THIS IS YOUR SECOND APPEARANCE IN FIXE MAGAZINE, WHAT WAS THE REACTION THE FIRST TIME?
Yes, and thank you for having me back. I have had a really positive reaction and garnered some new faces and new friends in my social media interactions. You have a really cool website with a great following.
WHAT HAS CHANGED FOR YOU SINCE THEN?
Well, modeling wise... I've really left more of the standard modeling behind that I started in and have allowed myself to finally get all of the tattoos I've wanted. I was thinking I was preparing myself for retirement, but it seems to keep me more busy. In fact, I dare say that I'm modeling more now than I was when I first started. I been also working on a national level being hired as an "expert/consultant" on workshops teaching new/beginning models on how to work with garments, lighting and photographers with their own body and personalities as well as teaching them proper protocol on photo shoots.
Musically, my band Satiate broke up. It was a combination of a few factors that started with Gary Finneran (who sang the duet "What I Feel..." on The Anatomy of Heart Break with me) who was like a dad to me and dealing with his suicide that snowballed into me needing to find myself again.
I've been very busy working in the studio A LOT in the last few years with assorted horror movies/trailers/commercials and even some vocals for pop and country music. Very recently I have taken on a studio project with Rae DiLeo, called Meridian Dream, ( http://www.facebook.com/MeridianDreamMusic ) and we just released our album "Broken Flowers" which is currently for sale on iTunes here: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/broken-flowers/id736834013 And I've been currently in the studio with another unnamed project with an old friend... and we are considering whether or not to take this live or not. It is in its infancy right now, but I'm very super excited about what we are creating and how fast we are creating it. Musically, it's like an Americana take on Portishead meets PJ Harvey "To Bring You My Love"... small touches of Tom Waits, Mark Lanegan, Ryan Adams and some Mississippi Fred McDowell. Just soulful and off center... a little dark in its realness and it's casual observations.
HOW DO YOU FEEL YOUR EARLY INFLUENCES HAVE SHAPED YOU IN THE MUSICIAN YOU ARE TODAY?
I started off being trained classically that really taught me range and power. Then I moved to musicals and that touch me about presence. When I discovered blues music, it really began to shape me vocally with texture and how to emote on such a different level. But it was Heart that taught me I, a "girl" at the time, can rock a stage. Nine Inch Nails that really opened up my mind to a tying my classical background to what I wanted to bring to rock. And it was The Ex-Idols, Gary Finneran, that taught me powerful lyrics and the scream that I used to practice to when I was first starting out. I think all of it has made me well rounded and capable of singing anything thrown at me.
DO YOU USE ANY OF YOUR CLASSICAL TRAINING IN ANY OF THE MUSIC YOU ARE CREATING TODAY?
Absolutely. I actually do opera inspired vocal pieces and choral arrangements, especially for the horror movie/trailer/commercial type of work. But the breathing techniques are something I apply with EVERY kind of music I record. Those early years of developing my range and texture has made me a very well rounded studio musician and has helped me become fully capable of not only singing everything that has been giving to me no matter how vocally impossible it may on paper seem and often in a very timely manner, often in first takes... but given me the endurance and esteem to make sure not only being able to track for hours, but when I make a mistake, not to let it shut me down for the day and keep on going.
HOW DID YOU START WORKING WITH YOUR CURRENT BAND?
With Meridian Dream it comes down to a long friendship. Rae DiLeo was very good friends with my former band Triggerpimp's guitarist. Rae and I met while he was mixing our recordings and we became friends with a lot of respect for each other. Years later, when I was looking for someone to mix the Satiate album, I asked him if he knew anyone who was good and had time to do work with us. He asked to come down and listen to the album and immediately asked to mix the album. We, of course, just always stayed in touch. When he started working on the Meridian Dream album, he called me up and asked if I could track on 8 songs for him and I was writing lyrics and melodies the next day. I jumped In the studio shortly thereafter... and now the album has just been released via 5D Music available on iTunes.
HOW WAS WORKING WITH MERIDIAN DREAM DIFFERENT THAN ANYTHING ELSE YOU HAVE BEEN INVOLVED WITH?
The first thing that comes to mind is that I've known and have worked with Rae in the studio before. So there was a built in friendship and open communication that usually takes a bit of time to develop. I've also come to learn what kind of vocals he likes best. I was a lot more confident walking into the studio for this project than I've been with a couple of others in the past because of that familiarity. Also, vocally... this is nothing like I've recorded before. There are no screams, no rough edges... just dreamy vocals. I get to showcase a different side of myself usually shown in music projects from the past. I recorded all the vocals were originally recorded here in Los Angeles and sent to him there in Long Island, NY. A few old school fans of mine may not get, understand, accept or like this, but I feel this shows a dimension in my talent that I don't often get to exercise publicly. Though I do hope some will allow this to add something new into their own musical collections, I will quote “You can please some of the people some of the time, all of the people some of the time, some of the people all of the time, but you can never please all of the people all of the time.” ― Abraham Lincoln
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO SOMEONE WHO IS NEW TO MODELING?
One, never do anything you will be embarrassed of. This is for many reasons. Social media is too over saturated in everyone's day-to-day lives. So whatever you shoot, expect your mom and dad, boyfriend, future husband and children to see it, which means you need to stand behind it. Keep your ideals close to heart and live by them. Plus, if you shoot something that is uncomfortable to you, it will show in the photos and no GOOD photographer will try to push you past your own decency limits.
Two, practice on working with your own face/body in different lighting set ups. It doesn't hurt to study other models with similar body and facial shapes. Remember, especially in this day and age, it's attitude and charisma that makes a model just as much as the "perfect figure" and the "perfect face." It's how you carry yourself. Three, you are only as good as your last photo. Choose your photographers well. When starting out, especially, INVEST in doing photo shoots with photographers with great portfolios. It is very easy to get involved in a package/workshop with an established photographer. Those are worth every penny if you get a great photographer. You can get professional make-up and hair artists and stylists. You can see other models working and learn a lot of techniques to develop and guide you. Also, the photographer will do a lot better job with editing those photos that some hack who may or may not do it for trade and it will be in a timely manner since you've paid for them. Plus, best case scenario, you might produce images that can be submission worthy for print. Four, when you go to shoots, be professional. Don't show up drunk or high, acting loud and out of control, catty or just cause trouble. It's a small world. People will talk. Translation: no one will want to shoot with you. You want to become a drunk angry slut, you want to get into another field of business. You want to become professional, act as such.
WHAT OTHER PROJECTS DO YOU HAVE PLANNED FOR THE FUTURE?
I've got a few things in the works, but I'm going to be a little tight lipped right now because I don't want to jinx it. But I promise when it gets there, I will give you here a fIXE an early earful of it.
WHAT ARE YOUR TURN ONS?
Making me laugh.
WHAT ARE YOUR TURN OFFS?
Being asked what my turn-on's are.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE SPORTS TEAM?
I'm a NFL fan. My first favorite football team was New Orleans Saints. My first football jersey was an Archie Manning one. But about the time I was finishing elementary school, I started really loved watching the new local team Tampa Bay Buccaneers,( I was a fan of Steve Young) and I've been a fan of both teams ever since. Which is hard because twice each season I will cringe and scream "no" while cheering and screaming "yes!" for each play since they are both in the same division.
READ ANY GOOD BOOKS LATELY?
I've actually been rereading "The Heart Is Deceitful Above All Things" by J.T. Leroy It's such a wonderfully written book. I highly recommend it.
WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE MOVIE?
This is very subjective to my mood... but it is almost always safe to say "This Is Spinal Tap." I never stop laughing at ALL the lines, not matter how many times I've seen it. Just truly epic.