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BORN WITH IT TERJE LAMONT, SNOWBOARDING, AGE 4 At just four, Terje Lamont is quickly developing a remarkable talent for snowboarding. With board control that surpasses that of many experienced riders, he already spends up to eight months of the year in the snow and is adding new tricks to his register as he grows. “Terje has always been fearless,” says Brodie Lamont, Terje’s father, who is a snowboarder himself. “We saw right away how alert and strong he was, and doctors would tell us he had the strength and coordination of a two-week old when he was new-born. So in that sense, he was always special.” Brodie insists that there is “definitely adventure in Terje’s DNA” and that he was “always a firecracker.” But at the same time, he acknowledges his own influence, and above all, the importance of dedication. “I think it takes a combination of it all to make someone great. Mozart had natural talent, but he still had to work very hard to become who he was. Focus, dedication, environment, and genetics all play a role.” Terje himself is still too young to worry about the commotion. Enjoying himself in the snow seems to be motivation enough at this point. Still, Brodie says, he is aware that he is gifted. “He knows that he is really good at snowboarding. And he realises that other kids can’t really do what he does. Most important to us, however, is that he loves what he does, that it makes him happy.” Clockwise from above: Terje Lamont can snowboard better than most adults and he’s only four years old 58

BORN WITH IT Left: Jake Scott, son to Sir Ridley, also has a talent for directing. But he was taught the value of hard work, too into films. I liked to draw and drawing was a big part of their work, so it was natural for us all to do it together.” The 51-year-old does credit his dad and uncle for establishing a “creative environment in a home where everyone was very artistically inclined”. At a young age Jake and his brothers Jordan and Luke would spend their days on movie sets watching the older Scotts work. But more than the films of his own father or uncle, it was another legendary director who sparked the young Jake’s interest in movies. “I remember a screening my dad did in a small studio in Soho, London, as part of his preparations for a movie he was directing. It was Werner Herzog’s Aguirre, the Wrath of God. We went to see it on a Wednesday morning during summer holidays, and it just altered the way I looked at movies. It must have gone very deep into my young psyche because I ended up spending the rest of summer drawing the film’s stars Klaus Kinksi and Helena Rojo. That movie really got me going.” PHOTO DOM ROMNEY GREAT SCOTT Creative genius may run in your DNA but genetics alone will not guarantee you success, says Jake Scott, son of Hollywood director Sir Ridley Scott The path to directing was always laid wide open for Jake Scott. His father, Sir Ridley Scott, directed cult masterpieces Blade Runner and Alien, and his uncle Tony was behind 80s classic Top Gun. Still, the road to his own debut behind the cameras was not as straight-forward as one may think. “I tried my luck in a lot of fields before turning to filmmaking. Music, painting, drawing, I did the lot,” Scott tells Onelife. “I know that I had a talent for visual expression from an early age, and as a kid I would draw a lot. I would do storyboarding with my dad and uncle. But it was more a way of connecting over something than it was a way of getting me THE SCOTT DNA Early impressions in the right surroundings like these are likely to have given Scott all the right riggings for pursuing a career in film of his own. But was he in fact, as they say, born to direct? Is it possible that the famous Scott talent would inevitably put him on a path to becoming a director himself? The answer according to Scott is a resounding “maybe.” “There definitely is some sort of ‘Scott DNA’,” he says. “There is an uncanny ability in all of us to think and express ourselves visually, it’s really quite bizarre. My parents, my uncle, my brothers, we’ve all got it. My grandfather was a very talented amateur painter. My great-grandad ran one of the first cinemas in England. I look at my own son and my daughter, and they’re incredibly gifted. That does run in the family. Something must be running in our blood.” Still, talent or early conditioning alone won’t quite cut it. While growing up gifted under the right circumstances may lock in the prerequisites for that creative ‘je ne sais quoi’, real talent only gets to shine through something as old-fashioned as hard work, Scott insists. “You have to commit to your work, or it will take you nowhere. You look at the Olympics and you see people who undoubtedly have very special talents. But they have also put in thousands of hours of hard work. You can be a natural as a virtuoso pianist, but you have to do something about it. The other way around, there are a lot of very talented people out there sitting around doing nothing. In the Scott family, we were always big on action. It’s sort of a northern, get-on-with-it-attitude. So while there must be something to the idea that nature plays its part, perhaps this is the biggest talent the Scotts have the ability to get up and get it done.” 59