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Creativity is Messy with Dani Reyes-Acosta | Creatives in the Wild Podcast

Updated: Mar 28

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Dani Reyes-Acosta is an award-winning advocate, filmmaker, athlete, and strategist who inspires individual action and collective communion through stories of reciprocity.

Dani is Mestiza (Mexican) and Filipina proudly reclaiming the complexities of her heritage as a storyteller, food cultivator, and legacy Coloradan. Her latest project, OUTLIER, explores the role identity, community, and belonging play in our survival as a species.

In this episode, Justine and Dani chat about:

  • Cultivating connection through purpose-led and values-led media

  • Dani's background: from finding it hard to serve without connections to her work on the OUTLIER episodic documentary

  • The filmmaking process and challenges: having a vision, creating a pitch deck, building a team, getting buy-in when nothing is guaranteed

  • Being mid-project then deciding to step back and take time off

  • Creating engaging community events: "Snow Days" for people making the outdoors more equitable in communities with wealth disparities

  • Utilizing mindset tools to push yourself further

  • Navigating the creative process like you navigate the backcountry

  • Feeling safe and secure as a prerequisite to creativity, and finding financial stability as a creative through different methods of income

  • Harmonizing passion projects vs. paying projects

and more!

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