About Me

facebook 1491259214384Born in 2000, I began writing short stories as an elementary school student. Soon, my interest became a full-blown obsession and I found myself clacking away on a keyboard at 3 A.M. My stories were soon embellished with my own illustrations as well, and I began my journey as an artist, deeply enjoying the amount of self-expression that the medium could offer. In middle school, I added two more artistic adventures to my ever-growing portfolio, becoming an actress at Harrington Arts Alliance and joining a Belly Dance troupe with the Loveland Belly Belles.

I later became part of a mentorship-based learning program called E3 Learning, where I was connected with professionals in the community to learn about my passions and receive school credit for my independent work done with them. I learned from Harrison Hand, a local novelist and illustrator, who helped me develop the worlds inside my head and create stunningly complex stories. I interned with a film director, Caryn Sanchez, who taught me the ins-and-outs of directing actors, working with a crew, and planning for a film. And then I worked with Ben Price, an international videographer that pushed me to expand my limits while learning my way around a camera, sets, and an editing program.

But still, I thirsted for more. The arts filled me up, adding color and light to my life, but it was not until things began to get very difficult that I understood their power.

When I entered high school, I found myself surrounded by suffering. I was fighting my own shadow of depression and anxiety, and I was hearing the stories of mental illness from the people around me, my friends. Heartbreak was common, isolation was everywhere, self-harm wasn't a stranger. For the first time in my life, I heard the words "I want to kill myself," fall from the lips of one of my closest friends. I was devastated, confused, and terrified. It was at that moment that I realized I wanted to make a difference. I wanted to give people the strength to go on, I wanted to give people the tools to help their struggling friends without taking on the responsibility of a life.

I became very interested in psychology and educating others amount mental illness, and then about how I could apply my own skills to spreading that message. Soon, my writing showed real, vulnerable characters; my films documented the struggles of mental health; and my artwork captured deep emotions. I began showing my film on mental health and facilitating mental health discussions and question and answer periods with professional therapists to educate the community. After I became more involved as an ally to the LGBTQ+ community, I began encompassing information on the discrimination their community faces, as well as what women and people of color face, in my monologues, poems, and speeches.

I hope to continue my work as a mental health advocate and avid artist for the rest of my life.