Manny's Open Road

  • INTERVIEWED BY:

    The Original Roadtrip

  • INTERVIEW LOCATION:

    Falmouth, ME

  • AIRED ON:

    Public Television: The Original Roadtrip

  • ON DVD:

MANNY KOWINO

Lobsterman
Self Employed

“I hope you're getting what you want out of life because you're only going this way once.”

INTERESTS:

Entrepreneurship Food

THEMES DISCUSSED:

Societal Pressures

FOUNDATION:

Accomplishing Goals

TAGS:

accounting, computers, economics, fishing, lobstering

BIOGRAPHY:

  • When he went to college, he took all of his core classes first because none of the majors stood out.
  • Tried accounting, tried economics...says all of them were "blah, boring."
  • The whole way through, he was diving for urchins and lobstering on the side to make a little extra money.
  • Eventually got his degree and worked a 9-to-5 job, "did the whole 'can I have a raise, sir?' thing."
  • Says he was never happy; spent his days counting down the time until he could get back out on his boat.
  • Decided to quit and become a lobsterman full time.
  • Says it took him a while to figure it out what he wanted to do, but looking back, he's glad he didn't choose the "nuclear" lifestyle.
  • Feels lucky to have found his passion; has been working as a lobsterman for five years.

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