“For me, right now the three things that are inspiring me, that are on my mind, are our relationships with women, waste, and water,” Skyla Grayce tells What We Seee. And she’s using a huge range of tools to tackle these relationships head-on. With a long history of self-motivated creative projects, she’s using the skills she’s picked up over years in the industry to take a holistic approach to new creative endeavors. “For me, it’s not really about the title — I would never consider myself just a writer or a product or an actress or a director,” she explains. “That almost doesn’t matter to me, it’s far more about the intention behind the piece of work and the power of storytelling.”
This lack of ego and focus on intention is something Grayce cultivates in both her professional and personal life. Around a year ago, she let go of her former name, Kitty de la Beche — and her sense of expectation along with it. “I have a spiritual practice where I go off-grid into the mountains. It’s basically a way of deepening my relationship with nature and learning to listen, giving myself the ability to explore a deeper sense of natural creativity,” she says. “Through that process of spending time in the mountains, it dissolved a lot of my attachment of my identification to my previous name — once I didn’t feel so attached to what ‘Kitty’ meant, there seemed to be so much more space in terms of being creative.”
For her, it was not just an enlightening moment, but a motivating one. “I wasn’t connected to an outcome or a goal — through dropping my name it really ignited a lot of creativity, a lot of freedom, a lot of independence,” Grayce says. “It gave me space to see the labels we attach ourselves to and their power. Actor, writer, direct — what do these labels really mean and do they really serve the whole picture? They don’t for me.” So instead, she’s become project-focused, with a Fantasy Drama Limited TV Series in development with a powerful message and a strong female lead.
Does It Offer Something Of Value?
Grayce relates to storytelling not just on an artistic level, but on a foundational, instinctive one. She’s more interested in the motivation and power of stories than in the medium itself. “Storytelling has the potential to change social narratives and to change the way we experience — interpret or receive — the world,” she says. “For me, it’s much more about the project — does it offer something of value? Does it look to change the perception around a topic? Does it reconnect us to creativity or to nature, to life itself? If I can have a hand in that or be a part of creating something that shifts a narrative, that shifts a consciousness, that’s much more important.”
Right now her focuses — women, waste, and water — really shine a light on how we interact with and consume the world around us. She’s ruthlessly ideological about the power of art to make a difference, to inform, or even construct, a conscious for a generation. “I’m really drawn to looking at how we are making conscious choices and where we’re placing our energetic votes in society. As millennials, we need to ask ourselves, ‘What are we taking for granted and what we can change by our conscious actions?’” And it’s that determination, that vision, that shaped has shaped not only how she chooses subjects, but how she writes about them.
Inspiring Conscious Change
Grayce is determined to unlock a place in our minds for a fuller understanding of our current situation — and that means presenting us with reimaginings that help us make room for thought and progress. “It’s about moving away from the intellectual understanding of our current reality — like plastic in the oceans — and generating new ways of storytelling that allow us to embody the truth of our situation,” she explains. “Everyone can watch a documentary and feel bad for five minutes, but will it move through them in a way that inspires conscious change? How do we go back to the storytelling that we used in indigenous tribes, that would go on for hundreds of years and impact us on a cellular level?”
With this in mind, much of her work is deeply rooted in myth and traditional storytelling, with some upcoming projects featuring a modern fantasy edge. “There’s something to be said about how we can get lost and really dive into the depths of fantasy or sci-fi,” she explains. “When you’re in a world that is not your current reality, it can take you to another place — and sometimes we need to go to another place to really understand the cost of what we’re doing in our own reality. It’s safer to understand the cost of not having water in a world that isn’t the reality that we have now. But through doing so, hopefully, it will change how we view the same situation in our here and now.” For her, creating new worlds is a passion she’s followed since she was a child and, as she speaks about the project, her clarity and directness make it obvious how easy a fit it is.
Part of this self-assurance comes from a huge amount of independence and drive Grayce has developed over years in the industry. Though she’s quick to give credit to collaboration, she’s also a huge proponent of a do-it-yourself attitude. “Just jump in,” she laughs. “If you want to create something, create it. I think we all want someone to say, ‘You’re great, you’re ready to go — go do it!’. But nobody is going to say it. Just go — you can make a movie on your iPhone with technology these days. There are so many times I made things happen by picking up the phone, sending an email, scrimping and saving. If you feel the urge to create, start creating.” Creation seems to be Grayce’s natural state, so expect a lot more to come.
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Skyla is currently seeking funding and partnerships for her documentary ‘Giving Water a Voice’ — telling the story of water to transform our relationship with it.