mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

mobileWomen.org Article on How I Deal with the Tough Times.

Hi guys

I have been featured in an article from mobilewomen.org called “Pushing for inclusion – Samanta Bullock’s mission”. Here’s a chance to know me and my story a little bit better.

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mobile women.org

I have answered some questions where I talk about how I deal with the tough times with some advice for someone with a recent injury or disability, as well as sharing some exciting future projects. I opened up about my background as a tennis player and a model, my passions and motivations, and so much more!

My disability hasn’t stopped me from chasing my dreams and neither should yours. I am on a journey to make fashion more accessible to everyone, and to create a positive impact in the world. Disabled people have the right to be represented and treated as equal.

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mobile women.org

It was lovely to share my story with mobilewomen.org. They are doing such a great work expanding horizons for women in wheelchairs. On the website you can find information on topics like health, sexuality, parenting, fashion and others. They are building an online community where people with disabilities can come together to share and learn from one another. There is even a forum where women across the world can share their ideas on different issues, a place to ask questions and get answers. 

To get to know more about my journey and mobilewomen.org visit http://www.mobilewomen.org/2019/01/pushing-for-inclusion-samanta-bullocks.html

Much love, Sam

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#StrokeofGenius – moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Hi Guys
Do you know that kind of podcast you wish some day you would be part of? It’s the Stroke of a Genius. A real glimpse of a genius that started it and is making an impact on many lives. I am so honoured to be part of this journey and I had the chance to help a little with my story. I am sharing with you here what this project is about and a bio of it creators. They make weekly lives on Instagram its so worth taking a look.

#StrokeofGenius is about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life. When you open up and share this, it gives others the opportunity to experience that moment too. 

In 2017 we set out across America to find the #StrokeofGenius in people who have overcome life-changing, traumatic medical events. We documented the stories of 9 individuals from New York City, Nashville, Austin, Denver, Palm Springs, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, and Seattle. Since the road trip, through online distribution of short clips, a live talk show on Instagram, live events, and speaking engagements, we have built an active online community. We take a unique approach to raising awareness, building community and inspiring hope for those who have lost the sense of life.

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius

 

Right now, as we shape the story into a 9 episode, broadcast ready documentary series, we are using our online momentum and strategic partnerships to create an Internet based video platform for people to share their own story to enrich the lives of others.

 

#StrokeofGenius champions the human spirit.  Ultimately, this project is about sharing stories of triumph and empowering people to share their own stories.

 

Kyle Mengelkamp

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world.

 

Liam Alexander 

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Podcast

 

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist, and Creative Director with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

For Speaking Engagements

 

Liam and Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius
Kyle from Share Your Stroke of Genius


FINDING your  #STROKEOFGENIUS

Kyle Mengelkamp and Liam Alexander

 

Kyle and Liam are the creators of #StrokeofGenius a documentary series about that seemingly small, yet incredibly important moment where you choose how to live the rest of your life.

 

How do you find your #StrokeofGenius? Well, over the last year Kyle and Liam have been traveling the US, and hosting a weekly Instagram Live show sitting down with people who have not only survived life altering medical events, but are now thriving.  Kyle can relate, he had a stroke at age 11, and Liam having not lived through something like this, brings a unique outside perspective. Together they explore topics of survival, thriving, what it takes to live a triumphant life, the importance of storytelling for our species, and the dramatic impact you can have on the world, just by sharing your story.

 

Kyle Speaking Bio

 

Kyle grew up in Palm Springs, began his career in Los Angeles, and now resides in New York. He has worked with the NY Mets for 5 years producing/editing a show for SNY, made video content for Lacoste in the 2017 Presidents Cup, created video content for City of New York working with elementary and middle school kids, and several startups to produce impactful content that makes a difference. He graduated from California State University, Long Beach, in 2009 and started his career in film.

 

In Kyle’s free time, he is the New York chapter Co-City Director of the House of Genius where he curates NY’s finest thinkers that have a unique culture, different perspective and ideas to shape this world. Recently, Kyle was on The Conscious Consultant / Talk Radio NYC Podcast, Story Corp Podcast, speaker at House of Genius, CalTrans in California, and the alumni film association at his old universities all sharing his #StrokeofGenius after 21 years.

 

Liam Speaking Bio

Liam Alexander
Liam Alexander

Is a Critically acclaimed internationally exhibited fine artist and Creative Director, with the intention of catalyzing social change through artistic expression. He has spoken at Wix.com, Projections, B&H, North Shore Art Guild, and throughout the New York area on the topics of creativity, finding your passion, redefining what’s possible in your medium and catalyzing social change through art.  Liam is a contributor to Sharpen, the online Magazine fo ASMP and has also appeared on The Conscious Consultant Rado Show & East Village Radio.

 

Liam has created community focussed independent creative projects such as:  IThou at the NYU Kimmel Galleries & The Exchange at Rush Arts. His work has been published in magazines like Nylon and Rolling Stone and he has executed film and creative projects for major brands like Wix.com, The City of New York, Samsung, Volvo, and Renaissance Hotels.

 

He serves as the Fine Art Chair of the American Society of Media Photographers, New York Chapter, is graduate of Parsons School of Design, and the Creative Director of The Influencers; a community of over 1000 high-impact influencers from across every industry.

 

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Personal Styling for Wheelchair Users with Yvonne Phillips – Part 2

Hello guys,

Here we go, the second video of going through my wardrobe with Yvonne Phillips. This time we made a “private” fashion show only for you, putting a few pieces together and styling them with handbags, shoes and jewellery that we thought would “pop up” the look.

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Samsonite Pict by Roy Ikoroha

The video became too long so I made part 1 with trousers and jumpsuits and next week it will be around tops and jackets. Can’t wait to show you all.

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Yvonne Phillip – Stylist
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How to Effectively Make a Change on the way Fashion Works

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Why diversity is still not Fully embraced by the Fashion Industry. Panel at CSM

I have been approaching this subject for a long time now. We all have a kind of responsibility of why things don’t change. I normally talk about matters related to fashion, but why are places not accessible, why is the work place not prepared, why are we ok with this exclusion, why don’t we say it is not ok? 

Ok, maybe you are one of a small percentage of the population that is doing  something about it, but really, most people and organisations seem not too interested. What are you doing to make a more inclusive world? What are your friends doing about it? When do you expect to see a change if everyone is conforming to the status quo?

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Fashion Inclusivo- Brazil

I am thinking about these questions and realising most people want a change but they don’t want to work at it. I have this proposal for you and I hope you adopt it and I hope you pass the idea around.

The industry will move in direction that money will say. In other words money will set the direction. It means buyers and customers have the power.

Let’s think together. If in the world we are 20% of the population (disabled people), we all have to buy clothes and we all have family and friends. We know a lot of brands are doing something around inclusivity nowadays. Let’s associate with them. Let’s help them, they are doing something right and they must be rewarded for the work. Equality is a big deal, its not fair to leave people out of the party as I normally say, it is also discrimination. 

If we all get together, with family, friends, carers, partners, etc, we will be a higher percentage of the world, and it has an impact. Don’t you think? Only buy from brands/ designer/ shops/ that include disabled models, curves, gender, colour, anything that has something to do with minorities and with diversity. Like this we will have more visibility, we will have a voice, and people we understand we are here.

I am working with a new designer in England and with brands that are including wheelchair influencers etc. There are plenty of them. I will mention a few of them here:

Peter Twiss, The House of Radha, Gunda, Vinette, London Organic, Fashions Finest,

Contessina London, Delphine the Label, Louise Linderoth, Kantala, Samsonite, Labels are Limitations, Nara Nubia, Femelle, Rua Luja…

access magazine cover samanta bullockHere are only a few of them. Check my Instagram SAMABULLOCK for more, you will see all of the ones I worked with, but is there many more that are working towards it: Primark, Teatum Jones, ASOS, Tommy Hilfiger, River Island… and how you see many mainstream brands are also embracing this idea.

Check, research. We can support them and they will support us. More visibility we get more power we have to change this “invisible” situation we are stuck in.

Brands know the profit in making a more equal world and empowering their customers.

Diversity is fun. We vote with our money. Let’s vote in the right way.

Much love. Together we can. Sam