Cookie CUTTER Girl
"SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL"
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SEATTLE HIGH SCHOOL INTERVIEW
1. What inspired you to write the Cookie Cutter Girl album?
I think the idea for Girl Power Pop Superhero, Cookie Cutter Girl, as a strong, feminine role model grew out of my own personal experience in a string of abusive relationships. My personal success in rising above the negative feelings, and in refusing to remain a victim, led me to this poster child for Girl Power. The truth is, CCG appeared to me during a solo performance, asking why I was performing in a restaurant to the backs of people who weren't listening. This soon to be Girl Power Icon inspired me to come out of my own shell, face my fears, and be heard.
The theme behind “Cutter” is that women don’t need to live their lives within the confines of the rules that society has laid out for them. They can “break the mold” and be whoever they want to be – professionally, personally, sexually, you name it. Women can be a source of support for each other, instead of competing with each other for men, jobs, and security. While this is a decidedly feminist message, I am NOT by any means a "man-hater." Men DO fill positive roles in my music and writing, and are not portrayed as being evil in any stereotypical way. The message is one of strength and power for women, it’s not about men being bad because they’re men.
2. What message about self image, if any, would you like to broadcast to the girls and women of America?
Cookie Cutter Girl is here to spread the word:
Sisters *are* doin' it for themselves! No longer need you wait for a white knight, in shining armour to come rescue you from the dangers of the world. STOP what you are doing... LOOK within yourself... LISTEN to your heart... Be your own hero and save yourself. *You* have the power... THE GIRL POWER! Our target audience is women, of course. *smile* We have fans from 5-105, but I am most concerned about reaching out to girls 8-18 years old. This is when their self-image is shaping and I want them to realize their full potential.
3. In your opinion, what is the most rewarding thing about singing/writing/performing?
Being a "Pop Superhero" is a life
of servitude and solitude.
The pay *stinks*... but I LOVE MY JOB! Sure, I have an all too human alter-ego, JULIAN, who wants to quit sometimes. Yet, everytime a new fan comes up to me after a show to tell me that CCG touched them in some way... she *knows* it's all worth it.
4. Where do you hope to go with your career in the future?
(Taken from the newest GIRL POWER POSTCARDS...)
Cookie Cutter Girl is a modern day Cinderella
updated with an Afterlife Advisor, a Magic Guitar and Perky Pets! This is the TRUE STORY of Julian, a young woman in crisis,
who discovers her own inner strength ... and a Superhero
alter ego too: Cookie Cutter Girl! She gathers the strength,
or GIRL POWER, within every woman she helps. in the
form of PINK ENERGY RAYS, shooting them at her enemies
to fight the injustices of the world. I CO-wrote issue #1 of the
comic book with the "Queen of licensed children's books,"
Justine Fontes (DISNEY, DREAMWORK) and it will be
produced by Sonic Comics' Ron Fontes,
the ex-Art Director for Marvel Comics.
Our plan is to use the publicity we garner
to bring National attention to women's issues such as domestic violence and
eating disorders. We are in the process of researching grants
and government funding available for projects targeted at
female empowerment and women in crisis. Our goal is to
distribute the CDs and Comic Books to schools and
crisis centers across the USA.
5. Do you consider yourself a feminist?
What is your personal definition of "feminism"?
Sure, I'm a "feminist," in that I support women 100%! My definition of "feminism" is supporting other women, NOT treating them as competition. Cookie Cutter Girl's mission is "GIRL POWER: Strength Through Unity!" I'm just a link in the chain, and so are *you*. BUT... together... we are unbreakable.
If you have anything else to add, I would love to hear your thoughts! Thank you so much for taking the time to do this. I really appreciate it!
Stay Hungry and Support Other Women! DON'T perceive them as competition, but look to them for support. Men have always had advantages over us, simply by being men. Does this mean you should just have meetings to talk about equal rights? NO! Don't just be a woman of strong words. Be a woman of strong actions too. YOU have to want to succeed more. YOU have to work harder. I do NOT compete against others, only against myself. I want to do a better job than *I* did yesterday! Find strength in uniting and supporting your fellow artists. Don't fear or oppress them as "competition." I truly believe in the concept of Karma: everything you do WILL come back to you!
Join the International Girl Power Society on the "MEET COOKIE CUTTER GIRL" PAGE of http://www.CookieCutterGirl.com to network with other women. For my fellow artists, I've also made the MEGA-DEALS page of my website a FREE resource for self-promotion. Go there and take advantage of the 100's links to FREE promotional tools. GIRL POWER!
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