Today we’d like to introduce you to Destinee Easley.
Thanks for sharing your story with us Destinee. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
Imagine lying in bed, with chronic pain running through your whole body and it’s hard for people around you to believe your struggle because you always have a smile on your face. Welcome to what has been my world for about eight years now. I was diagnosed with a chronic pain disorder and getting up out of bed to pursue my dreams is the hardest task for me to accomplish each day but the dream of being a successful filmmaker is what saves me every time. I somehow found light through the dark times of being in a wheelchair and not leaving bed on most days by creating stories, taking a camera and putting it all together. It is how I found the one thing I will forever be passionate about.
My goal as a filmmaker is to address the struggles and obstacles that minorities of all ethnicities, genders, and disabilities have to overcome on a daily basis. I want to tell stories of people who aren’t able to speak for themselves because they feel as if their voices either won’t be heard or aren’t being heard. I want the stories I tell to reach everyone even if they are not directly affected by it. People need to understand their position in the world and how they are either helping, hurting or not acknowledging those lives that are affected as a result of who they are or their beliefs. The entertainment industry has been such an influence on society and definitely the upcoming generation. I want to be a positive influence on the people surrounding me and show everyone that we are all one. This notion helps keep me motivated to achieve my goals and aspirations of becoming an influential film director and producer. My artistic goal is to emotionally connect with someone visually. I want a person to watch my films and instantly become in awe with the stories I tell and with the way I created them.
We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
It definitely has not been a smooth ride for me but then again if you ask anyone in Los Angeles pursuing a dream, we are all going to have the same answer. It is unbelievably hard but it is up to you whether you conquer the battle and give an unforgettable fight. I am in pain every single day of my life, on some days the pain gets so bad that I cannot move an inch of my body so I just lay in bed until it subsides and on other days I am going on hikes trying to live through the pain and still enjoy life. At 12 years old being diagnosed with Fibromyalgia and experiencing this awful pain it definitely took me through an emotional and obviously physical roller coaster.
At 20 years old, I still go through the same thing but now older, I handle it better but there are definitely some things that I am learning and still need to learn in order to live a healthy lifestyle. It is all mind over matter I try my best to not think about the pain I am in and just do the things I want to do like being on film sets, going on hikes and living a great life. At the end of the day the pain hits me like a ton of bricks but it’s up to me to get up the next morning and keep pushing. It is easier said than done and there are a lot of times when I let it take over but all I can do it try and strive for greatness because I have goals that I want to reach in life and I won’t let anything stand in my way.
We’d love to hear more about your work and what you are currently focused on. What else should we know?
I am a filmmaker with the vision of owning my own production company. My passion is to direct films. I have directed many short films and in the future will direct my own feature screenplay as well as a series television show. I am currently a student so I still am learning how to perfect my craft, this is something I do not ever want to stop learning. The more I learn the more I improve and I believe even the “best directors” have room for improvement. I recently just wrote, directed, and produced a short film called TAINTED. TAINTED is about a grieving mother who seeks justice for her son after his killer was set free. This is by far my favorite project that I have worked on. It was very dear to my heart. I invested blood, sweat, and tears. I am so excited to enter it into many film festivals and show the world what my team and I have created. As I said before my aim is to be the voice for people who are not heard and show the world what happens behind closed doors. Even though this is a fiction film, I believe that TAINTED demonstrates an example of the stories I want to tell.
Has luck played a meaningful role in your life and business?
It is very odd to say that such a misfortunate circumstance such as Fibromyalgia is considered luck in my eyes but it has changed my life. I believe that this diagnosis has sculpted me into the person I am today. Although Fibromyalgia has played a major part in my life, it is not my story. I have always drawn strength from my parents but I was dealt a situation where it did not come easy yet I had to utilize the strength that I had. I do not think I would have found my passion for filmmaking had it not been for Fibromyalgia and it has taught me how to deal with obstacles that will come along in life. The entertainment industry is very challenging and I know there will be obstacles and battles that I will have to conquer along the way but I am fully invested in myself and my craft. My faith has never folded and it won’t stop now. God has brought me this far and when I dream I dream big. There is so much more in store for me and I am so excited to share it with the rest of the world and continue to inspire people.
- Address: 4210 West Sarah Street
Burbank CA, 91505
- Phone: (843) 312-3233
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- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/destineeeasley/