First and foremost, my name is Oana but pronounced “Wanna”. I am a 23-year-old freelance filmmaker, photographer and writer with a huge passion for travel, adventure and discovery. Born in Romania, I moved with my family to Canada at the age of six where I essentially grew up. Fifteen years later in 2010, I graduated with a degree in Television Broadcasting from Ryerson University in Toronto and have since been creating, exploring and learning all across the world. For this reason I consider myself somewhat of a global citizen.
One of my childhood dreams has been to make the world a better place through entertainment. I believe we all have our own unique way of making a positive difference and for me this is through visual storytelling. From my perspective, life is about creating your own story as opposed to just sitting back and leaving it up to chance. Of course, there is still an element of fate in everything we do, but for the most part I much prefer grabbing life by the horns and directing it the way I want to go. I look forward to seeing where my journey in Italy takes me; one thing I definitely know is that it will be exciting!
When I am not freelancing, making videos or traveling, you can find me taking long walks with other people’s dogs, communing with nature, reading good books, catching up with friends and family, watching documentaries, dancing the night away or simply enjoying some delicious wholesome food.
Please check out this other awesome video that was inspired by my initial one, which also promotes a great cause.
Many people talk about the rise of India today, yet one sixth of the entire population face many forms of appaling injustices and discrimination (link). That is part of the reason I was compelled to create this music video. However, I wanted to spread the message in a creative and unique way that is not generally associated with the traditional charity/raising awareness type videos. I wanted to portray these kids as they really are; full of life, full of potential, and just like any other kids I have ever met. Thus, I used elements of our own popular culture so that we could look past the poverty they live in and see them for what they really are, us.