For me diversity is about reaching out and seeing your face, seeing your people, your tribe in whatever it is. It’s seeing you in that image.—Ophelia Chong
Cannabis, Diversity, and Using Art to Stir Stuff Up
Ophelia Chong is a photographer, graphic designer, art professor, co-founder of Asian Americans for Cannabis, co-founder of Push Mag, and the founder of StockPot Images, the first stock-photo agency specializing exclusively in cannabis-related imagery. She lives in Los Angeles with her one cat, three dogs, and four fish.
“Goals are great. But you have to be able to change your goals. You have to be flexible. You have to be able to take that step and think, ‘O.K,, the rug’s going to be pulled out from under me me but I’m going to get back up.’
It’s not about disappointment about not reaching your goals. It’s about dancing as fast as you can and saying, ‘O.K., I’m thrown back here a little bit.’
And keeping your mind open and saying, ‘It’s okay. Nothing in life is set in stone. Just flow with it. Just work with it. Bear down and go forward.’ Don’t let it set you back. Just because you didn’t get what you wanted doesn’t mean you’re not going to get it a little later down the road. You just have to to do it differently.” – Ophelia Chong