Interview with Nadia Gasper

by Leonie Shanks on Mon, 2010-11-22 14:56
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How would you describe yourself in 10 words or less?

Passionate, hardworking, determined, stubborn, choc-o-holic, creative, funny, cheeky, sincere, spiritual.

Favourite quote:

Live everyday as if it were on purpose!

Why did you get involved in your community?

The British Youth Council were offering a fantastic opportunity for me to exercise my creative, journalism and writing skills. I wanted to be a part of a documentary that could affect social change.

What is your project about and when did it start?

Following the 60th birthday of the BYC in 2008, Some Truth About Youth looks at 60years of social contributions made by young people in the UK including the anti-apartheid movement, voting, race and gender changes/improvements, etc and questions why young people are perceived in such a negative light by wider society despite their best efforts to make the world a better place.

What difference has your project made, and to who?

We’ve received a lot of positive feedback from young people who feel inspired and motivated after watching the film. We’ve also received a lot of positive feedback from older generations who are pleasantly surprised we managed to pull this off without shooting anybody! This project has also made a difference to me. Since working with the BYC I’ve felt confident enough to venture into other projects I thought I’d never be able to do because of my age (see press release (the other attachment) to find out what I’m on about)

How do you inspire other people to get involved, and who have you involved?

I like to inspire people with a quote my mum used to tell me as a kid when I’d come up with ‘I can’t because…’ excuses :’Don’t let anyone look down on you because you’re young. Instead, be an example to others in speech, life, love, faith and purity.’ I also try to live by example (always works better when sober tho).

What has been your most memorable experience in your project?

Getting to meet Oona King and Victor Romero Evans (who I’m still in contact with). Also, going to the BAFTAs and seeing the documentary screened at the Renoir Cinema and the BFI. Now whenever I have self-doubt, I think of those moments and tell myself ‘WHY NOT?’

Where do you see your project going and how will you stay involved?

I see it as an inspirational, educational film that can edu-tain in schools and workshops.

What’s the most important lesson you’ve learnt during your experiences?

That young people have a lot to offer,…we just need encouragement, direction and lots of doughnuts!

What qualities does it take to be a good leader?

Sometimes it takes initiative, other times it takes wisdom, sometimes it takes a funny joke, other times it takes a shoulder to lean on, sometimes it takes an iron fist, other times it takes a gentle whisper: ITS ALL ABOUT DISCERNMENT!

What do you feel inspired to do in the future and where do you see yourself in 5 years? 10 years?

I’d like to be alive. Life is so fragile…look at what’s going on in Haiti! I also see myself more established as a writer and editor, maybe as a mum with loads of love and good advice for my kids. 

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