This film was healing medicine for me. Many of us are thrown out to the streets as Mary (Emily Lucid) was. We end up homeless and prostitution becomes a means of survival , which leads many of us to drug addiction, as it did for me for 20 years.
In a sense the film was a way for me to send a message to my mother and all parents out there that feel as mine does. Don’t let it be in death that you finally realize that unconditional love is the only way. Love your children in this life before its too late.
Shelbe Chang I met on Facebook. After seeing some of her work I reached out to her and she is a very driven actress and model. I can not wait to work with all three again. Unfortunately due to personal reasons Vaniity will not be coming on board for ‘Wifi Killer’.
Monika: In 2013 you started filming “Transformed-Surviving The Darkside of Hollywood”. What is the film about?
This film is an intense thriller, a ‘who is the killer?’ kind of movie and just when you think you know who it is well you just might be wrong. This will be my first narrative feature film. I will be launching a Kickstarter campaign at the end of this year.
Monika: What is your general view on transgender stories or characters which have been featured in films, newspapers or books so far?
I think it is time for mainstream media to start hiring transgenders for transgender roles and eventually roles as cisgender people. Equality in Hollywood! In fact I am putting together a protest during the Academy Awards in Los Angeles because I feel we need to make a stand against Hollywood’s depiction of us and constantly over looking our talent.
Many of them let me express my fabulousness so by the time I aged out of the system and went to see my mother as the woman I am today it really didn’t go well. So I headed to Hollywood from Minnesota. Once here I got wrapped up in the glamorousness and craziness of Santa Monica Blvd in Hollywood in the early 90’s.
We also now have wonderful sites on the internet like the Transgender Housing Network that is there to help those that fall through the cracks of the system and face discrimination. We still face employment discrimination but things are starting to look better.
Then of course there is the violence. Transphobic crimes are on the rise and that BS that happened with Cece was just nuts!! So if I am attacked and become scared for my life I can’t fight for my life? That’s just plain crazy to me!! If she had lost it would have been just another transwoman down to them. I can not talk about the case much but I have a friend here in Los Angeles fighting in court against the four men that attacked her and they have the nerve to claim self-defense after they attacked her. Yeah we still have a winding road ahead of us.
We may have been a small group but they heard us chant NOT ONE MORE, STOP KILLING US, JUSTICE FOR ISLAN….. I also will be attending the 2014 Transgender Leadership Summit in April so I can meet with our movers and shakers and contribute to the cause. I love that we have become political and now have trans people on City Councils as well as in Washington. That is so inspiring to me!
I am in a long term relationship with a wonderful loving man that has helped lift me up and showed me that there is nothing I can not achieve as long as I believe and am willing to do the work. Yeah he is something else!!