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Article by Deb Kavis

It was a gorgeous ritual in which we entered the dungeon space playing Tibetan singing bowls and Cleo led me through a piercing of needles through my chest which were then connected to a cord. Through her guidance I leaned back, using my breath and the needles pulling at my flesh as I reclined and surrendered myself, my energy and breath and ecstasy all growing, vibrating through the walls. It was immensely powerful and unexpected.

But there have been so many others. Each person has such an incredible story and are just so generous with sharing their intimate journey. I think because we have all been that person that was so deeply seeking connection and to see ourselves reflected in the world. We each know the power of storytelling and representation in film and the media. I’m so honored to have these conversations and hold space for those stories.

What inspires you the most as a creative? Who are your influences?

That is such an excellent and juicy question! I’m inspired by my desire to create change in the world.

From a very early age I knew that I wanted to tell stories and create art that held space for folks to experience a place of belonging. I wanted to create spaces where people could express and celebrate the entirety of themselves.

I’m inspired by collaboration, bringing together rad queer artists that are amazing at what they do and working together as we bring a story, a vision, a film to life. I’m inspired by all of the folks that we are interviewing and their vulnerability and generous hearts.

The concepts for my books, films, series, and other art works are generally works that channel through me in a meditative state. I see the work in sort of a dream state and then come out of the dream state and write down the outline as quickly as possible and then begin to flesh it out bringing it to life.

I’m inspired both out in the quiet of the forest or by the ocean or amidst the chaos of a city. I do think the energy that surrounds me affects what I’m writing and the topics that emerge and some environments seem to have a more stagnant energy that I find less inspiring.

My influences within my creative work would definitely include my chosen mothers – Annie Sprinkle and Beth Stephens. They have both been a huge part of my life for almost two decades now. Their art and films and the way that they embody life as art and infuse everything they do with deep love and compassion is powerful and has an enormous impact.

Love is radical and their ability to love so profoundly spills forth in every film, event, art exhibition and book that they bring forth into the world. They have a new book that is available for pre-order called Assuming the Ecosexual Position: The Earth As Lover that everyone should go check out. I’m so lucky to have them as family and my mentors.