#inspiredbystories

Rosemary Lokhorst

1. What is the best advice ever received?

Follow your passion, it will make you work harder. It will also help you connect with people and build empathy for your project. Passion will keep you real, authentic, and help you to keep going when it matters most. Also, it’s a lot easier to work 14-hour days if you love what you do than it is to work 6-hour days in a job you hate.

2. What gets you out of bed every morning?

Our Shadow’s Edge players. Two in five young people (age 10-24) have at least one serious health condition. Anxiety and depression are on the rise. Young people need tools to help them take an active role in their emotional health and build resilience. That’s why we made Shadow’s Edge, the game for young people facing health challenges. We give them a voice, a place to vent, to connect and inspire others. Contributing even a little to improving someone’s day, week, or even life gets me up, even after a 17-hour workday with only 4 hours of sleep.

3. What are your next milestones?

We are preparing joint digital campaigns for our non-profit activities to reach our goal of 100’000 downloads. Mid-2020, we will publish our clinical study results. We plan pilot applications in AR and VR in 2020 as well as an AI addition to the current game in 2021 as impact investment opportunities. We are working on a movie script to raise awareness about the importance of taking charge of your emotional health when dealing with chronic illness, depression, or grief.

4. What is your best analog moment?

My best moments spent offline are with my dog Douglas. He travels with me and demands my full attention, without any distractions. It helps me live in the moment and push family and friends to spend time together more consciously.