The Name Project seeks to understand how our names shape our character and the role it plays in our identity.
Some reflect our cultural backgrounds.
Others are indicative of our parents’ values, interest and ideologies.
In this week's Name Project, Raina Martins talks about discovering a particular perspective about herself and the world around her as a result of being a white girl with a non "top 50" name. "I guess it [name] was the first step to being like, okay I don't have to be a cookie cutter person. Or as a little white girl there's like 10 different... I can be Sara the nurse or Michelle the doctor or whatever the secretary. It felt like I got an out to some of the stereotypes of who I'm allowed to imagine myself as. I think it was easier for me to get out of having only one way of imagining my life, especially as an artist. Being like, I'm an artist, not necessarily that being an artist makes you different, but I think it means taking your perspective back a little bit on the world and looking at it in a different way. I think part of that is that my name helped me step out and take a look at what was going on in the world."
We all have a name that subsequently has a story. Here is Raina's name story.
Directed and shot by Antoinette Brock. Post production/editing by http://fromforeign.co