Wednesday, April 29, 2015

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Now or Never

This past week I officially applied to be a contestant on Rupauls Dragrace Season 8 !!!

Heres one of the photos I submitted for the show, I think, I don't know because I really don't remember, it was so long ago ... like 2 days ago.

For the past 6 years it seems like my entertainment career has been idling, I've kept myself busy by producing comedy shows, performing and doing some acting here & there.

And then a couple years ago, I turned into a drag queen.  I really didn't see that one coming.

If anyone thinks I purposely became a drag queen just so I could be on Dragrace, no.

And to be honest, I just barely started watching Rupauls Dragrace last season and thats only because LOGO came with our cable package.

I started doing drag for me.  Being a drag queen finally fur filled a big piece of my life that was missing, to bring joy & happiness to so many people.

I really thought I would've been able to do that thru being a stand up comedian and now as it turns out, my comedy training has only enhanced my drag persona, making my act multi-dimensional and adding my to life skill set all the way around.

Heres another drag photo I submitted.  I really like this one.

As I was applying to the Rupaul Dragrace Casting Committee, they made it pretty clear that they wanted somebody versatile.  I'm definitely VERS. (wink wink)

In my audition tape I could've played the obvious but I didn't.  Most people know me as the Gay Native American stand up comedian and I didn't mention that once, mainly because I really want them to pick me based on my drag personality and killer sense of drag style.  I could go on about how fabulous I am as a drag queen BLAH BLAH BLAH ..... but I made sure not to over do that either.

Instead, I ended showing them I'm confident, unique, fun, and something their show has never seen before, hence this photo below.

Wish me luck.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Zen of Ramen

My fascination for eating Ramen noodles has reached another peak.

For the past year I've been consistently eating expensive Ramen noodles in downtown San Francisco and its been one of my most pleasurable vices to date.

My favorite place to eat noodles is Ajisen Ramen @ the food court in the Nordstrom Shopping Centre.  My favorite flavor is spicy beef, the spicy broth is literally the best I ever had which keeps me coming back for more.

When I first started eating Ramen, I was very inexperienced with using chopsticks.  Onlookers sitting at other tables use to give me strange looks as I figured out non-traditional ways to gather noodles with my chopsticks and shove them down my throat.

One year later, the way I ate ramen noodles changed. Eventually I learned how to wrap my noodles around my chopsticks with my right hand in a big spaghetti knot and then to sip the broth again afterwards with my right hand but I could feel I was doing something wrong.

I kept thinking to myself, how to these Asians stay so damn skinny with eating these big portions of Ramen?

And then I learned I was eating Ramen noodles the wrong way.

These past couple of months I noticed that Asians simultaneously use their left hand to dip their ladle in the broth and then gently pack their ladle with noodles with their right hand using chopsticks.  Was this the link I was missing?

I was a little resistant to try this at first, I wanted to continue to eat my Ramen noodles in the slothy way I taught myself but I could feel something wrong, it just didn't feel right.

And then two days ago I decided to conform to the general Ramen eating standard that stared in my face every time I visited Ajisen Ramen, now I would scoop out the broth with my left hand and gently packed in the noodles with my right and thats when I discovered pure heaven.

Sipping out the broth with a little bit of noodles inside the ladle made me connect with this 10,000 year old Asian custom.  No wonder why the Asian ladies who sat next to me always had so many noodles left over, they sipped out the broth first which left little appetite for the remaining Ramen bowl contents and all of a sudden, it felt right, it felt feminine, it felt light, proud and regal.

As it turned out, it wasn't my belly that I was trying to fill, it was my soul.


Wednesday, April 1, 2015

Not #1 Anymore ....

This year has started really good.

I'm at a place in my life where I'm completely happy with a lot of things, work, family, health, comedy, and thats about it ... notice that my love life is not in the aforementioned??  My love life is always going to be shit but on the whole, everything else is better!

When I started doing comedy my #1 goal was to be the best comedian in the world! For the first couple of years, I really felt like I hit that mark in my writing & performing and now a days I don't feel like I need to prove my talent to anyone anymore.  If anyone doesn't think I'm funny or I'm the funniest, I don't care because I put my time in.  And believe it or not but my skill set actually transcends comedy which is why I've been having the best time doing drag lately.

Since I've come to this new self acceptance, I can already feel the good vibrations coming in and this is where the fun part of my comedy career actually begins.  Before, it felt like my comedy writing was work and I had a second job to report to.  Now, when I write and perform, theres no work related stress.   I just let ideas roll thru my head and I don't have to struggle with my ideas like I use to.  Don't get me wrong, working & crafting out a joke still takes some finesse but the only difference this time, it doesn't feel forced. My next hour is going to be good.

2015 is going to be a good writing year for me!