Hi there. I’m Scott Roy, 36, and a Canadian Digital Marketer (primarily in PPC/Analysis/Data space). I consider myself a minimalist, a hunter gatherer of insights and I’m hunting some form of self actualisation. I’ve actually been wanting to write something like this as of late as there’s a lot on my mind, so why not write it here, right?
When I was younger, I went to school for marketing, but ended up doing sales for ages. Made really good money, but just felt so unfulfilled by it all. I’m a creative. I love to think and have big ideas, and sales just didn’t cut it. So, I quit my job and just started freelance marketing online. This was around 7 years ago. Around that time, the vision of travel and work started to form, but things were a little complicated as I was in a beautifully committed relationship with my partner and her son.
A few years later, freelancing gave me the opportunity to travel to Sydney, Australia. I was approached out of the blue on oDesk from someone asking me to lead their Digital Marketing team for a new startup in Sydney in the education sector. After realising it wasn’t some kind of Nigerian prince scam, I took the job, leaving the family behind for a few months while I got things sorted.
The job, and the boss, were both pretty horrible, but I got to learn a lot. We had marketing budgets of $400k/mo and I was lucky to have dealt with $4k budgets prior to this, so I really got to learn more on the job. I ran TV campaigns, radio campaigns, 0digital campaigns, led a team of marketers, and everything was going pretty well. The job was stressful as shit though. Think yelling and screaming in the office, think degradation, all sorts of stuff like that. It just wasn’t very pleasant, but you do what you have to do to get the residency and stuff like that, right?
I guess from the work stresses and stresses at home, it all was too much and the relationship of 10 years came to a sad close. It really was a beautiful relationship, but I’ve always wanted to work and travel, so as a single guy, I guess I had the opportunity. Work started setting up an office in the Philippines, so I set up shop there for, what was supposed to be 3 months, and completely destroyed myself. 2 months in, work called me back to Sydney. Crisis mode there as the government put the business to trial for unfair practices, which proved too much for the company; bankrupted it, shut down and millions of dollars in fines.
Left that job, started a new business in the same industry with a couple guys, and left that. Sydney just wasn’t home anymore. I wanted to freelance and Sydney is ridiculously expensive to freelance. Ended up getting with a marketing agency in Sydney where everyone is remote, so I decided to do that most of the time, and deal with my own clients at the same time.
Left Sydney to New Zealand, to Fiji to Hawaii and now I’m home in Canada until I take off for Vietnam, Thailand and India. That’s 2017. What does 2018 bring? Who knows.
I’m really not that interested in being a tourist wherever I go. I’m more interested in travelling and living places temporarily and really just getting the vibe of wherever I am. For example, Fiji was amazing. I hung out with local guys drinking and chatting about spirituality. Soaking in their vibe. It was happy, peaceful, amazing. Then juxtapose that with landing in Hawaii and the vibe was just all off.
Being back “home” has just been so off as well. I’ve opted to get a place away from everything for a month to just focus on work and nothing else, which has led to a bit of an isolationist feeling, though, knowing in under 30 days everything will change (yet again) keeps me going.
I’ve made mistakes on the way…I’ve learned that I need to settle somewhere for a month, and then go on. In New Zealand I changed spots every other day, and work was impossible to complete. I’ve learned that I like being in the middle of a city, not on the outskirts. I love walking and have everything within a nice distance. I’ve learned that I’m horrible with money. I’ve learned that this “life” isn’t what I want it to be, so I’m out here looking for something that I don’t really know what it is. Some lesson? Some insights that other people around the world can maybe provide?
No idea. Work in progress.
The more I sit back here at home, the more I realise that people’s priorities seem all messed up. That we’re all chasing this idea that isn’t really valid anymore. So, I think it’s up to me. To us. To figure out what everyone is missing and report back.
I feel incredibly privileged for the passport I have, and the abilities that I have to work remotely. We’re like the 1% of the planet that get to do this. I aim to not waste it. We’ll see how that goes I guess. Work in progress.