In 2012, Brianna Barrett was living in Los Angeles, California, working in the film and television industry. She had written and directed two TV pilots, been signed to the prestigious ICM talent agency, and was in the midst of pitching the first series she’d developed with a major production company. Then, she got cancer.
Her first reaction? To turn on her camera and document the entire process from the moment of her diagnosis, to hospital visits, to the final CT scan. Between moving back home to Portland and turning her camera on herself for the first time, Brianna learned valuable lessons about the importance of family, friendship, inner peace, and the power of creative expression.
Removed from life in Hollywood, she has begun to think about art’s ability to shape our experiences, mitigate stress, and facilitate healing. She now puts a much stronger emphasis on the importance of her mental health and happiness.
Upon recovering from Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, she has remained in Portland to stay close to her family and friends.
Hear more about Brianna’s New Normal at this year’s Notes of Hope Concert.