Cassidy Freeman. Actress, Longmire. Photo by Audrey Hall.……

For an actress coming off a decade of steady work, Cassidy Freeman finds herself experiencing a heady moment of freedom in her life, one in which she has the luxury of pausing, taking a deep breath, and contemplating the right next step after Longmire.

Shot in the mountains of Montana outside Bozeman as part of the November/December 2017 cover feature on actress Cassidy Freeman, the composition, scenery, horses, and cowgirl show the strength and isolation we wanted to express in this firsthand commentary on the pandemic crisis that is facing our nation and world at this very moment. This exquisite image by photographer Audrey Hall struck the COWGIRL team as a perfect illustration of our “Social Distance The Cowgirl Way” cover feature.

COWGIRL magazine September/October 2020. Photo by Audrey Hall.

“I’m reflecting on and redefining the word ‘productive.’  We tend to go, go, go, and this has challenged us, as a globe, to stop.  I’m embracing unique time at home when I’m usually traveling and working.  I’m listening, growing a garden, reading good books, educating myself on the depth of systemic racism, and hiking. Before I find a positive effect I have to say how grateful I am to have my health when so many people are suffering.  One of the silver linings to this incredibly difficult time has been the opportunity to actually listen and ‘do’ less.  The greatest creativity comes from being still and finding quiet. Being away from my favorite people has been challenging during this time.  Every time I can’t hug a friend in need of one or go fly to visit my dad heightens the feeling of isolation, but I look forward to a day soon when we’re safe to do all the things we used to, and hopefully do them with a renewed sense of awareness.”