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I believe that everyone has a purpose in this life. It is your duty to find out whatever it may be for you and you must fulfill that purpose to the very best of your ability. True happiness is something that comes with being fulfilled. A continuous journey of doing something with true meaning, from a place of passion, empathy, and excitement.  

My intent is to become the best possible version of myself. I am on a journey not only to mastery of motion graphics and cinematography, but also, a journey to mastery of myself. I aim to push the status quo and to help the world become a better place. What better way to do that other than through storytelling?

“Stories are all around us.  They are what move us, make us feel alive, and inspire us. Our appetite for stories is a reflection of the basic human need to understand patterns of life — not merely as an intellectual exercise but as a personal, emotional experience. Stories are the way to reach out to people and emotionally connect.” - Andy Smith

Stories can be found anywhere, in any object, any person, any idea. Stories have the power to influence, to inspire, motivate, inform, challenge, etcetera, etcetera. So my message, my story, my intent – can be communicated not only with words but through my work, the things that I create. This is why I decided to attend Full Sail University. To learn the necessary skills and gain the tools to pursue my dreams and fulfill my life’s purpose. 

With a Bachelor of Science degree in Digital Art & Design, I have already taken the first few steps towards reaching my goal of becoming the best version of myself. I’ve learned to translate my thoughts and ideas through design to reach any desired audience. This can be done through sounds, music, shapes, video, animation, colors, typography, touch, the means are almost endless! 

I now am attending Full Sail University again reaching for my Masters Degree in Film Production. I am excited to learn the elements behind creating films and everything I can over the next 12months and beyond as this will only give me more ammo of which I can use to unleash my stories upon the world. Change is coming, and I will be on the front lines with my mac, my ideas, and my stories changing lives and pushing the human race forward and each individual towards their full potential. 

“I believe that everyone has a purpose in this life. It is your duty to find out whatever it may be for you and you must fulfill that purpose to the very best of your ability.”

Thank you.

Qoute Source: Smith, A. (2010, October 6). The Power Of Storytelling.
Read an article on The Power of Storytelling here.

Labeled 'World's Ugliest Woman,' Motivational Speaker Turns Hate Into Love

How do You define yourself?
— Lizzie Velasquez

Lizzie Velasquez is one of three known people in the world who suffers from a rare syndrome, which prevents her from gaining weight and has caused blindness in her right eye. But the 24-year-old consistently redefines what it means to beautiful.

Some experts believe the Texas native has some form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome, a condition that causes accelerated aging and fat loss from the face and body, even though Velasquez eats about 60 small meals a day, the Telegraph reported.

Less empathetic people have found more odious labels for Velasquez's condition.

When Velasquez was in high school, she discovered a video of herself on YouTube that was titled "World's Ugliest Woman." It had garnered millions of views.

She had to decide in that moment whether or not she would let these cyberbullies define her.

With the support of family, Velasquez found the strength to channel the hatred into motivation and to rise above the cruelty. At a TEDX talk in Austin last month, she told viewers how she resolved to take charge of her life by killing the negativity with ambition, and by defining herself on her own terms.

Velasquez peppers the grave nature of her experiences with a charming humor.

She said if someone is being rude to her, she simply has them stand on her right side. And she said she's very willing to go to Weight Watchers or a gym and serve as a "poster child."

She asked the audience to consider what defines them. Is it their backgrounds? Friends? Families? She reminds us that if we can find happiness within, and be the drivers of our own lives, the bullies will always lose.

"I've had a really difficult life, but that's OK," she said. "I'm going to let my goals and my success and my accomplishments define me, not my outer appearance."

Original Post By: Sarah Barness