Hello from NYC!
I am here this week for a documentary conference where pitched our film Second Coming to some top industry folks at DOC NYC. After 5 years working on this film in a vacuum, it was an amazing experience!
I wanted to share a bit about the tale of two pictures above.
On the left I am shaking in my boots making my pitch… but overall feeling empowered sharing my story, more than I ever thought possible.
On the right is me afterward with my daughter and mom (who babysat during the pitch).
As you may know, the story of my film is about my journey leaving the faith my parents raised me in. It is a hard story for my parents, but after years of working on our relationship, they support me in telling it, regardless.
To me these pictures represent the two sides to every personal story:
1) the front side: what is shared publicly
2) the back side: the healing that may need to happen behind the scenes for that story to be most powerfully told.
In my experience the most impactful personal stories are ones in which the storyteller has worked on both sides of the story.
While I was undeniably nervous there on stage, I spoke with love, confidence, and a knowing that, despite all the pain of the journey, my parents and I are in a different place. I couldn’t have stood on stage without that understanding…or the mom who came to watch my little girl so I could.
If you feel ready to work on a talk, blog series or article about your story and how it drives your work, please reach out! Also feel free to tag anything you may feel inspired to share from your own creative journey with #OneBoldThing. Being bold in our vulnerability allows others to do the same. Only you know if now is the time.
In love and boldness,