Most of us think of Drag, as in Queens. Often gay men dressing as over the top women performing at lgbt events of all kinds. I am an admirer of Drag! I love the costume, the performance, and the entertainment value. I have often thought about doing drag but in the past 2 years as I been trying to wake up the performer in me… I have been more drawn to it.
I found a local Drag group that does a RuPaul’s type drag competition and it has caught my attention. Of course its heavy on the queen side, but its perfect for me, since I typically enjoy the company of a Drag Queen.
My promise to myself is to truly perform and put the Drag into Drag King. I want to go over the top, just like the queens. I want to wear costumes and perform as a Drag King. So I started with George Michael, a truly fabulous man. I chose him for many reasons but I have always loved his music and enjoy his performer side. I totally seperate every performer, whether I know them or not, from their true self. I don’t know George Michael as a person but I know as a performer he was amazing, for his time. He broke the rules for men performances and truly embrace male fabulousness.
I watched his videos, mastered the lyrics, and used his dance moves in my first performance. I know I could do it better but that will happen in time. As a performer it gets easier and easier each time. I am a bit rusty due to my several year break from performing in front of people. Also its a completely different type of performance. Lip-sync is harder than you think and if you don’t know every word you will certainly screw it up when it comes time. Dancing, when you are the only one is tough, I don’t care who you are! Plus don’t forget to interact with the crowd, smile, and collect tips!
So after my first performance I knew I had to know the lyrics even better than I knew “I want your sex” AND I needed to work on my costuming. I felt a little ridiculous since I know I can do some decent costuming, way better than I did for this first show. But just wearing facial hair and being center stage for a little over 4 mins was the first challenge.
This time though I am totally including make-up to masculinize the face, better binding, props, and accessories! This weeks outfit involved some light tailoring but I have a fantastic faery godfather that can do it, and on short notice. I also had to make some small alterations to my accessories to make them work. All of that is done and the outfit will be done with the tailor by Sunday, before my performance.
Now its time for the dancing and body movement, to go along with some pretty dam hard lyrics. I think i got it enough to look good and not a fool up there. Its a journey and for sure I am hoping to rebuild my performer!