Hello there, friend! i’m Brandi!
i’m a queer author, writing coach, and life coach for artists who feel like they are different.
i believe our diversity is the most powerful asset we have but we have to take the initiative, the risk of harnessing our otherness into our power — and into powerful art.
i’ve been creating, writing, and defying the rules since i could stand on two legs (even then my mother said i ran before i ever learned to walk). My goal here and with everything i do and create is to galvanize you into action, to DO the work that needs to be done to express the art & diversity that lives inside you.
Because i believe that making art is not a luxury; it is a much-needed political act.
And i’ve made it my mission to help people like us, whose voices don’t make up the mainstream, turn our exploits into expression, our oppressions into strength, and our personal experiences into art that not only changes our own lives, but the world as well.
Want to know a few more secrets about me? Then keep on reading on!
My most transformative career highlights include:
1. Making my 20+ year dream of being a bonafide National drag queen pageant titleholder come true. (i was crowned the first Miss USofA Diva in 2014!)
2. Graduating with my MA in Women’s Studies/Gender Performance. College was something i NEVER EVER wanted to do but it opened up new portals in me (including my life-long desire to understand drag from an academic and philosophical lens).
3. Quitting my day job to go full-time artist.
4. Being featured in and writing for some of the most amazing places like BET, Curve Magazine, Dallas Voice, Global Grind, and being named one of the Latino leaders to watch by Latino Leaders Magazine.
5. Helping hundreds of queer, POC, and marginalized artists clarify their art, uncover their voice, and share their story with the world via performance art, books, speeches, and drag. There is nothing more satisfying or transformative for me than this.
So what do i do when i’m not trying to start a revolution or be my own Big Bang theory?
i LOOOOVE all things woo, Lisa Frank & Miss Piggy; sipping on craft cocktails (Chartreuse anything? YES PLEASE!); rolling around in glitter and rhinestones; annoying my Shih Tzu Simon, being the slay i wish to see, and cruising + holding hands with my wife Every. Single. Day — even (and especially) when she’s mad at me ;).
(Psst. Looking for my ‘official’ bio? You can read that here.)
The 10 Most Fun & Obscure Facts About Me Ever!
Shssh! Don’t tell anyone 😉
1. i opened up for Lady Gaga in 2007 right before she hit it big. She was on a gay bar tour and performed at S4 in Dallas, TX. My group, SOMETHING FABULOUS!!! Dallas’ first queer performance troupe, was asked to open for her, we did, and it was epic!
2. i won Best Actress in our 8th-grade version of the Oscars.
3. i’m a Clairempath. Strangers come up to me all the time — at the bar, in waiting rooms, and other random places, and tell me their deepest and sometimes darkest stories. i never judge. i just always listen and intuit whatever (if anything) needs to be said.
4. The only thing i’m truly afraid of is dying before the miracle happens.
5. i toured with the Bob Marley Festival in the late ’90s as a Polynesian/Tahitian dancer. As a 17-year-old, i got traveled the country spreading peace, unity, and one love. BEST TIME EVER!!!
6. i have been in love with the night sky since i was 5. My father would take me in our backyard, set up the telescope, and teach me all about the constellations and planets. It’s why i gaze up at la luna and the night sky every night and why i love astrology so much.
7. i looooooooooove paper, pens, and notebooks. Like, back-to-school time in August is my favorite time of the year, especially the after-the-fact sales. And don’t even get me started on the smell of books…
8. i never wanted to go to college . . . until i did at 24. i made the decision when i found out i could do college my way — be a sponge for knowledge, relish in learning, and not worry about the end result being ‘a higher paying job.’ In 2000, i got a BA in Dance. And in 2012, i recieved my MA in Multicultural Women and Gender Studies.
9. i don’t wear or own a pair of pants or jeans. i haven’t worn jeans since i was 18 and the only ‘pants’ i wear and own are leggings or athletic wear. Pants are waaaay to constricting for me. Don’t like ’em.
10. i started my writing career by self-publishing a book of poems when i was 14. The ‘about the author’ page will tell you everything you will ever need to know about me. It TOTALLY predicted what i would be doing now. Seriously. Read it.
Thank you for taking the time to get to know me better! Here’s what to do next!
Here’s to making art that colors the world diverse, together!
Mucho mas love, light, & solidarity your way!