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Name: Ed­die Hayes Po­si­tion: Owner, Frame De­sign stu­dio and art gallery. Skill tips: I pull Glen out of his com­fort zone. I’m not a men­tor in an of­fi­cial ca­pac­ity; it’s just a sub­tle thing. We grew up to­gether. We would build jumps on acreage in Cairns and we’d get on our bikes, old girls’ bikes, which were the pre­cur­sor to moun­tain bikes. Where I came from busi­ness was just part of what we did, and I would say to Glen, you can make a commercial ven­ture out of this – drop a few words here and there. You’ve got great nat­u­ral abil­ity. I might not have thought that was en­cour­age­ment at the time. We’re not in the same in­dus­tries. I’m in the cre­ative in­dus­try; Glen is a true cre­ative. I went to work for cor­po­rates from my early 20s, Glen just went on to fol­low his vi­sion. He didn’t do it for commercial rea­sons ... but to fur­ther his cre­ative flair and to in­spire young people. I have never been fright­ened to change ca­reers. I’ve changed my ca­reer four or five times. I don’t have an arts back­ground but I love art. I love many things – I have vast in­ter­ests. All you have to do is im­merse yourself in it and that’s what I say to Glen. Just go for it. Don’t just have fun with it, make a ca­reer out of it.

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