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.

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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. 

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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!