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Thank you for taking an interest in my work.

You know how some people must have their nightly tea and read a chapter of their book to believe everything is right with the world? I feel that way about creativity. I’m pretty sure I got a 2.8 GPA in high school because I wrote too much instead of doing any homework at all.

When I was a sophomore in college, I took a fiction writing workshop. One student was super anxious to share his story, and it turned out to be one of my favorites. That sparked my desire to encourage young people to feel empowered by their voice. I was also impressed by an instructor-created writing journal with wacky illustrations and quirky prompts that got under-prepared students interested in writing by — to put it frankly — having fun.

Digital storytelling is my favorite creative thing because it’s fun.

I believe the most meaningful stories (to a person) work to form our identity. For most of my life, I called myself a victim; negative emotions overpowered me, which led to volatile behavior, burned bridges, friends lost. Digital storytelling is a fun way to practice what I’m learning in CBT/ACT by being mindful in the moment, maybe by finding the right angle to film loose cassette tape flying across the sidewalk or filming the wave of cream pouring into coffee in slow motion. By slowing down, I notice simple things that — with some creative twists — can mean a whole lot. Dialogue, shot angles, lighting, sound effects — so many pieces affect the reception of the image, similar to the many stories we carry about ourselves and others.

What is true for me may not be the same for another person, or even for me at another point in time. Through metaphor, paradox, and re-contextualization, we decide what really matters. I think that is why storytelling is so important. We use tools to create meaning. Our stories are powerful. That is pretty neat.

Onward!