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Life & Work with Carly Weyers

Today we’d like to introduce you to Carly Weyers.

Alright, so thank you so much for sharing your story and insight with our readers. To kick things off, can you tell us a bit about how you got started?
My personal life story begins like all of us, at my birth. Being born to a Deaf family gave me my uniqueness and an identity that has its own culture, language, and community. As a Deaf child and now a young adult, I have so much passion to show people that being Deaf in this world is not any different than how you live your life. However, living in a society that separates me from being considered “normal” makes me suffer from self-doubt more than I would like to admit. That does not mean I do not have any confidence in myself because I know that I can achieve anything I want to achieve, and I wouldn’t trade my identity as being Deaf for anything. But we know how easy it is to forget that you are capable of everything when you are in a society where it likes to make you feel like you need to “fit in” to be part of this world. That’s what makes me who I am, doing this life and representing myself and what Deaf people should be in this beautiful world where there is no right way to be a human in the hope to make a difference in people’s lives who may doubt themselves.

I’m sure you wouldn’t say it’s been obstacle free, but so far would you say the journey have been a fairly smooth road?
What is life without speed bumps? I am who I am today because of the obstacles and challenges I’ve faced. I would say the way society likes to portrays me as a “Deaf” woman instead of truly getting to know who I am as Carly Weyers would be the biggest obstacle in my life because I have to constantly prove myself and show people that I am more than just a Deaf woman by explaining myself all the time. However, I do not view it as a “struggle” because if it was not for the people who looked at me differently; I wouldn’t have pushed myself to do the best I can and live my best life.

Thanks for sharing that. So, maybe next you can tell us a bit more about your work?
I am the Co-host of the “What the Deaf?!” podcast, an ASL consultant for TV and films, and a producer! The biggest thing that I am proud of about my career is that I am able to make a difference in people’s lives every day by showing them that you do not have to be perfect in this world and sharing my story!

What has been the most important lesson you’ve learned along your journey?
Stay true to yourself. I strongly believe my journey, on a social level, was to shape my identity or self-image in the best way I can under very difficult circumstances. By staying true to myself, I was able to know my self-worth (myself as I am) and the ideal self (myself as I would like to be)!

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