We were raised to be open to unusual and culturally different art.
To me, it was about finding new opportunities. I know my voice touches people. It has for years. I can't give that up.
I think I was perceived in one fashion. A video is based on a song. I think you can get glimpses of people's presence within that. There's some people you enjoy watching more than others.
And I'm also looking for a comeback record and it has to touch a lot of people.
Did people think I sounded black? Totally, but that was a marketing tool as well, but also this is how I grew up and these are my influences.
My current mantra is that sometimes we need teachers in our lives. I never had that in my life, parents and stuff like that; I tried to stay on the outside of them or anybody that had that kind of influence.
Plus, I am paranoid by nature. I need to be in control.
This is one hell of a business I picked to be in.
If anything changes shape or takes off without me, I'll come after you and kill you. I'm too type A.
The men were all scumbags, but the whole point of the film is to show the development of that. Each guy is going in there to have a good time. By and large, these men are career men, family men, and you just see the deterioration of them.
If we were truly in the studio making a record, it would have been more time consuming, and certainly I would have been more involved in the writing process.
When I first came out, like a lot of the artists at that time, I had a very polished, very overproduced sound.
Creating a character and living truthfully through her is a whole different ball game. It's all part of the same person but it's a much newer medium for me.
I love drag queens... they perform me better than I ever could myself.
All you needed back then was a blow dryer and a dream.