You never know what is going to happen when you are interviewed by a publication, especially if it happen to be sensationalist paper, The New York Post.
According to Media Bias/Fact Check, “The New York Post is a daily tabloid type newspaper from New York City. This source can swing very far to the right, but does occasionally provide a balanced account. Not a very credible source overall.”
Personally, I do not read this paper, and my newspaper reading is rather limited in scope: The New York Times and The Washington Post. However, we decided to give it a go when Christian Gollayan contacted me via Instagram asking to write a story about NY Nomads.
While much of the article was inaccurate in recounting details quite differently from the literal dialogue we had with Christian during the interview (like our raison d’être, the amount of money we save each year, that I ascribed to Sandy’s nomadic life, rather than already having my own version), overall we feel it was a victory in inspiring others to either consider living an alternative lifestyle, or at the least encouraging others to support those who choose lifestyles that are sustainable. in the last 48 hours, there have been 70,000+ views of the article, and it has been linked to on publications like The New York Times and Curbed. Yesterday received a call from a publisher asking whether I could send him the photo of our Bnb, as he was selling the rights to the article to multiple publishers. Today the article appeared in an Austrian newspaper.
Bringing publicity to alternative, thrifty, and minimalist living is exciting. We want more people to consider how they can better use and share space in NYC. However, it has been a bit stressful not knowing when the piece would be published when we were initially interviewed, and we didn’t know how our professional contacts would take it.
It brought many people out of the woodwork that we had not heard from in years and it was wonderful to hear people supporting us about something we have always been careful not to flout in case it caused people to ostracize us for our less than normal practices.
We heard many opinions, via shared links to our article on Facebook, fortunately mostly positive and supportive, but a share of those that questioned whether what we do is healthy, sanitary, nutritionally well rounded, etc – mostly from anonymous readers. I guess in a way it was a blessing that their was not a comments sections where people could express themselves freely about us.
Comments like those below, we chose not to respond to, hoping to produce ideas, rather than criticize or make others feel we are acting didactically, no matter how false a notion about whether dumpster diving is or is not healthy.
As for our professional lives fortunately many in the film world love a good eccentric storyline, so most of the people Sandy work with are charmed not only by their professional contact’s appearance in a less than serious publication, but also in learned of Sandy’s outside-of-work lifestyle. Many already knew to seek him out for petsitting and for donating they leftover lunches. Others may have recognized that Sandy wears a rotating set of utilitarian American Apparel tshirts that he wears till ragged with holes, and the same orange hoodie and pants every day. However, I think many were surprised to read that Sandy leads such a similar, but more extreme lifestyle outside of his workplace.
As for myself, as someone that works with families and children, I was a little nervous whether they’d be grossed out by my eating out of the trash or living out of the backpack they see me with. It’s not as though I’d ever encourage such habits to someone else’s children, even if I would introduce these concepts to children of my own who I’d want to raise to be open minded and resourceful. Fortunately I haven’t heard anything from my clients, so they either missed these article bring highlighted in The New York Times, or they are staying mum about it because they at least appreciate the caliber of the work that I do.
We’ll see what happens when we get back to NYC and are seeing people face to face, but for now we’re going to continue to enjoy Berlin and vacation, living our lives just as sustainably as if we were back home cooking our food purchased from Farmer’s Markets, enjoying our time in the mornings and evenings cooking together – while sharing a home with Thunder baby.