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Richie Shazam on becoming a director, fashion, narcissist and more

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What inspired you to direct a short film?

Through my personal exploration of love, acceptance, and support, I have been inspired to share my story with others who may be going through the same thing. I am an artist and a creator who is always looking for the next medium and a new way to express myself. It’s important to spread love and light and to be able to show the world how I overcame all challenges growing up to be the woman I am today, supported by people. the best mate and the most amazing group of sisters I know. got my back through thick and thin. This movie gave me a chance to talk to young, quirky people around the world and show them that no matter what they’re going through, it’s going to be okay. You will find your place, and you will find your family.

You are clearly someone who has great fashion sense and loves fashion. Personally, I love your campaign for Prada’s outdoor collection. What are you excited to wear this summer?

Honestly, I’m excited to be barely wearing clothes this summer because I want to feel super free, and it’s going to be super hot. I want to walk through the streets without regret.

You are known for not apologizing to yourself. What advice would you give to people struggling with low self-esteem?

It’s important to do daily exercises to assert yourself and help you gain more confidence in yourself. It is important to take time to reflect. Surround yourself with positive, optimistic energy.

In my opinion, you are a style icon. What brands are you loving right now?

I love Schiaparelli. I’m obsessed with all of their otherworldly designs, and it really allows me to dream. And, of course, Converse!

We know you’re talented in many different areas, and tonight is your directorial debut. How was your first short film director?

For me, this process involved more self-reflection than I ever imagined. I dig into my past and my feelings about my past that I didn’t even realize I hadn’t processed before to create Savitree. Through all of those reflections, though, I was surrounded by my support system who helped guide me and loved me through it all. However, the most fun part of it was looking back at the videos of my old house and coming to peace with the boy in those images and understanding the journey I went through to get to where I am today. .

What was the most challenging part of directing your first short film?

The most challenging part of directing my first film was looking at my childhood image and coming to terms with it. So happy to see those images and make peace with my past.

Converse is a classic all-American brand. In particular, what made you want to partner with it during Pride Month?

Converse’s support behind their LGBTQIA+ program and the support they’re willing to give me is incredibly inspiring. They are a company known for their uplifting innovations and I am honored to be a part of them.

You talked about your “found family” before. I would like to know what “found family” is in your definition, and how has your life changed for the better?

Your found family are those who stick by your side through the long haul. The unconditional love I feel for my family is what defines me. We fight, we scream, we pop out, but we’re always there to support each other, and that’s something I know will never change. Love is unconditional, and they are so important to my world. Each of them plays an important role in this movie. One of my best friends Cara is a producer, my other best friend is Briana, who appears in the movie, is a costume designer, and my partner, Ben, who works along with me over the years, served as a creative director and helped write, direct, and direct the film.

Is there a recent project you’ve worked on that you’re really excited about?

My recent collaboration with Converse has been an incredible project. Making my first movie, Savitree, it’s been an exciting experience for me, celebrating my journey, where I came from and who I want to be next has really allowed me to open up new ways. During my work with Converse on the Founders Family campaign, the team provided me with resources to tell my story and celebrate the power of community, love, and acceptance.

Watching your film is incredibly inspiring and learning about your relationship with your mother really moved me. How did her relationship with you help you grow into the powerful force you are today?

Our relationship has instilled in me the strength and perseverance to overcome life’s obstacles no matter what. It is always keeping a positive mindset and never giving up on your dreams.

You talked about your close relationship with good friends Julia Fox and Briana Andalore. Do you have any happy memories of the three of you that you can share with you? I’m a fan of your group of friends, so I had to ask.

I can say that our daily correspondence is quite iconic because we always send each other funny, uplifting jokes and we are constantly connected and engaged. When we reminisce about old stories from when we lived together and shared space, it was the best time.

If you could give a younger version of Richie one piece of advice, what would you tell them?

I will tell them everything will be fine. Keep pushing down the doors and continue to be a rebel and disobey — never fall for anyone. Be who you want to be.

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I am passionate about journalism and using new technology to spread news. I am also interested in politics and economics, and I am always looking for ways to make a difference in the world. I am the CEO of Janaseva News, and I am 24 years old.

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