I have been creating spontaneously through events over two years almost an entertainment type ‘story’ of me as Megastar in my home town of Trowbridge which the locals call Trow Vegas. I’m fascinated by storytelling and I’m interested in the manipulation of stories especially through celebrity gossip and its ‘true life’ biographies. I’m also interested how we all now create our own online stories and gossip via all the apps available to us in Instagram, Vine, Twitter, Facebook… we star in our own show.
Amused by the family characters in my own ‘life story’ and desiring to explore my home town and test the communities willingness to join in with me I set about making ‘Viva Trow Vegas’ a film and events that has confused, amused and dominated my last two years. I’m now exhausted, people genuinely think I have lost it and I… well I just can’t say how its gonna turn out. It screens for the first time in May in The Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space this year. Here’s an evening chat which sums up the Megastar, the Mum and the Misunderstandings of my efforts!
Mum “Do you want my bath after me?”
Me “Ye” (I get into her bath and lay there as Mum puts on her towel)
Mum “My friends think you’re depressed because you keep posting a lot of pictures of yourself on facebook”
Me “Ooo that’s a bit embarrassing. They are SELFIES Mum, you know ‘hash tag’ SELFIES I’m channeling the trends for Megastar you know the vanity and how we all have become our own celebrities in social media.”
Mum “Ye but you forget they are older, they know that life is not all glamour – so when you present yourself like that all the time they think something is up.”
Me “Ye maybe the younger ones know more about selfies and twitter and what Im up to and stuff. The younger ones seem to love it. But you don’t even get it either do you – like when I do my Megastar stuff you just think its me?”
Mum “Yes, I just think why is Meg speaking in that funny way – speak normally” (Referring to me talking to camera)
Meg “But Mum I was dressed as Miss Santa introduced onto the stage as Megastar”
Mum “But I just saw that as what you do, Meg is dressing up as Miss Santa. Mum pauses for a while considering how she thinks this is normal… “Maybe we have all just dressed up too much”
Meg “Probably! Hmmm it is all a bit cringe people don’t know what I’m up to – people think I have lost it. But I have gone all out to create my Trow Vegas character and I need to keep posting about it to keep the bants going, keep me in the zone. Its all been a bit of a random time and life has been shit and I keep trotting around glam.
Mum “Well maybe it does work then. All this glamour. You have managed it with Megastar”
Meg “Hmmm maybe…its all a bit cringe and embarrassing people thinking you look a right vain nob”
Mum “Well Megastar wouldn’t think that would she.”
Meg “True Megastar would love it and see it as standard everyone should look at her.”
Mum “That’s right. Megastar wouldn’t be embarrassed at all”
We are both happy with this conclusion and I get out of the bath!
To follow what I am up to with Megastar and Trow Vegas like my fb page to stay in touch. My film will be screening this May at the Jerwood Visual Arts Project Space. See you there!