If you read the first interview of this “Cabarazze” series, you know I found myself for a night out with my mom in Milan, and little did I know I was going to have unforgettable fun and… meet somebody I knew among the Stars of the show!
When I heard Sonja Collini, the presenter, calling Daniela Carta I thought… wait… I know this name… but I could not imagine, that the architect I met almost 10 years before during a business networking event (PWA for those looking for high quality experiences) was going on stage for a show!
Well… here she is, with her story and stinging irony on life (as a woman).
Enjoy the read!
WHO IS DANIELA CARTA?
Daniela is a 47 year old architect by day, comedian by night. Milanese by birth but featured by multiregional genetics, she is divided between the sunny attitude to life and chronic intolerance to the behavior of mankind. She recently got worse and showed serious signs of this acrobatic bipolarism, in her stand-up comedy shows.
WHEN WAS YOUR PASSION FOR CABARET BORN?
Cabaret has always fascinated me: it is an incredible means to tell involving stories by showing the ironic side of reality. I would always be the one, before the night out ends, telling stories with an empathy and a point of view that created hilarity. So three years ago I decided to test myself and see whether I had the skills to succeed.
This is when I decided to enroll to the Accademia del Comico in Milan.
I HAVE NOTICED THAT MANY OF YOUR COMIC PIECES (COMPARED TO MALE PIECES) INVOLVE SELF-PERCEPTION, SELF-IRONY AND A DOSE OF ENCOURAGEMENT TO MORE BODY POSITIVITY. WHY DO YOU THINK IS THAT?
Most women have a strong relationship with their own image… but often, unfortunately strong here means no positive. From an early age, we are subjected to someone’s judgment: in private life, at work and even on social networks. And subtly, it is assumed that it is normal to be asked to be perfect.
Comedy can be a great way to unhinge these paradoxes: they are given as “normal” but in everyday life, they only make us miserable.
The picture shows Daniela on stage. She is a white lady, with short brunette wavy hair. She is wearing a knee length black dress , with short sleeves and a squared neckline. Necklace and ring are black but her shoes are red, with a high squared heel and thin t-strap. She is in the middle of a talk, with a serious look to the audience, her right hand holding the microphone and her left arm bent as she is explaining something and inviting people to get involved. On her right, the thin microphone stand. Black curtain in the background, wooden floor.
Close-up of Daniela smiling and carefree. Daniela is sitting with her chin almost resting on the back of her hand. She is wearing a short-sleeve black dress with a V-neckline and a beige fabric flower on top of it. Wooden wall in the background.
WHAT IS YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH YOUR BODY AND WHAT ARE THE FASHION AND BEAUTY BRANDS THAT YOU THINK ARE MADE ESPECIALLY FOR YOU?
THE relationship with my body? Let’s say that I started making peace with it recently, after 45 years. I was always too big, too curvy, too massive, in short…too much of anything! Unfortunately, this also affected the perception of my personality.
I also realized that perhaps, I would have never fought with my body if it hadn’t been for the constant conditioning that I thought I was not even supposed to question. The more we allow this, the more we become the most severe judges of ourselves.
I usually choose online brands that serve XL size ladies. I find some on Zalando: Swing, Anna Field, or Promod. I go low-budget for clothes but I spend more on shoes and accessories: they have never betrayed me!
WHAT IS YOUR MESSAGE TO THE ENTERTAINMENT AND FASHION INDUSTRY?
To the entertainment industry I want to say that: I may be different or sometimes awkward, this is not because I am a woman, or because I am curvy or because I am tall.
Those things do not define me. I am all that, because I am Daniela.
While to the fashion industry I would like to say: I am tired of not having the same choices women wearing an IT44 have.
Why, if my size is XL do I have to get crazy to dress well and feminine? Maybe I should go for the old woman style? Or spend more? It is known that if you want to survive in the market, you need to differentiate your product and target: in short, market…find your niche!
Are oversized women not “niche” enough? No, you are right… we are an ocean of potential!
SOMETHING NEW COMING UP FOR CHRISTMAS?
We are working on some new pieces for our virtual shows. They might be coming our for Christmas or early next year.
Designing is my life, always. As I said I am an architect in the day and a comedian by night. It’s just different ways to communicate and give life to something that didn’t exist before! I am also working on a project that involves creating my very first solo-show for next Summer. Fingers crossed and off to the jokes!
Ma se nel mondo ci sono 7 sosia per ognuno, io non posso avere come sosia un personaggio famoso?
[ENG If each one of us has 7 lookalikes around the world, why can’t mine be a famous person!?!?]