Portrait – Seb Giron: Journalist
Half-time journalist, half-time…well, it remains empty so far. Fond of photography, colored socks, books, music oldies and occasional smiling faces in the train.
1. How and why did you choose journalism?
After 2 two years of studying computing and six months mathematics, I simply got bored of numbers, abstractions and being surrounded by everything but girls. So I quit and thought. Back then, music and sport had my preferences, so I just decided to write about that. I had the opportunity to start from scratch at 23… and 7 years later, here I am : radio, TV and newspaper journalist.
2. Why did you move to New York City?
It could have been another town, honestly. I just needed to experience something my commited/married/hired/owner/well-established friends couldn’t.
3. Describe a typical day for you.
Shower, G train round 8am, to the L, to the 4/5, heading South Manhattan to Wall Street. A 1$ dollar sweet coffee and a 3.5$ “baconeggandcheese” from this guy who now recognizes me. Facebook, Gmail, Twitter, sportsnews till 9. Then, working, recording, editing and uploading videos. Back home round 2pm, some nice cooking, maybe stream a show or two. A walk, a coffee place, a walk… At night, a beer, pool and a short walk in the night, along the East River Side.
4. How has the city of New York influenced your personal style?
So far, it hasn’t. My style remains the same I had back in Belgium.
5. In what ways has NYC inspired you?
NYC’s actually a perfect city if you’re independent, single and a DIY type of person. You can walk, get lost, enjoy unexpected places and still not owe anything to anyone. It’s a very selfish approach, way different from the one I had in Belgium, but it helps me for my photography work, to see what people usually can’t. At least, that’s what I think…
6. Lastly,what advice would you give to someone who is thinking of moving to the Big Apple?
To really enjoy the place, two words : Brooklyn and savings.
Your favourite addresses in New York City:
It’d be a shame to have just one ! Let’s just say the night walk from the Williamsburg Bridge to Greenpoint, throught Kent Ave and Franklin St always reminds me I’m lucky to be here.
Take a look at Seb’s personal work: