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
Connect with Dani:
Dani's IG: https://instagram.com/notlostjustdiscovering
OUTLIER's IG: https://instagram.com/outlierfilmseries
Afuera Productions' IG: https://instagram.com/AfueraProductions
Connect with Justine:
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