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My A-ha Moment

The idea that changed my life & career

The Dream, Girl all-female crew on set. Victoria Ng (camera operator) Daisy Zhou (gaffer), Franceca Kustra (production assistant) and Mary Perrino (Director of Photography). 

Oprah calls it your A-ha moment- when you feel a spark or a call that sends a chill through your body that you can’t deny.

In January 2014 I quit my job and was ready. Ready for something big.

The year before I endured sexual harassment at my 9 to 5. I was a shell of myself and completely emotionally depleted.

But I knew that when the New Year came through I was going to change my life.

I couldn’t be that girl any longer.

So I waited, and made space, and did the things that scared me.

I focused deeply on the things that brought me joy- my sisterhood, learning more about feminism, and working on my blog.

Then one morning, a lot like this one, I felt it.

The idea, the chill, and the calling that would change my life. It said: “Make a movie.”

Make it about the women you admire who’ve inspired you to be better.

Make it about the women who fight everyday for this world to be a better place to live in.

Make it for the young women who one day might walk your path and need help, inspiration, and guidance.

Make it for yourself, for your voice again. She is still in there.

Thinking about my A-ha moment to make Dream, Girl. I still get chills.

Dream, Girl my first feature length documentary showcasing the stories of inspiring and ambitious female entrepreneurs has changed my life.

It’s given me the courage to go places I never would’ve otherwise visited, use my voice to speak up and share what I believe in, and most importantly, be and feel myself in a way I’ve never experienced.

There have been enormous highs- getting to meet Oprah and be part of her #SuperSoul100, holding my mom’s hand at the our Obama White House screening, and seeing all the entrepreneurs meet for the first time. As well as killer lows- starting the film over, running out of production funds before my wedding, and trying to navigate the sales world as an artist, but I wouldn’t change a single day of the work.

Every day I get to share this film with the world makes me feel closer to the infinite powers of the universe.

I know this is just the beginning of expanding our potential, our reach, and our mission to inspire and empower women globally to trust their gut and to know they don’t need permission to follow their dreams. 

As we share in the film…

There is no formula for success.

There’s no blueprint to guide you.

There’s just a tiny voice, telling you to dream big.

Now go listen to it.

Dream, Girl is available online for free. See the film now at dreamgirlfilm.com/watch

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