Janelle Daniels

Dear Sam,

I know this note was a long time coming, but I needed time to find the words. The words to tell you how much I appreciate you. The words to tell you how honored I felt by you. And the words to tell you just how incredibly talented you are.

Thank you so much for all the time you spent listening to my story. Really listening, not just hearing. I appreciate the hours you took with me, ensuring my story was accurately told, and still appealing to a wide range of viewers.

I felt so honored by how you empathized with my story. I never felt interrogated, but at the same time I felt encouraged to open up in a way I rarely do. You took the time to reflect on my words, never judging. In the end, I felt like my story was worth telling.

It takes a true artist to see such beauty in such an ugly story. The way you captured the resurrection of my life, the beauty of my new story, and the redemption of my mother was truly beautiful. The finished product was completely my story, but completely your masterpiece.

Salvador Dali said, “A true artist is not one who is inspired, but one who inspires others.” You, my friend, are a true artist.

Thank you,

Janelle Daniels

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