Yesterday I sent an email to Kimberly Mcleod regarding a complimentary ticket to ELIXHER’s “Body Issue” Release Party ft. cover girl Janet Mock, which is set to take place this Friday in Brooklyn at Galapagos, for my friend and photographer Texas, professionally know as King Texas.
Kimberly called me shortly after the email and off top hostile and defensive, implying that there had been a miscommunication in regards to Texas “expecting” a ticket to the event and that she wanted to get an understanding of where the “tone” in my conversation was coming from.
Here is the email I sent verbatim:
I was with Texas this past weekend and I was made aware that he was not offered a ticket to the magazine launch event this upcoming friday.
I would like to ask if you can provide him with a complimentary ticket to the event so that he can attend the party with me and my date. Texas is not only a friend but did me a great favor by squeezing me in to his schedule to shoot me for the magazine.
Thank you and i can be reached at XXX-XXX-XXXX”
Kimberly started the conversation by saying how many people were hitting her up for tickets and how she is just trying to stay afloat, and a lot of other stuff about being in the red, etc. I interjected by letting her know I could care less about this, primarily because this is a business for profit and I am not those aforementioned “people” (read: opportunists). I am someone who was asked to pose nude in her for profit magazine, paid my own way to and from the shoot without an offer of reimbursement, and that what I requested was in the very email that she was calling me about.
Over the 20-minute conversation (which was not cool calm and collected on either of our parts), I heard nothing that I expected or even wanted to hear. This may come off as a bold statement, but I asked a basic question and expected a basic answer, honestly. This is the same question I asked when I requested that I receive an extra ticket for my date. I got a simple answer of “yes” back. Also, as someone who put in time out of my own schedule and money out of my own pocket to support Elixher, I have no time for talk of financial struggle given my own background as an independent filmmaker for over a decade.
Here’s some background for context: