Ennis has been a busy boy, y’all! The quiet of winter is finally dying down and the city is coming to life again. Thank goodness– the busier my schedule, the more productive I am in general.
I was thrilled to debut a new act with my fellow performer Mint at Ladyfest 2016, a woman-centric festival that offers art, workshops, panels, and performances. Mint and I previewed our brand-new “Barbie Girl” act. It’s always great to perform in front of a supportive crowd, especially a crowd that isn’t your normal drag crowd. They ate it up!
We took that same number to the big stage at ShanghaiPRIDE’s Pride’s Got Talent, the 2nd annual LGBTQA competition produced by yours truly. I never imagined myself as a producer– I don’t think of myself as particularly assertive and I’m certainly not organized. It happened, though, for the second year in a row, this year with over 370 people in attendance. (AHHH!)
The audience choice winner was my good friend Honey West (pictured above, center) who absolutely turned out a crowd of otherwise tired and drunk attendees. It’s so inspiring to watch somebody who really knows how to command a stage. She’s a natural. She’s so good, in fact, that I basically stalked her into forming a small company with me, Mint, and Miss Jade: the House of TBD.
TBD can be many things: To Be Determined, The Best Drag, TaoBao Drag (Taobao is Chinese ebay where everyone buys their costumes), Ting Bu Dong (how one says “I have no idea what you just said” in Mandarin). I have never had a drag family before so it’s been great to be able to talk shop with other performers, bounce ideas around, and push each other to be better. We’re making our debut next weekend and I am SO excited!
Other than that, we’ve got another Qi-POW! show coming down the pike. More info on that soon. 🙂