Artist. Forward Thinker. Individual. Self-Motivator. Critical Thinker. Creator. Intellectual. Regality. = Christiana Cheon, a writer mostly known for her poetry. She’s working on a kick – ass screenplay for The City.
- How has your upbringing influenced your work and the career that you are pursuing?
My mom is a painter and a writer, so she introduced me to art at a young age. She would write and read me poems and teach me lessons using metaphors ALL THE TIME. So, creative writing wasn’t intimidating for me and came rather naturally for me. In fact, a lot of my writing is about my childhood, and I love making characters based on my family members, so my work is still heavily influenced from my upbringing. (In other words, I’m actually not that creative.)
- There are many people pursuing art/entertainment, what are the three significant qualities you possess that make you stand out from all these other people?
This is a hard question to answer, because I’m not sure that I stand out from all the talented people in the arts/entertainment. I can tell you, though, the 3 qualities I have that I feel really contribute to my work: 1. I have OCD when it comes to numbers. I count everything. I just lived past my 10,000th day of life, there are seven steps from my front door to my room, and 15 letters in my name. This isn’t to show that I only write about numbers, but that I pay acute attention to detail. 2. I exaggerate everything. I love taking a small incident or a plain story and accessorizing it. It’s like someone who takes cardboard and turns it into a doll house. I’m pretty crafty with words. 3. I always try to write about truth- good or bad. Nothing’s more intriguing than “rawness”, whether it’s an act of kindness, hate, or something as small as my mom’s gray roots. There is real power in things like nudity, wrinkles, scars. It’s just so honest.
- If you were exiled to a remote island by yourself and could bring a collection of books by ONLY one author, who would it be and why?
Haruki Murakami. His books have the ability to enter my sub-consciousness like none other. It has me thinking for days and then does change me in that way.