age 20, has found a way to capture the attention of the toughest
audience in the world: she plays with fire.
had a lot of friends who say that fire seems to be my element,
but since I don't buy into that hippie shit, I'd have to say
it's just something I really enjoy. It's been particularly empowering
because there are so many men at the top of the heap
doing fire, that I really like going out there and being very
good and proving women can do it, too.
And it is absolutely, thrillingly, amazingly fun. There
are so many risks that you take with it, because it is
very possible to hurt yourself—you can burn yourself pretty
badly; I've had a lot of friends go to the hospital emergency
room. But this is so fun, because of the danger. And
what I like is that feeling of danger with the fact that it
isn't actually terribly dangerous. Sure, I could end up in the
emergency room, but I definitely couldn't kill myself
doing this. I couldn't do anything that would require more than
a few hours stay at the emergency room.
last time I was doing fire here at Union Square, a woman came
up from the subway and said she was a doctor and I must
stop doing this immediately, and out of sheer pity,
I think, handed me five dollars. But you know what? I won't
stop doing this! It's very hard on your lungs, I've
had friends who do this go to the hospital and find out they
have a collapsed lung, and the fuels we use are carcinogenic,
but I've already had breast cancer, when I was 17, and you know,
having cancer definitely gives you a unique perspective: it
made me want to live more while I'm here. I would love to do
fire the rest of my life, even if it shortened it by 50 years!