Brilliant Life Advice from the Cast of All This Panic
After being filmed for three years, these girls know what they're talking about.
They say that hindsight is 20/20, and nobody understands this better than the cast of All This Panic. The indie documentary, which made its critically-acclaimed debut at this year’s Tribeca Film Festival, follows seven Brooklyn teenagers over the course of three confusing, complicated years. Throughout the movie—amidst the girls’ life changes, family issues, and friendship evolutions—there’s a question that hangs overhead: “Do you think that if you could go back and start over, knowing everything you know now, would you?”
It's first asked in the trailer, and later repeated in various forms multiple times during the film. And, if you’re anything like these girls (and us), it’s something you’ve probably asked yourself, too. Most people wouldn’t go back to high school if their lives depended on it—even with hard-earned wisdom, like don’t care so much about what other people think and don’t eat the gross fish sticks from the cafeteria.
But when we posed a similar inquiry to cast members Olivia, Ivy, Ginger, and Dusty, they gave some of the best life advice we’ve ever heard.
Olivia: I would’ve told myself three years ago that it’s going to be OK. Nobody is thinking about you as much as you are thinking about yourself. You’re not alone—I thought I was the only person going through what I was going through, but that wasn’t true at all.
Ivy: I would’ve said to give myself the space and time to look into who you are. Don’t feel pressure to be around people all the time; it’s harder to know yourself when you’re constantly surrounded by people. I didn’t really suffer from that so terribly, but I do think I would’ve benefited from more alone time instead of running away from myself.
Ginger: I wish I could’ve told myself that the world wasn’t out to get me. I was so scared to cross anyone because I was so anxious. I wish I had known that everybody feels that scared. And, you don’t have to be convinced that everything is going to go wrong if you can take a step forward and just do it.
Dusty: It’s a little different for me because all of these girls are already out of high school and are figuring out the things they went through during the movie. I’m still 17, and finishing up my senior year. But still, I think I could’ve been just more comfortable with myself. Not spending so much time thinking about what’s wrong with everything I say, or cringing after you hear something. There’s no point in doing that...it’s like, you’ve done it, and now you can move on.
For more wisdom from these brilliant girls, learn more about All This Panic here.