BAW: So videos are different from shooting a movie, but what about a reality show? Is that kind of a point and shoot thing – they just kind of stick the cameras in your face and you go about your business?
They just put the cameras in your face so you can be who you are, exactly, at least on our show, and they film you. They may have you walk out and come back into the house and they film you, things like that. But they kind of follow us around and see how the stories develop and then that’s how the stories are written. But it’s our own lives and things that happen to us. Our things aren’t superficial. The hair and makeup people in our crew – we call them the B crew – say “It’s really about you and your family. It’s your life. And you just decide to let people film it.” It can be tough. I don’t like telling my business. My younger sisters are much more comfortable with that. I’m not. I’m working on it.
BAW: Now that you’ve done all those various mediums, where do you now want to focus your career given that some of your health challenges that have made a recording career much harder for you?
That’s true. I cannot deny that. My doctors tell me I can’t really tour but I have a tour Valentine’s Day and I’m really excited! I’m really excited about that. But baby steps for me, only because it’s a physical thing. I have lupus but I’m not going to let that get me down. If you tell me I can’t do something, I’m going to try to make it happen. Maybe I can’t do it the way I used to, but I love singing. I may not be able to jump and dance but I’m too old for that anyway (laughs.) I’m out of the hospital now and I’m able to work and it will get better as I get stronger and take my meds and do what I’m supposed to do. I don’t like to feel like a victim. It’s just what I have and I’ll dust myself off and try it again. I’ll try it a different way, but I’ll try it again. Sometimes life gives you lemons and you have to make lemonade. I made lemon meringue pie about 5 minutes ago. (laughs).
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