Dear She Said Noters,

For a few years now I’ve been a background content developer for She Said Films—Rebecca is my little sister, making MC my little sister by proxy—and big sisters like to give advice! Share wisdom! Take charge! Take over! An overstatement (perhaps!) but my commitment is real, so they have given in and have even gave me a title.

For this summer volume of She Said Notes we have decided to add a visual anchor that will be repeated in every issue: a still shot taken while filming the webseries Running With Violet. As we did in the past, each issue will continue to investigate aspects of the creative process. The added element will be a connection made to some part of the photograph. It’s an experiment of sorts, set in contrast to our media-driven culture that encourages us to swipe right or scroll down so quickly that details can easily get lost in visual translation.

As you are introduced to (or go deeper with) the artists we interview and feature in these issues, we hope that you might capture your own still shot of what the creative process looks like for you this summer.

Natalie (@NatalieJDWard)
Editor in Chief

Dear She Said Noters,

I loved my physiotherapist. He told me that “Pain is your body telling you to take a break.” I was so moved by his attention that I asked him to coffee… and even his rejection was gentle! In my best moments I really do work to recall his push for self-care. Yet, when it comes to surviving the “ongoingness” of the artistic process I find that the words of one former English teacher ring much louder: “Persevere through the pain!” Was she wrong or on point? Looking to the photographic anchor, specifically at Marie-Claire’s mouth in the picture, we ask: Do the pains of receiving editorial feedback or wading through audience reviews actually beget a sharper set of artistic teeth? This issue of She Said Notes looks at the truth (or fiction?) of developing grit: the perseverance that keeps you in for the long haul…


Creative Tip

Whether you succeed or not is irrelevant, there is no such thing. Making your unknown known is the important thing—and keeping the unknown always behind you. (Georgia O’Keeffe)


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