What’s inspiring you?
The strength of my city is really inspiring me. Today I heard everyone clapping for the healthcare workers who are out there working to save our lives. And I felt a sense of community. My online community also inspires me greatly. I have so many great conversations with people on Instagram, and I feel really connected and like I have a place to dig deep, to share experiences and to help others. This is exactly what I want to get out of my little space on Instagram, and it inspires me to keep having hope and to keep creating, because this is what is going to keep everyone going during this time.
What’s driving you crazy?
Definitely not being able to see our parents in Los Angeles. We talk everyday, but it's scary and stressful to think about them being so far from us, not being able to travel, and us not being able to be there in case anything happens. So far, they have been healthy and safe, and we talk everyday, so I feel really lucky.
What have you learned?
I have learned so much, but mostly I have learned to never take anything for granted. I have come to see every small second of my life having a significant meaning. Every second should be enjoyed and savored, because we can never predict the future. The small things are so special right now, and now that we are slowing down and staying put, I finally have the energy to see things in this way. I am very appreciative of this! I've really learned more about my body's limitations, and what makes me feel mentally and physically better. This is the ultimate recharge for us all, and I have learned to embrace it while we are able to right now.
What do you miss?
I really miss the energy of Manhattan. Its been over 3 weeks of not stepping into Manhattan, and now its just hitting me how much I miss it. The pace, the people, the hustle and bustle. It's really weird going to the grocery store and being the only person on the street here in Dumbo. But I know one day we will get back to some sort of normalcy, and NYC will be back to being the NYC we all fell in love with (with more precaution, of course).
1 Book, 1 Movie, 1 Song?
Book: "My Brilliant Friend" by Elena Ferrante. This book is the first in a series and is such a must read. I love the author's voice and attention to detail, and how she draws from the female's experience of growing up alongside a best friend who can also act as a sort of self reflective enemy. I could relate to so much of what I read, and I actually felt like I was there in the story.
Movie: "Invisible Life" by I saw this film at a small screening at Lincoln Center and it really blew me away and touched me like now other. A story about two sisters, but who are separated for the rest of their lives even though they live in the same city. I cried so hard at the end. It gives a very important message on the strength of a woman in the face of patriarchy. It should be able to stream in the upcoming months, and I hope everyone gets to see it!
Song: "Running Up That Hill" by Kate Bush. I can listen to this song on repeat all day and night long. It has such a strong energy, and is such a unique sort of love song. It puts me in a creative mood every time I hear it.
For every person joining your live video curation, SHOWFIELDS is donating to a charity that you curated. Why did you choose No Kid Hungry as your charity?
I find it so important to educate children about wellness and nutrition. And with children now out of schools, they aren't getting the daily meals provided. They might not have access to healthy fruits and vegetables, or have access to a balanced diet in their homes. It's important children know that what they eat now, and everyday will affect their future. This organization does everything. They feed the hungry and they educate children and families on creating healthy, affordable meals at home.