Those of you who have been following me since January know that I make these little videos, mashing up visual content and song.
In the past, they've recieved 100-200 hits max. But I always enjoyed making them. So I continued.
In April, I made one for Carol's Daughter putting the spotlight on Natural Hair and it got a ton of views-- just over 1,000! Mind blown, I was so excited.
Fast forward 3 months later and I'm listening to Azaelia Bank's Fantasea mixtape and hooked on this one track Fierce.
'Werq me goddammit!'
I was voguing in my living room and swiveling my hips, this song was clearly a drag queen anthem. Go Ms. Banks! She got it so right.
That night, I accompanied my parents to a dinner party and found myself talking to some fabulous women and men who were once a part of this legendary 90s gay club scene. They loved how the 'children' were adopting the culture and had respect for artists like Azaelia and Zebra Katz. Inevitably, Paris is Burning (1990) came up.
I watched the documentary, profiling the drag ball subculture of the early 90s, about a year ago and it blew.my.mind. The characters-infecteous, the story-deeply moving and overall tons of fun. Oh to be a drag queen in the early 90s.
With this sentiment propelling me forward, I spent a few hours editing this:
And today July 17th, just 4 days after its creation, it has 18,123 views!
I fee like a struggling artists who's finally been recognized. In reality, I may be a one hit wonder and continue toiling away on videos that reach hundreds instead of thousands but for now, this feels pretty good.
Live your fantasea...