It Takes Courage: We Asked 4 Creatives On What Bravery Means To Them

BY Harper's BAZAAR Arabia / Mar 15 2020 / 10:31 AM

BAZAAR sits down with Philipp Jelenska, E. Nina Roth, Juankr, Georgie Bradley as they weigh in on what bravery means in 2020

It Takes Courage: We Asked 4 Creatives On What Bravery Means To Them

PHILIPP JELENSKA

When was the last time you saw a heroic gesture?

I see heroic gestures daily, from someone offering their seat to a total stranger, to people donating things for others like food or clothing. I wish we’d perform more acts of kindness.

What does bravery mean in 2020?

To be brave in 2020 means to be unapologetically yourself while equally accepting and respectful of others’ views, opinions and individuality.

When have you been brave?

Whenever I step out my comfort zone and leave my home, family and friends for work to continuously try to grow and gain experience outside of it as part of my job as a creative. That’s an act of bravery!

E. NINA ROTHE

When was the last time you saw a heroic gesture?

When I see little moves that change the world for the better. I find women filmmakers most courageous. Making a film in a country that doesn’t even have cinemas, as Haifaa al-Mansour did with Wadjda, is like jumping off a cliff without any idea where you’ll be landing. That’s brave.

What does bravery mean in 2020?

It means helping the environment instead of hurting it, and being honest, with others and ourselves. Always.

Who are your 3 heroines?

Amal Clooney, Harriet Tubman and Bette Davis — brains, courage and determination.

When have you been brave?

They say courage isn’t the lack of fear but the ability to overcome it. I’m fearful every day for this fragile world of ours but I manage to put one foot in front of the other and see where that brings me.

JUANKR

When was the last time you saw a heroic gesture?

I see it all the time. I think if you stay open, you’ll see it every day, everywhere.

What does bravery mean in 2020?

Bravery means staying true to yourself, your morals and being mindful of how it impacts your environment.

When have you been brave?

My biggest act of bravery was when I decided to leave Spain and move to New York – everyone told me it was a crazy move. I’m glad I did, though, because it turned out to be the best decision I’ve ever made. It might be risky leaving the 9-5 grind, but totally worth it giving in to your passion.

GEORGIE BRADLEY

Does social media promote heroism or constrain it?

It provides a platform for do-gooding to be seen and heard by the right, like-minded people who will perpetuate that power. However, we have to be wary of pseudo-heroism. Ostensibly heroic content that is out of context is the way clickbait works – we need to fact-check and make sure posts stand up as authentic rather than taking it all at face value. There are a lot of glory seekers out there.

What does bravery mean in 2020?

Bravery in 2020 means letting go of poor social conditioning and relearning behaviours from scratch. It’s a very vulnerable but exhilarating position to be in, especially if you’re doing it to be a better human being.

When have you been brave?

When I resigned from my job after 5 weeks last year. I was teetering on the edge of burnout and I knew that I would evaporate if I didn’t forcibly remove myself. Having blank space ahead of me, with nothing else lined up except free time to just be, felt very brave in a world where we constantly strive for endless self-production.


From Harper's BAZAAR Arabia March 2020 Issue