Life in Color

Pia Nara Thorsen - Content Creator & Advisor for Splæsh

I grew up in a small town in Southern Norway called Kragerø. If you’re Norwegian, you’ve probably heard of it. If you’re not, just think of it as a popular summer vacation destination filled with beaches, coastal cabins, and boats. In a place like this, the year-round residents all know each other, but I never felt like I belonged. This lack of belonging wasn’t coming from the fact that I looked foreign (my mom is from Thailand). It was more of a feeling about destiny; the town was just too ordinary, too small, and too black and white for my bright and colorful expression of life.

The Magnificent Mind

At the young age of 16, I moved to Bergen to study psychology. But before I get too far ahead, let me take one step back to when I was a kid. Initially, I wanted to be a palaeontologist. You see, I have a pretty romantic view of history. We’re talking about vast expanses of time and space that have created us, the world, and our place in it - what’s not to love?! But kids are kids. Eventually, I was drawn to profiling people, which shifted to an interest in forensics (and psychology). But when I looked deeper at what was driving me, I realized my true passion was storytelling. And that’s how I ended up moving to London to enroll in film school and screenwriting. 

‘Home’ has never been a geographical place in the world. ‘Home’ is anywhere I can be the best version of myself, anywhere that makes me feel safe to authentically show up as me. Wherever I can just create and express and be, those are the places I consider ‘home.’

Once I was in film school, I found myself gravitating towards directing. At first I felt very much like the odd one out. I was intimidated by other students who already had loads of experience working with cameras. But I had something different: understanding people and what drives them to do what they do. My core interest always revolved around people - their traumas, triggers, and dreams. And I use a lot of this in my daily work. Everything I do adds to the bigger picture of coexisting. It is much easier to empathize, connect with and support other people when we can relate. 

Where Work and Passion Collide 

Let me tell you my major pet peeve: when people say that the screen adaptation of a book was absolute crap. There is a huge difference between writing a book and writing a script. So sadly, not all books can be well-adapted to the screen because we’re talking about two totally different pieces of writing. The best movies are those that were originally written for the screen, which is why screenwriting requires its own unique talent. And that is why I love what I do at Splæsh - I get to work with what I’m good at, converting and transforming customer messages into a visual spectrum of emotions. In other words, the language of film. This I balance with the other things that fill me up: makeup, fashion, cello, writing scripts for my sister’s short animation films, and portrait photography (I even have my own little photography business on the side).

In everyday life, people forget to exist in the moment or appreciate what’s around them, missing out on life’s beauty, fragility, and wonder. This is why film is so special - it can capture and preserve these moments in time, forever.”

People who are unapologetically themselves create an incredible type of energy. I’m sure many of my coworkers would say I am one of these people. But I see someone consistently checking in with themselves and staying aligned with their values. I believe that only when you’re being true to yourself will the right path reveal itself. Because I used to have a hard time feeling worthy of love or attention, I used art as a form of escapism. But escapism is not a dialogue; it’s a monologue. Eventually, you need to come out of your own head, disinvest, and find a balance between the feelings and thoughts you allow in or let pass by. Today, I’m channeling this balance to grow into my best self. That way, I can create art to help people feel loved, accepted, and worthy just the way they are.