Marc Gibson is publisher, Bolt from the Blue Entertainment. (Picture by Christoff Griffith.)
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ARE YOU WHERE you’ve always wanted to be?
I’ve got a loyal girlfriend, who is one of my biggest supporters and sources of encouragement; some of the best friends one could ever have, and a growing fan base. So I’m part way there. The rest; success in business and the security and opportunities that will manifest in that regard, will come.
What is your biggest professional challenge?
Acceptance. As a publisher of graphic novels, I’m not seeking to reinvent the wheel. What I’m doing in producing the wheel from local materials – our culture, language, and heritage. I’m producing using local resources – writers, illustrators. But the challenge I, and other creatives like me face, is that there is some deep-rooted belief that we can’t do it. Or that we can’t do it as well or better than others.
What is your biggest life challenge?
Maintaining my resilience. Challenges and disappointment can knock you down, make you question your course. I can’t pretend this journey has been easy. And there have been points where I felt like packing it in, giving up. But, still I rise.
When you look to the future what do you see?
That everything, all the trials, challenges, and disappointments were all worth it. I see a future where Barbadians embrace and fully support creative people and their ventures; where more of us move from being passive consumers to active creators; where Government sees potential in the fruits of the creative sectors in terms of providing gainful and diverse employment and foreign exchange generation.
What is your favourite pastime?
Reading fiction, which is handy as research too. Also, playing video games.
What is your favourite meal?
Steak fish with macaroni pie with pickled cucumber.
On Saturday nights where are you likely to be?
The same place I am every night – spending time with the girlfriend, or gaming.
What upsets you the most?
People focusing so much on what are the differences between us and finding excuses to separate us, instead of working together towards a common purpose. I am wary of political parties with this.
What is your guiding philosophy?
Loyalty. “I have never crossed anyone first. But burn me and mine and I’ll go through you like a door.” That’s a quote from a wonderful sci-fi series called The Expanse. I highly recommend it!
If you had the chance to manage Barbados for a day, what would you do?
I would get one group of people smarter than me to figure out what we have and what is standing in the way or is otherwise missing that would make it easier for creatives (music, film, publishing) to make money for ourselves and our country, whether that be specialised business support and development, investment, and/or marketing.
Another group would have to produce an actionable plan that ensures that Barbados returns to the leading edge of solar technology and development in no more than ten years.
And I would see that cannabis is decriminalised with a third group tasked with providing a practical strategic plan for Barbados to become the leading cannabis research hub in the Western hemisphere (and the best methods for attracting the required investment and expertise), as well as seeing to the development of a sustainable hemp industry that would in turn revitalise textile and garment manufacturing and other industries.