Year In Review: Culture Coquette 2014
2014 was a whirlwind to say the least. Friendships and relationships were created, some expanded, and some dissipated. Where vacancies opened, opportunities revealed themselves. To say the least, this year has been a gift of a growth process.
This year marked the last year of my Saturn Return, a 2.5 year planetary transit that offers recurrent tests and trials. Some of you may recall Gwen Stefani's declaration of the quarter-life crisis, the No Doubt album named Return of Saturn released in early 2000. The album was one of my favorites upon its release, but I had no idea just how much I'd be relating to it years later.
I started the year off with a bang, bare bottomed in a calender of nude queer artists named 2QUEER14. Shot by Foto By Mateo, the calender featured Chicago queer artists in all of their naked glory, plus an object relevant to the artist's creative medium. As a writer, a dainty quill pen was my only accessory.
A spooky trip to New Orleans to walk in FWNOLA '14 soon followed, prompting the start to a true awakening in my soul. Marveling at the city's rich history, I experienced a constant sense of living inside a festive, haunted fiction story. Had I stayed any longer, the city's ghostly call would have beckoned me to stay for good...
To sweeten the trip, I was reunited with incredible designer and friend, Starr Hagenbring. I was able to see posters, post cards and catalogs in her shop where my work is being featured.
Upon returning home, catalog season was in full swing. Around this time I snagged representation from what would be my second modeling agency, Ohlsson Model Management.
In the midst of shooting catalog work, an opportunity to shoot an ad campaign for Fantasia Hair Care Industries came along. Through the experience, I met great women and achieved a new perspective on the natural hair care industry in the US and in Africa.
Ohlsson Model Management later teamed up with an acting talent agency, leading to my third agency representation with Gill Hayes Talent Agency. I used the head shot below to show warmth in personality, and to hopefully snag an acting gig or two to build my reel while seeking out the best acting curriculum in the city...
The same folks who put together the Fantasia Hair Care shoot asked me to be the face of the Darker Horse Creative 5th Annual Beauty Bash 2014, for the night of the event. I kindly obliged and had a blast while doing so.
Lots of fun new developments happened with Sugar Gamers, an organization I'm proudly a part of that advocates gaming and geek culture for women. Project Violacea, an interactive cosplay game experience was launched, giving the organization incredible new dimension and opportunities. I discovered and reviewed a slew of great comics and comic artists, while brainstorming on how to take my love of comics to the next level... All in all, I had a blast with the girls while geeking out all year long.
As the hearty parts of the season continued, I started what one could call a love affair with the folks over at Groupon (and their love of Chipotle lunches). I got to see them often enough to know the creative team by first name.
Establishing such a good relationship with the directors at Groupon led me to landing my fourth agent this year at Paige Model and Talent.
Wrapping the year up with what seemed to be a bit of a symbolic experience, I was honored to play Mother Earth in Eryn Allen Kane's new music video "Blessing", due to be released early next year.
As life continues to gain momentum, I've acquired brand new head shots, photographed by rising star photographer Andrea Pascalau of Corsei Photography.
With three new agencies, my first sponsor, and several other exciting happenings bubbling to the surface just before 2015 is upon us, I couldn't feel more ready to take on the world with all I've got. As my Saturn Return comes to an end, and the road lies out in front of me (finally, instead of forking), with gratitude I welcome all this cycle has to offer.
Here's to 2015 and all the success that can be conjured!