ADVICE TO MY TEENAGE SELF
Jenny Gage's "love letter to teenage girls" All This Panic opens on Friday 24th March at the Bertha DocHouse. The film takes an intimate look at the lives of a group of teenage girls as they come of age in Brooklyn. Book tickets to our daily screenings: HERE
To celebrate its release we asked some familiar DocHouse faces to share a piece of advice they would give to their teenage self, along with a photo from way back when. Their answers are brightening our day.
PRODUCER OF THE WHITE HELMETS and virunga
"If I had the chance to tell my teenage self a few things, I would advise her to surround herself with good female mentors in everything she does. Only later will she learn how invaluable their presence can be. Secondly, be brave; you’re as good, if not better than you think you can be, so be fearless and fear less overall. Finally and most importantly, be kind to yourself and others. It makes a huge difference. Not that she would ever have listened to any advice….”
DIRECTOR OF HOOLIGAN SPARROW
"When I was 13, I was told that I couldn’t go to high school and college because my family couldn’t afford an education for me. They told me I had to work to support my family and to earn money for my brother's education. I cried for a whole day. I thought that I had no future. In the years that followed, I would see glimmers of promise and inspiration at unexpected moments. When I was 15, I visited a city and saw people taking buses to go to work – something I’d never seen in the village where I grew up. I thought to myself: if one day, I could live in a city and take a bus to work, I would be very happy. Somehow, this simple goal sustained me. Now, I live in New York City where I work as a documentary filmmaker (occasionally, I take a bus, too). My advice to my younger self would be this: Dream as big as you can. Dreams can pull you through moments when you feel no hope for your future."
PRODUCER OF SYRIAN LOVE STORY
"Follow your dreams, not anyone else's.
Listen to your gut feeling and follow your instincts - deep down, you know.
Keep a diary - it will make for fascinating / hilarious / emotional somewhere reading down the line.
Play the long game."
DIRECTOR OF THE BERTHA DOCHOUSE
"My teenage self was, I’m told, introverted and silent. I went to a strict Girls Grammar School in West Yorkshire and I don’t remember it being much fun. I dreamed a lot of other worlds. Emily Bronte was my hero.
Then I went to Art School and life began!
My message to teenage me is: – keep on dreaming, be brave and have the courage to say no when you need to. Enjoy and explore. Try not to carry guilt, regret or anxiety - it’s poisonous – you really, really are free to change the world."