Matt Lorenz and Willi Whiston

Matt Lorenz and Willi Whiston

30 & 24 Years Old

Class of 2021

Best friends Matt Lorenz and Willi Whiston met shortly after they each moved to Fort McMurray. Together they work at Shaw Spotlight doing community television, and tackle creative projects.

They recently chatted with YMM about advice they’ve been given, what they’re grateful for, and their heroes.

YMM: Willi, what is the best advice you have ever received?

WW: When it comes to following your passion, don’t have a plan B, because if you do you’ll fall back on it eventually. I haven’t alway followed this advice.

YMM: What’s the worst advice that you have ever received, Matt?

ML: The worst advice I’ve received, and that anyone could receive, is to give up on something you want to do. People have said video work isn’t a real job, that I’ll never survive, that I’m not a real man because I don’t swing a hammer or lift heavy things all day, that I should give up because I’ll never be good enough at it. That “advice” is really more of a lie than anything else, and people need to realise that if there’s something you want to do, you are miles ahead of everyone else because most people have no clue what they want.

YMM: What motivates you, Willi?

WW: I’m really motivated by the idea that as humans and as artists we are called to be creative. Our imaginations are our biggest asset as we discover what heaven might look like on earth. I want to bridge the gap between the “life we live, and the unlived life within us.” (Check out The War of Art by Steven Pressfield for more on this).

YMM: Matt, what accomplishment are you most proud of?

ML: I think my proudest moment in this community was winning an Excellence in Media Arts Award from Arts Council Wood Buffalo. Winning something like that in this town full of talent was definitely a highlight accomplishment for me, and really helps validate what I do.

YMM: Willi, how should success be measured?

WW: I think success has something to do with the richness or depth of the community you are a part of. It’s a good benchmark for how well you have loved and cared for the people and place you find yourself in. Good community is cultivated and we all have a part to play.

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