One might ask – what made Antony Hampel the man he is today. His creativity, discipline, and dynamic approach to finding solutions when none are to be found have to come from somewhere. The answer lies with Antony Hampel’s parents.
They stood by him from an early age, as Antony Hampel recalls – It was them that showed me the wonder of theater shows and concerts’. He also reminisces about how his parents didn’t just take him to concerts but took the concerts to him as his house was filled with music, song, dance and related peripherals.
These factors combined to create a force that drove Ant Hampel to pursue a creative field from a very young age. His love for music, which he inherited from his parents, also extended to his grandmother, who took him to shows now and then. Antony’s grandfather, a classically trained musician, also had a lot to do with his early upbringing in the creative space.
Choosing a Creative Path at the Behest of His Parents
Born to Goerge Hampel and Suzanne Hampel, Antony Hampel could tap into their non-linear thinking and creativity that drew him towards performative arts. Having understood his predisposition towards artistic subjects early on, Antony’s parents took action and placed him in schools where such pursuits are more valued than academia.
Reminiscing about how Antony’s drive allowed them to see a clearer path to his future, they once said,’ We knew that Antony was different. His mind inclined more towards a creative path rather than academia. And since the world needed more people with a creative outlook, we pushed him to take a creative route, even in his professional field.”
Many might attribute this to the parent making career decisions for a child, but Antony Hampel’s parents argue, “Our goal was to help him move to a direction where he can potentially succeed in most – and he was the happiest when he was focusing on his creative wheels.”
Living in Melbourne to Expose Antony to Creativity
Known to be one of the biggest cultural hotspots of the world, Melbourne was the perfect place to raise Antony Hampel, his parents felt. A place where an art gallery was at almost every turn, Melbourne gave Antony’s mother the drive to pursue her career while helping her son realize his creative goals. Working as a professional photographer, Art Gallery Owner, and TV producer, Suzanne Hampel’s knowledge about the performative field was more than just skin deep. Antony Hampel’s father, George Hampel, wasn’t far behind when it came to creativity either. Even though he was a lawyer, his love for her wife and her performative arts pushed him to share in her dream to make Antony something big in the performative industry.
“I still remember how Antony wanted to play in school rehearsals or learn drums rather than being at the footy”, his parents said, recalling the time they took him to see performances at the Myer Music Bowl, St Martin’s Theatre, and botanical gardens.
Antony’s parent’s desire to expose him to a creative ecosystem allowed Antony to develop a deeper understanding of art, which led him to study at St Martin’s Theatre.
Antony Hampel’s Parents’ Impact on Antony’s Career
The teachings of his parents never left Antony – as is with most children. But the environment he was raised in, coupled with early exposure to performative arts, events, and galleries, turned Antony Hampel into a different kind of creative.
One would think looking at an artist’s performance would drive someone to choose a path where they too can become an actor or a singer, but Antony Hampel found something more. He was not only enthralled by the acts but also by the set designs. The cohesive relationship between the audience and the performer under the spotlight, the way different elements were coming together, and how every event ended with a smile on everyone’s face inspired him to take a different career path.
With time, he became more interested in the background of how every element worked together in addition to how everything looked to the audience. It drove him to look for events where the event creator, and the audience, both feel satisfied.
That drive leads him to pursue a career as an event manager. Entering the industry in his late teens, he absorbed everything there was to know about organizing events. From how to lend practicality to the creative visions of a client to managing the budget of an event so that the client doesn’t have to overspend, from dealing with the whimsy of artists always looking to be under the spotlight to create a valuable experience of the audience, he learned everything he needed to make an event alive.
That led to the creation of Alive Event Agency – which now stands as one of the top event management agencies in Australia. With accolades from the best event agency to the best concert, Alive Events still tries to make events more alive, giving audiences across the country and worldwide an experience they will never forget – all thanks to Antony Hampel’s parents.