187: Tim Myers/Human Interest

Tim by Owen. Hossegor, June 2022.

My guest this week is Tim Myers, an award-winning and renowned cameraman, cinematographer, journalist and storyteller who has carved out an extremely interesting career for himself telling human interest stories as a freelance gun for hire for people like the BBC, CNN and the UN.

There’s a chance you might unwittingly be familiar with Tim and his work – he achieved some internet notoriety a couple of years ago when he was attacked by riot police live on air while filming the June 2020 Washington riots for Australia network Channel 7.

The story of Tim’s route into this world via his upbringing on an Australian ski resort is a fascinating one. I had the pleasure of hanging out with Tim and the rest of the Db Journey gang for a few days while we were in Hossegor, and recognised almost immediately that I was dealing with a total legend; somebody with combines a steely sangfroid with a curiosity about the world, and who has an ease about him that makes people feel comfortable straightaway.

I really enjoyed this episode – Tim has plenty of lessons to impart from a life and career lived at a hungry, breakneck pace. I enjoyed our conversation and learned a lot – hope you do too. Listen to the episode below:

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Show Notes

  • Eggs for breakfast 
  • Kombucha 
  • Tim and Amy’s road-trip 
  • Travelling for work
  • Luggage
  • Freelancing 
  • Working with clients
  • What’s next 
  • The house
  • The Boeing story
  • Creative ambitions 
  • Let’s cancel Christmas 
  • Social conventions and the environment 
  • Growing up on the ski resort 
  • Skiing 
  • Thieves and Rich Kids
  • Big Air at Thredbo
  • ‘..If you build it, they will come..’
  • Transitioning into film & television 
  • University 
  • Stepping into the real world 
  • Learning about the human conditions 
  • A fork in the road: skiing or gymnastics 
  • Going freelance 
  • Packaging yourself 
  • Gen Media
  • Social media 
  • The unseen admin 
  • A need for the all round self shooter 
  • Baseline quality and standing out 
  • Asking for and giving help 
  • ‘..creativity is not bound by age..’
  • Advice for breaking in 

Names Mentioned

  • Jon Weaver 
  • Mario 
  • Amy
  • Cole Myers 
  • Candide Thovex 
  • Jon Olsson 
  • Chris Booth 
  • Ebba Olsson
  • Charles Beckinsale 
  • Sage Kotsenberg 
  • Richard Phillips 
  • Torgeir Bergrem  
  • Eli Samual 
  • Bobby Brown 
  • The Wells Brothers 
  • James Woods
  • Paddy Graham 

Places Mentioned

  • Los Angeles 
  • Chamonix
  • Australia 
  • Le Grab 
  • Paris 
  • Bordeaux 
  • USA 
  • The Congo 
  • Kinshasa 
  • Ghana 
  • Ethiopia 
  • Missisipi 
  • Jackson 
  • Miami 
  • New South Wales 
  • Blowering Valley  
  • Kiandra
  • Mt Selwin
  • Cabramatta 
  • Brighton 
  • Scotland 
  • Austria 
  • Thredbo Resort 
  • Saas-Fee
  • Mammoth Mountain 
  • Perisher Resort 
  • Wagga Wagga 
  • Melbourne
  • Alaska 
  • Hossegor 

Companies, Organisations, Brands Mentioned

  • Ummi Kombucha
  • United Nations 
  • Db 
  • Boeing 
  • ABC
  • Netflix
  • Lion Air 
  • CBS
  • Salomon 
  • X Games 
  • ESPN
  • Toyota 
  • Gopro 
  • Redbull 
  • One Hit Wonder
  • Instagram  
  • Generation Media