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Minnie d'Moocha Interview

Posted on December 24, 2013 by
This week's featured artist is Minnie d'Moocha. Minnie and I have worked together on my Burlesque Disturbia project, which I will include a couple of images to share with everyone as well.

Images featured here of Minnie are by candylust photography www.candylust.org



Artist Statement:

Minnie: I am a burlesque performer, actress, musician and model. I enjoy variety, which is why I find the stage and in particular, burlesque, so fascinating! It requires me to choreograph, block, construct my own sets, sew and embellish my own costumes to create the finished product of an act. It allows me to travel, and interact with other beautifully talented performers, and audiences, and is my true passion.



dbc: how did you get started with modeling and how long have you been in the industry.

Minnie: I started modeling in 2005, but modeling was never really the end goal for me. I actually just started modeling so that I had something fun to do with a few of my girlfriends, who were also models! I always wanted to be more than a pretty face. I am constantly challenging myself and trying new, different performance arts. I am an actor and international burlesque performer, and that's how I define myself. When I first moved to the NYC area, I was a voice over actress and musician. The shmancey photos I take are just the frosting on the cake of my life!

dbc: Your choice of genre is out of the box definitely not mainstream, how did you decide or how did you discover this side of you as a model.

Minnie: I've always been eclectic when it comes to what I find beautiful or attractive. I don't really think I would define myself by one genre. I enjoy pinup, fetish, tattoo modeling (mainly referred to in the industry as "alternative modeling"), but I've also done art modeling and runway. When people look at your personal style, as an artist you automatically get labeled as something. I've been told because of my tattoos I can't be "classy". Through my stage performances, I'm trying to challenge that.


Some thoughts regarding Minnie's burlesque work and more about her ink



Images by digital box creations

dbc: how did you get interested in becoming a burlesque performer?

Minnie: I had always been a fan of burlesque. It was risqué, but beautiful and elegant, or hysterically funny, and all in one show. My girlfriends and I would go to shows, and after a little encouragement from my friends, I decided just to jump into the world. I'm a classically trained vocalist, so at first I drew from my strengths: all my acts featured me singing while I was stripping (which is actually REALLY hard to do well). The more shows I became booked for, the more I learned about my style, and even now I'm continually evolving my performance persona.

dbc: I've been working on a burlesque series that's creating a twist to this theme yet holding true to the burlesque concept. how did you feel about the shoot we did for this project?

Minnie: The shot that we did at the hotel was super fun! As you saw, I have a tendency to over pack everything, and even bring my own props. That last photo, just in the coat I had worn to the shoot that day and my vintage luggage, posed out front of the door, was my favorite! It was a bit more "Bond" than burlesque, but as far as a fun day goes, it was a win!

dbc: personally I love the corsets, the feathered boa's, the gloves, garters, thigh highs and heels....how do you feel when you prepare for a performance?

Minnie: Every performer goes through their "pre game" ritual a little differently. I like to get ready an hour or two early at home. I have a vintage vanity, and like knowing where everything is and not having to struggle with a makeup case at the venue. I like to take my time, make sure my look is perfect before I head out to the venue. Changing at venues, especially in New York City can be a challenge. If were lucky, we will get a private place to change, but several times I've had to change in a broken bath stall, or even behind a curtain in the back of a venue. Then comes the getting dressed part, that takes about 30 minutes depending on the costume. There is so much that goes into our costumes, blood sweat and tears. I'm very particular that everything look perfect before stepping up onto stage! And a tip to future performers; put your shoes on before the corset. Believe me, makes life so much easier!

dbc: Can you share your behind the scenes experience as you prepare for a performance?

Minnie: Depending on the show, backstage is typically a mad house. The other performers will be there, and you want to be fair and let everyone get time in front of the mirror (if the venue has provided these). We're always willing to lend a hand to other performers. For instance, at my last cosplay/nerdlesque show, I needed some elderly wrinkles drawn onto my face for the physical comedy act I was doing. Another lady performing that night, Miss Rose, insisted my wrinkles be more prominent, and helped me draw them in darker. There are naked people, men and women, the touching of breasts, slapping of bottoms. And even though to some this scene might seem super sexualized, it's really not. It's more like just another day at the office. We save the sexual feeling for the stage!

dbc: your ink is amazing! how did you decide to incorporate your tattoos with your modeling?

Minnie: I had the tattoos before I started modeling. I had always found body art and modification fascinating, so I knew that I wanted to decorate my skin. The more I got into the Rockabilly scene, the more I discovered the sub scene, Psychobilly. It had more of that bad girl look that I admired on other ladies I had seen out and about. It was more raw, more rock and roll, more New York City. My look is something of a mesh of rock and roll, the glamorous actress of the 40's or 50's, and the rebel. I just did a shoot for Bettie Page Clothing, wore an amazingly vampy dress, posed in bad girl pinup style, and my green hair and tattoos worked perfectly for what they were going for!



dbc: What is your favorite category to model and why.

Minnie: I love anything new, anything fantasy, and lately I've been especially interested in cosplay. Anything highly stylized and concept work. I enjoy an air of whimsey, having fun on a photo shoot, otherwise being silly and making more faces than the slack jawed, serious "model face". If it's not fun, why do it? I only take shoots that interest me, and being the ultimate nerd girl I am, cosplay is the most fun!


dbc: Throughout your modeling im sure you have been to many different places, which has been your favorite and what kind of project were you working on.

Minnie: I've worked with the Gorgeous and Gory zombie pinup calendar (http://http://www.gorgeousandgory.com) a few years now, and one year the theme was zombie mermaid. We shot on the beach in Asbury Park, NJ, near several run down skeletons of buildings. The weather was warm, but there was so much fog that the end result looked post apocalyptic. It was a great day! I was also working as an actress on a music video for the Black Dahlia Murder. I got sliced open by a werwolf, and choked up blood for the horror themed video. Any opportunity to cover myself in fake blood is typically considered a win for me!

dbc: Is there anyone who has inspired your work?

Minnie: I draw my major inspiration for my career from strong, beautiful funny ladies. I recently discovered that I am capable of physical comedy, and women like Lucille Ball who are beautiful, talented actresses and clowns really garner my respect. She was gorgeous, talented, and a business woman to boot. She was proof you can be pretty, smart, and funny.

dbc: Who is your faovorite artist in the industry and why

Minnie: I don't really have any favorite artists per say. I have people I look up to for various reasons. Some ladies are business geniuses and hard workers like Go-Go Amy. Some women are graceful on stage, like Angie Pontani. And then there are my body positive heroes like Dirty Martini who are beautiful and graceful, and strong. I've struggled with my weight all my life, and even once when I only weighed 108 lbs, I had a photographer tell me I was too fat. It was a little soul crushing, and now, at 31, I'm trying to adopt more of a "screw you, I'm beautiful, damn it!" attitude!

dbc: When at a photoshoot, what do you love most about the experience and what do you find challenging as a model

Minnie: I love the artistic collaboration, especially on bigger shoots. Everything I know I've learned from others within the business, and I always think a person can improve and fine tune their art. There's so much you can learn from another's perspective.

What I find challenging, and it might seem a little petty and weird, but I dislike tardiness. My personal mantra has always been early is on time, on time is late, and late is unacceptable. If I'm late, something is horribly off. It comes down to respect, and respecting other artists time.



dbc: Of all your work, which is your favorite?

Minnie: I don't really have a "favorite" modeling experience. My favorite live performance experience was when was asked to perform at Nerdapalooza, a music festival in Orlando, Florida. I brought a silly, physical comedy based Harry Potter themed act, and the audience was so vocal and appreciative, their energy was so amazing, I literally felt high afterwards!

dbc: How would you best describe yourself using just 3 words?

Minnie: Sparkly silly fun!



dbc: What do you think your strongest feature is in modeling?

Minnie: I'm a performer first, and a model second. I believe this brings an aspect of fun, and a breath of theater to the shoots that I do!



dbc: At the end of the day when all is done what are you most proud of?

Minnie: Modeling wise, my photos were featured in the New Yorker magazine. Performance wise, that I am able to make a full time living doing something creative that I love!



dbc: If you would like to add a few words or anything else you would like to tell your fans please do so.

Minnie: Don't let anyone tell you that you cant do something! Don't let other people put you down or dictate your life to you! Toxic people will bring you down! Don't be afraid to go your own way, and fulfill your own dreams! Even if you fail, the fact that you tried, that you made accomplishments on your own terms is success enough!

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anime12
great stuff love digital's images
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Bescarrelus
awesome
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clivejohns
wow
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donkeyd
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digital box creations
Thanks everyone...already working on next week's artist
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Stephanie Tyler
great job as always
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ChazStrummer
Great interview.
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Ouggialk
the talent in these keeps getting better and better
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