Breaking Out Bloggers is a new segment on Voguebinge.com. During this segment you will get to know different bloggers and get insight on life behind the blogs. To start the segment off, I got a chance to interview Keys of 20 Dollar Nosebleed.
What’s is your name and where are you from?
I go by Keys, and shockingly, I’m from the country in Upstate New York. I
lived next to an Indian Reservation, but I grew up in Virginia, so I
consider that home. Both places shaped me.
What is the name of your blog and how did you come up with it?
20dollarnosebleed, and I was actually having a hard time coming up with a
name. So, I said the next song to come on my itunes shuffle will be the name.
I had the domain site up and everything. When Fall Out Boys song “20 Dollar
Nosebleed” came on, it was perfect.
How long have you been blogging and what inspired you to start?
I made 20dollarnosebleed in January of 2011, when I was 17. So it picked
up fast. I really just made it so I could have a place to post my stuff for
me and my few friends, and to pass the time cause I was bored. I never
thought other people would dig it like they did.
What does the 20 Dollar Nose Bleed logo represent?
The logo is from an old porno called “Deepthroat”. My friend Isaac and I
were trying out different things that I thought would go with my theme of
reckless youth and what not. I think it represents that well, something
grungy, real, and tastefully vulgar like me.
Your blog consists of a lot of unique pictures. What motivated you to
pick up a camera?
I was always an undercover ham. I was an actress before I became dedicated
to photography, but there was something about photographs. A photo can tell
a story words can never tell. Memories can get foggy, but you can’t
downplay the emotions in a photo; it’s a beautiful thing. It can capture
good and bad, so I intentionally try to get it all. I’ll take photos of my
friends throwing up, myself crying, and us screaming in a car. I want to
remember it all, regardless if its offensive or trashy.
I love you’re style, it seems effortless. Its great that you don’t care
how people perceive you and what you’re wearing. What goes through your
mind when deciding on an outfit to wear?
Thank you. I appreciate that. I’m naturally shy, so I like to wear things
that talk for me. I admire the style of 90s pop, grunge, hookers and old
hollywood, so I try to blend all 4. I’m like a kid who likes to play
dress-up, iIintentionally smudge my eyeliner and everything. I try not to
look perfect, I want to look real. Your look is a reflection of you, so
when I get dressed, I just put on everything I want to wear and hope it
I’m sure many people have asked your different hairstyles. Which one is
your favorite one to wear?
Haha, I own twenty wigs and then there’s my own hair. I think this new
black one thats goes pass my ass is my new favorite. But, I really liked
when I had these short blonde Kriss Kross twists, and my bald head was legit.
Based on your blog, you seem to have a fun and adventurous lifestyle;
parties, traveling. What is the most unforgettable party experience you’ve
Oh god, lol. I have so many, but this one New Years, I think we were
bringing in 2011. I went to this fan plan party at the Norva, underage of
coursem and after we went to this hotel. I ended up party hopping in
strangers’ hotel rooms. They would invite me after seeing me in the lobby. I
saw a guy bust his head open just bleeding everywhere, a naked person
jumping and tackling people, girls taking off clothes for cameras, and so
much more. We got free iHop that next morning with some people we met that
night. We ended up cool with them after, lol.
What are 3 places in your city that you recommend us to check out?
Norfolk is weird cause you just gotta know the right people. I’m a
house party girl, but I use to (censored) with The Wave, they have great cheap
drinks. The Norva would have stellar parties and concerts. And I wouldn’t go
to the 757 without going to the beach; you got bars, clubs and water all in
When you’re not blogging, what can we find you doing?
Getting trippy, doing something art related or going on adventures with my
friends. We’re willing to actually do the things we sit and talk about
wanting to do. Even if its dumb.
I think Gwen Stefani would be cool, I would love to balance everything
like she does. She’s talented, stylish, chill and beautiful. That’s rare.
What advice do you have for those who want to start a blog?
Don’t follow what’s cool, be you. Blogs are personalized canvases. Blog
about what you know. People know when you are authentic and they’ll (censored)
with you. (Censored) with your few real and loyal supporters, don’t aim for
Where can we keep up with you and your blog?
20dollarnosebleed.com, I’ma start posting more links on there for my
Is there anything else you would like us to know about you?
That I’m not really a cool kid, I’m just a high school dropout with a
dream. 2-3 years ago, I was getting teased for being weird. People didn’t
look twice at me, but I never tamed my image or settled. Now I can say I
been in music videos, met everyone’s favorite celebrities, and have deals
and people wanting to work with me from every direction. Dreams and ambitions will get farther then paper.
As you can see Keys has a fun spirit and carefree attitude about life. Regardless of what she has experienced in life, she doesn’t let anything hold her back. I admire her motivation to be who she is regardless of what others have to say. One thing I hope you all take from this interview is that you shape who you are, no one else. Be the best YOU, you can be! When shaping your career or blog, do what you feel is best. As Keys said, “Dreams and ambitions will get farther than paper.”
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Thank you for the interview Keys and best of luck to you in the future 🙂
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