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Meet Trailblazer Natasha Teymourian

Today we’d like to introduce you to Natasha Teymourian.

Thanks for sharing your story with us Natasha. So, let’s start at the beginning and we can move on from there.
I’m not the girl from Ipanema but I’m still Carioca. A native Brazilian, I was born in Rio de Janeiro to a diverse family. I didn’t care much for or understand what being exotic was, but I grew up exotic. In America, of all places. Being taught American English by a family to whom English only followed Portuguese and Farsi. When you grow up, you start to notice the world around you. And what I saw in myself was myself in my countries and my countries in me — even when my countries didn’t see me as a “real American,” a “real Brazilian,” or a “real Persian.” It’s a confusing place and its richness lies in its diverseness. It’s an awfully human place. And a simultaneously dehumanizing place; A lonely place. One morning, you wake up, look in the mirror, and see that the land and shanty towns and french fries are in you. They are you. You’re them. And you know it’s nonsense to say otherwise. I am, for better or worse, some diasporic breed of racial ambiguity.

This third space or the realm between the physical presence and the remote is what drew me to the power of storytelling. It’s human nature to crave connection and understanding, and after relocating to San Diego in my more formative years, I learned that there are others with stories like mine; others who exist in the hybrid space in-between. However, there was a struggle to find outlets in which we could share our visual and written stories, so I created Epigraph Press in attempt to reclaim the third space.

We’re always bombarded by how great it is to pursue your passion, etc. – but we’ve spoken with enough people to know that it’s not always easy. Overall, would you say things have been easy for you?
To tell a story that a reader can connect with requires two things: truth and vulnerability. And that can be difficult when your stories are based on the fluid and complex theme of identity. But it’s easier when involved with a positive, inclusive community and knowing that it’s okay to discover along the way! I’d probably tell a younger me that the most important thing is to focus on your own needs and wants and to make sure that both are met. Many people try to mold young women into what they think they should be but it’s ultimately up to the woman herself.

We’d love to hear more about Epigraph Press.
Epigraph Press is a small art & poetry press focused on diversifying innovation. We aim to intersect the arts and culture and to publish the unconventional. We believe in the power of art to subvert, transform, and metamorphose. We celebrate minorities in any intersectional variation of the term.

We’re interested to hear your thoughts on female leadership – in particular, what do you feel are the biggest barriers or obstacles?
Preconceived perceptions toward women being in a position of power or any role for that matter. An article I read after graduating from college, discussed how when traditional-like companies hire employees, women are judged by their experience and men are judged by their potential. There’s a sort of unspoken doubt against women where we have to prove where we’ve been and that we’re capable of making a difference.

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