When my time comes, I want to look at God and say ‘I did it. I was everything you created me to be. Every part of me I used to live. My talents, my thoughts, my words, my energy. Everything, to give back to you for the life you gave me’.
— Annabelle Dura

THE STORY: 

I never thought I would start my own business. Ever. However, I did know that I would someday end up eating take-out Chinese food in a very tiny apartment somewhere in NYC. I just didn't know how I would get there. 

In 8th grade I was asked to start thinking about what college I wanted to attend, and then at 18 what I wanted to do with the rest of my life. Uhm, Excuse me? *insert panic* I am a young woman of many passions and many dreams and holding onto one job would never work out for me. The problem was, I didn't have direction. There were to many things that made me come alive and I couldn't figure out a way to fit them all into one box. It was then that I knew I'd have to blaze my own path. 

I started living by what I call my  "Pillars of Truth" about four years ago. One of which is to "pursue your passions with your whole heart and through them you will find your purpose". For a long time it didn't really feel like it was working - I felt like I was chasing my dreams all over the place because there was no consistency or no clear connection from one adventure to the other. But I felt alive and it was SO much fun, so I kept doing it anyway. I danced and performed, I wrote and published things, and I traveled and shared meals with my mentors and role models. I got to love people, and hear their stories. I got to share my suffering and be encouraged. (And I still do.)

Not too long ago I had a particularly frustrating week, I just started my senior year of college after spending my summer with amazing people in Spain, NYC, and LA, and I was really wrestling with all of the inspiration I had accumulated.  "What do I do with all of this?!" I wondered. I was eating left-over spaghetti (very sloppily I might add) when something hit me and I dropped my fork and immediately ran to my room to scribble out what had just  popped in my head. 

"My mission is to produce opportunities through vision, connection, and passion. I am an Opportunity Producer."

WHAT IS AN OPPORTUNITY PRODUCER?

I have always loved and believed in the power of community and support and I always look for ways I can encourage people in their life pursuits. This business (of being an opportunity producer) is based on the idea that your success is my success and your failure is my failure. The idea is focus on using my creativity and network in collaboration with other brands to help produce content and marketing strategies for start-ups and artists while also providing opportunities for talented newbies to showcase their work.

THIS IS WHERE YOU COME IN:

If you have a dream, tell me and I'll keep you in mind for my next project. If you are a company with a mission, I would be happy to chat about aligning my team and network with yours to grow your reach and further your mission. If you want to grow as a human being in the pursuit of your specific passion and need a mentor, I will do my best to make myself available to you or link you with someone else who can help.  Please feel free to send an email my way - I live for collaboration! 

Live from the stage/my workspace

ABOUT ANNABELLE:

Random Personal Background Info For Creepers: I'm 21 years old. Aries. I'm the oldest of three daughters to divorced parents. I have never dyed my hair in my life. I'm originally from NYC which is why I can't stand it when people walk in front of me. "5'1. I love chocolate. I'm Graduating Southwestern University, (Georgetown, TX) in May 2017 with a degree in Communication Studies. (Well thats the plan at least.)  Si, Yo hablo español tan bien, pero no es perfecto todovía.

What are some of your most important beliefs? I believe in the good of people, in God, in myself and in always pushing forward. I believe that mistakes and experience are the best teachers. I believe in learning, but no necessarily in schooling. I believe every problem has a solution. I believe in asking "why?"

What does being a dreamer mean? It means thinking big and not being intimidated by big ideas. And contrary to popular belief, I think being a dreamer requires more than just spacing out everyday - it requires some action. Being a dreamer means you see the world in a different light and are open to every possibility and have courage to do whatever it takes to bring your visions to life. It means you live a life that fills you and inspires others. I think a dreamers life is magical and I think dreaming is a hidden power we all have, but not all have discovered.

Are you a scholar? I never considered myself a scholar in school, but I think my passion for thought and deeper truths keeps me reading and educating myself in things. Anyone who devotes themselves to the betterment of their skills and knowledge is a scholar I think.

Publications and Awards:

2011: Gold Key (Poem) , 2 Silver Keys (Short Stories) From the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

2012: Burning - Short Story - Published in Down in the Dirt Magazine

2013: Mood Scholarship, Southwestern University

2015: Articles Published on the Odyssey : Click Here for Portfolio

2015: Most Creative Campaign for #SWERVE An Anti-Human Trafficking Event, H.E.A.T.

2016: Inducted into Lambda Pi Eta Communication Honors Society, Southwestern University

2016: Into the Darkness - Published Workbook for Trauma Survivors 

P.S. if you want to know more, feel free to invite me to tea. I'd be more than happy to join you (especially if you're paying!)

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