interview by vanessa willoughby
1) The best song to make an entrance to?
Oh this is easy, 'Lucky' by Britney Spears.
2) Name the one item of clothing that makes you feel invincible. Why?
I have this black pleather mini-skirt that has convinced me I can run anything. It's youthful, and it looks cheap but deliberate — a scary combination in my opinion.
3) Which author would you want to ghostwrite your autobiography?
I feel Sheila Heti would find a way to make my boring years seem more funny and less sad — and probably more sense.
4) The last person you told a secret to?
I told an internet boyfriend something embarrassing and earnest and vulnerable while drinking months ago and I STILL cringe at the thought of it. But if you're gonna tell a secret, internet boyfriends are the best people to tell.
5) Three books you would recommend to young women looking to start their own businesses/entrepreneurial projects?
Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott is a great meditation on the creative process (she focuses on writing), but I think it's a must-read for any creative person trying to figure out how to work every day. I'd also recommend The Sound of Paper or The Artist's Way by Julia Cameron for similar reasons.
6) How do you find a story in the mundane or everyday?
You start with one strange moment and observe the shit out of it.
7) How would you compare the vibes of Portland to NYC? Does one city feel more like "home" to you?
My experience with Portland is that it's very much a West Coast, laid back town. Portland is stationary and content, New York is impatient. I've only been back to NYC for two weeks now (after living here for my first year of college years ago), but I've immediately felt more happy and at home in Brooklyn.
8) Is astrology legit or bullshit?
It's bullshit, but bullshit I absolutely believe.
9) What role does social media play in being a creator?
Social media in the pure sense, is a distraction, but a necessary one. Social media is just community, and it will make you and your work better if you listen and surround yourself with good, interesting, and different people. It's my accountability and my classroom.
10) When do you most feel free?
Whenever I am walking home by myself.