Watch: Otis Carey // The Common Thread
In recent times there's been a movement to tackle mental health head on and it's inverting the old notion of the media celebrity. Especially, for instance, the sports celebrity, so talented in one aspect of their life but elevated by sponsors as the complete package: virtuous, sound of mind, perpetually chipper, and thereby forced to live a lie. It's not a healthy position for anyone, let alone someone in the public eye.
And that's where the recent discourse about honesty sweeps in, allowing people to say 'this is who I really am' and avoid the fabrication. Ironically, without the facade the public makes a more profound connection than they ever could have via a scripted image.
Byron Bay surfer and filmmaker Darius Devas has been working on a series of videos called 'Being Here' that addresses such matters, and fittingly, it's NAIDOC week after all, the first cab off the rank is Otis Carey. It's a compelling five minutes of film and I urge you to watch and share.
Stay tuned next week for a discussion with Darius.