#TEDxCT Speaker: Tegan Phillips

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Tegan is an adventurer, avid cyclist, comic artist and the creator of Unclipped Adventure comics. She first tried her hand at drawing as a way to win a touring bike and gear in a contest. Little did she know, that by winning the bike her life was destined for a dramatic change that would set her off riding it across the globe.

She recorded her travels in a comic blog, which led to a growing following, and moreover, to Tegan creating a brand of comic stories about her often disaster-filled endurance adventures during the next four years. These trips included extensive travels through Southern Africa, as well as completing the New Zealand Epic (a solo 1400 mile triathlon) to raise funds for charity.  

The freelance cartoonist regards adventure as a privilege, which urges one to see the world differently, and furthermore realise the possibilities for creating one’s own freedom and happiness. Tegan now spends her days creatively exploring ways to live with different kinds of courage; she is currently working on building her career as a cartoonist and using the platform to help sponsor her future groundbreaking endeavours.

Cue the inspirational music, because her lust for adventure will have you at the edge of your seat at our TEDxCapeTown main event on 17 November.

What inspires you to get out of bed in the morning?

Everything the world has to offer inspires me - the way it fits together in various colours, shapes, sizes and stories! My wonderful family is also a big part of getting me out of bed in the morning, sometimes literally.

What motivated you to be a TEDxCapeTown speaker?

Besides the chance to share an idea, I deeply care about people. Plus, what better way to get over a fear of public speaking?

What do you hope to gain from this experience?

Lots of new ideas, new friends, new confidence – and hopefully a more expansive, deeper perspective on life.

If you had a superpower what would it be?

To pause time.

What's your favourite TED/ TEDx talk?

Kelli Jean Drinkwater: Enough with the fear of fat.