I moved to Bridgeport with a dream. A dream to become a singer, however I knew there would be a journey before I could get to that point. While growing up in Starlight Bay, I spent many hours with a vocal coach since the age of 10. Bettering my voice with every lesson my dad was willing to pay for.
I often visited the night clubs in Bridgeport, Dynasty Lounge was preferred. It had a dance club on one floor and a cocktail lounge on the top. I dreamed often that I had a steady singing gig in the cocktail lounge. It would be my idea job. Only the best were able to get such a gig there. Some nights when I visited, I would vision myself being the one singing on stage. I would get lost in my dreams, ignoring my friends who I came with. I hope maybe someday I will get the opportunity…
Singing would be a sweet escape from all the bullshit I have to deal in my life. Screaming matches with my twin sister’s girlfriend was a daily. It was always something with Jade. It could be little things and I find myself in a heated argument with her. However this fight was different from the others. At the end we wouldn’t just make up immediately like usually. We would stand in an uncomfortable awkwardness, glaring at each other with disgust in our faces.
Life in our apartment was soon to change..
How did it get to this point, you may wonder..
I have no issues in telling you.
My name is MiKaia Anita Montigo and this is my story..
Every Friday evening was like any other Friday. It was the day I spent an hour at Calamore Studios with a music producer named Tom Wordy. With my funds starting to get a bit low, it didn’t stop me from buying more studio time in working on my album. I’m 10 months in and hope to have it done within a few weeks. The cost of studio time in a real studio is pretty expensive. I figure recording here gives me a better chance being notice.
This Friday would be different. The CEO of the Calamore record label would be making a visit. His name is Louis Champagne, originally from my hometown Starlight Bay. He’s also my dad’s late fiancee’s younger brother. Louis is scouting for new talent to sign onto his label. This would be my big break is he likes me enough. Calamore records has successful singers signed on. I’ve been hoping to get a record deal from there or anywhere at least. Being signed to a record label such as Calamore would score me a steady gig at Dynasty Lounge.
I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t nervous about this. I never had the best confidence in myself while growing up. I was the odd one out, being purple and all. I was called a purple freak, grape freak, purple monster or even a freaky alien. I’m just a genie like most of my siblings but kids didn’t care. Genies in cartoons were blue but even that didn’t convince kids that I wasn’t an alien.
I didn’t have boyfriends in high school, my twin was quite popular with the boys. Boys were crept out about me, especially when the alien rumor was spread. My sisters Bora Bora and Luna were aliens, I wonder how did they handle school. Bora fit in easily cause she was flesh toned however things were different for Luna. She told me she survived from being a total bitch. Taking Luna’s advice, I did the same. It worked to some point, but I didn’t make many friends by being bitchy. However I wasn’t bullied much.
Jade happen to be a receptionist at Calamore Studios and she’s not a very good one. Being a rep at the studio scores her free studio time once a month and a discount. Jade is also an aspiring singer like myself. She wants to sing at the Dynasty Lounge but I think she doesn’t have enough class for that gig. She’s too mouthy for her own sake. Jade is usually cordial with me when I come in but tends to get others a hard time.
“Just checking in, Jade. Is Tom ready for me?”
“He will be in a few minutes. Pisces was running late again. She was probably busy sucking dick at the other studio.”
“How do you figure that?”
“Geeze Kaia! Don’t you ever read your sister’s blog? Everyone knows that Pisces is getting thirsty and sucking every major record label’s dick trying to get a better deal than what she has here. Calamore isn’t getting her where she wanna be. That ho can’t sing! It’s not the label’s fault, she just sucks…literately. Louis only gave her a deal cause she sucked his suck. The only talent she has is dick sucking.”
“Oh well okay.”
“I’ll get a deal by showing my natural talent. But I’m always stuck with this busy ass job!”
“You should spend a little less time partying on your day offs.”
“Oh don’t start nagging me, Kaia!”
“I’m not, just making a friendly suggestion.”
“I didn’t ask for your suggestion!”
“Whatever, Tom should be ready now. Just saw Pisces signed out on the screen.”
As I was about to enter the elevator, Pisces rushed out. She nearly knocked me over, she zipped pass me not glancing over at me nor said excuse me or sorry. I wasn’t sure about that but she didn’t look too happy. Tom was ready for my recording session and I greeted him with a hug. Over time I feel Tom and I establish a friendship. We even hung out a few times outside of the studio. Tom is a friendly guy who enjoys my company which is a nice change. He’s been fun to work with so far.
“Hey Kai, how has your day been?”
“Pretty good so fun. I ran into Pisces literately on my way up here.”
“Yeaaaah. Lou dropped her from the label today. She spent the last 2 hours pleading to stay on it. She should of thought about that before spreading lies about Lou to other labels.”
“So she wasn’t trying to get signed on by someone else?”
“Oh she was but trying to drag Lou into the mud along the way. He wouldn’t mind if she rather be with someone else but lying about him is another thing. Lou was about to drop before he knew what she was up to. Her sales aren’t great and it’s making the label look bad.”
“So I take it that Lou is in today. He still plan on seeing me?”
“You bet, dropping Pisces means there’s a slot opened ya know.”
“Yeah I guess. I’m a little nervous.. What if he doesn’t like me?”
“Don’t sweat it girl. I told him about you and the album you’re working on. It’s gonna be hot, even hotter if he signs you on. I know he will and all.”
“I sure hope so.”
“You’ll be fine. Let’s get started, you only paid for an hour.”
An hour is really not enough time to work on music. It’s taking so long to do this album cause I have once a week, one hour sessions. If I had a little more money then maybe I could afford a couple more hours. If I were to find someone who has a studio, I could spend hours and hours on my music. However I wanted great quality work done on my album. Calamore normally don’t open their studio to outsiders but like Tom told me, the label is looking for new talent. They open the studio to a small number of outside but the price was crazy.
I prepped myself a little bit before heading into the recording booth. Clearing my throat and warming my voice. Normally I would be ready to start my session but the nerves kicking in knowing Lou will be in soon.
I began recording one of the few last songs that I personally wrote. My style would be more consider in the R&B genre. Smooth and soulful, having a rough childhood cause I looked different made singing this style a lot easier. I had a story to tell and wanted to tell in music. This song is called Different, it’s the name of the album after all.
It wasn’t long until I saw Louis enter into the room. I felt my heart skip a beat but I tried to hold my composer as I sang. I kept thinking to myself to not screw this up. This was my chance and I’ll be damned if I fuck it up. I closed my eyes, listen to the rhythm of the music and sang my heart and soul out.
When I took a glance over at Louis, I wasn’t sure if he likes what he hears as he stood there with his arms folded. I gave him a quick a smile and he smiled back. I don’t know if he was being friendly or he liked me. I tried not to let my thoughts take over and sang the best that I could.
“Hey Lou, whatcha think of MiKaia so far?”
“Good. Beautiful. When she’s done, send her over to my office.”
“Sure, I’ll let her know.”
When I was done, Tom told me to go meet Louis in his office. I wasn’t sure rather that was a good or bad thing. Tom’s tone suggests it was possibly a good thing. I couldn’t help but be a little nervous you know. I took a few deep breaths and made my way over to Louis’ office.
I walked into the office a bit nervously. Louis sat in front of his computer typing up something. “This will be a second.” Louis said, his voice was deep but strong. It almost made me more nervous.
“That is a lovely name to go along with your lovely face.”
“I was hoping to hear you sing, Tom has told me so much about you lately.”
“Oh he has? I didn’t know.”
“Yes, this label need some new blood and I asked him which of the outsiders I should look into. He suggested you first and I see why.”
“You like my sound?”
“Well yes I do like your sound but I’m more interest in your look.”
“I’m not following.. My look?”
“What are you?”
“What am I? I’m confused by your question.”
“You being purple and the pointy ears, what are you?”
“Well I am a genie, a Navox genie to be exact.”
“Ahh the lover but just a genie? Anything else?”
“Well no, just a love genie is all.”
“To be honestly MiKaia, that is quite disappointing.”
“I’m looking for something unique, different, something out of this world. And I mean that literally.”
“Such as an alien?”
“Yes, you’re quite smart. I dig that.”
“Well I’m sorry but I’m a genie, a purple genie at that. Doesn’t that count for something?”
“Non flesh tone genies are rare but it’s not the angle I’m going for. I already signed on 2 genie singers and 1 genie rapper. I need something that will sell big. An R&B alien singer would be just the thing. People love aliens and there’s no alien talent in the biz. If I’m the first, I know my label will do more better than it is now. I need more big names and having a talent with an angle with make that happen.”
“What about my singing? Shouldn’t that matter more?”
“Your singing is good but its all about the imagine, baby.”
“So what am I suppose to do? Fake being an alien?”
“That’s a great idea. Buy some of those realistic alien contacts, make a back story about coming from a different planet and such.”
“I’m not really comfortable with that.”
“Do you want to be signed?”
“Then fake being an alien. Like I said, I need an R&B singer with an angle. I can’t sell the genie bit, Sparkle is doing that already. I like you and I mean that but the imagine is important.”
“Louis, I can’t pretend to be something that I’m not. Besides what if I’m found out? My classmates will recognize me and know the alien bit is a lie.”
“We can worry about that later. You’ll be too famous, no one will care anyway.”
“Yes they will, alien children would look up to me.”
“MiKaia, I can’t sign you on just as a genie. Either agree on faking alien or exit my office.”
“There has to be another way. Please? I think I will do as well as Sparkle.”
“Well maybe if you use those lovely lips in another way, I may consider signing you on anyway.”
“What?! I’m not giving you a blow job! I’m not that desperate enough to do something like that! I am a lady! And I will be treated with respect!”
“Look, I’m willing to give you a shot at stardom and you turn me down twice? I’m not sure rather to be pissed at you or turned on. There’s something so damn sexy about you but take my offers or leave.”
“I guess I will leave. I’m not going to lie to everyone nor perform sexual acts on you just to be signed onto your label!”
“Normally I don’t do this but if you change your mind, the offers remains available.”
“I’ll never accept those!”
“Never say never, sweet thang. Never say never.”
“Kaia, how did it go? Did Lou offered you a deal?”
“In a way he did..”
“Oh? In a way?”
“Yeah, if I pretend to be an alien. I needed to have angle so I could sell. Being a purple genie wasn’t enough.”
“Ah man.. That sucks. Yeah Lou been talking about finding someone exotic. I thought you were about to being signed on tonight. We need a talent like yours.”
“I wasn’t exotic enough for him.”
“Lou is being silly with this angle thing. I hope he comes to his senses soon.”
“Maybe but I doubt it. I’ll be back next Friday so we can work more on my album.”
“Yeah sure. Sorry about Lou.”
“It’s okay Tom, it’s not your fault.”
“So you gonna be at Dynasty tonight? My boy Nico is playing tonight. He might be the new resident DJ there if tonight goes well.”
“I dunno. I’m kinda not in the mood to party tonight.”
“That sucks, was hoping we could kick it tonight.”
“I’m sorry, maybe tomorrow night?”
“I’ll see ya later.”
“Yeah, take care.”
I wanted to walk around for a bit to think about what just happen at Calamore. I thought things would have turned out better than this. What I am is more important rather I have talent or not? It is bullshit! I worked hard for the last 10 months, pouring out most of my money buying studio time just to be told to fake who am I just to be signed? I see why Pisces was signed, not for the talent but for what she is, an albino vampire. However a talent less vamp at that. Louis only signed her cause she was exotic. But it matter in the biz, she sales were poor, no one was buying.
I will admit that I was heart broken. What else can I do? I can’t pretend to be an alien. I’m just a genie or am I? Why am I purple? What was my mother? Dad said she was purple with purple eyes and hair, pointy ears like mine too. Dad thought she might be an alien but wasn’t sure. She yelled at him a lot, that’s all he could tell me about her. What if dad was right, what if my mom is an alien? Then me being an alien would be half true. But where is my mother? Why did she leave me, my twin and my brother Mordecai? Maybe I should search for her and find out these answers. Dad told me her name, Alayna Sky.
Just when I thought this night couldn’t be anymore worse than it is, a single text message changed everything.
“Morde, I got your text. I see your phone went to voicemail too. Call me back whenever you can, please?”
This day went to shit… I need a strong drink. Maybe I’ll hit up Dynasty tonight after all.
Dad’s in coma.. Dad is in a coma.. I don’t think Morde told Mimi cause she would have called me and be screaming. It would be for good reason, after all Mimi was once in a coma and hasn’t been the same since then.. I gotta keep it together tonight. Maybe I’ll tell her later on..