Brandon Farbstein, 19 acclaimed speaker and author of Ten Feet Tall, at one of his speaking engagements.
"My hope for this bill is that it serves as a catalyst to plant some type of seed, whether it is that empathy factor or it's just teaching children how to be a good person," said Brandon Farbstein, the 18 year old professional speaker who was the inspiration behind this legislation.
Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe signed anti-bullying and suicide prevention legislation brought forth from Brandon Farbstein, a Virginia teen who tells us his story of severe bullying.
HENRICO COUNTY, Va. — Brandon Farbstein thrives under tight deadlines. The sophomore delivers his high school’s morning reports at 9 a.m. sharp. The anchor desk a place where he feels most comfortable. This 16-year old intends to make television history. “Since I was about 11 years old I wanted to go into journalism,” Brandon said.
TEDxRVA takes center stage at the Carpenter Theatre on Friday. The popular event features a variety of speakers from all over the country, inspiring members of the audience and helping them change the way they see the world. However, for one Richmond-area teenager, his experience at TEDxRVA changed his own life.
Brandon is diagnosed with rare form of dwarfism known as metatropic dysplasia. At 18 years old he is 45 inches tall. After experiencing bullying Brandon made the decision to fully embrace his identity and celebrate his differences. Now he is encouraging others to do the same as a motivational speaker.
Kelli’s at Pop’s to have coffee with Brandon Farbstein. Brandon’s the kid who gave a Ted talk at 15 years old, then within the same year he was named to Style Weekly’s 40 Under 40 .
RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) – When you see Brandon Farbstein in a crowd, his energy and message are magnetic. “I want people not to close themselves to their differences. Embrace them and be who you are and stop hiding yourself. The world will love you,” the 15-year-old motivational speaker and performer explains.