Brooke Candy Opens Up About The Emotional And Physical Tolls Of Her Work
â€œHoney, Iâ€™ve got a drawer full of vibrators. Iâ€™d die without my sex toys.â€ Those are the words of Brooke Candyâ€”the always candid, Los Angeles-repping singer/rapper/transhumanist. She first gained attention for her role in Grimesâ€™ music video â€œGenesis,â€ where she unapologetically plays herself, sporting long pink braids reminiscent of Christina Aguileraâ€™s â€œDirrtyâ€ era. Since then, her fame has grown. â€œFag Mobâ€ is her squad, and they run LA. At least they do in her â€œDas Meâ€ videoâ€”the track that propelled her from social media celeb status to serious musician. For Brooke, art imitates life, and here, the worldâ€™s only ex-stripper/Rachel Zoe intern talks about the emotional and physical work it takes to be Brooke Candy.
How do you mentally prepare for a performance?Â
I keep things fun backstage. I usually have my glam team, some friends, and some music playing to keep the energy up. I still feel nervous, like Iâ€™m going to vomit, right before I go out on stage. I donâ€™t think Iâ€™ll ever shake that feeling.
Day worker or night worker? Why?Â
How do you get inspired to create work? Iâ€™m not really sureâ€¦ Sometimes inspiration pours in, and sometimes I canâ€™t find inspiration anywhere.
Are you always proud of the work you make?Â
Iâ€™m proud of the dedication to the process, but I always feel really self-conscious about the final product. I like to make something and never look back.
What are some of the physical and emotional tolls of your work?Â
Itâ€™s very emotionally draining. I put every ounce of my being into everything I create, and sometimes it leaves me feeling a bit broken. Physically, my skin and hair have definitely taken a toll. I tend to wear elaborate wigs that more often than not pull my hair out, and makeup that irritates my skin. Iâ€™ve always had to shave my eyebrows for specific looks and have lost my eyelashes.Â
Views on collaboration?Â
Hmmâ€¦ If itâ€™s right. My vision is very specific, so finding the right fit can be difficult. Iâ€™ve been lucky enough to collaborate with people like Sia and Jack Antonoff on my new album.
If youâ€™re stuck creatively, what do you do to get unstuck?Â
Stay grounded and focus on something else until the inspiration comes. You really canâ€™t force it.
If you werenâ€™t doing this and had to get a â€œday job,â€ where would you see yourself?Â
Working on a self-sustaining farm in Hawaii studying herbal magic.Â
What new music are you excited for at the moment?Â
Iâ€™m not really excited about anything new at the moment. Iâ€™ve been listening to a lot of L7 and Bikini Kill lately.Â Â
Whatâ€™s your go-to sad song? Happy song?Â
Sad song is Philip Glassâ€™ â€œOpening.â€ Happy song is Veruca Saltâ€™s â€œVolcano Girls.â€
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