NO NO SQUARE is hip hop/rap song about Donald Trump and consent. We chatted with the song’s creator Samantha about feminism, working through fear, and the inspiration for her new song. Check it out!
Please introduce yourself to our readers
Hey! My name is Samantha Bogach, and I’m an LA based actress/singer/writer from Nashville, TN.
Tell us a little about what inspired you to write this song?
I got the idea initially from my cousin who is a music teacher, when we were discussing the idea of “stranger danger” etc. since it’s a bit controversial at the moment. (Some people think it shouldn’t be taught in schools.) The whole “personal space”, “stranger danger” concept was pretty prevalent when I was growing up and although it did create a sense of fear, I truly believe that all kids (especially little girls) need to be aware of the dangers in society. I have what I like to call a “healthy fear” of “strangers” (men mostly) haha I certainly don’t let it ruin my fun, but I definitely am aware of my surroundings. I wish it didn’t have to be that way, which is certainly a large aspect of the song.
This idea evolved very very quickly into something much more political than initially intended, but I think that’s a good thing! I have been distraught (to say the least) since the election because of many issues regarding the POTUS, but the fact that he is such a clear misogynist was the most disturbing aspect to me personally. I think that kind of bled into the writing of this song by accident, and steered it into a much larger and more important statement.
How does feminism play a role in your work?
Feminism is always a huge role in my work. I chose this field so I can expand the minds of those who are willing, with broad and intricate stories of all that is feminism. She has been unbelievably suppressed, and I am very passionate about helping heal the imbalance that this world has been experiencing for far too long.
In the film/tv industry there is a great need for female writers who want to write about women. All of my scripts include well rounded female characters who have a say in what they do and who they meet, and are an important part in pushing the storyline forward (whatever that might be.) My style is definitely character based not necessarily genre specific, so I have that leeway to focus on the characters.
I am very specific as to what roles I will audition for. I have turned down several auditions after reading the material and seeing that the character is only one dimensional. Let’s just say I have no interest in being part of the problem, but I do believe I can be a big part of the solution. I truly feel story telling is our best chance at connecting at this point in time, and that’s what I intend to do with my work.
What advice would you give to other artists afraid to add a little political commentary to their work right now?
I would say “fear schmear!” haha but really! fear is so silly and although I am not perfect at overcoming it of course, I know it’s just a trick of the mind and you just have to breathe and drive right through it. The only good thing about what is happening right now, is that people are standing up and making their voices heard- so don’t exclude yourself from that group. What you have to say matters. If what is going on in the world is bothering you, it’s ok to complain, but afterwards you have to transmute that energy somewhere so it doesn’t eat you up inside. I think art is great way to do that!
How can our readers support you and where can they find you?
Sharing this video is a huge help, as that is a main focus right now, but you can also check out my work here- http://www.imdb.me/
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