EP. 028 - TARA

EP. 028 - TARA

CREATOR. ADVOCATE. STORYTELLER.

TARA AQUINO

'FINALLY HOME'

Age: 29

Location: Los Angeles

IG: @T_Akino

I spent my childhood devouring movies–seeking some semblance of myself reflected back to me anywhere I could find it. I figured if I could see someone who mirrored the person I knew myself to be inside, I’d finally feel like I had a permission slip to exist.
 
Unable to find that representation, I kept my truth hidden and used my dreams as an escape from the real world. I continued to play the part I thought I was supposed to play and lived for other people’s approval.
 
After high school, I moved across the country to New York, graduated from college, gotTHE job, gotTHE girlfriend... my life was great on paper. But something was missing.
 
I had run from Los Angeles but I couldn’t run from my truth.
 
 
Ignoring that voice eventually resulted in me losing everything I thought I wanted. And I was left with only myself. Slowly, I opened communication with my heart and for the first time in forever, I listened to her. She talked of dreams of creating community– a world where her younger self would have felt safe and thrived. Of working withqueer young adults and first gen kids -- the identities I’d rejected in an effort to fit in. Of shining a light on those emo kids who feel so dark, angry, and alone.
 
Driven by this inner voice, I came home to myself.
Now,I've rededicated my life to mentorship and telling queer, POC coming-of-age stories.
My heart is a little less broken every day.
That quiet, queer emo kid is why I do what I do.
 
Though it’s terrifying living in my truth, any other way of living feels like death.
And I am alive.
 


Also in Stories

EP. 037 - JAE
EP. 037 - JAE

My work and my passion is to bring ideas, art and experiences to places and spaces in new and novel ways and to foster conversations at the messy, wild and fertile intersection of our emotions and imaginations.
EP. 036 - TREVOR
EP. 036 - TREVOR

EP. 035 - NICOLE
EP. 035 - NICOLE

Food is my choice of education when it comes to learning about a culture. Unlike political regimes that might raze a culture, food is much more resistant to cultural change. We may speak different languages and have different perspectives, but we all need to eat.

SIZE GUIDE