New Vegan Age: Please tell us how you came to veganism. Was there any foreshadowing of it in your childhood?
|With Robert Cheeke, 2011|
NVA: You're a certified Jivamukti yoga teacher. How does your veganism inform your yoga practice, and vice versa?
NVA: We actually learned about you through your photography—through your work with the major New York farm sanctuaries and the vegan events you've done. Tell us what led you to photography, where in the world it has taken you, and whether you plan to continue with it. (We hope so!)
DG: Currently I teach at yoga studios, most prominently the Jivamukti Yoga School in Union Square, NYC. I also work with animal sanctuaries and vegan organizations to teach classes and retreats. I have taught at Farm Sanctuary, Woodstock Farm Animal Sanctuary, and the Catskill Animal Sanctuary. I have a newsletter that your readers can use to keep in touch.
NVA: Would you recommend converting interests into income for young vegans—people in high school and college who are just starting to navigate an uncertain job market? What are the main pros and cons of piecing together a freelance career based on one's varied interests?
DG: Pros are doing what one loves, and the freedom in scheduling your life. Con is the need to always be looking for the next job. If you put sufficient effort into researching SEO strategies & networking in the physical world and on social media, then you can do it. If you are attached to the security of a 9-5 job, that’s ok too.
DG: Creativity is the thread, combined with curiosity and a belief in greater purpose. If I dedicate my work to something other than myself, it keeps me motivated. Currently I am focused on my photography and creating yoga classes, workshops and events. What I have learned is to not overextend myself. I have another podcast in mind, but need to make some space in my life to manifest it. I hope to travel and teach and spread positive messages, and make inspiring images and videos of the things I experience.