We had the good fortune of connecting with Calypso Jete Balmain and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Calypso, as a parent, what have you done for you children that you feel has had the most significant impact?
I would say Being a parent to several LGBTQIA individuals the most important thing I can say I have done to impact their lives is showing unconditional love and support for the things they do. Although they may not be blood related to me I take it upon myself to make sure they reach their star potential I see in them and they give back to their community in return.
Most members of our community suffer from lack of support , trauma, depression and are in survival mode majority of the time.
I put my foot forward to let them know they have someone who will listen to them , comprehend , understand , and translate their needs into reality.
I make them feel like they belong and guide them through their life journey
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I am a trans showgirl , actress , dancer , choreographer , leader and parent.
I feel my determination, charisma , and talent sets me apart from others cause I’m very versatile in my approach and No is not a word in my vocabulary.
I would say I most excited about furthering my transition and the new approach I will take on old things
It was a process in establishing myself
As who I am today
From starting off young with no rhythm
To learning piano , singing lessons , tap dancing , church choir , mimicking music videos , makeup , accepting myself to eventually living my truth
It wasn’t a easy process at all .
I had to learn to love me and stop being a perfectionist while just having fun.
I took the negative things people would say or do to me and turned it positive
If I didn’t have it or couldn’t afford it I created myself which made me appreciate it more and challenged my creativity
I want the world to know to always be authentically yourself .
Always commit to what your doing and be confident
Don’t let other dictate or shape you into what they want but into what you believe you can be
If you had a friend visiting you, what are some of the local spots you’d want to take them around to?
If you were out with me honestly I kind of just go with the flow and act on spontaneous impulse
I love food so anything that has great flavor
I would say I enjoy exploring haunted places or random outings
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
I want to show out to my children , family and friends who have supported me and guided me not only in my life but my Transition.
The praises and affirmation I receive from them help me to continue to strive to be better when I may not be at my %100