POSITIVELY POSITIVE – Contributor
“I’m hyper-aware, both personally, as well as professionally, about the impact the stories that are told in our society have on our culture, as well as on our expectations for our own lives.
Analyzing these storytelling tropes and their impact is part of the work I do through my production company, Conscious Cinema Co.
For instance, there’s the trope of “overcoming the monster,” where the hero learns of a great evil threatening the land and sets out to destroy it.
There’s also “rags to riches,” where the hero rises from dark forces who suppress and ridicule him, blossoming into a mature individual who ultimately gets riches, a kingdom, and the perfect mate.
One of the subcategories of “rags to riches” – perhaps the most damaging for young girls – and certainly one that has affected me deeply, is the concept of a young woman finding her “Happily Ever After.”
We’re taught as women that our lives suddenly take on enough meaning to have a story told about us when our Prince finally stops being an avoidant, spoiled rich kid and decides to show up at our doorstep and make us feel loved and important.”
THRIVE GLOBAL – Guest Post
“I continued my healing journey and began to turn my pain into my power, creating spiritual rituals, developing a movement and meditation practice, working with a therapist, and discovering new ways to nurture myself and deepen my connection to a divine source of love and inspiration.
When I was 25, I launched my social impact production company, Conscious Cinema Co., and created my first feature film, Quarter Life Coach (about an aspiring life coach having a quarter-life crisis). I bootstrapped the production and wrote, directed, and starred in the film, which won awards at niche festivals.
I built community with powerful women filmmakers and joined forces with other survivors, finding myself at the forefront of the Me Too movement. “
SUBCONSCIOUS MIND MASTERY – Podcast Interview
“WHO makes the films that affect our culture matters. You can cast your vote through the movie tickets you choose to purchase”
VOYAGE LA – Interview
“This year has been huge in calling attention to sexual harassment and the gender parity issue, which makes me more optimistic than ever, though we should all remain cautious and aware that just because these topics are getting media coverage does not necessarily mean that the day-day change is fully taking effect. This is really just the beginning––change takes time, especially for such deep-rooted issues. For me, personally, as heartbreaking as some of my early experiences were, they have initiated me into my sense of purpose in the world, and for that, I can say I am grateful.”
GATHR FILMS – Repost
“This is a repost from the lovely and brilliant Nicole Wensel, who is the founder of Conscious Cinema Co.”
NATIVE SOCIETY – Interview
“I decided to… create the change I wanted to see in the industry, both in terms of healing the toxic culture that lends itself to sexual harassment, as well as by producing films that are mindful in terms of subject matter, imagery and influence.”
FEMINIST WEDNESDAY – Guest Post
“Take back your power. The world needs your light, your voice, your goodness. We need more female voices and this is how they get shut out. Fight for your dreams like you’re fighting for your life.”
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