In this week’s episode, Josh is talking to Nathan Woodrow who was a nominee in the 2018 South Australian Young Achiever Awards.
At 16 years old Nathan Woodrow began the Ryde Clothing Brand while in High School and recovering from a knee injury which sidelined him for sport for 18 months.
During this time Nathan was and still is extremely passionate & driven to create something from his love of sport, adventure and his hometown – Renmark, South Australia.
In June 2016 Ryde Clothing was launched with a small range of hand printed tees. As a platform to encourage you to get outdoors, share a passion for sport, adventure and to bring a positive community of people together.
Ryde Clothing is a brand run with passion and with feeling, a love for the adventure and this community. We exist to create, encourage and to have as much fun as possible. Whether it be hitting a trail on your bike, carving on your wakeboard or skating around with your mates, it’s a type of freedom we want to live and share with everyone daily. We love what we do and we are very grateful for everyone that lives and supports the Ryde lifestyle.
In this episode:
- We hear how Nathan taught himself to screen print to create his t-shirt line
- We learnt about the progression of Ryde Clothing, from starting in his bedroom, spreading to the lounge room, then working from a shipping container to the opening of Nathan’s own shop and the support of his local community
- We found out all what the “Dingy Derby” is all about
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Welcome to the Inspirational Australian’s podcast
where we chat to people making a difference in their communities and in the lives of others.
And here’s your host today, Josh.
Yeah, thank you Annette. Before we do get into today’s podcast and this week’s dose of inspiration, just want to start off by acknowledging that I am on Bunnerong country, here in Victoria, and acknowledge the owners of this land it past, present and emerging leaders as well. And that their culture is significant to us today as it was back when the traditional owners were at work in this area. So yeah, for today’s interview I’ve got, I’m really excited to join be joined by a gentleman by the name of Nathan Woodrow, who I met a couple of years ago through the Seven Young Achiever Awards in South Australia. Nathan has his own clothing brand called ride clothing. It’s really cool everyone. Check it out online. Awesome website. Instead of Facebook and tech talk I think as well started off. And Nathan look normally do a bit of an intro but I really want to get a story from you. So I’ll play the scene and you can correct me if I’m wrong here that at 16 years old, you’re still in high school. Obviously. You started writing clothing and now I welcome you. First of all, how are you?
Thank you. Thanks for having me on.
Yeah, no worries. It’s good to speak to you. And before I do you quickly get into your kind of bio and how it all started. I just love the way that you do social media because you kind of across all the platforms like I’m kind of my favorite is LinkedIn. When I’m on the most and you remember saying you pop up on LinkedIn, posting some stuff, and I’m like, oh nathan’s everywhere. Is great. Yeah.
Now I try to give it a go and spread the message everywhere. So
that’s good to hear.
Yeah, so I came across you Nathan, when you were nominated, back in I think it might have been 2017 initially. And I think you’re on the right clothing, but only recently started how, how did it get started?
How I got started was
is actually, I mean the idea first started coming about in my mind in about twenty fifteen. When I was injured. I couldn’t play sport,
pretty Devastator. That’s fine. All I care about is really and
how old were you at that time deregulated. All within
10, 15 years, 10, 15 years old.
Yep. And so it was a pretty big deal for you at that point.
Yeah yeah, absolutely. Just loved competing
running was my mind, like I really wanted to it got really good at that but otherwise it was on weekends, not whiteboarding and skating and all that fun stuff with your mates,
which are so full. And so not being able to do that anymore. I was
like, man, what are I going to do with my free time? And then at the same time that I was injured, my
skull was actually born in this
business entrepreneurship class where you kind of started off like a
fake business. And we
had people in Adelaide and all that and I just got so interested in building something
from nothing And I was like, man,like
maybe this is what I can spend my free time on. I just wasn’t one hundred percent. Sure. And what, Yeah.
coming into twenty sixteen, I remember spending all of their school holidays of twenty fifteen on the summer holidays.
Just down on my mind, man,I really want to start something not like not one hundred censullo.
Is it even possible if you like turning 16 and then coming in? So I mean twenty sixteen.
I just spend like stuff. I spent all my money,14
30 tatia some new screen printing little machine and just taught myself how to start happening. So I really
began from that little bit of inspiration from that business class as
well. You know, not being out of high School and kind of just combine those two passions together to create a brand that was
about school adventure. My hometown in renmark South Australia
and yeah, just kind of started out from there.
That’s really cool. And you talk about you had this idea that you wanted to do something. So what, what kind of led you towards the screen printing?
I think I was trying to
find something that was doable when I was that age because I obviously didn’t have hajjis cash and
had to keep part time jobs at that point And then just, I guess
at the time I was
I think I might have even stolen social media like some smaller clothing brands pop up here and there and it kind of made me realize oh maybe it is possible because I can see
I can see it actually happening like other
people are doing it like maybe I could do my own thing as well. And then I
guess the screen printing just came with it. I was like, oh like, I don’t think I have the money to pay someone to do this. I’m just going to have to learn how to do it myself.
So yeah I remember being pretty excited like
I got my first stencil and put it on like the
my kitchen table and printed my face. And it’s just on my kitchen table at home
And I just,I, I want to learn more and to keep growing in that sort of
stuff. Yeah. Yeah.
This might be a tricky question if you can remember back but what did you do with your first tatia? Do you just keep it to where or do you give it to someone or do you sell it? What do you do?
Yeah, I think I was just, I
think I was bought everywhere. I worked so and
at that time like no one knew what I was doing in stores and no one was commenting on an audience just like cioppino was wearing on. Like, shit. Yeah,
that’s cool. And again, this might be a dumb question cause I don’t know anything about it but with the stencils is it something that
purchased? Did you draw it And then how does that work?
So the whole process I kind of just fumbling my life all the way through it because I had no idea about the process. So it started off with just may like and drawing a design. And then I had to send the design off to be like
to someone to draw like a dinosaur could be put onto the screen.
And then I had to
a strain from online and then send that away to
Adelaide for someone to actually make the stencil and then send it back. So
it was like so many things going on because I had no idea what I was doing.
But yes, I was a bit of a process to get the design actually onto the stencil and that sort of stuff.
Because it’s, there’s so many steps that as a 15 year old kind of, you could have easily off had I better. Exactly. But you get going with it. Now, I’ve seen this cool video and you probably can tell me where it is still but I think maybe you got a drone. But this is kind of shot that panned across of a shipping container. Yeah. And then that’s kind of when things started progressing, you operating your business out of a shipping container?
Yeah, yes I it all started in my bedroom and then
when things got a bit too big for my bedroom I was discriminating and had to leave my family lounge room and all
your families probably yelling at you. I like your daddy.
Yeah, that was totally that also I think it was me getting frustrated that I’m stuck in his lounge room. This just stuff everywhere. I can’t concentrate and then
yeah we have the streaming content in our backyard that was kind of
used for storage And I was like,
I had to talk to the parents now
pretty happy for me to to move things in there, get me out of the house. And yes, I think being in that shipping container probably allowed me to, he gave me that excitement of having the area when I was like 16, 17 years old. And yeah, probably pushed me to to want to grow up more and all that sort of stuff
But yeah, it’s definitely interesting running the business out of it is definitely a story that people love to hear about. Yep.
And did you, were you putting together some of those videos of that back then of those early videos that I remember seeing.
So it was actually
me a mate of mine from high school as well, like I think it was my first year at a high School
and he had a bit of an interest in like videos and all that. So I was like, man I need to get to the brain about it coming like
you do with
FEMA. So we set up little YouTube channel and
tolda bit more of
the story of trying to think of this when we were like 17 or 18 years old. So that definitely helped out. Well, yeah,
I’m from Adelaide originally. So I know the riverland and renmark and it’s a really cool area. I probably haven’t been there in quite a while to be honest. Can you let people know what it’s like there because it’s a special place?
Yeah it’s definitely I think
it’s something that can be easily looked over or if you’re not a hundred percent. Sure. And what you can think it’s just like country like
boring lifestyle but it’s so like
yeah, it is special it’s. We’ve got the Murray river and we can go whiteboarding and
all sort of watersports as well as we would like the
thingee dabi events where like we see small rice to these little creeks and there’s just nowhere else in the world that you can do that
as well, it’s just the lifestyle like it’s laid back. Hills like everyone knows each other. There’s some otherbusinesses
like me as well that have sort of started from nothing that
they’re very well known. Now
that I’ve actually been able to collaborate with as well. But
yeah I think and just I think it’s really the community
like everyone just feels like a big family and
everyone’s active and getting out of town because we’re on the Murray river life just adds that bit more of a cooler lifestyle. But
yeah, especially because I’ve been to my whole life, I
have a connection with that. That’s even the amount of people that are coming to visit here now as well.
Like you can tell it’s a really special place.
Yeah, I can tell that you have a real connection to it because you know, a lot of your T shirts and designs and things like that. You really highlight the river and the lifestyle and the riverland.
Yeah for sure. Nice.
That’s what I’ve always wanted to
to keep that local renmark feel to the brand because it’s where it’s on its way. Like the inspiration came from Was the hometown. So yeah it’s always something that I want to bring people back to in the brand river. I tell the stories like it’s come from renmark because it’s definitely when I first started or even now people are surprised that like this brand that’s kind of like other stuff you
can’t afford to live that right for us. But yeah, it’s, it’s funny when you’re like, oh you’re from renmark.
That’s why it’s been interesting
for a bit. You’ve probably got a pretty good following there in your hometown. But Where’s the weirdest place You reckon you’ve sent a T shirt or a hoodie or whatever
is actually only a
few weeks ago. I was to the surprise I sold like
one of my local design. We decided to New York
was like, I was like, I don’t know, I guess. Yeah, they must have found some interest in what we’re doing and bought a shadow, but yeah, it’s
overseas, it’s always crazy to say especially if they watch it as his friend Mark
what’s going on. That’s so funny.Yeah,
that’s cool. You just never know someone could have it could be a South Australian living over there or. Yeah, it’s a lot of of
yeah that’s the thing. It seems to say when people get older in Australia. Well yeah, it’s pretty rare to
the touch on the Derby. I hadn’t heard of it previously. Yeah. Until I kind of got to know your brand and your story. Can you tell people what it is because it’s kind of wild. I think you might have to fully explain what it’s all about. Yeah,
it is wild. I’ve been writing it since I was 14 years old and my brother was 16. So
you have these small boats that are only about
five metres long and we put these like quite big miles on like 30 horsepower and modify them and like do all these different stuff to them to make them go faster and pretty much you have the person that drives the boat and the person that’s at the front of the boat to help
steer it like shotguns and things.
And yet we have these
really narrow crates with like trays falling down and like a lot different like obstacles that go through these trade.
year on the dinghy, with the crates are just lined with, like crowds of people because I want to see, come through.
Yeah. It’s, I mean, going anywhere from 70 cars now it’s not a case now it’s very small Craig’s like coming in.
And yeah, I mean, I guess it’s, I
feel like it’s what our town is really known for is that event because it’s so wild. And at one point
like Red Bull came on and sponsored the event for a few years. And so I guess it just Shows like how crazy needs to get that sort of
attention on it for sure.
Yeah, I mean that’s that’s very quickly the gist of it. But I’m sure if
anyone stepped up
when Michael representing you Debbie, it comes up try to end the blame on
so I kind of got to question here. When is it during the year and have you been able to hold it these last three years?
every year the first weekend of February and then we have other
debris in February. One is the biggest one of the year. And we,
we were able to hold that last year actually. Yeah.
It was probably right before those we were before kind of a.
Yeah. So actually day twenty, twenty and twenty twenty one. I was even just super lucky and everything. Everyone is pretty grateful that we’re able to do that. So yeah, hopefully That’ll continue on for next year’s event
Yeah. And know, looking at a picture of it right now. I’m not actually sure to be honest. See, I can put it on the social, but it’s a picture of you in the, the broad clothing dinghy? Yes. Wrap design around it. Yeah. And so who wants his boat? Who do you, who do you write with?
I’ve been writing my brother off
since we started, so since I was 14, so past six seven years now, my brother vicenta every year. Yeah.
Yeah. And then
Yes. And I think it on a year until after onstad and
all these other people like kind of getting sponsors for their boats and stuff. So we kind of cool if we
sponsor their own. But I try the next. Yeah, it’s cool. That’s
awesome. In so, gone back a little bit just because it got sidetracked, a touch, but, you know so you’re in the shipping container, right? Yeah. And you’re printing it, it’s in there. Now I know that you’ve since moved out of the shipping container but can you tell us what was the journey like of from the living room to the shipping tent. We’ve kind of heard that and then what happened afterwards.
So after that,
it would have been
in a shipping container from the very beginning of twenty seventeen
through to mid to the end of twenty nineteen and
three, twenty seventeen dollars in year 12 at high School psychologist working on the brand as much as I could say that as well as studying I probably want to say probably put more effort into my training and so
I was just so committed to it. I once I’ve got a bit of momentum, my God is
there’s something here. And then as well as working
part time jobs as well. So my Thomas, I spent my whole life consuming time to
really light and get up super early before school till I get what is out of print yet. So
where I saw the business side twenty seventeen is really just like trying to juggle my time to work on the business. I’ve been out of school like maybe there’s still something there that I could push as a bit of a business.
So that was twenty seventeen
and then my first year
out of high School,
when I still had rod,
I was kind of lost because the brain had some momentum there but it obviously wasn’t big enough for me to be like I’m going to jump into this full time until I’m sure. Yeah, I definitely had a bit of a following, but it had so much growth and so much growth in business but also growth for me to learn how to actually run a business properly.
yeah about twenty eighteen. I was just working kind of working these different jobs as well as just
doing pretty much what I did in
twenty seventeen. It’s just like in the meantime of doing as much as I could as well as trying to get it into different shops. I actually had a local surf shop in renmark that’s stocked up which really helps to help get the brand out and more as well.
And I actually did my first collaboration with the motion brewery here in renmark as well which is OK.
Yeah, which is a really popular brewery here, and they helped me sell a lot of stuff
as well. And just helped. My biggest thing was just like,
I just want people to know about the brand and what it is. And then I’ll be able to go from there. And yes I guess
realistically at twenty seventeen to
twenty nineteen I didn’t have a real direction. I just knew
like this is what I wanted to do. And I knew like I had some momentum. So I really wanted to keep pushing it
and coming into twenty nineteen, I was working
part time and
I went into someone’s
in renmark and I knew rod quite well and the lady running the shop was like, well you know like next door
shop has like about, maybe you can
start your own shop and then
I was like that I just felt like such a big jump like Yeah.
Now it’s like, well maybe I’ve sent him a job maybe I could just run the shop twice a week here and there. And then I ended up
after probably a few weeks of
being overwhelmed by the decision I was like now I’m just going to do it like some is coming up. It’s going to be prime time to give the shop a crack.
So I ended up quitting my job and yet moved into this very small shop
down like a little alleyway of renmark,that
really not many people walk down at all.
Not getting much good traffic.
None, nothing. So yeah, that was, that was the jump that I made,
I guess to make it more so full time was
building up through twenty eighteen. When I had my fiancee out of school as well as twenty nineteen
just to have enough momentum to feel
a bit confident that maybe the shop will work out. Yeah,
I mean, like you said, it’s a huge leap to go from. Because it’s also like your mindset was had to switch then to like, oh yeah for nothing was that
I think that’s the biggest thing is that the mindset
shifts that you have
a bit more like you’ve just got to look at it like I’m just
going to take this as a learning experience and I’m going to have to go along with it because if I
don’t commit life, I’m going to have too much debt and like I’m not going to
Reach my potential in that sort of thing. So I guess
the mindset is that I’ve had to have over the years is probably the biggest thing that I can take away
from the whole journey.
For sure. Was it crossing your mind when you would kind of, when you made that Choice? Like far out, it doesn’t work. I’m going to have to go back to my old job or that or what were you thinking?
Yeah, for sure. I think it was so exciting when I was there. I feel like I do this every time in my life.
It’s always exciting when I make that first decision I
commit to it and then it comes to, I’ve got to set it up. But almost half of that, and then
all of it’s building up and I’m like, oh man like this really has to work out now. And then I start putting probably more pressure on myself, and I have those doubts like, you know, what if no one comes in like what if I had this shot up so much and then I get no one in the shop and, but then I guess it just always came back to life. Nathan, you’re like one or two years out of high School. You’re only 19 if this doesn’t work just like take it as a learning experience, I guess.
Yeah, for sure. Like
I had this all the of like,
this is going to work. It’s going to be a cycle. Maybe it wasn’t, but
I guess that’s a little part of it say hi. Yeah. Your mental strength and stuff.
Yeah, I reckon that’s, that’s an awesome attitude to have to be positive, launching throw your passion behind it and just what you said there was perfect. Just just know if it doesn’t work out something into the world like yeah, you gave it a go and you can always be proud of that.
Yeah. So everything I do now I try and
try and keep that one. Yeah.
So you moved into the alleyway shop. Yeah. And are you there to this day?
I’ve actually moved into a bigger shop along the
riverfront of renmark. Now.
Yeah. So that when I was in there for only four and a half months, I think and it
like,it honestly blew my mind how much attention I got
the opening day,
which was awesome. A lot of people came in,
I remember getting messages being like where is a night like we had fun and then look around and eventually find me
and have fun. You were just saying before. Everyone knows everyone. Yeah. Except this is one of them. Yes.
Yeah. Is because it is just such a like even me when I walk down there to get a shot. I mean I like I
completely forgot about this all the time. Yeah. And
I guess because I ran the shop over the summertime.
So I didn’t expect a rose in November and December and then January, because there’s a lot of people visiting a town and a lot of locals looking obviously like Christmas presents and stuff like this. Reach so many more people that I thought as well as
I got to make everyone that had been following the journey through Instagram, through life. So people would come in and be
like, oh yeah like you’re the kid that started shooting in town and we saw you on Instagram like
awesome to meet you. Like it was just
that was such a cool feeling and so like to make a brand. So it just, it, it was cool to have a place where I can actually come I and speak to that. Yeah. That,
that shop did
big things for the brand as well as my
confidence as well.
And so yes, a few there, four and a half months and then you decide to close during winter or what happened then?
And what happened. I
ran it through October to
end of February 20 20 was the last I had in that shot because
this shot that I’m currently in now
came up available, which I actually found about
10 out about when I went to the post office and was putting some orders of
the lady behind the counter and I like when are you going to get a big shot? Like, can you get a shot on the riverfront of the riverfront would be
so perfect to ride but there’s no shops available.
And she says, I know I like this
one’s just coming up available now like he’s to finally give them a coat and
it’s like, yeah like just out of nowhere. So I got to go and did this job straight away and what happened. So I closed that shop and then
I got the keys to this shop in March 20, 20.
And I was planning on opening night for 20, 20 because I had a bit of a trip overseas, but I was like oh cool. I
closed the shop. Say reset my mind and then come back and open
and yeah just as I was about to go overseas and
plan this whole shop opening scene covid hit.
So then I kind of postponed the opening of this shop until
the start of July in twenty twenty. So I had a
few months where I was kind of working from home and going and like,
when’s a good time to open the shop should I open it because
of it and all that sort stuff Just everything was online, so I had a few months. Definitely what’s the plan now?Yeah.
Yeah. So tell me if a to answer this question or whatever but we are able to get support from government or the owner of the, you know, the shop real estate having to pay rental fees and all that stuff.
So yeah, I was able to,
you know, not have to pay rent until I actually opened up the shop which is 70 saying was where I was like
man, I’m going to have to shop and I’m going to pay rent and I’m not
even in the store yet I got some support from that. Yeah. Which is awesome.
That is awesome. That’s really cool. Sounds like you’ve had just some awesome little moments like random but like great community support moments along the way. They’ve just kind of been helped you out.
Definitely like I’m sorry, like every time I talk about or think about it, it’s just such a cool feeling to have people in the community that
are looking out for me. Like even just little things like this is available on the front line. Like she didn’t have to tell me that like, it’s so cool.
And just yeah,
the people that come and find the shop down a little alleyway because I want to come and say my invitation. I just. Yeah, I like the community cycle.
And so last question as well, just kind of logistically how things works and how do you do you still do the screen printing yourself And
the same thing I did up until about
six months ago all by myself
and then I kind of started transitioning over to the local screen printing place
in renmark. So it’s OK to screen printed environment which isdifficult.
But it was just getting to a point where
I make too much of my time is being spent just printing T-shirts. So I guess I had to, that was another like mindset shift where I go, if I really want to learn about business and how to go on and work on all the other parts of the business that are very important as well. I probably have to start offloading some other things and
yeah, schatz’s was
one of them and I think they actually do a better job than me
because I really know. So yeah, that is, and I actually worked at that place for a bit as well. So I have a great relationship with them. Yeah, that’s really cool.
Yeah. So it’s literally
maybe a kilometer from my shop is where it all gets printed. So
that’s a cool feeling to have that as well because I always wanted to keep
But yes, I’ll print printed shirts from
age 16 to 20 pretty much.
Yeah. And as you said, it frees up a bit of time now for you to do other stuff, which is important.
Yeah, that’s say I started learning or
things are getting a bit bigger. I definitely need a full
now. That’s cool. Well I’m glad to hear that the the new shops worked out beautifully in the. Yeah, you’ve been open for over a now. The.
You’re in 18 months now. I think some of. Yeah, so
I was even opening this shop. Very nervous. Not even because I had that little break. I was like, man, people are so interested in that.
Now. Yeah. As soon as I can. Same thing, like a lot of
people come in and
yeah, I guess since then
I’ve always felt confident to keep pushing the brand and stuff. So
the support, so I spend it which is awesome.
And awesome. And so you’ve got bigger plans for the summer coming up.
Yeah, yeah. I think of,
I’m bringing in a few new products which is really cool and probably
the widest range that I had for
And I’m looking at extending the shop, making it a bit bigger as well, knocking out what we need to really to kind of fit in everything that I’ve got coming in. So that’s another, even that in itself is me.
With my mindset being like,
well, this is kind of nerve wracking and at the
bottom, not super exciting. I’m just, I guess at the end of that receive it sort of at a little bit. But
yeah, this summer
should be a big one. I’ve been working a little bit
to make sure that this one is a big one. So that’s so exciting.
That’s cool, man. And you know, I’m into the tick tock up at the top of the chart but yes. Have you found that getting on there?
Yeah, it’s interesting I think for the past maybe six months has been on the back online like
negativities I the potential, they probably have some fun with that
but I just kept being like
because I hadn’t used the platform so I was like,
I don’t even know what to do.
And then one day I was like not stuff. I would just like to put a few videos out and tell my story.
And I got a bit of attention.
And yeah, I found a cool place to because you only have a small amount of time and it’s really organic and it’s not polished content. It’s not like Instagram and Facebook where it’s like really cinematic video. It’s just like find the rule like tell your story. Say what you’ve been up to.
So I found it really interesting because
yeah, you go about things a bit differently and you really get, I think I feel like you make it probably a more in some ways, like
a real connection with the audience. Because NCM can sometimes be very like, yeah, like the whole Polish thing where taketo is cool because you can be just yourself and you. Yeah. So I found it
pretty interesting. It’s a different
platform but it’s really cool.
And what do you reckon your voice might be a hard question but your times of being in the shop doing it kind of admin process that you have to do as a business owner. You just kind of Skype them unfortunately. And you know I don’t get marketing whether it be social media or otherwise.
Yeah. It’s. I, it’s something I’m trying to get my head around better and on time better. I think that’s definitely something that
I’m working on now. Mostly because it’s something
that I’ve realized I can be a bit all over the place.
Oh, I’ve got some spare time. Maybe I’ll try and make this today. Or
maybe I need to do some stuff on my accounting or books or whatever. But since that time maybe
I need a plane out this summer range parachute. It’s like it’s it’s, it’s hard. That’s it like it. Yeah,
I think I’m
trying to be more organized is my biggest thing because I don’t know if I’ve never really been that great at it because I’ve always had that one. Oh do this thing. I’ll do this
over the place that’s home. Now that
s the whole thing I guess as business is trying to like
a time, certain time slots to be like this is the time that you need to do this and this and this. And I’m probably just starting to learn that now,
which is good. So yeah that’s a tough question, but I
think, yeah, that’s the answer
that at the moment.
Well, I know exactly how you feel because I feel like I’m quite similar in a lot of ways a big picture thinker. I can say everything and how it should fit together, all the projects the campaigns need to come out. Yeah. And then sometimes I’m good at emptying those out on a piece of paper or a document and then you’re like, yeah, right. That’s a lot.
But Yeah, yeah,
I’m going to do all that stuff.
Yeah I guess that’s just,
that’s all part of it is learning how to
read and I guess everyone has their own way of
organize it and do it.
Yeah. But the one thing you got on your side is the passion that you know still will drive you along.
Yes that’s I think that’s what’s really pulling me along.
Every step of the way is when things get tough or I get overwhelmed
or a bit anxious about a decision like,
it always comes back to even now like when I’m speaking about when I first startedlike
the passion it’s still very much there
and it’s yet what’s best for me through like all the tough decisions with it or if things haven’t quite worked, I’m like
yeah, but I still love doing it. So
let’s just say how far I can push it going?
Well I’m coming at you with another hard question. What do you reckon if you can kind of looking for a little crystal ball? Yeah, in maybe twenty, twenty six, five years time. Yeah. What do you have an idea of what? Whether it’s real clothing, whether she personally, what might be happening in five years down the track.
Yeah. I’ve actually got this question a bit lately and I’m trying to
sort of look down that road of where I want things to go for myself and for the brand.
Because the past it’s been,
it’s clicked over five years this year of right writing. And when I was 16 I probably didn’t really imagine myself in position on now I have up in the roof facing all around the World or that sort of stuff.
So now I’m
like what can happen in the next five years? I think sinta.
Yeah, That’ll be 10 years when at this point.
Yeah. So it’s,
I know I really want to keep the brand here like I’d still love to have shopping in renmark and then
ideally have some sort of like a warehouse to have them all picked and packed there. And just have like,
my vision at the moment is quite broad but yeah. Like still
pushing the same
message. I’m not kidding, I’m very positive and
really representing the riverland
and having so much of it done locally
would be so cool to really give this big brand that strong like this country town.
But yeah, I guess that’s where my my vision is at
the moment. Have just like a small team around it it’s really passionate like me
about what we’re doing
is definitely something. Yeah. Every year that or not every, every sort of every wake would die that I try and I just
look back on where, where am I going? I think because I’m really, that’s what I think draws me is always having that point of like,
this is where I want to go. Like that’s super exciting and I get there.
So yeah it’s, it’s
coming to me slowly like that where I really want to go with it because
I think I’m still kind of taking where I am now and trying to learn about
and manage everything now. And then once everything is
in place, and you know, once I,
I guess learn more about how I come back from here is when I’ll be like, oh,
where can I go in five years and get me? What’s on the? So
it’s very exciting to me about
I’ll counterbalance that question by saying that there’s absolutely nothing wrong with not having a five year vision that I was living in the now and saying well this is what’s happening now. I’m just going to give everything to what this is and see where it takes me. So both, both approaches are completely acceptable. Never to bring something up here and see if this works for you. See if you can say let’s see this young fella on my screen. So this is back in twenty eighteen and for the people listening I’ll post this up on our and so head to award Australia on Facebook and also on Instagram. I think you can tag is an inspiration to Australians on Instagram, but I’ve got a photo here of Nathan twenty eighteen. So maybe would’ve been 18 at this point. I think. Yeah I would have just probably tonight and at our awards night awards presentation for the young achiever awards. So I think this was the first time I met you and thenyeah, unless you can cast your mind back to this night, what was it like coming along and then and kind of getting up on stage and having a bit of a Biomet out about you and stuff like that.
Yeah, I think all of that sort of stuff makes it. So real like what I’m doing because sometimes you can just probably
I guess look at what I’m doing and go. Yeah, like this is what I’m doing. And
I like it’s, it’s my thing that I’ve got going on, but then when you go to things like this,
and there’s other people with their own businesses and whatever else they’re doing. And then walking on stage and someone’s riding out what you’ve
achieved and what you’ve done in the past. How many years
smells like shit that’s, that’s pretty cool. It just makes and it definitely
brings the passion back to not back but like, you know, makes it makes it more than because of my comment on what I’m doing.
It’s bringing me these new experiences and meeting these new people.
Yeah, I think it,
it gets me super excited and
you know, this is something I’m always interested to find out. Is that because you were so young and right clothing was quite new at this point in time in twenty eighteen. Your nomination kind of didn’t go on to become a winning submission or anything. But what would you say was that was a positive or what was it like in terms of just being you were nominated in the awards kind of didn’t progress to that final stage, but was it still of a benefit to you?
I think so for sure.
All this sort of stuff is, is because I’ve been to do things like this and
yeah, for me I’m never going
to win something. It’s just it’s, it’s
just cool environment to be around. I think because
around other people that are passionate about something as well. And I think I met a couple of people that out of that were even
like, oh, I’ll give you a hand at something you won’t like. This is a business that are on. So
just a confidence builder thing as well, being around other
people and, you know, walking out on that stage and all that sort of stuff. So yeah, so
it’s all really just one big experience that I like taking in, I guess. And so yeah, it’s good fun being there that night and along with me. So that was fun. That’s
why I think it’s a spot on the part of the experience, isn’t it just? Yeah, that’s what life is. Just one big experience. You’ve got to make the most of it.
The reason I ask about that is we do get that question a little bit more so from people, maybe nominating a young person. That’s all. Well, you know what if they
and it’s kind of like, well, from our perspective we won the awards. We kind of think what our whole aim of the awards is to just share great stories. Of, of young people who are doing something really cool. And I feel like there’s so many reasons just to celebrate that regardless of what happens with the nomination.
Definitely. Yeah. Like even sitting there and you hear,
that’s the, I mean that’s one of the competition. Then, you
know, you hear someone’s story being read out and that’s pretty cool. Like
maybe you draw inspiration from other people’s stories as well. And it’s even, it’s more powerful because you’re there and you’re seeing them and their stories being read out. And that’s a person that’s a real person who’s done that like and I guess it’s just, yeah,
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tonight, can I ask you the last thing I want to ask you is we kind of covered this a little bit, but see if we can succinctly Wrap it up. Yeah. What would you have? Any advice for a high school especially because that’s your experience. Somebody in high school who’s kind of really driven and got this cool idea, but they’re just not really sure what to do next. What would you like to say tothem?
first I’d probably ask why, what’s stopping you from
doing it? And yes, that’s something like the fine of filing or
kazama. That’s the thoughts running through my mind.
definitely encourage to just like,
and it’s such funny advice but I always just try it like any way because I guess that’s I’m just speaking from my experience. All I did was when stuff I’m going to spend the money. I’m going to buy some things. I’m going to start an Instagram page
straight away. It just made it feel so much more real. I was like,
I’m in this now. I’m like, I’m in the game. I’m going to have to give it a crack. And
yes, I always say, what’s your idea?
What’s like the first step you can take to make it feel more real
because then you’ve really got to be like, oh well at first you be very scared of like that makes you go
well, like that’s kind of exciting. Like I did that and
I’m still here I’m still giving it a go.
I guess it’s that it’s just like what’s the best that you can type to make it more real. Whether that’s even just starting a social media page or telling someone
that you think might be out to help you out.
Because the biggest, other biggest thing I’ve learned is like there’s so many people that want to help you. I have a lot of people think
that they’re going to get judged or they’re going to have going to make fun of them, which is, you know, it’s going to happen like, but
very small percentage of people do that. I feel like this from my experience a lot of people, if I see you doing something
that like well,
is it how can I help or I’ve got this skill set. Maybe I can jump on board and try to help you build this. So
when it comes down to it, it’s like, don’t focus so far in the future that you stop really stressing yourself which is what’s the one that you can take to make more real and have fun with it especially at a young age like this. You have so much time to stuff all of my time and
stuff, and that’s where you learn the most. It’s had those mindset shifts and start learning more about yourself and the brand
and the business about. Just keep it simple and take the first step to make it more real.
That’s awesome. Shows what a humble and empathetic person you are. And the first thing you did with opportunity give advice was actually think to ask a question and connect with the person. So that’s awesome and hopefully people giving a mentorship and the advice take that lead from you because I think that’s really important to ask questions and empathize with people. Definitely, and the thing I want to add is even for business where your soul trade it shouldn’t be a lonely journey. That’s kind of what you were touching on.
Yeah. For sure. Yes it
I mean for me. Yeah. Like I’m running this by myself. But there’s so many people are laying on and ask questions and that
helped me as well. So it’s definitely
wait while you’re doing it on your own. You’re also you’re leaning on so many people that also feel like they’re part of the journey as well.
Yeah. And where can people connect with you and with what clothing what’s the best places to go and the handles and so on.
So the best places, I mean the best place to be Instagram, which is just ride riding ride. It’s one day
otherwise yeah. Facebook takes off obviously the
best place to get a hold of me is definitely on Instagram. Yep.
And I should have asked, well yeah why is it? Why they? Yeah.
So I have to talk about it, but I kind of ride
ride kind of out because I love
skiting and white one in black riding was like
you can ride all those things. Why not just like keep it simple and then I guess I just went on six, then I was like, let’s just make it a bit different kinds of spending of bit. It looks like a Coke. And it’s just as soon as I saw a ride on a piece of paper all day I was like that’s it. And I just felt that gut feeling is like,
I’m going to roll with it.
I love it. You know, I remember saying something, business advice don’t, don’t do funny. On business. I disagree. I disagree. I agree with what you’re saying. I think it’s more memorable.
That is why they definitely I it, especially
when you have
now, especially for me if I feel that gut feeling about something, I’m like yeah, that’s it. I’m just going to
do it because and
that’s it for sure.
Awesome. Well thanks so much for giving us your time this morning for a chat with us. And I want to see lots of inspiration, australian’s podcast listeners jumping on Rhod clothing and getting some tay’s, some hoodies. All sorts of stuff is really good range of clothing on the
thanks for having me on
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