Back by Popular Demand More Secret Interview Tape From Medellin Digital Nomads (part 2)

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Last time we connected with you, we were revealing the secret lives of Digital Nomads here in sunny Medellin, Colombia. Now, back by popular demand, another round of questions and answers from more who’re living big, off the grid and enjoying a balmy career option not everyone knows about.

Remember, these aren’t just any nomads, rather these are a few of the top dogs in their respective fields. Wealthy and successful, these men and women prefer anonymity because of the nature of their professions. It is safe to say they don’t want their hard-working clients to know they’re taking calls while down here, on permanent vacation? Want to live the globe-trotting lifestyle in one of the best climates in a friendly metropolitan city? Learning Spanish and generally living a rockstar life down here in Colombia’s second city, our friends keep it corporate while living anything but!

We were able to get a few of these role models to give us some insight into their lives recently, and we’re eager to share their secrets, tactics and advice to those of you who have recognized that living the good life doesn’t have to include ownership of a cubicle, or a car, for that matter.  Being on the loose in Medellin, making great money, living in beautiful penthouse apartments and having the freedom that few ever experience, that’s the type of life we seek and aspire to, when we think of digital nomads.

“Abe” programmer extraordinaire

Tell us what you do for a living, how it all began and where you are based?

You know, first I’ll just say it: I’m Medellin-based because I’ve lived everywhere guys like me can be based–Thailand, Korea, Europe… this is the best.

I’m one of the kids who got mixed up with writing code as a young kid. I always just liked having autonomy that way… and eventually when I reached college, I was asked to help create a program. That job led to another, and within about six months, I’d dropped out of school.

What’s interesting about what happened to me is that my friends had similar opportunities but they didn’t really capitalize on them. They failed to set the pay scale in their favor. They failed to see their own power in these situations. Here we were, the KEY to business people’s success, and we were being offered peanuts to build these tools that meant multi-multi million dollar business…  I guess I was different.

Can you describe a typical day in your life?

I like to start my day with gratitude. It’s amazing being here, knowing the weather is always amazing… I don’t like a lot of structure but when I get rolling on a project, I can keep my head down, managing my guys for a (laughing) long time. It can get very real.

These days I do very little programming. Instead, I have a virtual team now so I basically do what I do best—selling what we provide.

I’m either producing content, planning new offerings, coaching clients, doing interviews, analyzing and optimizing my business plans, engaging and marketing online, or working on empowering my team. Of course, I try to balance this by putting in some time learning Spanish every day, and I’m also in a Paisa cooking class right now.

What is the coolest place/most fun thing that you’ve done in the past year?

I went scuba diving in Australia while a big deal was going through… like seven figures. I took calls on the back of the boat, and basically played while the biggest deal of my career went off.

Tell us something that will make us green with envy about your setup?
Nothing I’ve said yet did that?!

What are some of the drawbacks about living/working as you do?

A lot of times, when I’m back home I’ll go and hang with friends who have the local lifestyle set up, with dinner dates, friends and wives and kids. I know I want all that… eventually.

Do you have plans to switch back and lead a more regular life in the future?

No question. But there’s no timeline… I’m really just having fun at this point in my life. There’s no need to lock in a plan with any sort of tight schedule. Besides, I’m not in love right yet!

What advice do you have for people who are tired of the regular 9-5 job routine and want more independence and freedom to travel?

I saw that guy from Family Feud, the one who announced the wrong Miss Universe recently— Steve Harvey — he was in a motivational video talking about making a JUMP and doing what ever it was you were gifted at… versus staying in a JOB where you’re living week to week, basically watching people (like me) who’re doing what we LOVE, having a blast, and kicking ass. He was preaching, saying basically, life is over soon, so go ahead and JUMP if you want to enjoy a life like this one. Just do it—that’s what I see, sadly, too much with clients… this fear of jumping. So that’s it. Just go for it!

“Tiana” Fashion Consultant

What do you do, how it all began and where you are based?

I am a fashion consultant, so I help people who feel like they aren’t capturing their full value when they’re out in the public, and want to do or be or feel like they’re dressed better than they currently are.

So typically, like when I get a call from someone who is reading my blogs or finds me on Twitter, they will ask for a consultation. I used to go to their home, specifically their closet… Now I do most of these virtually! We’ll go through it together, and try on stuff, talk about what goes with what. I typically want to get an idea of the type of person they are, what they wear now. Then I’ll go shopping, which I try to do online, get them into a new flow, wearing better combinations, whatever is necessary, given the circumstances. Usually my clients will have some goal, to attract a guy, or get a new job, and they see me as sort of a vehicle to help them get to that spot, what ever it may be.

What’s great about what I do is that I just liked fashion growing up. I had no idea that I could become a social media mogul, or that people would start sharing my outfits when I posted what I was wearing online. The thing just sort of snowballed and one day I woke up with this career!
Can you describe a typical day in your life?

There is no such thing! I love to travel, and most of my work is done either in New York or in LA, but since I’m already on planes so much, I find myself looking at trips to London and then jumping off to scope out other spots, like where we are right now, in Medellin. Did you know this is the fashion capital down here in Latin America? The shopping is so great!

What is the coolest place/most fun thing that you’ve done in the past year?

Last month we took a lot of clothes to Africa and with some friends we set up this clothing donation project. We gave all the women clothes then we set up a runway and had a little show. It was amazing to see these women, many of whom probably didn’t even know the brand names they were wearing, but knew these clothes made them beautiful. The way they walked and the faces and smiles told the whole story…

Tell us something that will make us green with envy about your setup?

Well, I don’t know what would make you green… but something I got to do a few times this year is something that always made me green: I was lucky enough to have a couple clients put me on their private jets for a few trips. I love that… private flying. It’s the pinnacle of luxury… I have gotten spoiled to the point that I don’t really want to leave Medellin, unless it’s by private jet.

What are some of the drawbacks about living/working as you do?

I’m not good at scheduling. I’m more impulsive, so my diet and exercise takes a beating with all the traveling… but that’s my new year’s resolution! To get that on track. It’s going well, so far.

Do you have plans to switch back and lead a more regular life in the future?

What is that? Seriously. I’ve never even had a real job. So I wouldn’t know how to “go back” this is all I’ve known.

Share any advice for people who are tired of the regular 9-5 job routine and want more independence and freedom to travel?

Work hard. Then work some more. I hate meeting these guys and gals who think they can get rich and fly private jets working four hours a week. Read any biography of anyone successful and they’re working their ass off, day and night. A lot of us, like me, have basically zero social life, meaning a romance life that lasts, because it’s all about the job. So be ready for the trade-off, if you really want this.

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Andrew Campion

This might be my quick "bio" but I want one thing to be crystal clear: this site is all about YOU! It’s my singular mission here at Medellin Lifestyle to report on and create awesome stuff that’s really helpful, insightful, to the point and makes your time (or potential time) in Medellin better. Since 2006 I've been investing in and helping others–from digital nomads to retirees and expats of all stripes–transition here to lead wonderful lives in my favorite city in the world!