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Guest Post: Author Crystal Favel (The Digital Storyteller)
Favel has reached out to over 400,000 fans in hopes to inspire the world
through motivational writing, speaking and production events. To contribute to the solidarity of the
Native Community she founded her own production company, “Urban Indian
Productions Inc.” She is a proud member of the Cree/Métis/Irish nation, born in
North Vancouver and currently residing in Vancouver, BC. Her trail blazing ideas and projects exude
innovation and excellence as she follows in her ancestral footsteps and writes
her heart out in prose and inspirational communication products. She has 20 years of technology experience,
10 years leadership experience, several awards, certificates and milestones
that validate her mission and positive attitude.
the time she was 18 years old she had several of her published works
featured. Such examples of interviews,
book reviews and conference reports were published by Beedaudjimowin as she
captured the essence of Aboriginal issues in her articles. In the past seven years her writing has been
published by Indigenous Writers
Collective, Windspeaker, Beedaudjimowin, Spirit Magazine, Lac De Flambeau,
Thirdspace University of Victoria, Examiner.com and Transport Canada. She was also featured in SAY Magazine, Aboriginal Business Quarterly,
AfroToronto, Windspeaker, Barrie’s Bay News, CANDO, RPM, CBC, Much Music,
Aboriginal Voices Radio, Ryerson Radio, C-WMEB Radio, Native Threads and Native
Wear as a motivational Artist advocating positive change on a multimedia
composition and sound design skills have been utilized for Aboriginal films
such as “Sky Stories” which was showcased at the HR McMillan Planetarium for
three years. This film was showcased to
grade 9 students as part of their curriculum as they learned about First Nation
Sky Stories and atmospheric legends.
Crystal not only produced sound effects and electronic music clips for
the film, but she also creatively compiled all the files to give birth to a
multimedia montage of Aboriginal stories thus launching her career as “The
Digital Storyteller.” Since then she has nurtured her own Aboriginal stories
into modern works of audio art that highlight her inspirational message in her
writing. The fusion between technology
and her writing has fuelled a leading edge career for Crystal that has impacted
the hearts and minds of thousands of people leaving them asking for more.
“Master the heart of
moving on and reach for the stars!”
How/why did you start to write?
I started writing
at the tender age of 3 and won a story contest for my “Spooky Story” for
Halloween. I still have the story in my writers’ portfolio and take a glance
every now again to reminisce about the happiness it brought to my life. I was first published by the age of 18 as a
Photo Journalist for a Native newspaper.
I started writing because my father was a publisher and accredited
author lobbying for the rights of Aboriginal People.
How did you become an author?
I became a
published writer when I took on an internship at Beedaudjimowin Newspaper
reporting on Native Issues.
What was your first published piece?
My first published piece was called “The Earth Our
Where was it published?
How long ago?
21 years ago
What did you do before embarking on your writing career?
Was it an asset to your writing? How?
My writing has
always utilized in any career I took on.
Even when I was a Technology Officer for Transport Canada and wrote
feature articles; I always craved sharing my written word on subjects that
should be celebrated.
Also, in the past 12 years I have been a professional DJ and
even won a DJ contest. During my DJ and
production career I have utilized my writing by publishing interviews, features
and stories that were later converted into soundscapes. But as of right now my writing has defined
my career path and I have taken the leap to focus on my writing fulltime. I am now digitally telling stories that I
have written and produced them with a sound score and narrations.
What inspires you?
I am inspired by
my traditional teachings which have helped me create stories of unbelievable
change and resiliency. I am inspired by
the loved ones around me who only want the best for me. I am inspired by all humans who overcome
adversity and shine. I am inspired by
my willingness to live another day despite the challenges I have had to
overcome. I am inspired by my friends
who want to share me with the world. I
am inspired by my fans who tell me stories about how my music and writing
affects their life in such positive ways.
I am inspired by Mother Earth, the Creator and my Ancestors for the love
and acceptance they show me. I am
inspired after reading survival stories and realize how lucky I am to be alive. I live to inspire youth to overcome their
hardships and reach for the stars.
Please share one of your successful author platform
As a Digital
Storyteller I have the ability to DJ, produce music composition and sound design
to illustrate my story. For example,
when you go to watch a movie you have sound effects, foley and narration/scripts. I mix the music with the narration in a live
performance so that you hear the story through the speakers and use your
imagination to paint the visuals through auditory stimulation. Because I am able to perform my stories, I
am able to market my stories through performing arts.
“May the young ones learn from our mistakes without
suffering from them.”
“Speaks From The Heart”
Speaks From The Heart
provides a glimpse into the world of a young mixed-blood with the heart of a
female warrior. Cedar Woman is haunted
by the memories of her torturous youth while suffering horrific family abuse. This anti-bullying message is based on her
own life experiences, each situation delicately woven into a basket of
universal Aboriginal teachings, carrying the weight of the world, yet with the
resiliency to overcome adversity and to shine.
Crystal Favel aka The Digital Storyteller
"Crystal Favel revealed all the personal challenges she had to overcome in
her life; this is what a delegate said about her story "it was from the
heart. I'm very proud of her effort."
Delilah Mah - Cando News
"Crystal is a special woman who has a lot to offer her people."
Priscilla George – Beedaudjimowin
Laura Stevens - Aboriginal Business Quarterly – AMMSA
"Crystal is an astounding person because of her passion and sheer
determination and is a very supportive individual."
Tanya Bailey - Afro Toronto
One of the top “5 Aboriginal electronic acts to watch for in 2012”
John Paolozzi - CBC Radio
7. “Cree/Métis artist Crystal Favel, aka DJ
Kwe, infuses Aboriginal sounds with electronic music. She spins beats, scores
films, writes prose and shares her story through musical, multi-media montage –
a practice that earned her the moniker “The Digital Storyteller”. Her Wax
Warriors movement encourages and represents youth who also turn to turntables
for musical expression – her own path in music trail-blazing the way for others