How and where was the music video filmed?
The music video was filmed in the Mojave Desert (Harper Dry Lake), California. It was a shoot comprised of 2 (18+ hour) days, but the location and experience was phenomenal. There is something truly special about being ‘alone’ in a desert (no pun intended). But really, it was the perfect location to convey the emotion of the song.
How did the idea come about and who directed the clip?
This song is very special to me and I really couldn’t have dreamed of a better team to bring this music video to life. It was very important for me to be able to convey all the details and nuances of this piece and I knew this could only be done if everything was a perfect fit. My manager Svetlana Hachiyan and I began brainstorming the best way to tell the story and then we brought brilliant director Maria Skakun on board. Little by little amongst the 3 of us all the pieces started coming together. Between the film crew (Justin Knodel, Alex Tobias, Edward Asaturov), dancer (Danielle King), stylist (Maria Ilina), and makeup artists (Heather Albert & Kate Starkey), clip editor (Dima Skakun) every single person was simply a master of their craft. I could not imagine the final product without each and every single one of them. It is heartwarming to look back and see all the elements and know it was all accomplished by such a talented, caring, professional and wonderful team.
Where there and interesting moments or funny outtakes when filming?
Our days started at 4 am and ended past 1 am. But everyone gave 100% all the time. Breakfast, lunch and dinner was laid out in the trunks of our cars. The bathroom was quite an interesting ‘location’ too – with no running water. Temperatures ranged from low 30 to upper 80’s within a few hours. Sunsets were MAGICAL. I was wearing a huge parachute dress which was about 20 feet in diameter. For some of the shoot people had to hold the edges of the skirt while remaining out of frame, at other times it acted as a good blanket for people to lay down on :).
What do you want to convey through this song and the music video?
The story came with the premise of showing a transformation that can come by the overcoming of almost impossible odds. The video aim is to portray a young girl who is met with a life of solitude. When her childhood world begins to crumble, she uses all her power within to overcome the circumstances she was placed in. She walks away from and overcomes the misfortune she faced while finding a way to hold on to the magic she had in her heart when she was little. I wanted to convey that turning pain into strength with purpose is possible and that such determination can help one escape darkness and in turn add light and beauty to the world around.
What are your future plans?
I have a Russian version of this song planned for release shortly and another upcoming single and video (which I am very excited for) late May – early June.
What thoughts would you like to leave our viewers with?
I hope this song can be a beacon for those who need courage. I want others to see that they have an immeasurable power inside themselves and to inspire them to move forward with strength and perseverance even in unimaginable adversity. Believe in yourself, believe even when it seems unbelievable. You are not alone!