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Imposter Syndrome – Jerusa Nyakundi

1. the persistent inability to believe that one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of
one’s own efforts or skills.

This is a phrase a lot of creatives resonate with especially seeing as creative work is rather subjective. It can be largely loved and hated at the same time. According to the urban dictionary, Imposter syndrome is the inability to believe one’s success is deserved or has been legitimately achieved as a result of one’s efforts or skills. Jerusa Nyakundi seeks to address this demon that has plagued the thoughts of many creatives with this passion project titled “Imposter syndrome”.

She gets vulnerable in this project by showing a bit of her experience with Imposter syndrome. Here’s a bit of her story: 

“ Shortly after I graduated and got my bachelors degree, I had an internship at Complex media in NYU at the same time I was also accepted into a dental program in NYU. I decided I was going to be at complex and leave 2 weeks early before my program started for Dental school. After my first month of being in New York, I discovered more about the world and myself. I realized that my destiny was not in dental school. It seemed as though it was a fight with who I truly was versus who I was programmed to be from birth. After this epiphany, I stepped into my divine being. I began to have a better understanding of who I was. You see, experiencing spaces, energies and opportunities begin to counter who you are meant to be. Thus, being in the right places helps you see for yourself where you truly belong”. 

With her self discovery, she became more confident and aware of who she really was. She realized that it was never about getting a degree in where you truly belong but more about knowing for yourself that this is really where you belong. 

Follow the team:

Photographer & Director: Jerusa Nyakundi (@jerusanyakundi)

Narrator + Subject: Obiora (@obiaura)

Stylist: Prxnce (@prxnce.jpg)

Videographer: Aaron (@aa_ronlewis)

Creative Director: Temi (@temithomas_)

Studio: Dallas, Texas (@carlosharrisjr, @n.e.p_studios)

Extra Edits: Cherish (@idonotcherishyou)