I am lucky. I am extremely lucky because I have access to free healthcare, I have a loving family made up of my mom, bro & nan who support my crazy journeys through life, I have amazing friends who are practically like my family scattered over and across the world. I’m lucky because even though i feel kind of shitty & have a 58 day constant headache, & itchy spots across my body from probably stress-related immunity run-downness, I’m still able to do a lot of what I would do, whilst others are not so lucky. Most of all. I’m lucky to be alive.
But today I’m even more lucky because of the people I get to work with. The past few years, months, weeks, I’ve got to work with some amazing, inspirational, hard-working, make you want to be better people. It really started in 2008, when I worked at Postmasters Gallery in NYC. It was the time of my LIFE. It’s like number 1 of the best experiences of my whole life so far. It wasn’t just awesome because I was living the life I believed I wanted my life to be like at that time (NYC & just art-art-art!), but because the people I worked with changed how I thought, taught me what it means to be courageous and risk-taking & live with your passion and with integrity. Not only that, they showed me incredible kindness and made me feel like family. Like I was accepted. That was rare.
Fast forward a few years later, I worked drawing awards for Sheffield Doc/Fest in 2010. And it was an incredible experience. Like, makes you go wow. I was part of that, experience. It was here where they gave me the space and time and the experience to teach myself how to live-draw talks – something which allowed me to go freelance as an artist, and has given me a platform to be part of so many social-life-changing projects with so many cool people from NHS to the BBC. It’s been an incredible journey. And you know what made it more awesome, they asked me back, and they asked me back again, and again! I had never expected it. And I am so grateful and thankful every year. Sheffield Doc/Fest not only support filmmakers and app makers and website people, ect, but they they support their local community with so many cool projects, and grow support for all those involved. And the amazing people who work for doc/fest, both past and present, work so incredibly hard, with this unstoppable passion and hunger – just to make an amazing platform that really supports everyone involved and sheffield.
There’s not a blog post long enough to talk about all the amazing people I’ve been lucky enough to work with. But they’re amazing.
I know if could take anyone of these guys qualities, I’d become a better person.
So today, I’m thankful and blessed to be just this lucky to be here, working with Sheffield Doc/Fest and the NHS, and Sheffield Cube, and TalkTalk, and the BBC, and DyingMatters, and everyone else I’m currently or just worked with over the past few weeks/months.
Here’s some drawings I’ve done in my developement of drawing this years 2014 Sheffield Doc/Fest film awards. Go Sheffield!