While gathering video ideas, I found this fashion shot and thought it was the bomb. In my mind, I actually envisioned how the entire scene would play out ... I'd be walking away from the camera, balloons a-bouncing around me like little golden bubbles and suddenly POOF! I'd explode into a billion bits. Using that as our inspiration, my kickass costume designer/stylist Tomika Smalls came up with a budget-friendly plan that was sheer brilliance.
Perusing available items in my wardrobe, we were at a loss for full black latex skirts and decided the tutu would do. (These things really come in handy when you find yourself a middle-aged underdog about to make a music video.) Lady Geisha, being the bling-happy bi-atch she is, needed her own twist on the look, so Tomika created a one-of-a-kind, sculpted gold jacket with my cartoon alter ego embellished with jewels on the back. Now we just needed to figure out the balloons.
How to make it work? Easy. We strategically pinned blown-up balloons (hanging from ribbons) around a thin leather braided belt that I would wear under the tutu. Obviously, that would have to be put in place after driving to the location, so we loaded up the balloon-laden belt into the trunk and headed to the set. Once there, the looks (and comments) we got from strangers in the LACMA ladies room while adjusting the balloons was priceless -- everyone loved it! I was enthralled.
Aside from the bitter chill and psycho set-crashers, Tomika, director Luciano Fontana, and DP Frank Trenado did an a-MAZING job to make the shoot effortless, fun and, well, balloon perfect. My first video is absolute proof that creativity abounds and there's absolutely NO AGE LIMIT ON HAVING FUN BITCHES!!! xoxo