That's a wrap! Thank you @playdetroit for hosting this inspiring event and allowing me to share my #sareytales story! It was such an honor to present amongst so much talent and passion. Detroit really is a special place for those who have vision, passion, and the tenacity to pursue their dreams. One of the other speakers at the event today really struck at chord with me when he stated that in NYC, you are just one of millions, there's never time, never space, and it's hard to claim something as your own (I'm paraphrasing). And I have to agree. I almost forgot about my days living, working and hustling in NYC, but feelings of being pressured to perform and never really measuring up, although maybe only in my head, came back as I listened to this man speak. I lived in NYC (the city proper, as well as Brooklyn) for over 6 years, and while I was in it, living it, I couldn't explain the feeling, but back home in the suburbs of Detroit, I can feel it. Detroit is smaller, yes. But the talent is just as rich and diverse. The main difference is that there is more time, space and a collaborative mindset here in the midwest that really fosters new ideas and startups. In NYC, it's like you have to make it before you can make it. In Detroit, we're all in this together, all hustling to make something great, together.
It was truly such an honor to participate in this inspiring event today. It's hard to believe that 6 months ago, Sareytales was just an idea and some sketches. And now, with the help of local support, friends and amazing creatives who's paths I've crossed, I'm turning it into something real, alive and beautiful. I'm excited for what the future holds, not only for Sareytales, but for the amazing creative community I'm coming to learn and love.