Music got me to New York; fabric is what I took with me when I left. My first job in NYC was in the garment district, where I became a fitting model. It was fascnating to watch the masterful seamstresses work their magic with fabric. I knew I could also design clothing and began to sell dresses of my own designs to support myself while moonlighting in clubs as a singer. At a certain point, though, I had to choose ~ not between being a singer or an actress or a dress designer, but between being a pawn or an artist. I chose the latter.