A Boy in a Dress
You are in for a treat with this blog post! I have to admit that this story tops my Vanilla Ice story. For those of you who don’t know it, let me know if you’re interested and perhaps I’ll share 😉
I thought that my last two weeks of summer vacation would be nice and relaxing. Nope! Last week was insane but so much fun! Monday was when I experienced my “better than Vanilla Ice” day and I’m not really sure where to begin. Let’s start at the very beginning. It’s a very good place to start (if you know where those lines are from, you rock)!
As you know, I like Dick Van Dyke and roman shades. What you may not know is that I also like drag queens. A lot. I’m sure you’re wondering how I can go from Vanilla Ice, to DVD, to roman shades, and finally to drag queens. Bear with me; it’ll make sense. My love began when I saw the movie,” Too Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar.” I saw it in the theater with my late best friend (which could explain why I love it so much- it reminds me of her) and since then I’ve seen it countless times. When I saw that RuPaul was coming out with a Drag Queen reality show (RuPaul’s Drag Race), I was beyond excited. I watched the first few seasons (loved them) and then my cable provider discontinued Logo and I was unable to finish this past season. Boo! They re-air the show on VH1 but I haven’t caught up with it yet since they wait several months after it’s on Logo.
I joined Twitter about 6 months ago and there was one person that started following me where I literally yelped for joy. It was Mimi Imfurst. From season 3. O.M.G. Fast forward to last Saturday. I was scrolling through my feed when I noticed that she tweeted a request for help from anyone in Philly that was available to work on her new music video for that Monday. My heart started beating fast. I wanted to jump at the chance but was nervous because I had no idea what I’d be getting myself into. I asked her a few questions about having previous experience and the details of the work. Since no experience was needed, I decided to go for it. I emailed her my contact info and JC, another band member, contacted me with the details of time, place, and what to wear. Let me back up for a minute and explain the “band” part of this story. Mimi is a part of a 3 girl group called Xelle (pronounced XL and the other two are not drag queens). They have performed all over the country and are just fabulous! Anyway, I’m not going to lie, as excited as I was to be helping, I was just as nervous. Confession: I’ve never driven into center-city Philly by myself. And I’m the most directionally challenged person ever. Seriously, I get lost using a GPS! But I put on my big-girl pants and knew I’d be fine.
Which I was. I had to be at Woody’s (a gay bar) at 12:30 and I found it without getting lost!
Mimi arrived first and she was shorter and quieter than I thought. She has a larger-than-life personality on TV so I was surprised that she was so reserved. She was also a boy. As in, not in drag. I know she doesn’t walk around in drag all day but that was mostly how I saw her on the show. Anyway, JC, Rony, Michael (an actor), Zach (director/videographer), and the other assistants arrived not long after Mimi. Apparently, they’ve been working on this video since February! This was the last day to shoot and they seemed more than ready to be finished. The filming took place on the upper level of the bar so we brought all the equipment upstairs and immediately began to get the room ready. I helped cover exit signs with trash bags so they couldn’t be seen, removed bar stools/tables, and applied white zombie makeup to Michael. Once they got started filming, I had to hold down one side of the video camera stand because it wasn’t very good and wouldn’t stay in place. They only had to film two scenes but the first one took three hours. We took a short break (25 min) for dinner then got right back to work. The second scene didn’t take as long and I didn’t have to hold the stand so I got to watch. There were also about 2 more drag queens and 5 young gay men dressed as zombies so it was a lot of fun to watch!! When everything was done we broke down the set and returned the room back to normal and I finally left to go home around 10:00pm. I was exhausted, it was a long day, but it seemed to go really fast. Everyone that I met was so nice and it really was a pleasure to help! I didn’t get many pictures because we were all so busy and Mimi was out of her outfit and makeup as soon as the filming was done so I didn’t get a picture with her. 🙁 I did manage to get these two shots of the set:
I honestly don’t know what the video is about and even if I did, I can’t say anything because it won’t be released until October. But, click here for a trailer of the video!
It was such a phenomenal day. I loved everything about it. On Tuesday I got a text from JC and she said Zach was raving about what I good job I did. I was so relieved that I was helpful when I never worked as a production assistant before! She also wants me to keep in touch so I can come to the New York premier; I can’t wait!!
A personal goal of mine is to embrace new experiences rather that shy away from them. I feel like for the past few years I’ve been reaching my goal. I think travel has helped with that but that’s for another blog 😉 This was definitely a new experience that I am so happy I did! I successfully drove through center city and worked as P.A. for a music video. Now that’s diva!
What kind of new experiences have you embraced?
Have you done something you were nervous about but ended up having a great time?
I hope you get out there and try something new! Don’t forget to stay fabulous while doing it 😉 xoxo