We had the good fortune of connecting with steven barber and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi steven, what is the most important factor behind your success?
The most important factor behind my brand and the success is never ever ever ever quitting!! after 37 years in Los Angeles and getting up every single morning and swinging the bat and never taking a day off and overcoming improvising and adapting! there were some very dark days especially during the pandemic but I just woke up every morning got on the phones went to the post office and just kept moving forward failure was not an option!
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I became a filmmaker quite serendipitously in 2007 when I was able to raise $200,000 to follow 31 paraplegics 267 miles in six days between Fairbanks and Anchorage it was an absolutely crazy amazing wheelchair race where these paraplegics race their wheelchairs 50 to 60 miles a day and I was able to capture that on film and take it all the way to the Oscars short list with Dan Aykroyd as my narrator and Clint black who wrote an original song that went to the Oscar shortlist The lessons learned along the way is that every day is a miracle and time is short and one day you will wake up and you will not be here if that makes any sense so live every day to the fullest what I want the world to know is that anything and everything is possible!!! Nothing is impossible!!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
If my best friend came to town I would take him or her to Malibu up to Santa Barbara for the weekend as I find the outskirts of Los Angeles to be much more fun and interesting than the city itself I would of course take them to Nobu in Malibu and I’m a big fan of Joffrey‘s in Malibu as well Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
I want to recognize the Lundeens Sculptors out of Loveland Colorado they are the greatest American sculptures in the country and they believed in me and they believed in my vision