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Chi Creator Addison Belhomme is One to Watch

Addison Belhomme

As we close out Women’s History Month, True Star wants to put you on to a young lady you need to know. At only 15 years old, Addison Belhomme has already co-directed a documentary (One Step at A Time), worked as a videographer with Chance the Rapper’s Social Works, and was a guest speaker for Michelle Obama’s Get Her There campaign, all while running her own business.

Belhomme is a Haitian American who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. When she was younger, she’d put on plays and shows for her family and was involved in many things dealing with the arts. She’s always had a love for the arts, especially acting.

Last year Belhomme was a panel speaker at the Obama Foundation’s Get Her There luncheon, a Girls Opportunity Alliance event hosted by actress/entrepreneur Marsai Martin.

During the pandemic, when the world was shutting down, Belhomme realized she also had a love for film. When her in-person activities, such as her acting classes, were canceled, she began to try other things that might pique her interest, and film snatched her attention. It was around this time that she started making videos for art classes and took a block cinema class. From there, she began her business, Director’s Eye.

When Belhomme started Director’s Eye, she began creating promotional reels and short graduation videos for her family. In doing so, Belhomme realized the power of film. “Film can be much more powerful… you can use film to raise awareness on certain topics and share stories throughout our communities,” Belhomme said. The Director’s Eye business motto is “We develop the best solution for making a video montage and capturing its emotion.” Belhomme shared that with her brand, she wants to stay authentic to herself, tell stories in a positive light, and incorporate her own experiences with those films. “Becoming vulnerable with your audience is something that’s important in filmmaking,” she said. “If you’re authentic in your films, the audience can relate… . My mission is to tell a story that relates to my audience.”

Belhomme believes that being in programs such as Polished Pebbles helped her to know that she belongs in the important rooms. Mentors, such as Polished Pebbles Founder and CEO Kelly Fair, instilled confidence in her and have given her the experiences that have made Belhomme who she is today.

Thanks to Polished Pebbles, Belhomme was able to set up a vendor table to display her business at Chance The Rapper’s event, A Night At The Museum.

“It’s been exciting to see Addison’s growth as a young leader as she’s evolved throughout her time in the Polished Pebbles Girls Mentoring Program,” said Fair. “I’ve personally witnessed how the mentorship she’s received in our various programs has helped build her confidence and public speaking skills. I’m amazed that the young, 8-year old girl who first started showing up at our Saturday Sessions has now gone on to start her own business through our Mommy & Me Entrepreneurship Program; was selected to participate on the Lt. Governor’s Girls COmmittee with the guidance and support of her Polished Pebbles’ mentors; and has sat in a room with Former First Lady Michelle Obama and the Obama Foundation to share about the impact her mentoring experiences with Polished Pebbles have had on her success. I’m excited to see all she’ll continue to achieve and the ways in which she’ll help mentor others in her journey.”

Currently, Belhomme is working with Black Girl’s Film Camp and is expecting her film to be out in June. Her career goals include mentoring and winning awards for her films in the future. You can watch Belhomme’s full video below, but if you want to keep up with her creative journey, follow her on Instagram @directorsey_08 and Facebook @ Addison Belhomme.

By Lauryn Friar, Senior, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep

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Written by Lauryn Friar

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