“If I’m gonna tell a real story,

I’m gonna start with my name.”

-Kendrick Lamar

Eliot Jolie Wilder.

A handcrafted name, begets life not birth. A place to start. A moment to make mine.

I have always been fascinated by the ways we live up to our name, given to us by virtual strangers, before we have a history to attribute it to. The last decade has been a rebellion against myself- a series of experiences that will have shaped me in ways my mother never could have imagined when she coined me something new. I will create a history I am proud of.