Today we’d like to introduce you to Faith Payne.
So, before we jump into specific questions about the business, why don’t you give us some details about you and your story.
I started writing in the 7th grade by posting quotes and poems on a quote account that I created. Writing always played a huge roll in self-expression and healing for me. My dream, actually, in 7th grade was to be a scriptwriter. The whole idea of Stronger By This came to me while I was in the shower, listening to music.
Music, throughout my whole life, has been a huge healer for me. My Aunt used to play all sorts of music for me when I was younger, and no matter what, it would always calm me. Me and my aunt shared a passion and love for music, and I found myself throughout my rough patches of life always playing music to help me get through those times.
So, while listening to music in the shower, I recognized myself getting these extreme emotions and memories over certain songs. And that was the whole inspiration of Stronger By This. Followed by some of my personal memories and experiences.
Great, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
No road will ever be a smooth one, but if it wasn’t for the path I have went on, there is no possible way I would be who I am today. In second grade I got bullied and excluded because of my weight. No one wanted to play with the annoying fat girl, and there was never a week where I did not cry during this time.
I started self-harming in the third grade. I would take school scissors and cut my hands and arms up thinking I deserved it. My mom found out about this, and I stopped out of fear that I would get in trouble. Soon after this, I turned to eating. I always struggled with my weight, but during this time especially food was my escape. Sixth grade was a fresh new start for me.
I moved schools and was finally starting to make some new friends. I had lost some weight and changed my hair. In the 7th grade, I was diagnosed with depression and anxiety. All of the people I was surrounded by were depressed, and I was so absorbed in trying to help everyone else, that I forgot to help myself. I hated my body. I hated my face. I hated me.
All of the harsh words I dealt with all of my childhood came crashing down on me. It was during my lowest point in life that I attracted someone who was just as low as I felt. He manipulated and controlled me. He made me believe that no-one loved me. One night during this time, I decided that life wasn’t made for me. I tried to attempt suicide but then realized what a mistake it truly was, and thank god, it wasn’t too late.
Please tell us about Stronger By This.
Stronger By This is a short film that I wrote that focuses all on mental health and music, which is really what my two passions are aside from writing. My goal with Stronger By This is to help as many people as I possibly can who are dealing with the same problems/mental illnesses that so many people deal with on the daily.
In the near future, I hope to actually turn Stronger By This into a full-length film. Before Stronger By This, I wrote a book of poetry in my times of struggling with extreme depression and anxiety. I hope to someday get that published as well.
Is there anyone, in particular, you would like to recognize? Mentors, etc.?
My mom, Tonya Payne, deserves credit for getting me in contact with the right people and being supportive of my dreams. Alongside Rick Wood who believed in me and my writing ability. And last but not least, Ann Cabano deserves so much credit for being an amazing director and friend. There is no way I could have done this without her.
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
- Instagram: @faithhpayne
- Facebook: Faith Payne
- Twitter: @xfxith
Ann Cabano and Tonya Payne