This week’s swoon is the inimitable Lucy Baker. Just like TLC’s 1994 album, she is crazy sexy cool. Take it away Lucy.
Name: Lucy ‘Loose’ Baker
Website: My work one is http://www.thefunfed.com. I have a personal one, but the content is mildly pornographic so will keep that one to myself 🙂
1) What do you do and why?
I play games, compere stuff, dress up as a lobster and fool about. I like to perform and sing. I’m a really good cook. I don’t like writing, which has been a problem when asked to do this 🙂
I have spent the last 4 years researching play and games with a company called The Fun Fed who aim to give ‘joy, upliftment and laughter’ for adults by running play workshops.
I know about 500 games – the sort of games where you don’t need any props, just some up for it people and where you might run about, shout things, get caught out and occasionally crawl about on the floor and bark like a dog.
What I love about this job is seeing people arrive at the workshops, a little apprehensive about what is about to happen and then leaving with a huge smile and feeling proper chuffed that they’ve made a sock puppet and laughed about some really simple things.
Play allows people to learn about who they are and the world around them. This can be a nice thing to do.
2) Does being a woman affect your work in any way?
Absolutely. I think that whatever you are affects whatever you do.
3) Are you a feminist?
When I want to be. I trained as a fool for a year with Jonathan Kay. This year taught me I can be anything I want to be including a feminist.
I believe in choice and empowerment for all, regardless of anything we were born as.
4) What are your future plans?
I have held several events called The Little Show Off. The aim of this event, in short, is to encourage community through performance. In essence The Little Show Off is a cabaret night run and performed by unprofessional performers, which raises money for a chosen charity. Any group of people/community could hold a Little Show Off and the idea is that the whole event is run by the people – from the lights, the bar to the performers – everyone comes together to create something. My role is to facilitate this happening and to give support to performers who are a little bit nervous.
I love to give people who wouldn’t usually get the chance to perform, the chance to show off their talents in front of an audience. Being in front of an audience can be a real hurdle for people but once scaled the buzz is huge.
Another motivation is that I find a lot of charity gigs put raising money first and the quality of the event second and in my experience this produces events that can be a bit pants and don’t make that much money as a consequence. Reverse this and the outcome is better for all concerned.
I hope to hold more Little Show Off’s for anyone who’ll have me and who wants to create a little bit of magic in their community.
Further to this I’d like to sing more, make more music myself and perform wherever I can.
5) Tell us one cool thing we don’t know already:
A Japanese proverb I like “We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well just dance”.
I like Cheryl Cole.