The first time I saw a drag show on Oxford Street I thought to myself, there’s no way I could do that. Nonetheless within a short few months I had one of my friends doing my makeup & dressing me in drag for my very first time. I loved the transformation so much & the ability it gives me to perform all the female songs that I absolutely love, that I’ve never looked back since. I’ve been doing drag for eleven years now & I’m absolutely loving it. It was one of those life-changing moments that you least expect but was obviously meant to occur as it felt so right.
As a young & naive musical theatre student, I was told that drag was the dog-end of the industry & to avoid it if I wanted to be taken seriously as a theatre performer. Drag queens on the scene told me that I could not live solely from working in drag & that I would need a second job doing something more ‘normal’ to make a living & survive.
Now I’m not one to take no for an answer & if you say I can’t do it, then I will work harder to make it happen. And this is what I did ten years ago when I gave birth to my alter ego; The Six-Foot Something Songstress, Prada Clutch. It was at this moment I launched, vocal chords-a-blazing, onto the Sydney gay scene but this was only the beginning for this songstress.
Drag has opened many doors for me, having the pleasure of meeting celebrities like American singer Glenn Fry from the rock band The Eagles. When Glenn travelled to Australia, he would request me as his entertainment & host for the night when he was chilling with his band & crew in-between shows. Then there’s Australian journalist & television personality Chris Bath. Chris & I had the pleasure of working together on The Sydney Markets Fresh Awards. It was at this event that I really connected with her & discussed my regional tour & Chris eagerly invited me onto her ABC Radio evenings program. It was during this interview that we discussed how drag changed my life & allowed me to help communicate a message of acceptance to the young people of regional NSW.
I have been self-employed as a professional drag queen for eleven years now, giving me the freedom to be myself. Drag is a creative outlet where I not only get to sing live & entertain people but I get to wear fabulous costumes, big hair & killer heels. It’s what every gay boy wishes for! Drag has also given me the freedom to travel.
The greatest joy that drag gives me is the satisfaction of helping people forget their worries while they are being entertained by me. When I go out on stage it’s my mission to help people have fun. When you attend one of my shows you can expect to be uplifted & your sides will ache from the laughing.
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