Project BeYouToFull is a project that celebrates authenticity. It includes a series of photos and interviews from people that inspire either me or you. We live in a world where we are confronted in every direction we turn with things/people/situations telling us who we should or should not be. In reality the more we embrace exactly who we are the more we can vulnerably pour that into what we create, the more that will resonate with other people around us. Loving ourselves FULLY and then expressing ourselves vulnerably is one of the most courageous things a person can do. This project celebrates those who do just that!
Ian Forsgren interview
Ian Forsgren is hard to define. He is so creative and talented that it isn’t contained to one single thing. He is a dancer, yoga instructor, photographer, filmmaker - you name it. He has many ways of expressing all that he is.
JP: Who is Ian Forsgren?
IF: Hmmmm - (laughs) That’s your first one? That is a good question. I feel that I am a hundred billion different things and it is always changing. So I feel that if I were to describe who I am in this moment it is probably going to be 10 times different in the next moment. I feel that if there is an identity, that it is always pulling from everything that I am experiencing.
JP: So you are presence? That is what I always say.
IF: Yeah that is a good way to put it.
JP: What is love?
IF: Hmmmmm - I feel like love is also presence. I feel like we are love, that love is an energy that is just as palpable as any other energy and I feel that we are made of that, we come from that and it is always something that no matter what extreme directions you go in any which way it is always the foundation for everything. That is how I view it. Love is the center, love is everything, love is what heals, love is what you can return to to re-ground yourself. Love is presence. Love is you. Love is me.
JP: What scares you?
IF: Not a lot - I don’t have many fears. I don’t have anything that makes me afraid but I will tell you that I saw a gigantic bug in my room last night that freaked me out more than anything.
JP: Laughs - You are hilarious
IF: Other than that I don’t have a lot of crippling fears.
JP: They don’t have to cripple. A lot of times we feel fear when we are pushing past our limitations, when we hit an edge. We can start to feel really vulnerable in situations maybe because we haven’t been through them before.
IF: Things that make me afraid happen in the moment. I certainly get nervous - I perform or teach. I’m always doing something that is out of the ordinary. I don’t always know what I am getting into. In fact I almost never know what I am getting into. I guess if I put too much mind into it I can get nervous. I will do it anyway regardless of feeling nervous. I like to explore that area to see if I can push myself past my limitations and face whatever fears there are.
JP: What projects are you working on right now?
IF: Right now I just finished a show called ConverseNation. I turned it into a documentary that premiers in December. It is about wealth and poverty in Cincinnati and it is an exploration of those things. One reason I created it is to bring awareness to the fact that there is such a great economic and income disparity in Cincinnati. I also wanted to look at ways we view wealthy and poverty by exploring those definitions. There are those economic definitions that the government defines by saying you live below a certain income level so you are in poverty. There are basic needs definitions. There are people like me who do live under that economic line but I would never say I felt impoverished. I don’t feel I lack in a wealth of anything. There is spiritual wealth. You get wealth from community.
JP: Well you are making choices that make you happy and you don’t chase money. You could make a different choice but you don’t want to.
IF: That is what I wanted to explore as well. There are different people out there that live chasing money and not necessarily happy. There are people that are wealthy but love what they have and love to share it. It goes both ways. Exploring the fact that I don’t look like another person who might be in poverty. What does poverty look like? It looks like so many different things. It is not taking sides one way or another. It is an exploration and it is meant to bring awareness.
JP: When is the documentary coming out.
IF: It is December 4th, 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m at First Lutheran Church on Race Street.
JP: Awesome, I will be there - definitely.
JP: What is beautiful to you?
IF: I feel that everything is beautiful to me in some sort of way whether that be positive or negative. If it is negative. The beauty of negative things in our world that we have a choice to transform that into something positive. That is beautiful me - observing all the things in our world and how they interact together. Things affect people and nature and nature affects everything. All of those things are beautiful to me. I feel like that the whole universal web of things happening and reacting is extremely beautiful.
JP: That’s really powerful.
JP: What inspires you?
IF: Openness inspires me. Freedom inspires me. Breaking out inspires me. Breaking out of any sort of blockages that are withholding. Energy inspires me. General greatness inspires me. If I ever see a person or thing happening - the thing that they are doing. Actions inspire me more so than words. Words can paint a really beautiful picture. Language is such a beautiful thing to help direct and communicate but can only take you so far. Action is the true driving force. What are you doing? Sometimes people just talk too much. There is a lot that doesn’t need to be said. I’m not inspired by pretense. I want to know what you do. That inspires me.
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