I was first introduced to Stephanie Blake, my newest interview subject, when I saw Ferris Buller’s Day Off for the first time in the mid-90s. She had a small, but memorable, role as the Singing Telegram Nurse. Many years later, I was reading up on Ferris Bueller’s Day Off on YouTube, and I saw Stephanie Blake’s name in the credits. I looked up her IMDB page, and found myself fascinated by her filmography. I then looked up her burlesque work on YouTube, and I was stunned by her moves. We talked recently about everything from burlesque to acting to her current work in the field of pet care, and I hope you all enjoy getting to know this beautiful and versatile talent.
Pleasant Gehman is the definition of the phrase “renaissance woman”. Pleasant is a talent who has done a whole lot of work in multiple different fields, and done a great job with everything she’s tackled. She’s been a musician with groups like The Screamin’ Sirens and The Ringling Sisters. Under the name Princess Farhana, as seen in the cover photo by Maharet Hughes, she’s been belly-dancing for so long that she’s written books and created instructional videos on the art form. As an actress, she’s well-known for her work in independent film, whether as a screenwriter on, and actress in, a movie about The Screamin’ Sirens called The Runnin’ Kind or as the muse of independent filmmaker Steve Balderson. She’s written books, poetry, magazine columns and her own magazine called Lobotomy. On top of that, she’s also a paranormal investigator. Pleasant Gehman is a busy and versatile woman, and on Monday, March 12th, she took the time out of her busy schedule to speak to me. I hope you all enjoy getting to know this versatile and kind talent.