Interview: Cara Fox

Cara Pflueger, otherwise known as Fox, is perhaps the most remarkable human being. From being a performer and artist to being an actor and all-around goddess, Fox spreads colorful joy wherever she goes. Her aura and clothing radiate beautiful hues of lavender and purple and when she isn’t parading around Melbourne in the Colour Parade or doing photoshoots for LunaSea Creations, she can be found getting shit done on her blog Consider It Did. Make sure to also check out her Instagram for a daily dose of color and beauty.

What’s your name? Cara “Fox” Pflueger

How old are you? Twenty-four

What makes you feel remarkable? Knowing that I have the opportunity to do anything and be anything that I want to be.

If you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again? 
Be active. Going for a walk, or a swim or having a dance. Movement does wonderful things for the mind.

Where do you think love hides? Inside of every person’s ability to love themselves.

When do you feel most loved? 
When I truly and unconditionally love myself. All other kinds of love flow my way when that happens.

What inspires most of your writing? 
Experiences and people. Life is one big funny poem.

What is your favorite rainy day activity? Staying in bed, drinking tea and cuddling.

What do you think is the most beautiful thing about people? 
Empathy, generosity and kindness.

When you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind? 
Vast green landscapes.

When you hear the word “love” what sound resonates in your ears? The breeze in the trees, wind chimes and songbirds.

What makes you feel hope? Knowing that everyone wants the best for themselves and everyone else.

Who do you think is a remarkable person? My mother.

Where do you get your confidence? Knowing that what other people think of me is none of my business, so I should just do whatever I want because I need not worry what anyone else thinks.

What are your favorite things? My cat, but he is hardly a thing, more like a friend. My bed, my journal, and the opal ring my great aunt gave me.

Where do you live? 
Uncle Zane’s, Preston, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, Earth, The Milky Way, The Known Universe.

Tell us about your part of the world: There are alleyways behind all of the houses full of overhanging fruit trees, if you walk along them for long enough you can get almost anywhere you’d need to go; cafes, studios, galleries, and the homes of my friends.

What should others do to make the world a better place? Listen to their hearts and speak the loving truth.

How do you deal with failure? Knowing that everything happens for a reason, that if one thing doesn’t work out that it is a lesson or a doorway to my ultimate destiny.

What’s the most recent random act of kindness you’ve witnessed? A few of my friends have been going to a studio almost every day, purely out of kindness and a desire to be helpful, to make sunsets out of old receipts to be the set in a show that is being devised for Melbourne Fringe Festival.

LESLIE HALL!

what is there to say about leslie hall? what isn’t there to say? she’s amazing, she’s fun, she’s fashionable, & she’s a sure fire way to get you out of that bad mood. how could you stay sad while watching this? Leslie is a diva from Iowa who is known for her gem sweater collection as well as her tight jams & appearances on nick jr’s Yo Gabba Gabba! leslie even does weddings! this girl does it all & she does it while looking hip as ever. if you’re feeling low, please go to her youtube site & watch each & every video up nice & loud. dance a little, you won’t be able to resist. put on your tightest pants & shake your bum.
what makes you feel wonderful?
eating, tv and not being constipated.
if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again?
drink lots of water, try not to stress out and watch hoarders or intervention.
where do you think love hides?
in crotches of attractive people
when do you feel most loved?
cuddling.
how do you come up with most of your songs?
mostly i sing about real life day to day. i don’t get to fictional which helps me relate to my fellow wacky attackies.
where do you think the clearest?
Ames, Iowa in front my computer. that’s a great qustion because i can only do a few things there and ONLY THERE
what is your favourite rainy day activity?
how many questions do i need to answer with TV? TV!
what made you want to start doing weddings?
Iowa is on of the most amazing states ever because they know love is love is love and i wanted in on that love.
what has been your best wedding experience so far?
besides having it be a real wedding I would say one couple ruined a hotel conference room in the name of love and drunkiness. that was quite a sight.
do you ever feel insecure?
not really. i know what i’m good at and know what i’m not good at.  why feel bad?
what would you say to someone who feels ‘stuck’ in their life, job, relationship, etc. ?
stay with it as long as you want.  change is hard but when your ready it will be worth it.
what do you think is the most beautiful thing about people?
some people are so nice.  i have to say that always amazes me.
self-acceptance is a big message of YAR, do you have any advice on that?
i’m not preaching or proving anything.  all i do is dance when i’m not a great dancer and wear clothes that are too tight.
how was performing on & with  Yo Gabba Gabba?
absolutely a highlight in my career tv is soooo much FUN!
when you hear the word “beautiful” what image immediately pops up in your mind?
happy smiles.
when did you find your style niche? 
i did exsperiement for a few years but i really like staying in this one gold, white belt bubble.  i wanna thank salvation army.
when you hear the word “love” what sound resonates in your ears?
cuddling humans or cats. i enjoy both.
do you craft the clothes in your videos?
yes and also my mom makes the costumes its a family affair.
what do you do when you feel uninspired?
actually i dont try to do anything creative i never like to push it. cause then i get crappy songs. or a sew a quilt that wont keep me warm.
anything else you would like to share with the readers?
If they are reading this I hope they liked it.  and if they wanna be friends i’m totally around!email leslie: lh@lesliehall.com
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joey comeau.

joey comeau has a way with words. everything he writes is golden because his words travel from your eyes, to your brain, & settles right in your bones.  joey is the co-creator of the web comic a softer world & when you finish reading the comic, usually a sentence or so, your mind still thinks about the character whose thoughts or words you have read.  his words are brilliant & so are the worlds he creates with them. read everything.  joey has written seven books & each are so very different. he writes horror, he writes adventure, he writes resumes, he writes about gender & sexuality, he writes about family. read this interview, soak it in, & then read everything joey has ever written. go!!!

what makes you feel wonderful? if you are having a sub-par day, what do you do &/or say to make yourself feel good again? I’ll answer these two questions together. Eating candy in my bedroom makes me feel wonderful. It’s not healthy, and I always eat too much, but right up until my body revolts – it’s wonderful. Buying DVDs and books makes me feel wonderful. I used to worry about that, worry that it was consumerism and that buying things shouldn’t make a person feel better. But it’s hard to deny yourself relief from sadness, especially over something vague and political like anti-consumerism. Maybe we’re a society that is too obsessed with objects, yes. But I love going through the TV on DVD section, and I love the feel of a new book in my hand. Being morally right doesn’t fill the empty pit of my stomach when I am having a lonely day. Buying a season of the Muppet Show does.

where do you think love hides? Sometimes I will spend a whole day smiling at strangers, and chatting with sales clerks and people walking their dogs. Sometimes you only get a grunt or a scowl in response, but the next person will have a smile for you, too. My mom does this way better than I can. She’s always smiling and nice to the people in her everyday life. I have a hard time not sinking back into my own sadness, or worry. But every time I do make the effort to show kindness to strangers, it comes right back at me and it’s not so ridiculous to think human beings love each other! I don’t think love hides, I think it’s always right there for you to reach out and touch. That’s a bit dorky sounding, but not as dorky as this: I think people hide from love.

when do you feel most loved? Even with my very best friends, weeks can go by where all our conversations are jokes and small talk about what’s going on immediately around us. Day to day life. And that’s fine, and normal, and just being with them is warm and reassuring.  The strongest that love ever feels is when you’re completely vulnerable, I think. When I break down and trust somebody more than I normally do. When I am scared, and instead of hiding it, I talk to someone and let them know that I’m scared, even if they can’t do anything about it.

what inspires most of your writing? Ideas! I like ideas. A novel told through cover letters, or what would happen if someone you loved turned into a zombie? You would care for them. Or why do the kids always win out over the powerful, crazed killer in horror movies? That doesn’t make sense! Or why can’t dirty stories be sweet and sad? And then I’ll sit down and write. And rewrite.

what is your favourite rainy day activity? I like watching TV and playing video games. I enjoy chess, too. I have spent whole days watching episode after episode of Criminal Minds, for instance. Or watching horror movies. I think that there’s a lot of valuable storytelling techniques at work in television and the movies. I find myself writing in scenes, shaping them with that same sense of purpose that TV scenes have. Keep things moving forward! I like the idea of writing movies as books.

you write about gender a lot, what would you say to someone struggling with their sexuality? I don’t know exactly what to say here, because people struggle with identity and gender and sexuality in so many different ways. You could say, “fuck what other people think. Be yourself, because there will always be someone out there that sees who you are and respects that, and the people who don’t respect you aren’t worth your time.” but I got an email from a kid who was still living at home and facing a super negative response to their sexuality. I wrote that they should just say what the parents wanted to hear, and wait until they could get out on their own. Maybe that’s not the best advice in the world, but I don’t think I’m particularly qualified to give advice anyway. It terrified me that a 15 year old in a terrible situation was coming to me for help. Because what I said wasn’t empowering at all. It was just the most practical solution I could think of.

what would you say to someone who feels ‘stuck’ in their life, job, relationship, etc. ? Burn it down and start over.