~Me Voy, Julieta Venegas
Name: Zoe Byrd
Hometown: Vancouver, Canada
-Tell us a little bit about your life and what led up to you deciding to come to Hatata.
I'm Zoe Byrd. I love singing and dancing. My life in Vancouver was fine, I had two loving parents, decent friends and my grades were perfect. But I knew I didn't want to be stuck in Canada forever. As an aspiring singer-songwriter and dancer, I wanted to do something meaningful with my life. I want to experience things that will give me something to sing about. I feel like I haven't lived yet. My life was not boring back home, but it was meaningless. I'm also into photography and Hatata seems like a beautiful place, the perfect place for me to use my talents and for me to reach my full potential.
-Was it your choice for you to come here, or are you being forced by someone else.
It was definitely my choice! My parents didn't want me to leave, me being their only child. Yet, when I told them that coming to Hatata would help me with my career and help me to become more independent, they agreed to let me go.
-What are you hoping to gain by being on the island?
The best time of my life! I'm eighteen, inexperienced and a little bored. I'm ready for anything.
-What is your best skill, or your favorite skill?
Like I said, I can sing, dance and write songs. And now I'm really interested in photography.
-What is something about you that you need to work on?
Well, I guess sometimes I can be a little conceited. My family isn't rich, so I don't really have much to brag about, but I tend to take pride in myself a little too much. Sometimes I forget that the world doesn't revolve around me.
Model: Candice Swanepoel