We had the pleasure to interview the lovely Amnesia Spark, check out her transformation studio, Gender Fun in New York!
BTG: Tell us a bit about yourself, who is Amnesia?
The fun answer I like to give to the question “Who is Amnesia?” is that “I knew who Amnesia was but I forgot.” I suppose you can say that Amnesia is the physical representation of my Femme self who gives Male-to-female makeovers here in New York City. If you’re really curious about the genesis of Amnesia, since 2017 marks 20 years of Amnesia, here is the genesis of my story: I was born in Montevideo, Uruguay in 1979. I was assigned male at birth but as far back as I remember I always felt somewhat feminine inside.
My older brother was into soccer and I was into drawing and pretty much anything artsy. I remember sitting next to mother while we enjoyed fashion shows on TV, a much more enjoyable pastime than getting all sweaty on the soccer field.
There have been a couple of events in my life that were remarkable in my journey to discover who I was, first, on my 7th birthday my parents gave me a She-Ra action figure who was He-man twin sister and both had alter-egos. Then in high school in my senior year, I won the “Crossdressing Beauty Pageant” with the title of “Best Legs.” later, I came out of the closet to my family and my mum assured me that she loved me regardless and that I was still her son.
My mum helped me by going with me to buy the dress and shoes and my friend Diana helped me finding a name which I would use in the pageant.
Oh, and you want to know one more crazy thing? Guess who got the runner-up title? My ex-boyfriend at the time took the runner-up title! There were only three known contestants that didn’t identify as heterosexual, me, my ex, and one other contestant. All the other contestants in the pageant were macho basketball and football players playing dress-up for laughs. I like to believe that the faculty, who judged the pageant that night, recognized our struggle and rewarded our bravery of going in front of our peers to show, with confidence, the femme-self we had kept deep inside.
BTG: How did you start?
It’s a long story on how I started doing Male-to-female makeovers.
After high school between 1998 -2002 I started performing in a number of regional and community theater productions playing mostly male roles with the exception of playing a Kit Kat Girl named Texas in the musical Cabaret. During this time I taught acting and musical theater to children ages 5-12 as well as directed them in Broadway-style musical productions while employed for an after school and Summer camp theater program, I made my Television debut on the first season of the Television talent show called American Idol.
In 2005 I became a contributing writer for Next Magazine thanks to editor and chief, Gregory T. Angelo who gave me a shot.
In 2007 I transformed myself into Amnesia Sparkles for the 2nd half of the photography piece “1/2 Man, 1/2 Woman” where I photographed myself as a man and as a woman and then merged the two images to make one image where Adrian and Amnesia are standing side by side.
In 2010 Amnesia and crew sang for a sold-out crowd at The Duplex, In 2013 I began performing full Boy-to-Girl Makeover Transformations on men who enjoy being transformed into women. In 2014 I wrote an article which was featured on the front page of Huffington Post Gay Voices titled “Why Men Come to Me to Be Transformed Into Women”.
In 2016, I launched my first Crowdfunding campaign. The goal was to raise funds to travel across America and back while giving MTF makeovers and meet Genderfun supporters in 6 major cities (Houston, Phoenix, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago).
As of 2017 the Gender Fun community keeps growing on YouTube with over 19,850 subscribers and thousands of gender-bending supporters on the Facebook page who share their experiences and opinions regarding gender and sexuality topics.
BTG: Where did you get the inspiration for your name and your studio name Gender Fun?
I started the Gender Fun on the January 9th of 2009, which later turned into a Male-to-Female Makeover service.
I started the Gender fun as a weekly show and now it’s just sporadic episodes on how to (tutorials) about makeup tips and hot topics. I started the Gender Fun because I think there is a need in the world, there is a lot of negativity in the world and we have to counterbalance with a little fun.
You can see the documentary by clicking this link video.
BTG: What is crossdressing/makeover to you?
Crossdressing/makeover is a specific house of emotions: happiness, silliness, like a funhouse where anger doesn’t reside in and all the negative emotions don’t enter. It’s like the three little pigs and the wolf brings the negative energy and blow them all he wants but he is not gonna knock the house down.
BTG: Can you tell us about your customers?
I absolutely love my male-to-female clients, I love how my client’s faces gleam with delight as they see their femme selves in the mirror. It’s like a child’s face on Christmas morning. It’s the kind of happiness that is contagious. To tell you the truth, by the time I’m done transforming them, I have a hard time believing that they had been males just a few hours before they arrived in my studio. To me they are beautiful females standing in front of me; I respect them and treat them as such.
On a deeper level, I love the fact that while out in the world there are men robbing, stealing, raping, killing, etc. — in my Transformation Studio, it’s just me and my client; two men relaxing, having fun, chatting, laughing, creating sensual art.
I recently elaborated on why I love the work I do. My main goal is for them to reach that internal place where they feel that their body, minds, and souls align. Where they feel that they are no longer judging and censoring themselves and where they feel they are no longer being judged by the world. Where they stop feeling shame and guilt, and they get the feeling of being alive!
To go even further on why I love femininity, it takes that little extra something. That magic that they bring out from within that makes a biological male truly look feminine.
In order for a male to reach that point, they must let go of all masculinity.
At the end of the day, I admire every one of my clients for their bravery in going after what they really want in life!
They truly keep me going.
BTG: How about CD/LGBT perception in your city?
With the emails we get in the Gender Fun website about teenagers, there are so many stories about these kids are still having horrible times in small towns their parents and peers not accepting them and they are not hurting anyone. They just want to live their lives and be happy.
The silver lining is that since I’m based in New York City many of my makeover clients come from out of town and feel free to dress and be themselves out in public. Whenever my schedule allows it I will take them out for a few drinks so they can experience feeling normal under the Manhattan sky. It’s delightful.
BTG: What advice would you give to anyone who’s interested in doing a makeover studio?
Tough question. I think the most important aspect if you are thinking of creating a makeover studio is to remember to create an environment that is a safe zone where the client can truly feel free of judgment. Makeovers are about letting loose, carefree, and feeling sexy and beautiful.
BTG: What are the websites, blogs that inspire you the most?
I get inspiration from the many makeup gurus on Instagram, too many to mention, and a number of Facebook Transgender groups.
BTG: Wow, thank you so much for this interview Amnesia! I hope we will meet next time im in New York!
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