AARON RICHARDS

WHAT CONTRIBUTION/S WILL YOU BE MAKING TO BTGP? I'll be offering all of my creative ability including my art (dappled throughout the BTGP website) and to help the youth feel beautiful through my make up artistry skills. I dedicated myself to learning Te Reo last year so being able to lead from the front in publicly speaking Te Reo, I love encouraging others to be and do whatever they want to be successful.  

I hope to inspire others to openly share their creativity.

WHAT DOES ‘THE BRIDGE THE GAP PROJECT' MEAN TO YOU? Being able to help unlock the potential that all youth have, being able to empower and encourage them that if you work hard enough, you can make your dreams become reality.

WHAT 3 VALUES WOULD YOU LIKE TO BE KNOWN FOR? Creativity: one of the most valuable things I have and can offer. Passion: being passionate about what I do and making people feel amazing and comfortable about being in a new environment. Love: having a heart to love and care for people that need that aroha and support within their lives. 

WHAT DO YOU KNOW TO BE TRUE? Hard work truly pays off. Through all the blood sweat and tears, you will come out on top if you work hard and believe in yourself.

WHAT’S THE WORST ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? To give up pursuing my dream and passion in becoming a makeup artist, but to continue working as a floor sander!

WHAT’S/ARE THE BEST MOVIE/S YOU’VE SEEN? WHY? I've recently watch a movie called 'Joy', about a young mum who becomes an entrepreneur through creating a product. She invests everything she has, including a second mortgage on her house, to put into her product. All the hard work and effort she puts into her business, it turns to crap from someone stealing her design, until she fights back, working harder and harder to get back on top and finally becoming successful.

WHAT’S THE BEST PIECE OF ADVICE YOU’VE EVER BEEN GIVEN? 'You're better than that and stronger than that. Follow your dreams and do whatever you want and go wherever you want, as long as I get to come and see you and stay' - Natasha Bolton (Aunty)