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Today’s inspiration comes in the form of spoken word poet, Sarah Kay. I was originally introduced to Sarah Kay a year or so ago (when a friend sent me a link to ‘Hands’), and recently rediscovered her work and was blown away all over again.

While she’s not a visual artist, so to speak, I am hugely inspired by her passion and perspective on life.

“I use spoken word to help my students rediscover wonder. To fight their instincts to be cool and unphased and instead actively pursue being engaged with what is going on around them, so that they can reinterpret and create something from it.”

The above video is from TED2011, in which she talks about how she got started in spoken word poetry and how she evolved into who she is today because of pursuing that love. It’s well worth a watch (or two), as her passion is super inspiring and it’s a lovely story of how she embarked on an adventure to do what she loved and share it with others. We can all learn something from that!

“If I can make you think, or if I can make you feel, my job’s done. That’s my passion.”

Cale Glendening is a freelance photographer and film maker, and definitely an inspiration!

The above music video, created for musician Van Risseghem, is an excellent example of this. Even though the budget was incredibly limited, the final project is a beautiful visual narrative of the song. As he writes on his blog, “We have to stop making excuses and get out there and CREATE!” I suppose it goes to show that a good idea will trump uncertain circumstances any day.

He also relatively recently travelled to Indonesia to photograph and film the Mentawai Tribe – he found a story he wanted to tell, and so he went and told it; awesome! Perhaps it’s his passion that make his work so remarkable?

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