My name is Jeanet Ingalls. I am an artist, a single mother, a personal trainer and Founding President of Shout Out Loud Productions. We are a non-profit organization focused on raising global awareness of sex trafficking, giving voice for those who can’t speak up, through the dynamic imagery of film and art. I was trafficked as a child in the Philippines. Out of my good fortune in being rescued from my horrific childhood has been born a deep sense of obligation and responsibility to help these kids still suffering within this immoral ‘industry.’
2. How do you know Crispina? Tell a story – how did you meet? When? Where? Who introduced you?
I think I met Crispina through either Megan Whilden or Maggie Mailer. We all had art studios in Pittsfield.
3. Who/what has been most influential in your work?
Nicholas Kristof's and Sheryl WuDunn a book, "Half the Sky" was fuel for me to start up Shout Out Loud, and to publicly tell my story. Everyday I am healing.
4. If you could (you probably are) send(ing) a message to the world what would it be?
Follow your heart and to be proactive in everything that you do. Because of my past, I have always tried make as many friends as I can, jump on opportunities wherever possible, and learn something new and different each year. I find change is a wonderful feeling when you embrace it and take on new challenges.
5. When and how did you know to follow the path you have chosen?
It was about 8 to 9 years ago, when I divorced, I found myself again and started to listen to all my dreams and goals that had been stifled within. I learned that having kids didn’t have to stop my moving forward. I gave myself to my understanding that nothing is impossible.
6. Where do you find your inspiration/motivation to continue?
I think it was 2006 and I was working at Cranwell as a Personal Trainer and a Fitness Instructor. I had just finished an interval training work out on the treadmill watching “48 Hours” on the TV. The shocking theme was child sex trafficking. I burst into tears, got off my treadmill, paced, and was so angry. Good thing I was alone. Seeing the little babies and children from 3 to 16 years of age being sexually trafficked - I saw myself in them. I have always been upset with this subject but this was an awakening for me.
I pushed more and more into my painting. I met Stephen Glantz, a writer and screenwriter, who has specialized in the last few years, instories about kids, war and conflct. Who was curious about my art. I told him about my story as a child. From there, he wanted to write about my life and make it into a movie. I agreed, but still feared to reveal my untold full story.
My friend Pam Rich knew what I was doing and gave me a book on my birthday. It was "Half the Sky" by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn, the book that fueled me to start a journey. That book pushed me to where I am today: ready to leave for the Philippines to create a film trailer their this coming spring.
I always have to keep moving. Amidst this motion, I love watching people and nature. There is something beautiful in all my friends, either in their behavior, in their routines, in their lives, in their features. I just absolutely love the individuality that I see. I also see this wherever I go, the patterns in nature, its mistakes, its bliss, its catastrophes.
7. Aside from working, how do you spend your time?
As personal trainer. I keep active in many sports activities. I have studied Physiology of Sport and Exercise; Human Anatomy Physiology at BCC. AFAA/Fitour Certified. Advanced pilates, Group Kickboxing, Aqua Arobics, Resist-a-ball Core Training, SCW MANIA Boston, Mad Dogg Athletics spinning. TRX Trainer. Part Time Tennis Intructor. Active in soccer, basketball,golf, roller blading, kayaking, and tennis. Winter activies: snow shoeing, classical/skate skiing, and snowboarding. First Aid/CPR/AED/Infant certified. All-Levels.
Other days I am in my studio painting. And always love goofing around with my kids and my friends.
8. What is one of your fondest memories? Why?
My thirties. Capturing some wisdom.
9. Do you have a prized possession? What is it?
No, not really. Over the years, it’s certainly been nice to get awards and win things. But these things are just material. I figured out that since I had such an unfortunate upbringing as a little girl, I would hold on to all that I have learned since then. I am lucky to be able to practically play any sport and play it well. I am grateful that I have been able to use my pain and transform it into goodness.
10. Tell about a magical moment that comes to mind when you look back on your life experience?
Two magical moments come to mind. First, when I was I child, I would climb trees and people watch for hours. I would watch all the folks walking under me, holding on to my wishes for a better life. Now, I am so very lucky, with two great kids and a great organization that I am building.
11. If you were able to prepare a meal for anyone – dead or alive, who would it be? What would you want to discuss with that person? What would you serve?
I would want to serve a fun and nutritious meal to a friend from long ago. I do not remember her name, and in my memory, she symbolizes all the children whom I left behind in the sex industry in the Philippines. I would tell her that I am sorry, and promise her that I will do everything in my power to save every child that I can.
12. What is your favorite color?
13. What place is your favorite travel destination?
Somewhere, anywhere, with warm laughter with my family and friends.
14. What is a goal or focus for your next 12 months?
Over the next 12 months (and likely more!), I want to support a committed crew of skilled videographers, caring adults and film professionals, who are willing to stand up to the monsters and say, "No more!" They will help me tell my story and in the process “SHOUT OUT LOUD” that sex trafficking of children all over the world must stop NOW. I want to produce a documentary that brings this message to the world and contributes in a major way to changing this appalling global problem. I also want to help raise funds to build and staff half way houses, group homes, and schools, bringing precious little kids to a new life of survival, safety and newly found childhood joy. I want to lead this effort to save not just one little girl, like I was, but thousands.
15. How would you like to be different from who you are now, in 10 years?
In ten years, I want to have made a significant difference in the world through my efforts with SHOUT OUT LOUD Productions to change the situation for many children in countries around the world.
16. Paint a picture of your legacy. How would you like to be remembered or thought of?
I want to be remembered as one who overcame a most difficult childhood, and who used her pain to drive her commitment to make a difference. I like to think that our work can reduce the number of kids being trafficked globally to half of what it is (if not more). I’d like to be remembered as one who took action and didn’t stop being devoted to this cause. And I’d like to be remembered as a good parent.
17. Do you have an upcoming event or significant happening that you would like to promote with your blog posting? When? Where? Details and contact information please.
We are currently raising funds for our first filming trip to the Philippines. There we will create the trailer that will enable us to raise the money needed for a feature film that WILL make a difference. We have an Indiegogo Fundraising Page (crowd-source funding) at http://www.indiegogo.com/shout-out-loud. Donors will be part of solving child sex trafficking. Contribute anything you can at this website. Every bit will help change lives. Please spread the word among your network of friends and associates. This campaign ends Feb. 11th. Please help us reach our goal.
Locally, I will be speaking about Shout out Loud at the Richmond Free Public Library on Thursday, January 24, at 6:30pm, 221 State Road, Richmond, MA. I will also be sharing this project at Berkshire Community College on Tuesday, March 26 at 12:15. Koussevitzky Room 111. For more information, or to request Jeanet to be a speaker for your organization, contact her at email@example.com