Coochie Mondi interviews MIKELA JAY!

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Snapshot of Shortfilm "Coochie Mondi"

And the Coochie Star of this Month is MIKELA JAY!!!!

 
Mikela Jay on the runway for Coochie Mondi, Toronto, Canada.  
Photo: Rhett Moretta

We are very excited to have Mikela Jay on Board as our first perfect Candidate!!! Mikela has worked alongside Coochie Mondi in Toronto, Canada as our main model for the debut launch of Coochie Mondi.  She also acted as the leading character in our short film called, “Coochie Mondi” working alongside many talented individuals creating this little gem.  She is also a very talented editor and helped with the editing of this production which in the end was recently published in the Art Book called, “CORPO,  Estraneo / Straniero”(translated, “BODY, Stranger/ Foreign) “, History of Performance Art in Abruzzo, Italy, written by by Ivan D’Alberto and Sibilla Panerai. 


Coochie Mondi takes a Closer Look at a special individual, Mikela Jay.  Mikela is an Enigma; a beautiful, talented and successful model, actress, musician and film editor, to say the least!  She is one whose versatility, drive and integrity separates her from the pack and is quickly becoming an asset to the artistic community!  

Here’s why…

a COOCHIEVIEW

Interview by Antonella Sigismondi

ANTONELLA SIGISMONDI

Hi Mikela, how are you?? Any new interesting project you doing lately?  You in TO or Montreal?  I’ve started my CoochieMondi.com.  Its up but its about 1/3 done.  I’ve got a section on there which I’ve called Coochie Star.. in which I will be interviewing strong woman WHO MAKE CHANGE. Would you like to be my first candidate?

MIKELA JAY

Hola!!  I’m good thanks – just in Toronto until March 10 then back to Montreal for 2 months – then back/forth until end of September — I’ve got 7 different film projects in various stages of development, production &/or release soon – plus MAGT is doing really well with some new music being created

Mikela Jay

What’s required to be a ‘candidate’?  Send me some questions & I answer?  xo

antonella sigismondi

I’m happy for you. 

MIKELA

Cool.  Sure, write up some questions at your leisure.  I don’t have a website of my own right now – though I am directing people to the band’s page.  We are Art as a Vehicle for Social Change called, “Bureau Of Power And Light” www.bureauofpowerandlight.com

Bureau Of Power And Light is a collective that aims to make the world a better place for ALL through the arts, featuring MAGT”

ANTONELLA 

See…you’re awesome)) So I’ve chosen you because of what I’ve heard of the kinds of works you choose. What is it exactly that you do? …..first question

hair & makeup: 
jackie shawn
photo:
martin goldie 

MIKELA

Oh,  are we having the interview now?

                            Photo by Julie Laurin

What do I do?  I get asked this all the time – a bunch of things.  I’ve been an actor since ’98, appearing in a ton of film & TV – I’ve just returned to it in the past couple of years, with 3 Indy projects being produced & or released this year, as well as a couple of Indy films coming up! I narrate heavy documentaries like “The Corporation” (also worked on the post-production of that one for over a year)

https://youtu.be/xa3wyaEe9vE 

Antonella Sigismondi

Yes, I remember.  That’s great!

Mikela Jay

I’m a singer in MAGT, though have been doing it since ’94 in a variety of electronically based music collaborations here in Canada & in the UK/Europe.I’m also a creative producer – am currently producing a short dance film in Montreal with a fist time director.  How’s that? lol!  ….Oh ya, I used to model starting in ’88.

Antonella Sigismondi

What is your criteria for choosing a project? Are they mainly for social change? 😉

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hair & makeup: 
jackie shawn
photo:
martin goldie 
dress: courtesy of Erin Robinsong
Mikela 

“It depends on the people involved, what the message is, will I enjoy the time/energy involved…”

Luckily I’ve never repeated myself in terms of characters – the documentaries however have all been very heavy material – Noam Chomsky has appeared in almost every one of them though I’ve never met the man personally.

ANTONELLA

What is it that attracts you to these projects.  Or vice versa?  Do you know?

MIKELA

“It’s nothing in particular – I don’t audition, have an agent or manager, or am with the union – its word of mouth, people ask me & if I’m available/interested I do it.”

ANTONELLA 

Who is Noam Chomsky?

Mikela 

I’m honoured if people appreciate my voice & work enough to have me participate in their project.   ok – look him up! How can you NOT KNOW??

Mikela 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noam_Chomsky Noam Chomsky – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia  en.wikipedia.org

(Avram Noam Chomsky (/ˈnoʊm ˈtʃɒmski/; born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher,[21][22]cognitive scientist, logician,[23][24][25] political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. Sometimes described as the “father of modern linguistics”,[26][27] Ch…

hair & makeup: jackie 
shawn
photo: martin goldie



ANTONELLA

You must be very centered to be able to do vast variety of works….what do you do to ground yourself? 

Mikela 

What keeps me grounded?  I try but it isn’t always easy – I’m an urban gypsy currently living in both Toronto & Montreal – yoga helps. Meditation when I can helps.

ANTONELLA

And how do you Keep so healthy and slender?  Any special diet?

Mikela 

I’m also blessed with an incredibly supportive, vast dynamic community of other artists, creators, friends & family who keep me on point, encouraging me no matter what I get up to.

Antonella 

What kind of yoga?

Mikela

I prefer Hatha Yoga.  I’m mostly vegan – been vegan  or vegetarian? starting at 8 years old!  I did A LOT of dance, speed running, downhill skiing, cycling… growing up.  I did some martial arts & I walk everywhere.  

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photo: 
George Whiteside,hair & makeup: 
Jackie Shawn

ANTONELLA

I love Hatha!…Where do you get your determination from?

Mikela 

Growing up a freak in a small Ontario town taught me to own myself & my journey.  It’s not up to anyone else to define it for me.

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hair & make-up: Sam Jocelyn 
Hempsted
model: Mikela Jay
photo: Gunphoto 
BELOW: hair/make up: Shannon Coppin
models: Mikela Jay & Sean Day Michael
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MIKELA

I always knew who I was – certain friends & peers who thought they knew me just projected what they thought, so I’ve let those people all go now & only have true close allies who I never need to explain myself to.

Antonella 

Who inspires you….or do you have any mentors and why?

Mikela

Other women inspire me all the time – anyone who’s lives have challenged them to stand up for themselves inspire me.

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photo: Rhett Morita
hair & makeup: Kiisti Matsuo
ANTONELLA

Thats great! What do you think about the state of our people and planet?  Do you think it’s too late?  Or do you think there’s hope?

Mikela 

“There’s always hope – but is it enough with the level of insanity happening on a global daily basis?  I doubt it. We need truly smart progressive people to be leading, not the examples of what is exhibited on the front page news every day.”

ANTONELLA

Any issues that stand closed to your heart?

Mikela 

“The Environment – Gender Equality – Human Rights!”

ANTONELLA

Can you tell us about your music and what it all means to you?

MIKELA 

I first started in Industrial Goth & EBM, then moved into Spoken Word & Trip Hop, now its Intelli-Pop (intelligent pop music) ~ my band is my best friends & we are four vocalists who are for the betterment of the planet & all who live here.

ANTONELLA

Sounds great! WHO else would you LOVE to collaborate with?

Mikela 

“I’d love to work with ‘Bjork’, or ‘PJ Harvey’ – they are my fav’s.”

ANTONELLA 

What do you see as the biggest gender issue happening today?  for a woman like yourself, strong and sexy and goal- oriented…if I may…?

MIKELA

“For me personally, the greatest gender issue happening today is the conversation happening!  I was born Intersex “

(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Intersex) en.wikipedia.org Intersex, in humans and other animals, is a variation in sex characteristics including chromosomes, gonads, or genitals that do not allow an individual to be distinctly identified as male or female. Such variation may involve genital ambiguity, and combinations of chromosomal genotype and sexual phe…  Intersex – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 

Mikela 

…which greatly impacted my experience of being the small town freak – then I grew boobs, long legs, long hair, was athletic & graceful & all the things I was literally persecuted for became the things that brought me attention in the world as a woman & model, eventually singer & as an actor — look at the rumours of Lady Gaga being a hermaphrodite, Annie Lennox was thought to be a man, Grace Jones too – Tilda Swinton would be ideal creative crush to work with since I fell in love & kinship watching the movie Orlando – the only film I walked out of at the end & went back in right away.

ANTONELLA

And one last thing?  If you could advise young women and men of today about this (or their careers) ?…what would you say?  Thanks Mikela!))

MIKELA

My advice? No one has ever asked me this question before so it may take a moment…

“Be totally, unashamed honest with yourself about who you are.  Everything else stems from that – how others see you energetically comes from that deep place of knowing.  Then it doesn’t matter what they think – that famous quote ‘what others think of you is none of your business’ rings so true for me.  Own it & kick royal ass!” 1929315_8118116829_8034_n

ANTONELLA SIGISMONDI

So Amazing! Thank you Mikela)

MIKELA JAY

Toni! Thought I’d send this along ~ another ‘guest blogger’ on the same day you asked me to! 

http://judecast.com/2015/02/24/the-acting-juice/

Judecast  judecast.com

(INTRO: The best thing about making a film for no money is the freedom. Cast really interesting, intelligent people and let them go for it. Yes, there’s a script but I’m certainly not going to tell people like John Doyle, Les Stroud, Mikela Jay, The Butler Brothers, or Dennis Trainer to stick to the…

Antonella Sigismondi

That is so great!! Did you write that? Is it your blog? Im on cellular.

Mikela Jay

I did write it = thanks Its Judith Klassen’s Blog – she’s the director/writer/star/producer of this project – I’m a guest spot in it – fun!

Antonella Sigismondi

Thats so fantastico! She let you write her blog? Or part of it? That’s so great Mikela!

Mikela

  “Guest Blogger” ?  

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