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Kia ora * Talofa lava * Up2 * Hello
I'm Coco.
I am a Māori Samoan German femme woman hailing from Auckland, Aotearoa New Zealand.
I'm a full-time writer, musician and artist. I also enjoy community work, mentoring and art-based activism. 

I produce my creative work under the name Jessica Hansell or Coco Solid. I am proud to be telling stories on my terms, building images and archetypes, trying to empower (or at least entertain) my people, while moving culture and conversations when I can. 

A Patreon stipend, no matter how small, helps me independently create and focus on the projects, people and ideas that I think are important. This year I was dangerously caught in the freelance crossfire a lot waiting for deposits to drop and projects to resume. This Patreon is just to futureproof and support myself - while making cool, specialised, no-filter things for an audience that will enjoy them. Maybe it will give me the odd bit of fun and sovereignty as a pressurized indigenous woman in the 21st century, who knows!
I will always grind regardless of who has my back, but it's pretty cool you're even considering it! Pick a reward, support ya girl and read below for a portfolio glimpse of my werk. 
Message me if you have an issue and I'll hit you back! [email protected]

Find me:

Check out recent stuff:
My animation webseries 'Aroha Bridge' I wrote and directed that is currently being made into a TV show for Māori TV:
A recent Armani and Vogue campaign using some of my music from one of my 5 musical projects, Parallel Dance Ensemble
'Equalise My Vocals' a project I spearheaded that included an online interview series, panel events & live shows advocating for safety and equality in NZ music:
A recent Paperboy Interview discussing my comedy screenwriting
An essay I wrote as recipient of the Elanor Catton Horoeka Scholarship
One of the thespionage acting sketches I did on Māori TV show 'Only In Aotearoa'
Red Bull Music Academy 2017 Alumni Mix for RBMA RAdio
A Sunday Star Times cover and story:
Interview in I-D Magazine:
Noisey presents 10 Women and gender non-conforming artists you should support right now
AUS Saturday Paper Melbourne interview:
Starling Literary Journal interview

Patreon is US currency not NZD. So support me with caution fellow Aotearoa weak-dollar lovers! 
If you think I am a charlatan hustler with this patreon:
1) Feel free to give funds to the communities, causes and people you prioritise first. I always encourage this.
2) Get over it honey, cos I am a hustler and I deserve skrilla as much as the next.

Upcoming projects you'll be helping support:
New Coco Solid album out 6.2.2018
Aroha Bridge, New Zealand's first adult cartoon since 2002 on national television
Kuini Qontrol Monthty Podcast
Directing my first short film 'Pretty Buzzy'
New illustrated book 'Foodcore' (finally)
Fanau Spa (supergroup mixtape) coming soon


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