This month I will be sharing some of the stories of the creatives around me and even some from overseas. In this conversation, I will be talking with author and creator Antoin Airoldi. This is the conversation that we’ve had and I hope you are inspired by it.
Can you tell us more about who you are and where you are from?
When it comes to unlocking my true potential, many labels arise copywriter , vlogger, blogger, and author. Most of these are simply tools to communicate. Everyone has it within them to be great storytellers. As of now, I am a 24-year-old man, seeking the freedom to speak to the masses about storytelling and personal experiences, thus helping many overcome their own fears. I am from the suburbs of Montreal but will probably be moving out near July.
What/Who would you say influenced you to write?
My influence for writing comes from my struggles when I was a student, trying to become a better essayist. It took me three years to perfect that writing style. I was assigned material, which always felt distant to my capabilities with reading and writing. This was probably the first time I recognized that those who most care about me wanted to see more out of my writing. Those who were willing to see my true potential never gave up on me. At the time, I did have moments of weakness, thus having a difficult time why I had to do these assignments.
What steps did you take to start writing books and other creative things?
The first step into more creative projects occurred when I went to my friend’s place to record Devil of a Business and Gnawing Pain. Both of these songs were pivotal moments in my creative realm. This was also a time where I felt I had to do more. Furthermore, my first book Insights From Professionals derives from reading Seth Godin’s The Icarus Deception. Seth’s message was all about creating art to better the world we live in. To break free from our cages, we had to create. It was urgent, and so I answered to my calling of creating my own book.
What challenges did you encounter while you pushed toward your dreams and how did you overcome them?
When it comes to striving for my goals, time is an asset. However, it is difficult to make your passions a priority. So much goes on every day. Scheduling in time for yourself is never obvious. However, when you’re willing to do what it takes, such as working when you can, you can overcome the obstacles. Another obstacle is being positive throughout the process. While you create any piece of art, you never know who will accept your work. You may be working for a year without knowing if your art is any good. Moreover, you must never forget that art never pleases the masses. At times, it may only please a few people. That’s a risk you must be willing to take.
How have others received your work?
With few copies sold of my book, I would say that my audience likes it. However, if more people would own it, it can essentially help them find their passion, even a career that they may like even more. Furthermore, before the book was even written, I used to document my journey as a blog on my website. The lack of nourishing that journey has made me hold off on its content for the time being. I am currently rebranding and hope to deliver more valuable content in the future opposed to only documenting my days in the form of a blog.
So what’s the name of your latest project and can you tell me more about it?
My latest project is currently untitled, not because I wish not to share anything about it, but because I think the title will come once the writing is complete. It will be much more different than my previous work. I am currently being trained by a mentor. The task given is to write a short story about a pivotal moment in my life and using the story as a healing process. Since my work is not complete, I can only share so much. I do plan to release this short story via print and e-book near spring of 2018 as its summer vibe is most fitting.
What advice would you tell anyone who is trying to get into writing books?
A lot of insecurities arise about the whole writing process. There may be a book inside of you if you just forget about the “what if’s.” Most writers are not editors. Your responsibility as a writer is to write and read other books. That’s it. You can also think about a creative director for your book cover, but that’s not your primary focus. When it comes to writing, you must find the time and know that whatever book you are writing will take a lot of time to complete. There are exceptions like writing a book in less than thirty days, but I don’t recommend it. You can’t be exceptional by not giving your all during the writing process. I would also say that setting deadlines are essential. This will add additional pressure but will help you complete your book. For example, if you divide certain chapters or ideas weekly, you’ll always be focused on the task given. If you don’t set deadlines, you’ll always be in a state of panic. What you must do is make sure that you’re in control of your time, not your time in control of you.