100 Most Influential Filipinos in the Gulf: Danabelle Gutierrez – Poet, Writer and Actress
Growing up, Danabelle Gutierrez didn’t have any prominent Filipina authors to look up to. And while she doesn’t think her work is important or that she is important enough to be looked up to, she thinks that what she offers people is a certain form of brazenness – in that her mere act trying to do the work, and putting the work out there where people get to see it – gets them to think, “Oh well, if she can do it, then I can too.”
“I think, sometimes mere completion is an accomplishment,” she says. “To be an artist is to be haunted by ideas and be led by inspiration. However, sometimes inspiration leads us deep into the woods and the brazen writers that we are, we participate, we go, and we follow inspiration. But then, inspiration leaves us right in the middle of the journey, and it’s up to us to find our way through. Hoping that, at some point, inspiration will come back and hold our hand and help us complete the work. And you know, we’re lucky if we even make it out of the woods alive, empty handed, but alive. Of course, luckier still, if we get out of the woods with a great piece of art.”
Danabelle who has been regularly featured as author/poet at the prestigious Emirates Lit Fest in recent years is the author of two highly-acclaimed poetry books: “I Long to be the River.” published in 2014, and “& Until the Dreams Come” published in September 2015. She was also awarded “Best Actress” at the Emirates Short Film Festival 2017.
Photography by: Alex Callueng
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