Ms. Namita Nayyar: You have made several TV series for PBS, National Geographic Channel and the BBC, consulted on movies for directors like James Cameron, written several books and produced documentaries including We Are Water and Ben’s Vortex. How has your experience been as a cinematographer, photographer and film-maker?
Ms. Jill Heinerth: My true love is bringing home interesting images from challenging places that people may not ever get to experience. I like to challenge the viewer with something new and refreshing and help them see the beauty I find in the water planet. Whether with my pen or my camera, I am a storyteller and I love telling stories about little known curiosities of culture, history and the natural world.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: Advice and motivational words to the inspiring and budding explorers who all are your fans, they shall like to know from you, what they should do for their climb to ladder of success in the field of underwater exploration and cave diving?
Ms. Jill Heinerth: Aspiring underwater explorers need to dedicate serious time and diligence to training and preparation, but the message I like to carry to everyone out there is that I believe nothing is impossible. No matter what your career or interest in life, we are all explorers. Working outside the box and trying new ideas is all part of exploration and discovery and that process will naturally include failure as well. We can only learn and move society forward by experimenting and trying out new ideas. Don’t get frustrated if your first effort is not total success. Just head back to the drawing board and continue to explore. The rewards will come when you least expect them.
Ms. Namita Nayyar: You are world leading underwater explorer, cave diver, writer, photographer, cinematographer and film-maker. How do you manage such a remarkable multi-dimensional lifestyle?
Ms. Jill Heinerth: The reality of following your dreams is that you have to create a hybrid career in order to stay diversified enough to make a living doing what you love. Today’s careers know no boundaries. You don’t have to work for someone in a tightly defined role for the rest of your life. You can do many things to make up a career. If you keep doing what you love, even if you work 18 hours a day, it won’t feel like work.
Essentially the gatekeepers are gone with today’s global media access. You don’t need anyone’s permission to write a book and self publish it. You can start a YouTube Channel on something you’re good at. You can reach the world with your ideas for a few dollars a month. You can sell your products on eBay and Etsy, freelance your talents on Fiver, sell photos, offer courses and make money doing it.