I scan lots of blogs but none on a regular basis.
Best interview you’ve ever had?
Haha that’s easy, Michael Eckford used to have a TV show that I had some regular appearances on and so he’s known me for over 10 years. He made the move to CKNW Talk Radio in Vancouver and had me on his show to talk about my travel blog. In that 15 minute interview he was able to track where I started from to where I am now and explain how that journey got me here. It may not have been of interest for others listening but hearing my journey explained by a friend for the first time really drove home to me how far I’ve come and how hard I’ve worked to get here.
Luckily of the 30+ interviews I’ve done so far none have been bad, but I’ve done a couple where they didn’t even read up before hand what I do so they spent too much time on the what I do and not the subject I had been asked to talk about. Again, not terrible as it exposed me to a new audience but not the best either in regards to the content I was hoping to share.
Best advice you’ve ever been given?
What rule(s) do you live your life by?
Very cheesy but I live by really simple rules. Be a good person, treat others with respect, treat them as I would like to be treated and stay appreciative.
What’s the most important tip you can give PR pros?
As a content creator give us all the info and the tools we need on your client and then let us craft our story, in our voice for our audience. Don’t try to force your client agenda on us. If it’s worth a story we will see that and write it.
Best experience you’ve had with a PR pro? We love to hear about wins.
I’ve got so many to chose from but the very first press trip I was invited on probably stands out as my big “win”. Not only was the trip amazing with plenty of great content laid out for us but I made connections and friends with many of the other media on the trip that I have collaborated with since. I got a great story and some business relationships that have only grown stronger in the past three years, thanks to Town Hall Communications.
Bad customer service.
Feeling pampered and special.
Game Of Thrones by George R. R. Martin.
Best place on earth?
Wherever I am at the moment.
I would love to have dinner with my grandmother one more time.
Pool or ocean?
Voicemail or email?