Actress & Artist
As a young dancer-actress, Darcy Demoss’ breakout success as the “Aerobicise Girl” helped shape the role of home video in the entertainment idustry with the largest revenue producing exercise video of all time, “Aerobicise.” Later star turns in such films as “Can’t Buy Me Love” and “For Keeps”, and appearances in countless television series and commercials, have kept Darcy as a fixture on TV and movie screens for over three decades.
Horror fans know that Darcy’s murder at the hands of Jason in “Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives “ was the longest death scene in that film franchise’s history.
Artists will constantly reshape themselves and change their goals. Darcy’s discovery and love of the camera, wildlife, and adventure have led her into a new challenge and art form, the photography of exotic wildlife. Darcy’s five trips to Africa have resulted in some of the most beautifully sensitive and textured pictures yet to be taken of the magnificent creatures who inhabit that continent. It is Darcy’s insight and awe of her subjects that reaches us through her pictures.
During her six sojourns in Africa, Darcy has grown painfully aware of not only the peril that the endangered species of Africa are in and the help that is needed to keep them away from the edge of extinction but of the human suffering and the violations of human rights that systemically stretches from country to country. “I have learned so much about the value of life looking through a camera lens and capturing time and our existence,” says Darcy. “Its transformed me in a way I never imagined and now I want to make a difference.”
After the devastating earthquake in Haiti in 2010, Darcy was asked by Miriam Fredrick of the New Life Children’s Home in Port Au Prince to come document the tragedy that the people of the impoverished nation were facing. Overwhelmed by the dichotomy of Haiti’s beauty and its latest disaster, Darcy divided her time between documenting the terror and uncertainty that the Haitians were and still are forced to endure and helping to deliver crucial medical supplies with Dr. Schorering of New Life to the overcrowded and undersupplied hospital in Pastal.
Darcy was compelled to return to Haiti and she did, this time with the Utah Haiti Relief Foundation. Staying at the St. Jesus de Prague orphanage, she again helped deliver aid and services while shooting stills and tape of the chaotic and desperate circumstances around her “I am heartbroken about the conditions that still exist in Haiti,” Darcy says, “Where is the money, and why are so many people still living like animals?”
Darcy currently lives in the Hollywood Hills and is busy at work on her her newest project, “Kamoflauge” a photo anthology of Africa.