˜ "I've had many dreams ever since I was a little kid and always said I wanted to be 'The Five A's' which were: artist, author, actress, animal biologist and architect. As a child, those were all innate passions I had then, but now I'm figuring out how it all fits. I feel like Big Talk fits into those, so its figuring out how your dreams evolve, but actually stay the same in their fundamentals.
Big Talk is a project I started the Summer after my sophomore year in college. I could say it came as a sudden stroke of inspiration, but looking back, it was the accumulation of at least the last two years leading up to it. My freshman year of college was one of the hardest periods I had ever experienced. Leaving California, going to school, feeling alone, depressed and feeling I was the only one in the world feeling this way. It wasn't until later that I found out so many others felt the same way, but we'd been going it alone.
I was studying journalism so I was into hearing other people's stories and I was interested in becoming an International Documentary Filmmaker. I went to Germany to make a film about the Holocaust, a heavy issue, but we approached it with this open mentality of walking up to people, hearing about their lives and getting to the crux of important issues. That really inspired me. Every day felt so meaningful and whole. I saw written on the Berlin Wall, the question, 'What do you want to do before you die?' Back home with six weeks left before junior year, I wanted to create something original and my own, a pure passion project, so I created a video called Big Talk, where I asked people, 'What do you want to do before you die?' I posted the video to Facebook and people started sharing it. My friend who writes for Huffington Post asked if she could write about it and then it basically went viral. I started receiving messages from people all over the world asking for help with making Big Talk, asking to join a movement or expressing how they also felt alone in college. It showed me just how much people around the world actually have in common and there are often things we don't talk about that connect people the most." ˜
Kalina and I have known each other since we were probably six years old. She's always been a creative individual and it's awesome to see her put her passions together to create this Big Talk movement! Go follow her and Big Talk on Instagram: @kalinasilverman and @makebigtalk
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