Never been much of the clubbing type. It takes a lot of time and alcohol for me to start expressing myself freely with movement. (Fact: the first FB group I joined was “Holy Shit! I’m Awkward” :P) But I was at the Asian-themed HIRO to support Queena who was performing in Carnival: Choreographer’s Ball, an event similar to America’s Best Dance Crew
Throughout the performances, I noticed there were quite a few pieces themed futuristic galaxy, national defense, and other forms of art (mime, ballet). There was a lot of American apparel silver wear, animal print tights, neon – your current trends worked to an extreme! The styling was out of this world too: from wigs to the sunglasses, to the way one guy wore orange coveralls… I wish I had remembered to stick the battery into my camera. I would have loved to show you guys their ‘costumes’!
I entertained the idea of being a stylist for a little… wouldn’t it be so fun to conceptualize their outfits, scrounge the city for the pieces, create new ones, then put it all together for a complete look? Thought bubble popped when I recalled my new friend telling me how Kanye’s stylist didn’t want her help because she didn’t want to lose her job. Oh well, I have Me, Myself & I to style, and we always have fun!
Being in new environments and meeting new people is always exciting, fun, scary. It places you in uncomfortable situations and you learn what you don’t like, and why you don’t like it. New experiences could make you feel like you don’t want to wait another second before taking over the world. Then you know you’ve got something going on for you… as long as you’re willing to accept what you ask for.
In my case, I thought I would enjoy the production aspect. As you know I’m a fashion show coordinator extraordinaire! At coat check though, I was next to Carnival’s producer and had little interest in starting up a conversation. On the other hand, my mind wandered to the dancers’ outfits, how some were so unique you’d need a personal tailor to create them. Someone could make a job out of that! Interest also piqued when the host announced a choreographer was starting a clothing line. Miranda’s brain: “Oh my gosh! I want a clothing line! That could be me! I could do it!”
One really important thing I’ve learned during this journey away from home is to listen to your heart during those little AHA! moments. You know what’s best for you, and those are moments of clarity that put everything into perspective. It’s what got me to NY in the first place. Try it and maybe you’ll surprise yourself.