Her name, meaning ‘bright star,’ accurately represented the world of extreme wealth that Tala was born into. Growing up in Richmond Hill, Ontario granted an outward reality that was enviable. It's true, Tala appeared to have it all: wealth, opportunity and beauty.
Tala grew up snugly nested under her mother’s tight grip. As a former beauty queen, Tala's mother believed that external beauty was the most important representation of the self. She hoped Tala would follow in her footsteps, and since Tala could stand on two feet, she was placed into beauty pageants and carefully paired with modelling contracts.
After years of being prodded and pampered for the stage, Tala realized she didn't belong in the world of beauty that her mother had forced her into. She had different interests, like fine art and drawing, which didn't fit her mother's standards of beauty. Tala preferred to interpret beauty in her own art, rather than be a point of observation herself.
Their differences in opinion wedged a gap between Tala and her mother. Although they didn't agree on much, Tala desperately wanted to feel some form of acceptance from her. She couldn't understand how two people could be so different and share the same genetic makeup.
Tala's hunger for approval continued to be a point of contention into her adult life. Despite earning a Master's degree in Fine Art and considerable recognition for her work from her professors and peers, Tala never felt satisfied in her accomplishments.
Tala hit a milestone in her career when her series of illustrations showcased at the Art Gallery of Ontario. This granted her a new level of exposure, as critics raved over the meticulous detail that went into her work.
Still, it wasn't enough. No level of accomplishment in Tala's career or personal life seemed to fill the void inside of her. Stuck in her own thoughts, Tala took a breath. As someone who seemed to have it all, why wasn't she happy?