We had the good fortune of connecting with Michaela Ternasky-Holland and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Michaela, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
My mother immigrated from the Philippines to the US as a child. She pursued fashion marketing as an adult. My father, who was raised in rural Northern California, decided to become a college dropout and pursue a career as an entrepreneur and filmmaker. Unfortunately, he died in a car accident, and I was raised with a stepfather. My mom and stepfather had five children together, and I became the oldest of six children.
My half-siblings crafted me into an empathetic and detail-oriented project manager. I hope to be an example of ultimate freedom and expression for them. As a womxn with a mixed race background, I love to constantly blend mediums to create multi-platform projects.
Let’s talk shop? Tell us more about your career, what can you share with our community?
In one dimension, I am a multi-racial Emmy, Webby, and Sheffield Doc/Fest award-winning creative, who combines immersive and interactive mediums with non-fiction content.
My work also falls under the term “metaverse” otherwise known as XR, or extended reality. Recently named as one of the 100 Original Voices of XR.
In a parallel dimension, I am also an athletic movement artist, who performs and trains as a professional dancer, aerial artist, and long-distance running coach.
When I am not creating or producing my own original pieces. I work with clients as a consultant, specializing in creative strategy and impact production. In short, I work for the impact of the projects to move beyond the project itself. My projects have been featured by TIME, Forbes, The Guardian, Sundance Film Festival, Tribeca Film Festival, and the New York Public Library,
When I am not jumping through dimensions, you can find me obsessing over Star Wars, Avatar the Last Air Bender, and hippopotamuses.
At the end of the day, digital reality, otherwise known as the metaverse, already exists! If you have any sort of social media account, email inbox, or use text messaging to communicate with others, you are a part of the digital reality.
The growth and expansion within technology are how we can make digital reality mimic or take on aspects of physical reality. This is is the root of industries like artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, virtual reality, and augmented reality.
No one should feel isolated from technology because they do not have a technical background or education. The immersive and interactive expansion of digital reality is meant to serve people first. It is needed of all sorts of people from all different backgrounds and expertise, including performers, artists, storytellers, activists, and more!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Here are two full days! Please keep in mind that the Lower East Side, Chinatown, and East Village are my favorite neighborhoods in New York City.
We would definitely start the morning hanging out at Thompkins Square Park, eating bagels from Thompkins Bagels, and saying hello to the dogs at the Boris and Horton cafe’. Then we would take a Citibike ride along the East Side River under the Manhattan and Brooklyn bridge to Battery City Park, where we would catch the Wall St. ferry to DUMBO. Lunch would be at the Time Out NY food court’s rooftop with the view of the stunning two bridges view as a backdrop. Then we would take the F train back to the Lower East Side to do one of the incredible tours at the Tenement Museum. Dinner would be at Dhamaka in the Delancey-Essex Market and dessert would be Van Leeuwen Ice Cream.
The next day would consist of breakfast/brunch at Sunday on Sunday, getting vegan desserts at Erin McKenna’s Bakery, and walking across the Williamsburg bridge to catch a train to the Brooklyn Museum to see the KAWS exhibit. We would take the train back to Manhattan to see an indie film at the Angelika or IFC movie theater. Lunch/Dinner would be a full Chinatown crawl with Joe’s Ginger, NomWah Tea Parlor, Boka, and Gongcha on the list. The evening would end on the rooftop of the 50 Bowery Hotel with the 360-degree skyline bathed the sunset. Then we would head downstairs to the game cafe next door and get late-night eats at a Filipinx eatery in the Lower East Side like Kabisera or Chismis.
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Many people and organizations have given me such incredible opportunities and believed in me. In XR, I am grateful for Mia Tramz/TIME, Lauren Ruffin/CRUX XR, Susanna Pollack/Games for Change. In dance, I am so grateful for Marc Nuñez/Gotham Dance Theater.
Other: http://michaelaternaskyholland.com/newsletter https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vQaH9gT9SBYXWWyv4d3_H28yblbm1uANsIXuYxjxltYncocvf3q_gMiB07_jAQjG5389egSQSzeHzfX/pub?start=false&loop=false&delayms=3000 https://www.instagram.com/michaela.moves/
Michelle Gabel, 5aPhotos/GRX Immersive Labs/CRUX XR, Grant Hao-Wei Lin/Gotham Dance Theater, LIFE VR/TIME, Two Goats Inc/Eventique