We chatted with Sam Reklaw, a 32 year old British businessman, former professional championship winning racing driver turned actor/producer, on his latest production filmed in Turkey. The horror film “Shame” is currently at the post production stage and will be released later this year, but we were keen to get into his mind and discuss topics other than film.
I’ve heard that the thing that makes you happiest is freedom. Can you elaborate on that? What do you mean by freedom?
When I say I have freedom I am talking about the freedom to do what I want and go where I want, whenever I want. The freedom from working for a boss, the freedom to spend my time the way I choose.
That sounds amazing. How have you reached this wonderful state?
Well, the freedom to do what you want when you want comes from having the resources to do that. The resource that allows you to do that is money. So the key to having freedom is hard work, never giving up and never becoming complacent.
And aside from hard work, how have you reached this level of success?
Firstly, if you want to win you have to take risks, and most people aren’t willing to do that, so by trying, you are already ahead of the rest. Secondly, you have to know that you are alone. Only you can make the most of your life. Nobody is going to make your dreams come true. You have to do that yourself.
And thirdly, convince yourself, every day, that you are broke, and that you have to do everything in your power to improve your circumstances. Finally, you need to make a decision every day, a conscious decision, to be the best version of yourself that you can be. I was always willing to take risks, and I make a point of following these rules on a daily basis.
Do you believe anyone can do this?
Yes, and no. A person’s background should never determine their ability to be successful, but most people will never put in the work required to reach their dreams. That’s why we entrepreneurial minds have the best chance of reaching success.
And how have you kept yourself motivated to keep working towards your dreams?
By doing what I love. I make money from my hobbies, and it’s easy to stay motivated when you enjoy what you do.
You have no qualifications. Has that held you back?
Not at all. I don’t need to know everything to make money. I just need to hire people that know what I need them to know.
What other interesting things have you done with your life?
I was a professional racing car driver for a while, and I was the 2018 CNA Racing champion. Not long ago and after a lot of demand from people I met, I started offering courses helping people to improve their selves, their lives and their circumstances. And I’ve recently started producing and acting in films.
Your first film was Turkish. What are your thoughts on Turkish television and cinema?
I believe Turkish films and TV series are becoming more valued, worldwide. I don’t think of Hollywood anymore. For me, Turkey is the new centre of the industry.
And what is your next project?
I can’t say much about it at this stage, but a drama and comedy is on the cards for next year.