This year's judges will include distinguished film makers and members of the entertainment industry, including "Lord of the Rings" trilogy producers Mark Ordesky and Jane Fleming, Scott Budnick, executive producer of "Due Date" and "Starsky and Hutch", as well as James Lecesne, founder of The Trevor Project. Directing Change is also excited to anounce a partnership with the talented rising teen pop star Meredith O'Connor....
Meredith O'Connor is a rising teen pop star in the US, a purveyor of (in her own words) "pop with a country feel" whose videos have attracted over two million views on YouTube. But Meredith's a rising pop star with a difference, because she's leveraging her appeal to young audiences to speak out about an issue close to her heart-bullying.
Even with her music blowing up on YouTube, and a nationwide tour going on, Meredith O’Connor comes off as a fairly normal teenager. This makes her a hit with the teens who identify with her songs, many of which deal with bullying and coming of age.
Notre Dame Catholic Schoolspring Hill , FL, US
Hi Meredith. I know the chances of you seeing this are SO slim, but here it goes... I don't know, tonight's been tough. I've been crying for three hours... At first over something my parents said, but then over everything wrong my life. I was just desperately scrolling through my phone, trying to find a reason to continue my 5 weeks clean of self harm when I stumbled across a comment on one of my photos. Someone told me to watch your video to your song "The Game" because it changed her life. And I watched it. And it changed my life, just like it changed her's. I didn't pick up my blades tonight, and I don't plan to for the remainder of the night. I know that might seem so insignificant to you, but to me, I've actually crossed a huge boulder. Because not picking up the blade tonight was the difference between life and death.... But the lyrics to your song picked me up tonight. I can't promise you that I'm not crying so hard I can't breathe, but the lyrics in your song... They're powerful. Yeah, I can't live off the promise that that tomorrow's gonna be a better day, but your video reminded me of the light at the end of the tunnel and I realized that pain ends. So thanks. Thanks for saving my life tonight. Thanks for being a singer, but using your voice for something larger than singing. Thanks for taking time out of your busy life to read this comment I've made with puffy eyes. The world needs more people like you. comment to Instagram post @meredithoconnor 2/1/2015