A few weeks ago I released the visuals for my poem Visualizing Lies and the feedback has been amazing. I can’t believe how many people have reached out to tell me how my words have impacted them. Today I announced that the video won the April selection for the Art with Impact monthly film competition. AWI focuses on showcasing short films that are about having an open, honest dialogue about mental health. Winning this award was extremely special because it brings awareness to a topic that is very close to my heart and my own experiences as well serves as the confirmation I needed that quitting my job was the best decision I’ve made for myself. Don’t worry, keep and eye out for more on that later.
This piece means a lot to me for many reasons. It’s very real and vulnerable. I specialize in being vulnerable through my art. It’s an accurate retelling of how hard it can be to get through each day. Every day my anxiety tries to convince me that I’m not good enough. That I’m not talented and I have nothing to offer the world. I’m only just really realizing that I get to change those thoughts. For me, it starts with sharing my story no matter what.
I’m so thankful for Justin (check out his website for more work) because he really understood what I wanted and we created such a beautiful piece from this collab. Big thanks to AWI for selecting us and I hope you guys enjoyed the video. More soon come.
Checkout the AWI write-up as well as our acceptance video here.