Like many of you, when 13 Reasons Why came out on Netflix, I started watching. The more I watched, the more I began to realize that this show isn’t just a tv drama, just something to increase Netflix membership and ratings, or just a script. The things that happen in 13 Reasons Why are real. They happen in high schools across the country, every single day.
As a high school senior photographer, with a strong passion for outreach to teenage girls, this series simultaneously broke my heart and inspired me. Thus, the birth of the 13 Reasons Project.
The goal of The 13 Reasons Project is to raise awareness for bullying in high schools, and to inspire high school girls to recognize that they are enough – to give them 13 Reasons Why Not. For this casting call, I am asking for high school girls, ages 14-18, to tell me Why they matter, why a girl in Hannah Baker’s position should choose life, why they are enough just as they are. On May 27th, the selected 13 girls (Maybe more! Please send in your application!) and I will get together in Leslie Michigan for a photo shoot. Each girl will receive individual photos as well as participate in a group photo shoot.
Date: May 27th, 2017 (pending weather), 7:00am
Location: Leslie, Michigan
*Important Information & Requirements: Participants must be in high school during the 2016-2017 school year. Each participant must be willing to sign a model release. If the participant is not 18 years of age by May 27th, their parent must sign the model release for them. Participants must be able to be in Leslie, Michigan on Saturday May 27th, 2017 at 6:45am for the session. Wardrobe requirements will be discussed with participants upon selection. No professional hair or make-up will be allowed. I want these photos to reflect you girls as you truly are, not as someone else wants you to be. There is no cost for this project. Participants will receive one full resolution digital download of an individual photo, as well as one full resolution digital download of a group photo in exchange for their participation. More photos will be available for purchase if desired, but there is no purchase requirement to participate in the project.*
To Apply: Tell me your 13 reasons why you are enough. You can be as personal or as generic as you desire, but I would like this project to have an impact. Please send the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject “13 Reasons Why I Matter” by May 13th, 2017:
Name, Age, Current Grade and High School, Phone Number, Instagram (if applicable)
Your list of 13 Reasons Why You Matter
I am excited about this project and the awareness that I hope it brings to so many serious issues. If you or someone you know is struggling with suicidal thoughts, please call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255.