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Angela Lester

Angela Lester


Date of Interview: October 5, 2016

Name: Angela Lester

Age: 25

Pronouns: She/Her

Location: Columbus, Oh


If you were an underwater creature which one would you be?

Oh man… I really love a lot of underwater sea creatures so that’s kind of hard. I’m gonna say dolphins because they’re very community oriented and they’re very smart and they don’t have a lot of natural predators. So I wouldn’t have to deal with being attacked or eaten which would be good ::laughs::.

Do you enjoy being in bodies of water?

Yes. Yes, actually when I was really young I remember my mom taking me to the pool or the beach and when it would be time for me to come in she would call for me and I would duck underwater to pretend that I didn’t hear her so I could stay in longer. When I’m in water I have this overall feeling of like, safety. It’s a nice, cool or warm blanket that makes me feel good and happy and I’m weightless. There’s not a lot of… I don’t know… There’s just this sense of serenity.

What are you passionate about?

Ooooo, lots of things. Umm, I guess I really love food. My long term goal in life is to be a pastry chef and have my own patisserie. So like cooking for people and making things for my friends or coworkers is a thing I really like doing. I’m also very passionate about people being treated fairly and properly so I try to be as active in the community as possible. Just kind of like, human rights and people’s rights. I think there are a lot of things that have been going on for years, especially with race and police violence and I think it’s very important to be active in that and getting together as a community and doing what we can to fight that or else nothing is going to change.

What are you most afraid of for the world?

That… well just… oh man. That Donald Trump will be president ::laughs:: and that people won’t put aside their differences and come together and I’m just afraid that something similar to WWII will happen and that we’ll use up all of our resources and society will collapse on itself. Which I know we’re already at a point where it’s almost irreversible… The future seems pretty bleak to me ::laughs:: nothing matters. Going to have an existential crisis in the bathtub ::laughs::.

What are you most afraid of for yourself?

I’m… honestly not afraid of many things other than being attacked by a person at night. Which is something that I feel like most female bodied people or actually all female bodied people are worried about whenever they go walking by themselves at any time of day. Umm, that and also, this is so irrational and dumb but falling off of a roller coaster. I’m really afraid of heights so those are my two things.

What do you think of relationships? Platonic, sexual and otherwise.

As far as romantic relationships go, I have always been a hopeless romantic. I love falling in love. And I love getting to know people on a romantic level. But it’s also kind of difficult for me because I am a demisexual person, so that has had a lot of people turn themselves away from me because sex isn’t a priority to me unless I have a very strong emotional or intellectual connection to them. Which I guess is good in the long run because it turns away those people who aren’t right for me. I am currently in the best relationship I’ve ever been in ::laughs:: and my partner is really wonderful and we have great communication which I think is the most important, be it a romantic or platonic relationship; you have to talk about things with your partner or friend as soon as you can. If you let something go on and fester, it can become this weird passive aggressive thing and neither of you can grow and develop from that.

What is your biggest accomplishment?

Oh man. I recently got published in Vogue International and that was a big step for professionally modeling. Also, I have now been to every state except for Hawaii through modeling and also a recent trip out west. I never thought I could travel for a month at a time due to finances but I was able to do that and spend time in a lot of states that I would have never visited and meet cool people so yeah.

Natty Bumppo

Natty Bumppo


Date of Interview: October 4, 2016

Name: Natty Bumppo

Age: 27

Pronouns: They/Them

Location: Columbus, Oh


If you were an underwater sea creature which one would you be?

Trying to think of something that would be covered in glitter… Maybe a jellyfish. Like, the luminescent ones.

What are you passionate about?

I play a lot of music, art, I like art a lot in various forms. Visual, paintings, obviously music, cinematography, whatever.

Does the weather or season change what you prefer to listen to?

I listen to different types depending on the time I guess. I’ve been listening to a lot of Ex Models, Black Eyes recently as well as Fugazi and PRE and Melt Banana. A lot of weird noisy stuff. Sometimes the weather can affect what I listen to, but it’s more like the mood I’m in based on how I’m feeling. Depression and stuff can change what I listen to sometimes.

Does playing music help with mental health?

Yeah it lets me express a lot, or like, ways to express it I guess. It makes me feel better when I’m playing or writing sometimes. Just to get out what I’m thinking about and things like that.

When did you start playing music?

I started bass when I was 14 maybe 13… I picked up mandolin when I was 17 and guitar when I was 17 or 18. And accordion pretty recently.

Do you think your parents influenced your musical taste?

Umm, a little bit. My dad was into older punk music, my mom was a right wing conservative Christian though and didn’t really let us listen to a whole lot of different stuff. They’re divorced so like, I lived with my mom and I didn’t really know what my dad listened to until like, late middle school and high school. So when I started getting into punk my dad talked to me a little bit about it. He didn’t really help me choose but more like, helping search around for stuff. My dad’s not super into a lot of the bands I listen to now but when I was younger my dad really liked The Clash and the Violent Femmes and some of the bands that I listened to a lot more when I was younger.

Do you think art can support change?

I think it helps in it’s own way but I don’t know how much drastic change it has on a larger scale with like, politics and things like that. I’m not entirely sure how it could change things like that. Things on a less personal scale is a good way to put that. Per person by person. I think art can affect people individually in a meaningful way, I feel like what people are listening to or watching or reading even, looking at, definitely affects how they’re feeling or helps them work through what they’re feeling.

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