Renee is a storyteller.
After years of battling addiction, depression and self-injury, 24-year-old Renee Yohe has creatively captured her inspiring and on-going journey through speaking, writing and music.
Within the past few years, Renee has touched millions of lives with story through social media, motivational speaking engagements and the release of her captivating collection of journals, “Purpose For The Pain.” Not only has her life sparked the creation of the global non-profit movement To Write Love On Her Arms, but a major motion picture based on her story wrapped production in 2011. The film “Renee” stars Kat Dennings (as Renee Yohe), Chad Michael Murray and Corbin Bleu, and features on-screen musical performances by artists such as Travie McCoy and Rachael Yamagata.
Renee’s engaging live performances cultivates a motivating experience, which evokes nothing shy of an emotional and intellectual response. Within a 30-40 minute window, Renee speaks on the struggles, victories and hope of her own journey. Then, accompanied by one to two musicians, Renee sings three original songs, which reflect the themes she has personally dealt with.
“I can be a million things, a million alternate endings. I can pretend this never happened. I could exercise all the time and work, and work and never stop, and keep going and going. I could backslide and relapse again and just disappear. The healthy options are hard to linger on - so foreign. But I know now that I am supposed to be alive. I found death in the hopeful places, and hope in the most deadly places.” - Renee Yohe from Purpose For The Pain