The first of my Mustang Kids series, Tere Romances. I met Tere through Instagram and we immediately clicked, I chose her as the first person to be a part of this series because her creative journey and process, similar to my own, is what made and inspired me to create this series in the first place. You can find Tere on Youtube Instagram and tereromances.com
WHAT DO YOU THINK MAKES YOU A MUSTANG KID
I’m not afraid to speak out my mind and do the things I love. I’m the girl who always has too many thoughts in her head. One second I can be thinking about outer space and what’s out there, and the other I’m daydreaming about being a hippie in Woodstock in the middle of a concert when everyone is singing and dancing to your favorite song of the Rolling Stones.
DID YOU GROW UP IN AN ENVIRONMENT THAT SET YOU FREE OR CONFINED YOU?
CONFINED ME! I went to an all girls catholic school for 15 years, and the worst part is that I wasn’t catholic for the last 4 years. My family and most of my friends are catholic and believe it or not it’s difficult to find a connection with them most of the time. My family always tells me I dress to provocative and that swearing so much is not ladylike. I can’t talk about boys or anything related to sex with my friends because they start telling me no funny business till marriage, I swear someday they’re going to throw holy water at me.
WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO DO SOMETHING UNTRADITIONAL
I remember my fuck it moment. I was a sophomore and I was in class with terrible period cramps and when I asked my teacher if I could go to the nurse she told me it was inappropriate to talk about menstruation and I should just go to the principal’s office and talk about my “bad language”. Why the fuck should a teacher tell a 16-year-old girl that she should feel ashamed to talk about something so natural? Instead of listening to her I took my bag and with my middle finger raised in the air I left school. I got suspended for a week. After that I got in trouble almost every day in school, it was pretty funny because all the teachers hated me. The day of my graduation, when they called my name, they said: “Teresa Romances, the only student in this year (we were like 100 girls) who will not attend university. She is going to try to be an artist or a bohemian of some sort.” That phrase still makes me laugh. Try to be an artist or bohemian? Who says that? Yes, of course I want to be an artist, but the way she said it, with a frown on her face and disgust in her voice, she really did hate me.
WAS IT A DIFFICULT JOURNEY
Hell yes! I feel like everyone around me is constantly trying to tell me what to do or how to feel. My friends are constantly telling me to calm down. I shouldn’t kiss strangers because that’s a sin of lust, I shouldn’t do illegal things because I wasn’t raised like that. Well, I’m sorry that I’m tired of listening to people who keep pushing me down and not letting me move forward. Some people think they’re better than you and they will tell you what you should do or how you should act. And my advice to you is, listen to your mind and follow your instincts.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE MANTRA, WHAT WOULD YOU TELL OTHERS
LIVE A LIFE WORTH TELLING! I have this written on my mirror in red lipstick, so every morning when I look in the mirror before leaving my house I see it and think “do something Patti Smith would do” I get this feeling of excitement when I think of all the things I want to do in my life. I’m young, I’m reckless and I’m a Gemini. A perfect combination. I want to live a life that I can be able to look back in 50 years and think, fuck yes, I was a cool kid.