The Magic of a Beauty Mark

“And this is how it all began….”
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The first time I ever wore a beauty mark,
it was put on by Joseph Dulude.

I met him at the Lunatarium –
A wild collective of Brooklyn artists and musicians.
Joseph streaked my eyes in yellow shimmer and black eyeliner for a art fashion show
and I stumbled off onto a runway.
Months later, I asked if he could do my makeup for the trailer we were shooting to our film, “Revolver”.
We had no money to pay him, but it would be an adventure.
I never thought he would say yes.
…..He did.
This is Joe out in the Wild Wild West on our trip.
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We were in the middle of nowhere in Montana.
I was about to rob a convenience store in blue latex
and seconds before the cameras rolled, he yelled “Wait!”
He took black eyeliner and in a quick swipe of his hand, put a beauty mark next to my right eye.
Moments later I was emerging from the convenience store with a pink bag over filled with money.

Something in me changed that day.

The wild fantasies I had written about in my diary combined with Burke’s storytelling genius, were being played out on film.
On that one day, I:
– robbed a store
– got in a high speed car chase through a junk yard
– hid under a railroad bridge from cops
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When Burke yelled out the final “Cut!” for that day, almost on cue, we witnessed the biggest and brightest shooting star light up the whole darkened Montana sky.

It was a day unlike others.

At 4am afterwards, about to wash my face before going to bed, I caught myself looking in the mirror into the eyes of this wild girl with a beauty mark adorning her eye.
It was maybe the first time I ever really saw myself.
I looked into the eyes of a girl who knew what her dream was….
and was doing it.

I couldn’t wash off the beauty mark.
I couldn’t.
It became my magic marking of a day well lived.
A reminder of being my true self. Of taking risks. Of pushing myself.

So I got it tattooed on my face.
To remind myself of that day forever.

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My beauty mark tells a story. Me and my Twin – Our Lady J, out on the town.

And now every day is a reminder of what it stands for-
as I have to carefully pat the powder from my compact around it each morning.
This rite of passage
I chose for myself.

The moment I said Yes
to the life I want.
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