The Big Issue : Edition 543
8 THEBIGISSUE11–24AUG2017 I’M NOT SYM M ETRICAL, I’M NOT A SIZE ZERO, I EAT HELLA BURGERS AND ENDLESS AMOUNTS OF PIZZA. I CAN’T FIT INTO A RUNWAY SAMPLE SIZE OF DESIGNER CLOTHES... I’M HU MAN. NOT A DRESS-UP DOLL. Paris Jackson, only daughter of Michael Jackson, on being a human and not a doll – unlike her father in his later years. – Vice (UK) “The characters went and they visited the cavemen... back in time...back in the 80s.” Four-year-old Harry on a video he saw, overheard by mum Sophie, of Leederville, WA. EAR2GROUND PHOTOBYGETTY RETURN TO VENDOR WRITER AMY HETHERINGTON » PHOTOGRAPHER PETER HOLCROFT GARY Tom is a long-term customer and I chose him for this interview because he has similar ideas to myself, in that he’s interested in purchasing something that will help a non-profit organisation. He also works in sales. Tom and some of his team have come out to help vendors with their sales of the The Big Issue so I thought, what a wonderful person to give a chance to actually be in the magazine. I’ve been selling The Big Issue for about three-and-a-half years. The Big Issue is an avenue where probably anyone, at any level of income or emotional state, can actually start. I felt this was a good way for someone starting their own business, maybe a good stepping stone if I’m going to work in other areas of direct selling. What I like about The Big Issue is that I’m getting a consistent income and it’s also giving me an opportunity to connect with many different people. It gives me a lot of self-confidence. I’m very proud that, by selling The Big Issue, I’m connecting with people that care about other people. Here I am selling The Big Issue, and it’s creating a kind of ripple effect bringing all these other people together. SYDNEY VENDOR GARY AND HIS CUSTOMER TOM ARE BOTH IN SALES. THEY LIKE TO TALK BUSINESS WHEN THEY CATCH UP EVERY FORTNIGHT. TOM My company did a Big Issue Challenge a year ago. I spent two hours with a vendor on one of the busiest corners in Sydney, and it was demoralising. It’s very hard, very hard. That was what really made me realise how I act; it occurred to me that I was one of those people that walks around the city with blinkers on and doesn’t pay attention to those around me. It was a bit of a wake- up call, truth be told. I met Gary, my vendor thereafter, and just started to get to know him, and realised he had a really interesting story. He’s a great guy to chat with – and loves a chat I might add – and I’ve been buying The Big Issue from Gary ever since. He’s a lovely, genuine guy and I just connected with him. Gary is well-read and well-travelled, so it’s nice to have a chat about the magazine covers and get his vantage point. He’s really interested in the business world, so he’s always asking questions about the business world and how he can better himself. Gary is a relationships guy, you know he’s a classic salesman in that people like Gary and they want to spend time with him. He’s just got a really great attitude.