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Melanin Monday SL

Your Melanin will always Make You Magik

and Magik Deserves to Be Recognized!

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Gabriel Easton

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-How long have you been in second life? 

 

I've been in SL for 14 years in total.

-When did you start landscaping and at what point did you realize landscaping is what you wanted to do with your slife? 

I had always done my own land but I didn't get the idea to do it for others until 2017. To be honest, I used to be a big Sims 2 fan, so I guess I can credit my eye for landscaping from always building in that game. I would spend hours creating the land and homes and spend little time actually playing. So when I came to SL it felt the same in a way even though there's a bigger learning curve to it. I believe my SL mom put it in my head to post my work and make it a business. I just went from there but honestly, I do a lot more than just landscaping. I run a wedding business, video production as well as a resort and destination business with my family. 

-How much of your time is spend landscaping? What do you enjoy doing when you're taking a moment to yourself? 

I tend to carve out work time in the mornings before my day gets busy with family and before check in time at our resort because after that it's go time. But if not, they come to keep me company and it makes the time go by fast. Landscaping relaxes me, especially when I'm inspired I will sometimes zone out until I have created something special. 

-What is a favorite SIM of yours that you've done?

I love them all but I really love doing the New York Destination sim. It's my RL home so I have to do it justice and put my all into it.

-Do you have work when working on big projects? Yes I do. I accept projects that I can do in a reasonable amount of time based on size. If I'm doing a sim, I wont take on another sim but rather 2 smaller side jobs like a half or 1/4. 

-Is it hard working with others when you have a vision in mind already?

Not really but then again it depends. If it's a clients land, I'm open to their vision because they have to live there. I don't. I give my vision and suggestions and I listen to theirs. If it's doable I do it. If it's not, I let my client know. Sometimes a client will have a vision in mind from a set of real life photos but don't realize that sometimes it will be different in SL due to limitations and scale. In that case, I always do my best to make it work. If it's a personal project, it can be difficult if the person and I aren't on the same page. The way I think and plan can be different than others. So, in order to mesh, we have to be on the same page on a lot of things. That way I can do what I do and they can do what they do and it can come together like magic. Which is what my family and I tend to do with our destinations. 

-What areas of your work or personal development are you hoping to explore further? 

I've always wanted to learn how to mesh so that I can do my own landscaping and decor items.

-What is your biggest landscape moment? 

My biggest landscape moment is when we started to create resorts and destinations. The first destination was of course Christmas in New York in 2018 which was open to the public. There was and still is no better feeling than creating something like that and watching everyone enjoy it. Not only that but to see them come back the following year and enjoy it even more. It was from that experience and receiving positive feedback that we decided to do resorts where people can stay exclusively and continue to have great experiences from us.  

-Do you have any general favorite moments you've created in SL?

There's a lot of little moments that I love as a result of our resorts. At the time that we started, there were not that many places to go for honeymoons so we created Bali with romance in mind. We've had elopements in Bali and IBIZA. People have met and fallen in love. So many honeymoons and birthday trips where people take home lasting memories together. That's what it's all about really and it fuels us to keep creating these experiences.

 


-What is your best advice for someone looking to get into landscaping? 

I would say don't and just hire me instead. I'm kidding but honestly, just do your research on different styles and areas geographically. Invest in lots of landscaping items and get to work. Nobody starts off great. Looking back on pictures of my first landscaping, I think they're horrible haha. You have to do that. You have to always strive to be better and do better than the last. You will learn so much about the work and also about your own style. Don't be a lazy landscaper because people will notice and people will talk. If something doesn't make sense. Don't do it. Also, have people around you that will tell you if your work sucks. Having a bunch of yes people will stall your growth. Too many times I see pictures of work that are terrible, yet, their family and friends will hype them up. I mean, it's great to have support but you have to be real with people. My family are brutal but I love them for it.

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