I wanted to do something dif for the start of this newsy, because I was recently asked this question in an interview and I found it incredibly hard to answer. I think that’s because (and Bel helped me come to this conclusion) quite literally everything inspires me. Being alive inspires me. Which is why (as Bel again put it) I can do this job/ write about literally anything/everything - I’m truly excited by everything! I think it’s a nice question to ask your mates/ yourself because when things stop inspiring me, I think it’s a pretty good marker that I’m heading into a lil low point and am probs putting too much energy into the wrong things (uninspiring things).
Anyway, I asked the characters in our SYSCA universe about what inspires them because I thought it would also be a cute way for you to all get to know them better too. Here’s what they said:
“Lol you guys for sure! Travel, books defs, shamefully, TikTok at times but that goes the other way also.”
“I’d say my friends and their vibes, anyone doing anything shamelessly authentic, art blogs, nature, album covers/music posters and TIKTOK for videos for all of the above
anyone making anything is inspiring to me lol”
Bel and I had this chat in person so I’m going to do my best to summarise it as beautifully as she did. Bel feels like her purpose in life is to help people feel seen (as she does so wonderfully in every chime.) So things that make her feel seen inspire her (she says it’s more of a feeling than a thing, but also movies, books, poetry, people), and she’s also inspired by other people who help people feel seen. Does this make sense? She said it waaaay nicer than that, but I hope you get the vibe.
Squish said: “other people mostly” and when I pushed further and told him I needed it for the newsy he didn’t reply (even though he’s on his phone 24/7 👀)
Before Dunc responded to my weird question I had an idea of what he was going to say. Duncan is an incredible people see-er (to reference Bel). He saw me/ SYSCA when we were a lil insta page and employed me, dealt with it when I quit 3 months later, kept in contact with me, and is now a massive reason that SYSCA is what it is today. Anyway, he typically wrote exactly what I expected and it’s the cutest shit ever:
“Honestly corny but true answer is people in their twenties. A whole damn generation. Like I remember so vividly that time in my life and this immense sense that there was this thing happening (media) that I wanted into so badly and had no idea how to do it and it fucking broke me. And now I see people everywhere (like um… the author of this newsy and my colleagues at The Spinoff/Daylight/HWP and honestly my own daughter, hi Jett) who have this wild combo of energy and ambition and big ol brains and are just totally fearless and every time I see it I just kinda melt and think the world cannot help but be OK with who is inheriting it.”
And it goes without saying that all of you inspire me every damn day! What inspires you? I’d love to know 🥺🥺