So what do you actually do?
Every time i hear this question, i soooo want to say, I make miracles happen baby! a la one of my favorite scenes in the movie Jerry Maquire.
Sometimes i do; usually, i don’t. Instead, i say this:
i’m an artist, woke magic maker, and one part of the solution.
i help marginalized folx like me be the change they wish to see by (re)planting their life and work deep in themselves, their own medicine, and art/magic making. i do that via my personal blend of magic called Intersectional Alchemy where i provide readings, mentorship, and bespoke candles & rituals.
i’m also the founder and CEO of a really big art project called WOKE MAGIC. WOKE MAGIC is an online bodega, publishing haus, and foundation. It is also my purpose, magus open, and contribution to building the kind of world i want to live in NOW.
As an artist all my life, i know first hand the radial transformative powers of creativity and owning your own magic. i have shimmied my way out of the closet; danced my way through a trans partner being involuntarily recalled in George W. Bush’s 2003 Iraq war; dragged myself free; and written myself whole.
Throughout my 43 years on this planet, i have used art as my medium to protest, galvanize others into action, and see, envision, and birth a more deeply connected creative world.
i believe with my whole heart that creativity and making art is not a luxury; it is a much-needed socio-political act of resistance and insistence that our otherness is our power—even when the world wants us to believe otherwise.
i believe our diverse experiences and intersections are THE MOST POWERFUL tools and medicines we have.
And i use my gifts as a nepantlera (someone who bridges) to help us 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.
It’s a big mission and vision for one tiny 5’ humxn. But we are called to what we are called to. And what i have found out along the way are that my biggest spells of depression, angst, worry, and fear have been when i’ve tried to distance myself from this bigness—when i pushed against this natural wave i’m here to create.
And so i consciously chose to venture down the road of most resistance—but also the one that shines with the most heart.
May my work and magic serve you in multi-dimensional ways and guide you to—and through!—the path with the most heart too. 🙏🏽
Brandi Amara Skyy grew up under the South Texas Sun, rhinestone beaches, and full familia tamale-making kitchen table wisdom. She is inspired most by transformation, the Star Nations, and her daily communions with Spirit. As a double Leo (Rising + Moon), she has been everything performative under the Sun: a published journalist and author, belly dancer, modern dancer, and award-winning drag queen. And their spirit work sits in the intersection of all their many incantations and is the heartbeat that inspires her to create and galvanize—herself, others, and the world.
As a Queer Indigenous Mexican healer, spiritual artivist (art + activist), and Nepantlera, her body of work serves marginalized folxs who are ready to be the change they wish to see by (re)planting their life and work deep in themselves, their own medicine, and art/magic making. Through their signature blend of magic called Intersectional Alchemy and their readings, mentorship, books, and bespoke candle creations, she’s here to remind you that you hold all the tools and wisdom you need to harness your Otherness into your power—and powerful art. And while her work has been featured in Dallas Voice, BET, Curve Magazine, Global Grind, and Ofrenda Magazine, the accolades they hold closest to their heart are the emails full of radical personal transformation stories after working, reading, and experiencing her magic.
When they’re not busy teaching folxs how to root their power and claim their voice, Brandi can be found with her nose in a book, a pen in her hair, translating her heart, and being the change she wishes to see.
Alchemize yourself; Transmute the world at brandiamaraskyy.com
You can also download a copy of my CV HERE.
Now For Some Fun!
Here are 10 obscurely fun facts about me 🤗
i opened up for Lady Gaga in 2007 right before she hit it big. She was on an LGBTQ+ 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 EPPPPPPPPPICCCCC!
i never wanted to go to college . . . until i did at 24. i made the decision to go when i figured out i could do college my way and i finally stopped listening to everyone else’s reasons why i “needed” to go and began to unearth why i wanted to go. It wasn’t so i could get a higher-paying job and join the capitalist ranks. It was because i wanted to relish in learning and the experiences that came with actively honing my craft and critically engaging with people, texts, and discourses that deepened and challenged my own. So in 2000, i got a BA in Dance with a minor in Women’s Studies. And in 2012, i received my MA in Multicultural Women and Gender Studies. This choice deeply rerouted the energy and course of my life.
i’m OBSESSED with paper, pens, and notebooks. Like, back-to-school time in August is my favorite time of the year—especially the after-sales. And don’t even get me started on the smell of books…
i’m clairaudient, claircognizant, and a clairempath—all deeply influence how i create, teach, and lead.
i toured with the Bob Marley Festival in the late ’90s as a Polynesian/Tahitian dancer. As a 17-year-old, i got to travel the country spreading peace, unity, dance, and one love. BEST TIME EVER!!!
i came out to my parents the night George W. Bush won his reelection. (Side note: i thought the world was ending…little did i know that the 2016 election would have even worse in store.) i came out of my second closet—the spiritual one—after my animal soul companion, Simon, died on June 1, 2020. And i am deeply proud of both risings.
i’ve been in love with the night sky since i was 5. My father and i would camp out in our backyard, set up the telescope, and he would teach me all about the constellations and planets. Those memories are stored in my bones—and it’s the root of why i love the moon, stars, and astrology so so much.
i don’t own a pair of pants or jeans. In fact, i haven’t worn jeans since i was ooooh about 24. And the only ‘pants’ i own or wear are leggings or athletic wear. So you will pretty much ALWAYS find me in a dress. i find pants waaaaaay too constricting for me.
This might be the last known time (and pic!) of me in jeans.
(This was part of a photo series by an MA student at TWU. i was 24? 25?)
i officially became an author and publisher at age 14 when i self-publishing a book of poems, called Only A Dream Away. From cover to binding to the pages that housed the words, i created the entire thing from scratch by hand. i have been a publisher all my life—it just took me 30 years to call myself/path as such.
BONUS: i have always known i was different. Strange. “Abnormal.” Check out the “About The Author” section of the above self-published book. It tells you everything you will ever need to know about me and the heartroot of my work.
All this page’s goodness to say that the best way to get to know me/really understand me is through my art and creations. Read an article i wrote. Watch a YouTube video i created. Listen to a podcast. Check out a performance. Go follow WOKE MAGIC (or me) on Insta.
Because my eyes—or this page—aren’t the window to my soul. My work is.
May i be witnessed in a light that serves the highest good of all—myself included.
And so it is!
Thank you. Thank you. Thank you! 🙏🏽🙏🏽 For being here. For taking the time to get to know my heart. And for doing the work to make this world more art-filled, magical, and equitable for all.
para la gente!
Mucho mas 🖤💡✊🏾