2017, High School, Film
Ocean pollution has never made me feel very good. It was always something I found myself trying to push to the back of my mind because of how scary the reality is, and sometimes it felt easier to ignore it instead of facing the facts. This project helped me confront an issue, something I had never really done before, and become passionate about the issue of ghost fishing. At the start, I decided I wanted to write a song because I feel like music is a universal language. It’s something everybody enjoys in some way and a great way to get a message across. Lyrics can get stuck in people’s heads easily, and I figured, if I wrote a catchy song, maybe the issue would stick with people who listened to it the same way. I decided to incorporate humor as well to make it more engaging, and even soften the blow with certain facts. I didn’t want to take away from the severity of the problem, but rather make it easier for people to hear the truth. All of these goals went into the making of this video, and in the process I was able to feel more comfortable facing the realities of ocean pollution. Although it may be scary, it’s vital that we all take the time to educate ourselves, and I hope I can contribute to this notion in some way with my song and video.