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What is ‘fear paralysis’?

People always say there are two responses to fear and they are fight or flight, but that has never been the case for me.

When I am really terrified, I FREEZE.

And it’s always been this way.

But over the years I’ve chatted with many other trauma and sexual assault survivors and they have experienced this instinct/response of freezing too: fear paralysis.

My short script “PRESSING CHARGES” aims to create awareness and destigmatize fear paralysis.

Not everyone is hardwired to run, or fight. Sometimes, no matter how prepared you are, you still freeze, BUT IT IS NOT YOUR FAULT, and the world needs to stop making us feel like it is.

Pressing Charges


Register as a community voter, (anyone can vote, just select your voting location as Vancouver) after you put in your email address you will receive a confirmation email with a link, click on the link and VOILA, VOTE for PRESSING CHARGES! X5 Help me show the world what it is like to experience fear paralysis and have everyone tell you its your fault. Help me fight against rape culture and victim blaming! Help me make a difference through ART!

Love love love, and gratitude,

Heidi J. Loos


Pressing Charges Video Pitch

Here’s a link to my Storyhive video pitch on youtube.
If you like it, PLEASE, register as a community voter on STORYHIVE, select your voting location as ‘Vancouver’

Anyone can vote, you do not have to be from Vancouver.



Pressing Charges


I haven’t posted in awhile because I’ve been busy working on something reeeeally close to my heart- an application/video pitch for STORYHIVE.

I’ve applied to get a $10,000 production grant to make my short film, and I need your help!!

Essentially, it is a story about how trauma and sexual assault can have a lasting effect on the mind and the body. The script aims to create awareness and also fight against rape culture and victim blaming. Even though it is fiction, the script draws a lot from my own personal experiences.

My video pitch has been approved by Telus for the Storyhive short film competition here in Vancouver, and if it receives enough VOTES online I will be able to claim one of ten Storyhive production grants.

All you have to do is register as a community voter and vote for my project “PRESSING CHARGES”

Click the link ABOVE to watch my video pitch, and read my project details (logline, synopsis, etc.) if you like what you see: VOTE!! (X5)

Anyone can sign up as a community voter, you do not have to be from, or living in Vancouver.

Just select your voting location as ‘Vancouver’ and vote for my project “PRESSING CHARGES”

You will have ten votes to distribute to all of your favourite projects, but you can vote up to five times on any one project SO PLEASE VOTE FOR MINE MULTIPLE TIMES!!

Then please, PLEASE share this link on your blogs,  Facebook, Twitter, and with your friends, family, and social networks to help me get more votes!

Your help and support means the world to me!!!


Heidi J. Loos



Whom Do You Wear Your Poppy For?

Whom Do You Wear Your Poppy For?.


Check out this giant chalk poem we wrote at the Vancouver Art Gallery for Remembrance Day.

(If you’d like to read the full poem, just click on the link above!)

I think it is important that we think critically about glorifying soldiers and war, but I think it is extremely important that we actively remember, pass down stories, memories, names, of all different individuals, soldiers AND civilians, who came before us and who lost their lives to war…

What do you think?


Chalk with Me goes to Victoria!

Chalk with Me goes to Victoria!

Participated in my first ever CHALK ART FESTIVAL this weekend!!!! It was such a blast. Seeing everyone’s amazing art come to life over two days was absolutely incredible and inspiring! Not to mention we got to keep a bunch of good quality chalk pastels. Chalking has become one of my favourite hobbies as of late, and I am going to be doing A LOT more of it in the days to come! Here’s a picture of Shiphrah and I, with our chalkwork 🙂



Chalking up a storm!

chalk   I have some exciting news! Another reason I have been slacking on the blog front over the last month is because I’ve been up to my ears in CHALK. My friend Shiphrah and I have embarked on this epic new project called Chalk With Me.


Take a look at our new website, and please, please, PLEASE do me a favour and take a few minutes to fill out our CWM Questionnaire!!! It would mean the world to us!

I am so happy to be working with Shiphrah on this. We worked together in 2012 as co-editors-in-chief of Ignite and we just worked SO WELL together. You know those people that really respect what you have to say, and that you really want to hear what they have to say too, like all the time because they are just so AWESOME and have awesome, interesting things to say?! Well, that’s how I feel about Shiphrah.

We totally had one of those strictly business type relationships before. I mean, she was one of the people I saw most in my last year of University because I was always so busy with reading and writing and editing and cramming and pulling all nighters! But Shiphrah and I had meetings 4 or 5 times per week, and honestly, we never really talked about much outside of our Ignite mandate, Ignite duties, planning and editing.

But when I came back from Australia after a year away, she was one of the first people I wanted to see! I missed her kind, warm presence, her phenomenal organizational skills, and her overflowing ambition. So I was like, here’s the thing, Shiphrah Deane, collaborating on something with you would make my life COMPLETE. So we came up with the idea for Chalk With Me about a month and a half ago and it has just been sprouting up faster and faster in all directions- and in all colours 😉 ever since!

I love the feeling of collaborating with someone and buzzing from shared ambition and enthusiasm for a project. We have this shared vision that keeps getting clearer and brighter with every meeting.

And guess what? We’re actually getting to know each other better this time around! But of course, it is always WORK first, and play later. That’s just how we role!!!

But work is A LOT more fun when it involves CHALK! Just sayin’

Talk and chalk, chalk and talk, talk, talk, chalk, chalk, chalk…

More updates soon 🙂 xox