Q1) Tell us a little about yourself!
My name is Rachael Sarra but people may know me as my brand Sar.ra! The dot after the SAR symbolises the strong and resilient people who have come before me and the Ra symbolise the role I hope to play for those still to come. I am a very proud Goreng Goreng woman, artist, designer and activist. I'm 27 and have grown up and lived in the beautiful sunshine state, Queensland
Q2) Tell us about what you do, and why you do it
I guess who I am and what I do is intrinsically linked. What I do is an expression of my culture and my journey through the form of art and storytelling. I have developed a creative platform that allows me to use the power of art and storytelling to share my culture, our history and how we, as First Nations people can determine our own lives.
Q3) What makes you feel courageous?
It's those who have come before me. I am so privileged to be where I am today and will continue to stand on the shoulders of my ancestors so their suffering doesn't go unseen or unheard. I feel courageous using my voice, a human right, that was denied to so many women and women of colour who have come before me.
Q4) What is one thing you wish you could tell your 16-year-old self?
Prioritise and spend more time with your old people. At 16, like most of us, I had no idea who I was or who I wanted to be. I think spending more time with my old people would allow me to connect with my culture from a younger age. I think there is a sense of comfort and belonging when you are connected to your culture. And in turn, that creates such a better foundation for your mental health.
Q5) What is one piece of advice you can give a fellow lady who might be lacking courage?
Invest in yourself. The hardest part is figuring out what drives you. It's often evident when you acknowledge where your energy comes from and where it leaves. That's usually a good indication on what drives you. But once you figure that out just take the leap. Invest and back yourself, show up for yourself. You'll soon find out that there is a little community of courageous women doing exactly that. Strength in diversity but building without similarities of showing up for ourselves.