Today we’d like to introduce you to Sam Newton.
Every artist has a unique story. Can you briefly walk us through yours?
I am a 25-year-old travel videographer from Claremont, California currently living in San Diego. Over the past three years, I’ve traveled to over 30 countries completely funded by starting my own travel media collective, Move to Create. After scraping by the first year or so making very little money, we slowly began to connect with larger companies, helping them develop travel ad campaigns. Over the past year, we have worked with the likes of Omega watches, Vincero watches, Skyroam, and Starbucks, to name a few. After three years of traveling to the world’s most incredible places and helping others build their brand, I felt it was time to share more of my story.
What didn’t resonate with me in the travel film world was how hyper-realistic everyone was, every person I followed seemed too perfect, or like they were living a lifestyle that was out of reach. So I’ve set out change the way travel videos are made, by turning my efforts to create content slightly different than what the travel industry is used to. So far I’ve only created a handful of YouTube videos in 5 months, and my channel has grown over 17,000 subscribers organically. It’s been incredible to see my humor and outlook on travel relate to so many people.
Please tell us about your art.
I am a freelance travel videographer that focuses on visual storytelling. My goal is to change the way my generation thinks of travel videos. As of now, the majority of travel videos are of people bragging about their lifestyle instead of telling authentic stories. I use my humor and filmmaking ability to share my story with the world on Instagram and youtube.
Choosing a creative or artistic path comes with many financial challenges. Any advice for those struggling to focus on their artwork due to financial concerns?
My advice would be to minimize your life and become an essentialist. Meaning prioritize your life around the things that truly matter to you. To break it down, I drive a 2000 Subaru Outback, rarely go out on weekends, and own ten shirts total. I try not to buy into the things companies try to convince me I need. I shared a room when I needed to and did the things I had to do to continue funding my craft until it became sustainable.
How or where can people see your work? How can people support your work?
People can find my company’s work at our website www.movetocreate.us, or you can get a look into a collection of my projects on my Instagram @samnewtonmedia if you’d like to see my longer travel videos check out my youtube.com/samnewton.
- Website: www.movetocreate.us
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @samnewtonmedia
- Other: youtube.com/samnewton
Sam Newton, Luke Jackson Clark