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Ok, so people call me Weirdo, Freak, insert any name for somebody who doesn't meet the idea of normal. Who wants to be normal anyway? Boring!
I have always had a vivid imagination. One of my favorite past times as a boy was to dress up like different characters and role play. I mean, back in the day we didn't have all of the video games, iPods, cell phones and other gadgets that rob kids of their time and creativity nowadays. Instead of playing a super hero in a video game, I could often be found running around wearing a homemade cape and mask, pretending to fight evil villains or swinging through the trees imitating Tarzan. That was before role playing was cool.
I was never into sports, cars or hunting. Instead, I was lost in my own little world of make believe. Actually I wasn't lost, I knew my way around pretty good there. I was a little shy back then but inside me beat the heart of an actor.
When I was a teenager, I created a hippy character named Baba. Instead of behaving like a normal teen (you know, partying, getting drunk and doing all sorts of activities that would make me sick the next morning), I would take my friends and we would dress up like hippies and cruise the mall. I enjoyed being Baba so much in fact, that one day I overheard my mom talking to a friend on the phone, telling how much she was worried that I had a split personality with this Baba character. Although this caused my mother alarm, I got a big laugh and was tickled pink that I was so convincing in my role as Baba.
Over the years, I began to come out of my shell, kind of like a sick little chicken. I created other characters and some of these I portrayed in skits for church or Vacation Bible School. Many of the places where I have been employed would have special dress up days, including Hillbilly Days, Western Day, Biker Day, Sci-Fi Day, and many others, and I would always take the opportunity to put on a costume. I can't forget to mention my favorite holiday, Halloween, which has spawned countless horror characters. There was even one character, Darla, who was created for the purpose of playing a practical joke on a co-worker!
Darla was forgotten for several years until I let one of my friends view a video that was taken of the practical joke I had played. He thought that it was so funny that he suggested I dress up like Darla for Halloween at the grocery store where I was working at the time. I took him up on the dare and got a brand new wig, false eye lashes, and gave Darla a boob job. I made a music video starring Darla using Shania Twain's "Man I Feel Like a Woman". My co-workers had way too much fun with Darla and got a big laugh out of the video. Oh, and Darla got asked out on a date that night. Soon I began to have requests to do more comedy videos. This was in the fall of 1999.
I enjoyed making the videos and sharing them with my friends and continued doing it on a regular basis. Since then I have portrayed several celebrities, as well as many characters who came crawling out of the ooze that is my vivid imagination. The films started out with just myself, but then my children got involved, and even my wife and good old Mom on a few occasions. Later, after my family threatened to kick me out of the house if I didn't stop making those embarassing videos, I began to get friends in on the fun, and we went from making movies to performing at company picnics and were even paid on a few occasions to perform. I didn't strike it rich, but I had a lot of fun.
I have performed in public with friends as Boy George with Culture Club, the Maloneys (a family of Italian gangsters), Mark "Quickdraw" McGraw in "Showdown at the Sapphire Saloon" a Western skit that we prepared, and Darla with her Bunnies at a 50th wedding anniversary.
One of my biggest accomplishments was organizing Legault's Castle of Horror at the call center in Eastern Kentucky where I was previously employed. We opened the haunted castle to the public for the Halloween season in 2002 and 2003 where I appeared as my character Legault the Vampire. In 2003 we raised over $1100 for the United Way and appeared on the front page of the local newspaper!
I always look forward to Halloween, which is more fun than Christmas for me. For the past six years I have headed up and organized a themed Trick-or-Treat for children of all ages at the newspaper where I am employed. Even the adults enjoy this event and we have been told that we have the scariest Halloween decorations in town. We have gone with themes such as The Forest of Fright, Pirates, Carnival of Lost Souls, Grimm Fairy Tales, Ghost Town, and The Asylum. Every year locals from the community anticipate visiting us to check out our decorations. We always have a large turnout and give candy out to children as they stroll through our haunted office.
What started out as a joke had turned into an unusual hobby. And I actually talked people into doing it with me!
You may wonder if I have completely lost my mind to enjoy such a hobby. All I can say to answer is that I know I am crazy and I enjoy every minute of it. I have never been one to follow the crowd, but have always gone my own unusual way. I like to make people laugh, to scare them, and sometimes to bring a tear to their eye. I love to entertain!
I had the opportunity to be involved with the independent film "Illegal Smile", starring Jack Hanrahan and Russ Thompson. I helped design a fish costume for one of the main characters of the film. I also got the opportunity to portray several of my old Crazy Characters in the film, along with a couple of new ones. The film premiered for the first time at the Eureka Theatre on December 15, 2006.
Pictures From Halloween 2010 and the Dead Celebrities Ball!
"Copyright Since 1999 by Mark A. Boyd"
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Background music - "Hearse Shaped Basins of Darkest Matter" by
Sopor Aeternus & The Ensemble of Shadows
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