Speaking About Never Giving Up On Your Dreams And Making A Commitment To Seeing Hope And Light

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"I’ve been writing stories since I was very young. I’m an introvert and writing is an important form of self-expression to me; it’s how I share my deepest feelings and experiences of life. When I was a teenager I kept a diary in which I wrote poems and stories. Today, writing is equally important to me and I write whenever I can.

In university, I wrote a paper on journalistic ethics. I understood early on the responsibility that comes with storytelling. I’m extremely grateful for the trust of the people that I interview, as I know that they’re sharing with me some of the most important and powerful things they have in life – their stories. I feel it’s my responsibility to be the guardian of these stories and to use them in a fair and empowering way."

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"I started Looking for Heroes after a few years of applying for journalism internships in television. I studied journalism as a university degree and I knew that what I wanted to do was to write about people. I never got an internship, so I decided to use social media to fulfil my dream and stop waiting for someone to say yes to me.

At the time I was also struggling with depression. Looking for Heroes was my way of rebelling against negativity, and making a commitment to seeing hope and light. In a very big way, it was my own struggle that inspired me to start the project. Some of the biggest battles we all fight are within ourselves; the battles that no one else can see. In my most difficult moments I would look at the work I was doing and it gave me a reason to fight.

In what ways has Looking for Heroes changed things for me? It made me realise that I can never give up on myself or my dreams and that, with a big dose of resilience and persistence, dreams can come true."

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"I’ve learned to live by this simple truth: Don’t wait for the right moment, don’t wait until you’re ready. I wasn’t ready when I stopped the first stranger on the street and asked them for an interview. I was scared, but I did it anyway. I wasn’t ready when I started talking about suffering from depression; I still don’t feel ready. I am scared, but I’ve learned to not give in to fear and to push myself to be the person I want to be. Every single day.

The most important realisation I’ve had in my life, and this is something that I constantly remind myself of, is: I will not be here forever. I believe that we all have a responsibility to live our lives to the fullest and to follow our own paths. I very often ask myself: What would you do if this was the last day of your life? This helps me remember that I don’t have all the time in the world and motivates me to keep running towards my dreams.

Always follow your heart. It knows the right way to go."

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Read more from the interview with KING and why here.