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Garbage Girl Have you every wondered what'll happen to the planet every time someone throws their rubbish on the streets? Go on. Wonder for a bit. Wonder what it would smell like. Wonder what it would look like. And wonder what it would feel like as well. Then, once you've finally stopped wondering, please check out this interview I did with the one and only maid of muck, Daniel Florez, also known as Garbage Girl.

1) What are your own origins, Daniela? Plus what path did you take in life prior to getting to where you are today?   I was born in Argentina and moved to New York City when I was 9 years old. I started performing as soon as I could walk and have enjoyed it ever since. As an only child I had to create my own fun, so many of the characters floating around my mind came to the surface. Whether it was at home or in school events, these performances gave me the freedom to express myself and I loved it.

New York City Trash
Like many NYC performers, I worked in the restaurant industry. “Garbage Girl” is not the first original character I've developed, but it’s the first time one of them has been brought to the screen.

2) What inspired the creation of “Garbage Girl”? Plus what part do you play in these proceedings?   The director, Christopher Nostrand, is a Graduate student in the 'Integrated Media Arts Graduate Program' at Hunter College in NYC. This project started out as an assignment for an experimental film class and was originally meant to be a short horror film, but he realized he didn't have enough time to pull that off.

After watching the short experimental film, “Supermercado,” he was inspired to bring the topic of consumption to light in a different way. I was immediately attracted to the idea of showing the insane amount of waste we go through every day, so when Chris asked me to be a part of it, I jumped at the opportunity to be Garbage Girl. 

Then, the two of us went to happy hour one day, created the concept and developed the character in just a few hours. 

3) In your own words how would you describe this story?   “Garbage Girl” is the story of a troubled, lonely girl, who takes her childhood issues and turns them around to do something good for the world. She is stuck in a dark, gloomy cycle but tries to make a change for the good of society.

4) If this film omitted a collective odor, what would it smell like and why?   Because we live in NYC, the only smell we could give this film is that of a subway car on a very hot day which has been taken over by one of New York’s homeless. It’s a very distinct smell that every New Yorker knows.

John Lennon New York City
5) If you could get a known celebrity – either living or dead – to promote this flick, who would you chose, and why would you want this particular person?   Now Chris and I could not agree on one person. So for me, it would be John Lennon; as he was an amazing artist and activist who stood up for his beliefs no matter what. It would be so awesome to have a sit-in with him to promote “Garbage Girl” and raise awareness of the environmental issues in the film. 

For Chris, Bill Nye is the man. He is an expert scientist, and is always setting something on fire or blowing something up. This kooky genius would be a great environmental consultant for further Garbage Girl episodes, not to mention a magnificent character in the series.

6) What were the main obstacles you had to contend with along the way?   Pigeons and rats attacking me and trying to take my garbage was a big problem.

7) Where would you like to see this character in two years time?   We would love to see Garbage Girl on the big screen as a movie star using her insanity and new superhero qualities to fight the world’s environmental issues. 

8) If ‘GG’ had a motto, what do you think it would be?   Stop destroying our planet, it’s where I keep my stuff!

Well, you heard the lady, folks. Stop throwing your crap around, and start check out Garbage Girl on Daniela's And Chris' facebook, kickstarter, and twitter pages. Go on. Chop-chop. It's do the whole world some good. 

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