“ I don’t really think that turning 30 changed something. There is no such thing as a switch that could turn on and off.”
Name : Steve Lamattina
Gender : Male
DoB : 29.06.1984
City of Birth : Melbourne
Status : Single
Family : 1 sister 27yo
Hometown : Melbourne, Australia
Education : Neuro science / Film and digital Media
Job : CEO / Art Manager
Religion : –
Politics : Left Wing
As a child… How would you picture yourself at 30?
JOB – How did you decide to do this job? I probably thought I was going to be a doctor because I have always been good at science and maths. Or a writer… because I used to write a lot of stories and loved writing.
Those years were also filled with meeting new people, crazy parties, great music, trips in Europe, and many other great experiences, some of them I ask myself they really happened, but they did!
HOME / PLACE OF LIVING – Where you thought we would be living by now?
I did not think about this… Not really I mean, I just thought I would be living in a city somewhere. Maybe because I was raised on the countryside as my parents have a farm about 1 hour from Melbourne. I lived there until my early 20’s but I would spend a lot of time in the city (Melbourne) in my late teens (15/16). I am saying “somewhere” because I wanted to travel and live abroad quite young and I went on an exchange program in Canada when I was 15 and lived in the UK for 2 years when I was around 20.
Steve enjoys playing card games with his friends.
Steve lives in this building located in the Bruswick neighborhood of Melbourne.
Striking and memorable events…
IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE – What are the most memorable event of your personal life? I think that living in England (Nottingham) for a year when I was 19 was a great experience. I enjoyed it so much that I went back there again for another year later. It was the first time that I was really living out of home and I loved that I was studying and working at the same time. Those years were also filled with meeting new people, crazy parties, great music, trips in Europe, and many other great experiences, some of them I ask myself they really happened, but they did!
On the negative side, I had a relationship that ended a couple years ago. That time was pretty stressful and took me a long time to get over it and still affects me now in some ways.
IN THE WORLD – What are the main events that stroke the world you are living in?
The day or “the time” Internet was invented… because that event changed my life and I think it is a pretty big thing that happened to billions of people…
BEST MEMORY – What is your best memory? It’s quite hard to think of one moment, especially because time alters the perception of events.
But last year, I went over to Bali with some friends to celebrate my 30th birthday and that was really fun, but I don’t know if I mention it is because it is a recent event.
Another thing that comes to my mind is this 7-week trip around in Europe while I was living in England. I started it with my sister and visited 10 countries. We almost did not plan a thingwhich enabled us to follow the advice of the people we were meeting… Such amazing encounters!
GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT – I am proud of running an organization by the age of 30 (even 29 actually), as a CEO. I do not know exactly how it happened but today I run this art focused non-profit organization. (laughing). Actually I was volunteering in a festival when I met my predecessor who told me about the job. My previous experiences in finance and administration helped me to get it. Our organization is small and I have a developmental role. It was a bit scary at the beginning to be hired as a CEO but they did not expect me to know everything from the start and the board helped me out.
Looking back / Reviewing expectations
10 YEARS AGO, I was still studying, and I probably thought I would be a neuroscientist by now. Working in a lab… research and stuff like that. Probably living overseas somewhere, because at the time I was living in England and really enjoyed it. On a sentimental ground, I guess I imagined myself in a long-term relationship by now.
TODAY, Totally different… even opposite I would say! I stayed here (Australia), I am single, and I am working in the art field… But in some way I am quite consistent with the person I was in my childhood because I came back to writing as I run an organization for young writers. So yes my life today is very different from what I expected but a bit after 20 I understood I was not really interested in sciences but more in the Arts. But truth is that today I miss science… I would not mind writing about science to get the best of both worlds.
Steve’s favorite spot in the city is the ACMI (Australian Center for Moving Image).
Steve ordering some drinks at one of his favorite bars in the CBD of Melbourne.
30 years old, a turning point?
WHAT’S NEW? – Did you notice some changes since you are 30 YO?
I don’t really think that turning 30 changed something. There is no such thing as a switch that could turn on and off. I think that everything just keeps moving in the same direction, gradually… I feel like I was in between a bunch of things when I was 30. Some of them continued, and some did not after I turned 30. But not because I turned 30. it just happened to be at this time of my life when everyone around me was also settling down. Maybe the reason was that I just wanted to discontent…
I don’t really think that turning 30 changed something. There is no such thing as a switch that could turn on and off. I think that everything just keeps moving in the same direction, gradually…
OLD OR YOUNG? – Do you feel « old » or « still young »? I think it depends on the context! feel old when I go to concerts and festivals… cause everyone seems so young… And sometimes I look at people and tell myself, oh yeah I am definitely older than them!
But more seriously, I feel young because I still do not have a clue about what I am doing or want I want to do in my life…
CHANGES OR REGRETS? What are the things you would like to change? Generally speaking I think that learning in life is difficult… and it does not always make it always enjoyable…. But it is necessary… If I have to mention just one thing, I probably would have liked to learn a foreign language better, maybe by living somewhere else (non English speaking country) before.
My Typical day
YOUR STORY IN 10 YEARS – What is the story you want to tell within 10 years? Since I do not know what I want to do in life it is quite hard for me to think about where I will be in 10 years… But I guess I would like to be in a relationship…
Today, I am realizing that I would probably never have a job that I really love because I still do not know what I love… But I will try to figure it out and I guess in 10 years I might have an idea! I know that I would not mind working and living overseas. Actually, I would like to have a skill that lets me work for myself and be really independent, working freelance. Maybe I should just cultivate my writing…
THE WORLD IN 10 YEARS – How do you imagine the world you will be living in within 10 years?
Australia : I think we will still be about 10 years behind everyone else… Because we have a very conservative government, and a lot of countries will be still ahead of us on many grounds: social values, immigration… I think that Australia is a very conservative country and not very tolerant, even quite racist. This is very weird because we have such a great quality of life that could enable us to be more forward thinking. I am also thinking that in a near future, some of us may literally be under water… because we al live in coastal cities and that the sea level keeps rising.
World : In my opinion, technology will disconnect people from each other instead of connecting them.
Virtual reality is a couple of years away. We are all going to do thing virtually all the time, but by ourselves in our house. It’ sounds weird but that is how I see it. I don not see how we can get out of it… even myself, sometimes I struggle not to be on my phone and do not give all my attention to the people who surround me.
We are heading to a more disconnected world, disconnected from each other, and from reality… which also might be a good thing because I also believe there are a lot of bad things that may happen and it is a way to escape them. Maybe I am a bit too pessimistic by having these end of days ideas but I think so many things could get wrong over the next 20… I think that it is very likely that attacks of some sort will occur somewhere… so many things could happen…either man made (wars, conflicts) or natural outbreaks.
Fears and Dreams…
FEARS – What are you afraid of? Being alone… But I guess everyone is alone in some way…
ACHIEVEMENTS – What are the things you want to achieve? It’s all about people to me… So I guess relationship comes back at that point. I just want to have a relationship that I am proud of. Just spend a good amount of time with someone, both being truly in love with each other.
DREAMS – What is your craziest dreams? I don’t know how it could happen but I dream about being someone that everyone (a lot of people at least) knows just by name. for something that I do or did… Writing for instance. Maybe it is slipping away from me now that I am 30 but I would love to!