Composer’s Letter:

For my digital story, I was originally going to go the personal route, and tell the story of how a younger me felt lost in her sense of identity due to not being able to see myself in my role model’s shoes.  After drafting my story, I figured it would be more appropriate to just discuss the social issue as a whole.  After all, there are many kids who were just like me struggle with the same identity issues, and now that I am older I can imagine a clear path to fix this issue completely, and at the same time help better our community of diverse media lovers as a whole.  I settled on the social topic of the power and influence of representation, especially in youth.

Taking this personal idea and expanding it into a social issue themed project was simple because it’s my job to send the same message to our companies viewers and make sure they have a place where they feel comfortable being themselves. I think that this social issue as a whole is easy for me to express because it relates to me personally, and I also feel like it’s my right to share this with people like me.

Although talking about this topic is cake for me to talk about, doing a “digital story” was kind of a challenge for me.  For our previous two projects, where we focused on either sound or visuals, I was able to do the project with minimal indecisiveness.  Now that all three elements are being used (picture, sound, words), I have to decide what points deserve audio and what points deserve pictures to best get my message across to the audience.  It was this aspect that I struggled with most on this project.  My final draft, in my opinion gets my message across fairly easily and with emotion.

View my digital story here. 

Boboltz, Sara, and Kimberly Yam. “Why On-Screen Representation Actually         Matters.” The Huffington Post,, 24 Feb. 2017,     matters_us_58aeae96e4b01406012fe49d.

“Lupita Nyong’o on Why Representation Matters.” Kiss FM UK, 8 Feb. 2018.