Monday, July 07, 2008
Rubbing elbows with the stars
|A few weeks ago I had a surreal moment, the chance to meet a television star from my hometown of Paris. I got to sit down for a chat and skateboard session with Antoine de Caunes, one of France's most popular television personalities (perhaps best described as a French 'Jon Stewart'). He just recently hosted the Cesar Awards at the Cannes Film Festival, so you can imagine my surprise and enthusiasm at the chance to meet him in person, with interest in hearing my story.
His focus was on my life as an entrepreneur and skateboarder, inspiring youth in action sports, giving them the opportunities I didn’t have when I was growing up. He also wanted to hear about the environmental endeavors I have pursued within my company and in my personal life.
My journey has been a long road, but having the chance to meet a TV mogul such as Antoine, was a huge honor. To receive this recognition for pursuing the passions in my life, and turning them into a successful business has elevated the skateboarding culture and solidified its value inside and outside of the industry. I look forward to being a part of the continued evolution. Go skateboard!