Monday, October 22, 2012

Brooke Lewis: Busted Foundation

Name: Brooke Lewis

What is your job? Actress/Scream Queen/Producer/Writer/Life Coach. Owner of the independent production company, Philly Chick Pictures. Board Certified Life Coach and owner of Be You And Be Fearless Life Coach.

What social causes are most important to you? I have always been inspired to help, support and empower women and young adults. I am committed to standing up for women and young adults, encouraging them to be courageous, so they can make the right choices and find their own voice! For several years, I have been active in raising awareness for women who are battling breast cancer. I am also actively working to empower young women and the LGBT community to love themselves for exactly who they are…PERFECT!

What charity do you support – and how? In 2008, I was invited by our team captain, Sean Decker, to be his Co-Captain of the Dread Central Horror Starlets Team. We participate in the Busted Foundation’s annual event “Bowling for Boobies,” to raise awareness and accept donations for breast cancer throughout the year! Busted Foundation is an organization that financially supports local women who are currently being treated for breast cancer.

Why do you have a passion for this one in particular, is there a personal tie? The Busted Foundation and Bowling for Boobies inspires me because I have lost friends and business associates to breast cancer. I have fought with others to beat this challenging disease. Breast cancer is one fight we cannot back down from, and I am here to let women know they are not alone during this battle!

Is there a particular way you would want to encourage readers to be involved? There certainly is! The delicious Inked readers can come out to our Bowling For Boobies 2012 event, which takes place on October 21st in Los Angeles at Jillian’s Hi-Life at Universal City Walk. Anyone is welcome hang with the gorgeous (both inside & out!) Horror Starlets Team to help us fight Breast Cancer! And, if you are feeling really generous, you are welcome to make a donation to my donation page: Every dollar helps and I would be grateful, as you will be helping me to empower a woman in need!

How would you define social responsibility? First, let me say that I love the word “responsibility.” I use this word often in my everyday language as well as when I life coach. I believe in people taking responsibility for their lives and choices. Power lies in this! I also think that each individual person has a lot more power or influence on society than he/she may think! Being “socially responsible” to society and the issues we are challenged with is huge!  Each time an individual commits to social responsibility, society is impacted a little bit more.

Do you have any tattoos that relate to your work? Oh yes, but when I share with the readers, they may have to…bite me! After experiencing a “horrific” tattoo incident in college, I was dying to have it covered up for many years. I knew this time around that I would want to choose my cover up tattoo powerfully! As an actress growing up loving horror films and Vampires --later broke out in the horror genre and was bestowed the title of “Scream Queen”-- Vampires grew to have a deeper meaning for me. Vampires are fearless! Vampires fight their battles with courage and live forever. I created a quote for one of my shows a few years ago, “When faced with fear, dig deep inside, find your inner “vamp” and Vamp It Out!” I use this quote a lot to remind myself and others that we all have that “inner courage” and sometimes we need to search for it and “Vamp It Out”! As we announced our Breast Cancer charity event this year, a fan told me he would make a generous donation if I got a tattoo. This inspired me to finally choose my art and “Vamp It Out” to get my new one! I also feel like my tattoo is a reminder to find my inner courage every day. It represents my commitment to my life work of empowering others to find their inner courage and be fearless when they are battling Breast Cancer or any disease. Such as bullying, body image, racism, ageism, heterosexism and the list goes on! So, in suspense…you know I got the cutest big puffy lips, mouth and fangs you ever will see!

Quick list of tattoos/mention artists if you’d like: I want to give a big shout out to the team and family at ZULU TATTOO. Thank you to Co-Owner and Director, Khani Zulu, for making me feel safe and at home. Thank you to my incredibly talented and loving tattoo artist, Kody, who supported me and made me “Vamp It Out!” every time I winced!

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