That Guy: Bobby Bailey


Our lives are surrounded by stories. Some stories are fleeting and some are passed down through generations. And just as a great story can capture your attention, so will Bobby Bailey. At the age of 20, he found himself in Africa in the middle of a war zone, destined to change the world. Cut to several years later when he co-founded one of today's most well-known organizations, Invisible Children. His role in the organization involved a great deal of storytelling; telling the world the story of tragedy and need in Uganda.

Bobby now spends a lot of his time writing. While he enjoys penning narratives, he’s also writing to find his own story. But for him it’s also about losing his story, the baggage he has, and rediscovering himself by sharing that story with others.

If you could describe yourself in three words, what would those words be?

Jester, Artichoke, Monday.

Tell us about a girl in your life who rocks.

Her name is Erin, but she doesn't really like labels, I feel like I knew very little about love till I found her, or she found me or somehow, a long time ago before I was born in another life, in another realm perhaps, I knew her and we just recently reacquainted. She taught me how to fight again, when on this wandering journey I forgot somehow what that felt like. There was a time where I was really looking for the meaning of life, doing a lot to try to find it, a lot of doing, a lot of talking about doing. Erin has a real capacity to be in the moment, though. Her own barometer is set to a frequency that hums and though I have seen many try, no one can shake such a flow. And because of her somehow I am the most blessed.

What are your dreams/goals/ambitions?

I would like to travel and experience the tribal cultures of the world, the more indigenous cultures. And dance a lot more, like enroll in a class, whose in?

What are you most proud of?

Making it to the age of 30 alive!! And doing so rooted in a community; you know who you are and I am eternally grateful.

What do you find most sexy about a girl?

The capacity to have her own passions and to buck that great fall. Where Adam blamed Eve, and Eve blamed the snake, and God sent man to toil in the fields and women to cling to a man. There is a lot at stake to remember Eden and what paradise was lost. I think there are some who through pain and suffering have been sharpened passed the original indoctrinations that they knew growing up and now are their own vessel. Find those vessels and drink from them because those ones always overflow.

 Where do you see yourself in 10 years?

I don't tend to think of the future very often. Perhaps I should do more of that, but I hope that each day will find itself new to me and that wondering is still a part of my anti-agenda.

What is the number one item on your bucket list?

Write a book.

Who has been the biggest male influence in your life and why?

I've been blessed with a lot great men in my life. I would have to say my best friend in this current incarnation is Nate Gaeser. He's a chaplain in the army and it's taken him 12 years to make this dream a reality. He moves to the callings in his life no matter how long or how many obstacles intercede. Two years ago he said to me, Bobby, just so you know you have roots here, you are always welcome. It's not just to me he gives this invitation. He says this every day and his house is always filled with wonderful unique strangers.

What is the biggest risk you've ever taken and what did you learn from it?

I've taken a lot of risks, but the biggest risk would be going to Africa in the middle of a war zone when I was only 20 years old. I learned a lot. I learned to open up my camera and when serendipity meets you, be open to it because there are very few accidents. Allow the story to change you. I learned to be able to change directions when opportunities present themselves and they will always present themselves.

*Interview conducted and compiled by Lauren Rhew* 

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