Kindness is Stronger Than
Any Hate in the World

By Angelica Pasquali

Introduce yourself! Who are you?
Hi there everybody! I’m Angelica Pasquali, a New Jersey based artist that combines art and activism using photography and videography in order to create media for the better. Since 2014, I have been advancing my art and making immense impacts. My art aims to stretch willingness, provoke thought, and most importantly, guide future actions. Every photo of mine is meant to influence and educate, especially regarding “taboo” topics such as mental health and environmental awareness.

Have you ever had anyone doubt you? How did that make you feel?
I once had a partner of mine tell me that my art would never mean anything to anyone. They said my art would never change the world. That’s the exact phrase I took and turned into a goal. I have created my projects, business, and community in spite of every person that has doubted me. Doubt can damage confidence, but those destructive comments only fueled a fire within me. Take all the mean, hurtful criticisms you receive and convert them into challenges and goals that help you grow. Not to prove them wrong, but to prove yourself right.

What message do you think every woman should hear?
How you look doesn’t matter as much as what you do and who you are. You have inventions to create, art to form, laws to pass, and voices to be heard. You are so powerful and influential.

What do you love most about yourself?
I am kind. In a world that can be so harsh, kindness is my super power. Kindness is stronger than any hate in the world.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned along the way?
My biggest lesson I’ve learned is the law of averages. You can’t just try 9 times out of 10. You have to put in all your effort and try 10 times because that last attempt might be the one that works! It teaches you to accept failures as lessons and motivate yourself to never leave a stone unturned.

What motivates you most?
Motivation can rise and fall in people, but there are always certain things that spark that fire within us again. That spark for me is when I can see my art making a positive impact in the world. I once received a message from a supporter that a short video of mine about suicide actually saved his life that day… that motivates me. When I see the community around me becoming more eco-conscious because of my environmental content… that motivates me. When I see people able to open up to me about mental health… that motivates me. To know, see, and hear that my art is contributing to a better world that is my biggest motivation to continue my works. 

What is it that you do? And why did you start?
I create art that educates, influences, and contributes to a better world. Whether it’s photography or videography, I brainstorm, organize, and execute projects that shines light on issue/topics I feel are important. The two big umbrella issues I usually work around are mental health and environmental awareness/action. I started doing this when I came to realize that media has power. Media can influence the masses around the world. I wanted control over my media and what influence it had. I wanted to inspire others to not misuse or abuse the advantages of media. My art has meaningful impacts and that’s why I do what I do.

What do you do on a daily basis to grow and move forward?
Mental health is very important to check for my daily balance and progress. Starting the day off with a good cup of coffee and food that gives you energy is vital. I have found that making not only a to-do list, but also have-done list is very helpful. It not only organizes what tasks I can accomplish for the day, but gives me satisfaction and comfort knowing when I’ve accomplished them. Whenever you get into a rut, I suggest taking a walk outside, doing a mini workout, or taking a shower. Those three always seem to re-set my focus on moving forward.

Were you scared to start the process? 
Starting anything can be terrifying. I found that every time I was scared to start, I would procrastinate and prioritize other things first. I came to the realization that it’s okay to take time to plan and organize before starting projects. However, once you get over the first step of starting, the fear turns into excitement and the ball starts rolling!

Who is your biggest role model? Why?
My role model is my mother. She has always been a constant source of strength, determination, and most of all, an example of how kindness has power. Through all the rough patches throughout life, she always managed to stay strong, pull the all-nighters, and do everything all with grace. She showed me that being kind is not a weakness and it will always come back to you in one way or another in life.

Where do you find inspiration?
The most inspiring things to me are people and nature. Both are always surprising and never predictable. I love working with as many people as I can and finding inspiration in street photography for fun on my off days. In the same token, I also enjoy taking hikes and discovering new spots in nature to engulf myself in. People and nature are powerful, adaptive, and responding forces that I love to document and explore.

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Angelica Pasquali

Angelica Pasquali creates art that aims to stretch willingness, provoke thought, and most importantly, guide future actions.

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