When we met Koreen Odiney on location, we were blown away. The photojournalist & model has an inspiring mission: to empower people to make more meaningful connections.
Koreen was born in Israel but grew up in Los Angeles, California. She has been a photojournalist for years with her camera allowing her to approach strangers and interview them. Recently, that’s evolved into a card game called We’re Not Really Strangers which aims to connect people to make the world feel like a smaller place, one stranger at a time.
ON HER MORNING ROUTINE:
“On a good day, I try to start the morning reading something that uplifts me, to prime my brain in the best way possible for the day.”
“Having a camera around your neck is a passport to people. In school, I was a bit of a loner… I had friends but I never wanted to stick in one group. My camera allowed me mobility to go from hallway to hallway and meet different kinds of people from different groups.”
HOW WE’RE NOT REALLY STRANGERS STARTED…
“I had a really terrible heartbreak when I was 18 years old and it inspired me to go out and talk to more strangers as my healing process. I would ask them ‘did you ever get over your first love?’ or whatever questions were on my mind. I’d been doing photojournalism for years and it recently evolved into a card game which is all about empowering people to make meaningful connections.”
“We live our lives around strangers everyday. They drive us home drunk, deliver us our ramen at 2 am, and we can even crash at their place. We are more connected than we’ve ever been. But how often are we truly connecting?”
ON HOW SHE CAME UP WITH THE NAME…
“I was in downtown and a stranger caught my eye, he was reading a book and something drew me to him. I did an interview with him and before I left, he said ‘by the way, I like what you’re doing. You’re going to write a book one day and it’s going to be called We’re Not Really Strangers. And I was like, “wow that’s a great name!”
ON HER PURPOSE:
“I asked myself, what do I want WNRS to empower people to do? And I realised it’s about empowering meaningful connections. Then I started thinking about it and the game naturally evolved from that intention because everyone loves games. My intention was to make it purpose driven.”
Find out more about the WNRS card game at notreallystrangers.com
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Follow Koreen on Instagram: @koreenodiney