April 23, 2019
In our conversation today, James takes us through his story of getting into watches, and how he specifically worked his way up to make a full-time career out of this passion. Though you may not be a watch enthusiast, James’ story is incredibly relatable, as he brings us into what it takes to be aware of what you have and what is the right opportunity to move into. Can you turn your niche passion into a career? When is the right time to quit your day job? And how much can you really write about something as small as watches? I think you’ll be surprised by the answers to these questions and many more as we dig into today’s conversation. James Stacey is a writer, photographer, and always curious world-traveller. He is a Senior Writer with Hodinkee.com, a watch blog with millions of readers, as well as a magazine for automotive, architecture and all kinds of other intricately fascinating worlds of design. James also co-hosts of the Grey Nato podcast, which explores a little bit of everything, again with a main focus on watches. So, how does someone get into this niche market? Well, as you can imagine, there are sparks through his story of discovering the inner-working of watches, but it always comes back to his skills of writing and photography. James’ enthusiasm is infectious. Whatever he talks about, I find I want to ask him more about. James is a great case study of putting your strengths, skills, and passion together to bring you into a specific, unique role that may just be what you’re made for.