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by Sydney Redd

Quite recently, we were lucky enough to be featured guests on our friend Matt's radio show at San Francisco State University!! The show is called Fruity Thot, and explores a wide variety of topics from art and culture to identity and empowerment.

 We were super nervous at first; Savanna and I had never been on a radio show before and weren't exactly sure what we would talk about.  We met on campus and walked to the studio together, exchanging our internal butterflies and hopeful expectations.  Once we entered the studio, Matt gave us a quick tour and played the playlist we sent him days prior. We put on our headphones and danced to "Genius of Love" by The Tom Tom Club and the ever so iconic "Dirrty" by  Xtina, pumping ourselves up.

Once we started the interview the conversation flowed. Matt did a great job of building on our comments and asking us insightful questions about our backgrounds as women of color and how that has helped us and influenced us as filmmakers.  He asked us what advice we'd give to other creatives, and young women, and people graduating, and in that moment everything clicked. Up until quite recently, I'd struggled with finding friends that shared an interest in the same kinds of art, or making anything and everything just for the experience, or that were supportive and made me feel secure as an artist. The interview prompted me to reflect and appreciate those around me. This year, I've beat my personal record of films I worked on, finally tried writing/directing, taught myself graphic design, and started girltalk. And I never would have had the confidence to do any of it with out the friends I've grown closest to over this past year. The girltalk. team and contributors have been not only shown me this undivided support, but given it to each other as well. Its been so beautiful to see so many people of different backgrounds come together to make films and build each other up. To make each other feel safe as artists and prompt them to step outside of their comfort-zones and create.  

Shout out to my co-founder Savanna Morales as well as Maddy Graves, Courtney Graves, Max Kennedy, Tess Denham, Riley Olson, Arezu Maghsoudi, Marisa Lopez, and so many others for all the work they've put into girltalk. and the friendships we've made since creating it. Thank you all for your dedication and love. And congrats on everything we've achieved so far together; its only the beginning <333  


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