Since her first taste of Europe at the age of twenty-one, Evita Robinson has been to over twenty countries and lived on three different continents, including France, Japan, and Thailand. After a year and a half of traveling around the world, she put her degree in Television/Video Production to use, videotaping her life on the NomadnessTV web series. She is the founder of the Nomadness Travel Tribe, an online social community for travelers all around the world, who have the similarity of an urban background and were looking for likeminded travelers. She has worked in television and film production for the likes of A&E, HBO, MTV, BET, and the BBC.
How did you get started traveling?
After graduating college, I didn’t want to just up and start looking for a job. I decided to do a filmmaking course with the New York Film Academy for a summer, in Paris. Paris was where the love affair began.
How did you get started writing and making videos?
I went to school for Television and Video Production so it was already in my blood through college. It just morphed into travel as that became the centerpiece of my life and profession.
What do you consider your first “break” as a writer?
My 11th grade English teacher, Oggy, allowing me to write in my journals when I was done with school work, during class. She made me promise that one day I’d get my memoirs published. Working on that fulfilling that promise now.
What is your biggest challenge on the road?
Being in the moment versus capturing it for documentation later.
What is your biggest challenge in the research, writing, and editing process?
Getting started. Once I’m in the space of flow, I’m golden. Getting there is a bit tough in a world full of distractions.
What travel authors, books, or filmmakers might you recommend and/or have influenced you?
Michel Gondry, Anthony Bourdain, anything by Seth Godin and Malcom Gladwell.
What advice and/or warnings would you give to someone who is considering going into travel writing?
Try to strike a balance between living in the moment of the experience you are having, and what needs to be written about it later. It’s easy to get lost in the documenting/filming/writing. Keep an eye on that because you don’t want to miss out on all that comes from just ‘being’.
What is the biggest reward of life as a travel writer?
Freedom. Freedom in all ways is my personal definition of success. It’s what I look to reach to. Writing and travel individually, are a form of freedom to me.