Creative Feature: Rachel Stan

Meet: Rachel Stan

Tell us a bit about yourself.

I'm Rachel, I'm 21, and I'm a videographer at Harvest Bible Chapel. I grew up in the Chicago suburbs, I'm Romanian, and I'm the middle child of five. I'm passionate about filmmaking, relationships, and my walk with Jesus.


When did you fall in love with videography and what made you pursue it?

I've had an interest in video making from a very young age. A big part of my childhood was getting together with my siblings, cousins, and kids from church to make home movies on my parents' old, clunky video camera. From there, I was always drawn to digital media. In high school I discovered my love for the art of film, and my ability to craft emotions through video. When it came time to decide what I wanted to study in college, I knew I had to drop my other ideas and just go after this one thing. 


What inspires you?

Movies that make me cry inspire me like crazy. The fact that a combination of images + sounds on a screen can bring people to tears... and leave them speechless as they walk to their car after the movie is over... blows my mind. It's a powerful human connection. And it makes me want to create things like that too. 

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Why do you think it's important for women to encourage one another & build each other up?

I think strong woman-to-woman relationships are important because we help each other feel a little less crazy haha. There have been so many times I've felt alone or weird for feelings I've experienced -- but then I talk about it with a friend and learn that she's had the exact same thoughts! Other women help me understand the way I was designed, and the downfalls that come with my human nature. Our brokenness is very uniting and there's power in walking through it together.

How does your faith play a role in your creativity?

As I'm getting older I'm seeing that God designed me to be deeply emotional. Although I feel really sensitive and weak at times (I cry pretty easily guys), I'm learning that it's not a weakness -it makes me a stronger artist. Because I'm emotional in real life, it enables me to express real emotion in my work.

View Rachel’s inspiring work below!