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Ryan James Yezak Ryan James Yezak meaningful filmmaker. passionate activist. change creator.

Ryan is a filmmaker, video blogger, and gay rights activist. He recently began prepping his first documentary film, which will focus on the unfair treatment of LGBT individuals in the U.S. [www.ryanjamesyezak.com]

I’ve always been passionate about my work, but when I started touching upon human rights, the content I was creating took on new meaning. I realized I could entertain people while creating change.

There are many people in the world who are in true need of help. Some of them need hope. Some of them need inspiration. Some of them need a reason to keep living. If my work is able to help with that in any way, then that’s my main priority.

I love using entertainment to make a difference. It makes me so happy to see my work have an impact on others. It gives me a stronger sense of purpose. Each of us has something that makes us happier than anything else in the world. It’s important to find ways to incorporate that into our lives and the lives of others.

Too often, we look to other people to find meaning when we should be looking at ourselves. We rely on others for validation because we fear being different or standing apart from the crowd. We put too much value in the wrong things or invest too much time and energy in the wrong people. We constantly search for love instead of learning to love ourselves.

To find true meaning, start from within. First, find what makes you happy, then figure out a way to share that happiness with the world. I recommend finding an area of need that’s meaningful to you and immersing yourself in that community. I read LGBT-specific news daily and acknowledge every interaction that comes my way – whether it’s an email, a Facebook wall post, or a YouTube comment. In doing so, I’ve gained an understanding of the pain and suffering the LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender) community experiences. That constant awareness ignites me to use my work as a tool for change.

Life is filled with distractions that take us away from what’s most important. It’s easy to ignore problems that don’t directly impact us and to ignore people who need our help. When we take the time to become aware of the problems facing our communities, we’re more inclined to do something about them. Then we can use our own passions to have a positive impact on others.

Ryan James Yezak

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