Film and TV

"100 Creatives" Artist Turns Down America's Got Talent

If The Bad Unicorn is indeed about bizarro moments, then its creator, Y.E. Torres, may have just been a part of the perfect experience.

On Tuesday, a scout for America's Got Talent reached Torres on her cell phone and told her that the show was interested in giving her a go at an audition.

"At first I didn't believe him. I thought it was a joke," says the experimental artist whose multi-woman, guerrilla performance art project has included performances at bar crawls, modeling gigs and a "Unicorn Petting Zoo" installation at The Orange Show. "I'm pretty sure he found me after reading the 100 Creatives profile."

Torres, who has not once seen America's Got Talent, politely declined after learning that the audition was limited to a minute and a half.

"I told him that you couldn't get The Bad Unicorn in 90 seconds. I asked him if he even knew what The Bad Unicorn really is and that I like to create 'what the fuck?' moments. I went back and forth with him for a while, continuing to refuse to do it.

"Then, jokingly, I told him that the only way I can do something in 90 seconds is to slather meat and blood all over my body."

His response: "Well, do you want to do that?"

Torres's reaction that she kept to herself: "America's not ready for shit like that."

The Bad Unicorn's horn did perk up, however, when she found out that the auditions were taking place in Texas's star city. "I thought that I could maybe get a free trip to Austin out of it," says Torres.

"We'll only reimburse you if you pass the audition," explained the talent scout.

Waa waaaa.

Now that the pesky NBC show isn't bugging her anymore, the "100 Creatives" artist can concentrate on upcoming projects that include a short belly dance piece as The Bad Unicorn at the Dem Damn Dames show, scheduled to take place on Friday night at The Continental Club.

Torres also says that she'll be focusing on visual installation art in 2012.

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Steve Jansen is a contributing writer for the Houston Press.
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