Interview with Spooky Susie
Want to see more of Spooky Susie’s photoshoot? Check out issue #22 of Twisted Pulp Magazine.
Where are you from? What is your background?
I’m from Atlanta, Georgia and still live in the metro area. I went to a performing arts high school where I studied voice and dance. I also studied music for a couple years in college, and performed in various shows ranging from musical theater to operettas. I’ve spent most of my adult life taking care of animals as a veterinary nurse.
What inspired you to become a model?
Watching classic movies with my mom growing up and seeing the glamorous actresses of the ‘40s, ‘50s and ‘60s. I always wanted to look like them! There was something about that ultra-feminine aesthetic that really fascinated me.
Spooky Susie is featured in Twisted Pulp Magazine Issue #22 along with other pin-up models, articles, fiction, and comics.
What are the pluses and minuses of modeling?
For me, being able to escape the mundane of everyday is a big draw. It’s been a much needed creative outlet for me, allowing me to explore the artistic side of myself. Getting to play the part of a pinup allows my big kid self to play dress up. It is empowering to celebrate the female form. On the other hand, I can feel insecure and self conscious about my body. Looking at other models on social media can sometimes make me feel like I’ll never be as put together or glamourous. Other times, seeing other women doing their thing is inspiring. It’s a mixed blessing.
What performer or artist/writer inspires you the most?
This may come as a surprise from someone who loves vintage glam so much, but I draw a lot of inspiration from Beyoncé. She’s a strong woman in a male-dominated industry. She celebrates women from all walks of life, sending a message of empowerment through her music. She owns her femininity and sexuality, encouraging other women to do the same. When I get insecure, I ask myself… what would Beyoncé do? Then I dig deep and pull out my inner diva! I am also inspired by neo-rockabilly artist Imelda May as well as classic rockabilly artist Janis Martin, Yvonne de Carlo (Lily Munster), Carolyn Jones (Mortica Addams) and Cassandra Peterson (Elvira). I also love Tim Burton! I draw inspiration from expected and unexpected places.
What other areas of art are you involved in?
I love music, all kinds! I’m a big fan of live music and dancing! I’m part of a girl-dance gang with several ladies I love and admire called the Split Ends. We get dolled up and go out to shows together whenever we can. It lifts me up and keeps me sane.
Do you think your environment, where you live, has an effect on the type of art you create?
I’m sure it does, however my inspiration comes from art and artists across the globe.
What long term goals do you have?
I’d love to host a horror show someday, and sing with a band. I also hope to one day have a sanctuary for senior animals.
What do you think popular culture will be like in ten years?
I hope we won’t be as obsessed with social media. Real life interaction with others is quickly becoming a lost art.
What’s the strangest thing you’ve been asked to do in your profession?
I haven’t been asked to do anything that crazy in modeling, although I often come up with some “out of the box” ideas all on my own! However, I’ve lost count of the number of odd encounters I’ve had being a veterinary nurse. People get nuts when it comes to their pets!
What projects are you working on now?
Currently, I’m working on booking a band for my animal rescue’s annual fundraiser as well as hosting the pinup contest at “Wings and Whitewalls,” a large car show in Marietta, Georgia coming up on October 8. I’ve got a few photoshoots in the planning stages and will be shooting those soon.