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Copyright © 2019 TripLit Initiatives Inc.

TripLit Podcast

Storytelling With Purpose

Hosted by Emmett Sparling and Mathilda de Villiers


What really goes on behind the shared stories in a travel photographer, videographer or writer’s life? Tune in as Emmett Sparling shares candid conversations while exploring the world with other well known content creators. Meet influencers who align purpose with passion, and discover what it really takes to build a meaningful career in digital storytelling.

Co-hosted by Mathilda de Villiers, who chats with Emmett wherever he might be in the world and hosts ‘special interest’ interviews with the business owners, experts and changemakers that motivate us. If you are curious to learn from inspiring people who are making a difference and the creators who tell their stories, this podcast is for you.

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Two paths cross with Emmett Sparling and Mathilda de VilliersI


Emmett is from Bowen Island, a small island just outside of Vancouver, Canada. He began his journey in his parents' backyard taking photos of bugs. Today, he is one of the most sought-after travel photographers in the world. Mathilda grew up near the shores of Southern Africa, in the electric city of Cape Town. She has been involved in many industries over the years and her journey landed her in Vancouver in 2016. Since then she has become a freelance journalist and photographer, and was recently appointed the Media Coordinator of TripLit. 

Emmett's and Mathilda's paths crossed at the first TripLit conference in August 2019. Listen to them talk about how they met, where their path has taken them up until now and the exciting stories that have already developed in a short space of time since the launch of this exciting new company, TripLit. 

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Episode 1

Pursuing passions turns into careers with Emmett Sparling and Christian LeBlanc



"Instagram gives inspiration. YouTube gives inspiration and information" - Christian Le Blanc.

Christian left a career in business to forge a new path in travel, making a name for himself early on as a highly influential YouTube vlogger through his travel channel. His move to step away from a seemingly dream career to pursue his passion is inspiring and he talks to Emmett about how he made the leap and how others could also follow their dreams if they're in a similar situation. 

Emmett and Christian, both from Canada, join each other in Bali as they sit in close proximity to one another, talking shop and how they have made it to where they are in their careers today. 

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Episode 2

Travel, near-death experiences & real friendship with Emmett Sparling, Sasha Juliard and Josiah Gordon

@josiahwg  @sashajuliard

Three close friends who all travel the world sit on the floor of a hotel in Turkey talking about their extensive travels, near-death experiences and some hilarious stories about their deep friendship that is bound to evoke a grin. 

Emmett Sparling is joined by Sasha Juliard and Josiah Gordon, three people who have been friends for a some time and who have done many trips together. In their experience as seasoned world travellers, they have been to remote places and they have had to overcome many challenges, including in places like India and Indonesia, which they touch on in this episode. Through all of it they have each, as individuals, learned how to adapt and how to travel smart. 

All three friends grew up on different continents and their upbringings shaped their paths forward into now being highly successful content creators. They explore their pasts, travels together and the vast, beautiful world out there. 

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Episode 3

196 Countries by the age of 21 with Emmett Sparling and Lexie Alford


The youngest person to travel to each and every country on planet earth. At 21 years old, Lexie Alford traveled to and visited 196 countries. Not only that, but she is the first woman to ever do it.

"Your whole impression of a country doesn't even have anything to do with the country itself, it's just about what happened to you while you were there. It's a completely personal opinion" - Lexie Alford

How on earth did she manage this, and all self-funded? Emmett sits down with Lexie in Venice, California to find out some of her travel hacks and the process she went through to do it all so extensively in a relatively short period of time. On top of everything, the process that she had to go through to be granted a Guiness World Record took months of paperwork, as well as approaching over 400 strangers in the countries that she visited, all for the proof that she was really there.

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Episode 4

Embracing risk and discomfort in order to thrive as a filmmaker with Mathilda de Villiers and Bryn North @bryn_north

Getting uncomfortable in order to push yourself and to grow is a concept that Bryn North is very familiar with.
"I say yes to some jobs that scare me...because I know I'm going to learn a lot from that"

A highly talented filmmaker, Bryn North, sits down with Mathilda de Villiers in Cape Town, South Africa. Bryn is originally from Zimbabwe and made the move to the Southern Coast about a decade ago. Mathilda and him both have spent many years in the electric city of Cape Town as creatives. Their stories are similar in ways, but also very different. 

Bryn has built himself a career where he travels the world doing exciting projects for clients, all the while still focusing on passion projects in order to keep the flame of the love of filmmaking alive. He has a solid community of like-minded friends that has supported his growth and his career in more ways than one. 

Listen to Mathilda and Bryn compare stories as well as how the North American industry differs to the one in South Africa.

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Episode 5

The meaning of drive and dedication in today's creative industry with Emmett Sparling and Jacob Riglin  @jacob


From working two jobs, one being filleting fish at a meat and fish deli, Jacob Riglin saved up for camera gear and committed to his passion for photography. Today, he is one of the most successful travel photographers on the globe. 

Jacob and Emmett sit down together in Abu Dhabi in October 2019 to talk about the world of travel photography and how Jacob got to where he is today. 

"You have to have that drive" - Jacob

Skydiver and car fanatic, he takes Emmett through his path and how he took the leap from being in university to take a job from Beautiful Destinations for about three years. He is fully into the freelancing world currently and also offers an online course. 

Apart from sharing his story, Jacob also shares his insights about starting a career in being a full-time creative. 


​This episode was sponsored by Musicbed: www.musicbed.com/triplit

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