The Heroine’s Journey of Sheherazade Bodin

What is the best thing that I love about my work? The excitement of not knowing what will happen tomorrow. I love working on a project knowing that there is an end date, as it means another project will come along. I love the creativity that comes with all of my activities, and meeting new people everyday. Most of all, I love that I can help my community, to share untold stories, hoping to make at least one person in the world feel represented and heard, like I am currently doing with my project “Ephemeral”. Body dysmorphia and eating disorders – Shirley & Stella

What is my idea of happiness? Happiness is my freedom. The freedom to choose what I do everyday, either waking up feeling like painting or waking up feeling like writing. I am happy when I am not forced to do anything I don’t want to do.

What is my greatest fear? To not be able to do everything I’d like to do before I die. I am interested in so many things, and I want to try so many things, and achieve so many things, that it is hard for me to think about dying before I have the chance to finish everything I started.

What is the trait that I most deplore in myself? Like I said, I love to do so many things that I have a tendency to start a million things that I never finish, because another idea would come along and take over my focus. I wish I would have a little more self discipline.

Which living persons in my profession do I most admire? I admire anyone who is able to tell great, important stories, like Steve McQueen, Celine Sciamma, or Sally El Hosaini, or anyone able to bring their own style to their projects with no counterfeit, like Tim Burton did, or Wes Andersen. I admire people who stay true to themselves, no matter how many times they have been told to be insane.

What is my greatest extravagance? I live quite a simple life, so apart from some artworks, there is nothing really extravagant here !

On what occasion would I lie? To save someone’s life, like if it is a life or death situation.

What is the thing that I dislike the most in my work? The industry, on some levels. I do not like that the film industry is still mostly open to those who have great connections or a lot of money. I feel like we are missing out on so many great creatives because they can’t afford to go to film school or to fund their first, even short, film. This industry can also become very competitive, because there are more creatives than opportunities, and we sometimes forget the reason we started in this industry in the first place.

When and where was I the happiest, in my work? I would say right now. I am in a place where most of my projects are getting closer to finally happening.

If I could, what would I change about myself? I would be more confident about myself and my body.

What is my greatest achievement in work? Finally starting my production company, Blue Metaphor Ltd.

Where would I most like to live? Somewhere sunny, on a beach.

What is my most treasured possession? My grandmother’s jewelry.

What is my most marked characteristic? I would say my positivity, and my way with people. I am always up to give a hand to anyone whenever I can.

What is my most inspirational location, in my city? Any park with trees and flowers will do for me.

What is my favorite place to eat and drink in my city? Probably Coconut Tree or Koocha.

What books influenced my life and how? “Je voudrais que quelqu’un m’attende quelque part”, written by Anna Gavalda and “Bonjour Tristesse” written by Françoise Sagan. I love their writing styles, and I loved how both books made me question a lot of things in my life, my way of thinking, my perception of the world and of people.

You Only Die Once. What music would I listen to on my last day? Anything created by Bowie.

Who is my hero or heroine in fiction? Probably Jessa in Girls, for her freedom and creativity while being a great feminist character, Or Buffy in Buffy the vampire slayer, for being one of the first feminist characters.

Who are my heroes and heroines in real life? My parents and my grand-parents.

Which movie would I recommend to see once in a lifetime? There are so many, it is hard to choose just one! Maybe Santa Sangre, directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky.

What role play stories in my life and work? They are my life and work. I tell stories, I write stories, I act to help tell stories. Stories, fiction or true, are a complete part of my life.

What do the words ‘You are the storyteller of your own life’ mean to me? That you choose everyday what you do, what you feel, where you go.

Who is my greatest fan, sponsor, partner in crime? My life partner and my family for sure.

Which people or companies would I like to work with in 2023? I would love to work with people who dare, think outside the box, and stay humble.

What project, in 2023, am I looking forward to working on? I have several projects coming up, but the one I am the most excited about is Ephemeral, a project about body dysmorphia and binge-eating, that I wrote and will be directing.

Where can you see me or my work in 2023?
Until everything is out of post-production, you can follow my adventures on my Instagram or on
my website.

What do the words “Passion Never Retires” mean to me? As long as I keep doing what I am passionate about, I will never feel like my life is done.

Which creative professionals should Peter invite to tell their story?
Aggie Rucin
Louise Fitzgerald
Sophie Slavin

How can you contact me?

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