School Mistress: cultivating the wicked

“The fact is that we have no way of knowing if the person who we think we are is at the core of our being. Are you a decent girl with the potential to someday become an evil monster, or are you an evil monster that thinks it’s a decent girl?”
~ Derek Landy, Death Bringer

She was taught to be good, to always favor the light and to forever be kind. No matter that her tendency was toward the dark. It’s not that she created sadness or loneliness or pain, it’s just that she felt more comfortable there, like her fabric was made from of shadows, stillness and everything torn.

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So she enrolled in the school for villains against the wishes and warnings of her family and friends. At first she wondered if she had done the right thing, if she was really following the true path of her heart or if she was just being rebellious. After learning to destroy lives and scare the nightmares into children, she realized that this was indeed, her true calling.

She moves through this experience of learning how good she was at being bad, to being released out into the world a new naïve fledgling villain, hungry at the prospect of her first victim and then onto the fully mature evil queen bathing in the blood of innocence, fully realized and without remorse.

The reason this production even exists is a classic example of how I see characters in people and how I bring them to life. Stephanie, the model, and I had worked on a project together for the forest nymph production some months back and I couldn’t help but see this strong, defiant character in her. Mostly because of her wonderfully strong jaw line, dark hair and prominent features. And this girl is one of the sweetest creatures I know and shows no evidence of hardness or sternness, yet I saw this character lurking somewhere beneath the surface grasping for a voice. When I pitched the idea to her she was excited to do it and coordinated with a local talented designer who specializes in turn of the century gowns and garments, Helene Hawthorn. Together with an amazing hair and makeup team, this production was a huge success.  Our location was on the east side of the 11th street bridge amongst the broken buildings, machine parts and giant concrete pillars. All natural light with no mods. We were just lucky enough to get that good evening light.


Model: Stephanie Miller

Hair: Rachel Perez

MUA: Karla Alverez

Wardrobe: Helene Hawthorne

Shot on a cannon 7D with an 85mm lens. Natural light. 

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