Rosa Lee is a performance artist known mostly for her YouTube ASL music videos, her work as a solo performer of The Rosa Lee Show, and as a lead actress in ASL Films’ feature film, Versa Effect.
Since 1993, Rosa Lee has been involved with several stage productions, performance troupes, and has appeared in television, videos, dvds, and cd-roms as an actress, sign model, and a director.
Currently, she is a Managing Editor of KISSFIST Magazine and an Executive Producer of a talk show called, KitchenTalk. She is also a wife to Damon Timm and a mother to her two young kids, Jace and Nuria.
At what point did realize that you wanted to do performance artist for the rest of your life?
The moment I stood on stage as a Youth Leadership Camper. Mark Wood was my drama teacher and when he asked me to retell his story onstage, I have never looked back.
What is a performance artist? Tell us about the ranges of work you do?
Performance artist is a person who creates art through performance. Be it via music, dance, multimedia, ASL poetry, ASL storytelling, visual arts, and so forth. My work consists all of that as well as producing and directing.
What is your best performance that you’re proud of so far?
My show at RID conference in San Francisco back in 2007 was one of the best shows I have ever done. There were about 1,500 people and when I received a standing ovation, I remember feeling so proud of myself because I saw that my dream was finally realized. It was the best feeling ever.
If you could give a young performance artist advice based on your experiences so far, what would you recommend that he/she should do?
Start listening to your heart… ask yourself hard questions such as: What is your passion? Why do you want to do this? What kind of message do you want to share with the world? What is your motivation? Are you prepared to work hard for it? Once you get the answers to those questions, you’ll find your way.
What are your future plans?
To continue being a mother to my two young kids, Jace and Nuria. I am also hoping to kick off my new and improved one woman show as well as publishing a follow-up DVD/webisodes of my show. Lastly, I would like to see KISSFIST Magazine in which I am a managing editor for to expand/grow so that we can reach out to more people around the world.
Completely Silly Random Questions:
If you could be any character in fiction, whom would you be?
Hmm, such a toughie. Maybe Lara Croft in Tomb Raider? I’d love to kick some ass.
If you had only six months left to live, what would you do with the time?
I will definitely spend my last 6 months with my family and have them move with me to a beautiful and sunny place such as Hawaii so that I can die with a nice tan along with a ridiculous smile on my face.
You have the choice to live with a gorilla who knows sign language or a dog who sings lullabies, which do you choose?
Gorilla who knows sign language. No question.
If you could be a superhero, what would you want your superpowers to be?
To take away or erase people’s emotional pain.
If you were a Star Trek® [or Star Wars® ] character, which one would it be?
Princess Leia cuz I got the hair for it.
My favorite part: The questionnaire concept was originated by French television personality Bernard Pivot on his show Apostrophes, after the Proust Questionnaire.
The ten questions Lipton asks are:
What is your least favorite word?
Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious because its hard to spell.
What turns you on?
What sound or noise do you love?
Currently, its my daughter’s voice when she says, “uh-oh!”
What sound or noise do you hate?
Feedbacks from my hearing aids. They’re the worst.
What is your favorite curse word?
What profession other than your own would you like to attempt?
What profession would you not like to do?
If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?
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