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Ever wonder what it’s like to be a superhero?
Well, I’m here to tell you.
This tale begins as one of those “If you were to tell my younger self I’d be dressing up as a costumed hero to entertain people, I’d laugh in your face.”
But it’s also one that allies itself to the life of being an artist.
I think everyone who chooses the path of the artist also actively accepts the potential variables that their path will contain – such is the nature of the beast.
My life as Wonder Woman began in early 2018.
Through fight family connections in the S.A.F.D. (Society of American Fight Directors), I heard that fellow performer-owned Atlanta Superhero Parties was looking for female heroes. In high school and college, I had worked as a children’s birthday party host at an art and science museum as well as been a camp counselor during the summers; I had experience working with children and thought, “what the heck, this is just another version of that, let’s see where it takes me”.
This was during the time I had just moved to Atlanta and had a significant amount of fight performance under my belt, so I wasn’t necessarily nervous to become this character for others… but maybe for myself.
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Remember that feeling when you were a child and you got to meet a super hero, your favorite superhero even?
Excited. Anxious. Nervous.
Bursting with all of the things you’ve ever wanted to tell them or show them.
Time slowing, pure bliss.
Staring down at my new work ‘uniform’, I started to relive all of those feelings. A body-less Wonder Woman laid out on my bed, a costume, a symbol, was bringing about these sensations. Isn’t that crazy?
There’s something to be said about it. Something to be said about what a superhero is and the impact she or he can make on youth and adults alike. It’s empowerment, people.
I wasn’t sure what was going to happen next, but I put it on.
I very distinctly remember the first time I looked at myself wearing the garb of the Amazon warrior. Very specific feelings of identity and strength washed over me, and instantly, I became her.
I became Diana of Themyscira.
I had never felt more like myself.
Funny thing how an outfit can make you feel or see yourself. It was like I was witnessing a past life of mine first hand. Now, I’m fully aware that Wonder Woman is a fictional character, but she is also based from Greek mythology, which I spiritually identify with.
Aside from visual assimilation, the moral and physical codes that this heroine lives by is adjacent to the things I stand for and advocate in my own life. It’s like we were already meant to be.
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In my first outing as Wonder Woman, I teamed up with Batman to tussle with The Joker at an event for a local chapter of the Boy Scouts of America. We performed a short fight leaving Joker tongue tied for words in the Lasso of Truth and Batman’s night moves. This was a particularly special event as it was celebrating the first chapter of the Scouts to allow girls into the organization.
You know Wonder Woman was going to come through for that!
Shortly following, I attended a Prevent Child Abuse event in Fayetteville, GA with a few other fellow heroes, and, I gotta tell ya, it was pretty amazing. Not only were the kids stoked to see and meet us, but our interactions were the best part. I had to stop myself from tearing up a few times when girls rushed over to hug me and tell me that they were strong like me.
Oh, and know that I flexed as much as possible in my hero poses for photos, for little girls and boys alike. Strength, empowerment, emotional relatability – all things modern kiddos need to experience.
I went on to continue ‘performing’ at events and birthday parties and the importance of being this hero didn’t really hit me until I had done a handful of them.
You see, I wasn’t really performing.
I would not consider myself an actor. I’m a stunt performer. There are many differences in those levels of entertainment.
But when I’m ‘in character’ as Wonder Woman, I am just my truest self. It’s kind of magical, actually. For entertainers alike, some of you will understand this notion. I think that’s what makes this really special for me. I get to influence, interact and have fun with children and adults in a badass way that also reaches their hearts consciously or subconsciously.
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So, yeah, to say I love being her would be putting it lightly. Every time I go to put on the costume, I get giddy and my heart skips a beat. I’m pretty sure that means I’m meant to be doing this.
Even you can become a hero.
Live your truth.