Do You Have What it Takes to Be a Member of Lucent Dossier?
You know what helps sell big stunts to the crowd? Big facial expressions. Otherwise, Rockwell says, "it's just a bunch of tricks and who cares." So if you're gonna make the squad you need to know how to on those eyes wide, show those teeth, and sell the shit out of whatever you're doing on stage. "If the audience can't see your face, then they can't relate. But if you can make an emotional connection, that's what it takes to really be successful at this."
4. Be young, fearless and available
Emailing Lucent Dossier a few photos of yourself in clown makeup and and asking them for a job will never get you hired. It's all about the face-to-face meeting with Rockwell. That usually means you have to be willing to make yourself a bit of a courteous pest--go to shows, talk to her after, offer to help out the troupe in any way you can. That's pretty much how it happened for 17 year-old Eva Harper, a badass fire spinner who was backstage on Friday who just performed in her very first show with Lucent on stage at Coachella. Three years ago, she managed to make an impression on Rockwell and the gang, offering to do makeup, fix up costumes and eventually learn a performance skill. Having been to Coachella for the last couple years as a fan in the crowd, being an actual performer this time around has been incredible. "This is the first year where I'm extremely happy and excited and I'm around good people and feeling good about myself. I don't have to be like "ugh, another Coachella."
5. Do it for the love
Roger Forjas has been with Lucent Dossier since day fucking 1--when the DoLab was only a weird, artistic dot in the middle of the Empire Polo Fields. Back then, the Do Lab's ability to provide circular, non-conformist stages made out of bamboo was enough to create a curiosity factor for Coachella goers. 10 years later, as the fest has gone through a multitude of changes, Forjas puts all of Lucent's handwork and development into perspective as he puts harnesses a giant sphere apparatus for a fat suit over his shoulders behind the stage. It's outrageous and funny looking, but also a good physical representation of how Lucent Dossier has grown in the last decade. "Back in the day, we were just doing it for fun, we were just trying to make sure our passion and our art were there. Now it's become a livelihood."
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