UPDATE: Youssef just completed her website, check it out here.
A good friend of mine, Natalia Youssef, recently started a video series called “Creative Minds”. In this series, Youssef films and interviews creative individuals based around what they love doing and what they are passionate about. When asked to describe the project, she said:
“The main focus of “Creative Minds” is to capture who they are and what they love; To allow the viewer to step into their lives for just those 4 minutes. We all have our passions and I believe that the world should see what each person has to create.”
I had the great opportunity to be featured in a “Creative Minds” video this Spring Break. Youssef asked me to be a part of her series and I jumped at the opportunity. I loved the idea of the series when Youssef described it to me. Passion is a really important quality to me, and the idea of a series where people get to just talk about what they love really appealed to me.
So during Spring Break, we met up and spent a day filming, taking pictures, shopping, and catching up. We sat in my room and really just talked about what inspires me and my blog. The experience was strange and new, but definitely fun. I’m not used to getting my picture taken or being filmed. I love photographing other people, but I always end up feeling awkward in front of the camera. But it was really fun to play model. I found that the longer I was in front of the camera, the more comfortable I felt. Here are a few pictures from the shoot:
Here’s the final “Creative Minds” video! Enjoy!
Once I got back to school and settled into my Spring Quarter, I got the chance to turn the tables and interview Youssef. I knew that I wanted to put the videos and pictures up but I wanted to give Youssef the chance to get a bit of publicity for her project.
Courtesy: Natalia Youssef
What inspired you to start the “Creative Minds” series?
I was inspired to start this series when I made my first video of my two friends Megan and Joseph. One day when we were all hanging out, we spontaneously decided to go to a park and film a mini video. Making this video inspired me to take a further look into film. I’ve always been interested in film, but I just never had the inspiration to take on any projects. From then on, I came up with the idea of this series “Creative Minds”.
Check out her other “Creative Minds” video featuring singer/songwriter Devin Christine, here.