Tag Archives: Celebrity Interviews

Lashauwn Beyond Speaks To Her Fans

lashauwn-beyond-rupauls-drag-raceLashauwn Beyond is one busy queen. Seamstress, reality star, drag superstar performer. I was able to catch her for a hot minute or two for an interview to discuss what’s life like now for her after her stint on RuPaul’s Drag Race and what she’s doing today. Although, her time on the show was brief her passion and talents run deep. I’m thrilled she’s here to share all the Tea and nothing but the Tea.

Welcome to the stage, Lashauwn Beyond.

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Interviewing Out Rocker Kent James

NickNameByRobHollisA few years ago I stumbled upon pictures of this very hot guy performing queer punk music under the guise of Nick Name. At the time he was giving me a mix of Henry Rollins and metal-shredder Scott Ian from Anthrax with a familiar dash of any in-you-face turn-us-out rockers from our day. And I say “our” day because anyone reading this of any age or generation knows the type I’m telling of. Current musical gruffers and scruffers have included Limp Biscuit, Korn and the like. Little did I know that Nick Name was so much more than just a catchy moniker

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Razzle Dazzle of Shontelle T. Sparkles

Shontelle SparklesI first saw this entertainer in print adverts for her tour with dance floor fantastix Erasure while thinking to myself, who is this grand glamazon? Shontelle T. Sparkles has brought her own signature of fierceness into the ever-changing world of drag while infusing glamour with can’t-be-touched hairstyles, illusion and transformation. Having the opportunity that many queens would kill for, Sparkles sheds light into the world of “making it work,” touring with Erasure, her sister Trinity Taylor of La’ Whore, realistic expectations and how dreams comes to fruition.

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Introducing Drag Entertainer Trinity Taylor

Trinity TaylorWelcome to my wicked world of gay culture! I love bringing the best and most fierce fabulousness I can and this installment is no exception. When it comes to celebrity interviews, I know my Tea. I met drag entertainer Trinity Taylor a few years ago when I judged Miss Gay Florida USofA in Tampa for my best friend pageant promoter Bob Taylor. Trinity was a contender and wonderfully impressive. The contest was very close among contestants and became one incredible night. I sat on the judges panel with Tabatha Coffey, Ericka Dunlap and Alexis Gabrielle Sherrington where we all had a great time.

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Interviewing Richy Jackson – AUDIO

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I love having occasional access to the hottest movers and shakers in Hollywood today. I was able to sit backstage with Lady Gaga’s main man Richy Jackson as he was preparing for a taping of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition one day last spring. We kiki’d the ki, for realsies. I hit record and what was said became organic and real between us two. We had a lot in common and here’s what we discussed that crazy day inside Glendale Studios. Of my many celebrity interviews, speaking with Ricky Jackson one-on-one was a complete thrill! We bonded immediately.

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Richy is good people. This I know is true! So talented but incredibly humble and real. Follow him on Twitter and catch his latest work. The new season of Abby’s Ultimate Dance Competition starts 09/03. Look for me on the second episode (I believe) which was the Lady Gaga-inspired installment showing out for the camera. They ask a lot of their audiences. And watch out for firecracker JoJo. ♥

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Deven Green – The Comedian’s Comedienne

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You’ve surely seen her as Mrs. Betty Bowers – America’s Best Christian. Or in her wonderfully wicked parodies of great shoulder pad clad divas of the ’80s like Brenda Dickson, Joan Collins and Diedre Hall. Deven Green is one funny chick with a sly humor that slaps you across the face and tells you laugh, bitch. I squeal with glee when I watch her videos on YouTube repeatedly. The timing is impeccable. The wit, brilliant. Originality, on point. I wanted to get her her at iamstevenmichael.com for a giggle or possibly guffaw. Via email and Facebook… I present the gracious Lady Chatterley, Deven Green.

I sent The Heavenly Deven the following rousing round of Q/A that she would surprisingly find after her Sunday show at Akbar in Los Angeles. I was ticked three shades of periwinkle when I received a response so very soon. In her own words…

Deven Green – “Good morning beautiful, I might have misunderstood the assignment but this is best grouping of words available to your delicious questions. I will send photos under separate cover. Steven, as I am Canadian I use Queen’s English spelling.” (smiling)

Steven Michael - Where does it all come from? I of course mean your very sick sense of humor? Acid? Jean Marie? You are quite wicked.

“I am wicked to the core in the most innocuous manner.”

Do you ever fear of offending someone with your humor?

“If I am not offending someone I am not trying hard enough.”

How do you handle a heckler during a show? Do you have them?

“That is the not the nature of my live shows. They are convivial, light hearted and inclusionary.”

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When did you figure out you’re funny? And when was the first time you remember making someone laugh?

“Whatever I do is all ‘performance’ to me so I specifically endeavour to be talented.”

Some of your parody material makes me cry I’m laughing so hard.

“You cry out of your penis? Hold on – That is called something else.”

How long does it take for you to create the material for a video and who helps you? They are brilliant!

“How astute!”

Where did Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian, come from? She tells it like it should be told!

“I insist you traipse over to www.BettyBowers.com – should you have any questions after eye-banging those missives, all answers will be found at http://www.youtube.com/MrsBettyBowers.”

Do you prefer stand-up or something on film with repeated takes?

“I prefer to sit down with cue cards.”

Describe your show Sundays at Akbar. I’ve been watching your YouTube video channel. Quite fun.

“I play my inimitable music show for public and private events. Each show is unique since the audience tells me what they wish to hear and my catalogue of songs ranges from all my favourites to everything you wish to hear. Akbar is super fun because some nights it is all 80s, or, all 1920s-40s, or, like last night, it was a compendium of all of the saddest songs ever written. As well, I invite people to come up and sing with me… as long as they are not louder than I am.”

Describe your RuPaul’s Drag Race experience and will we see you again anytime soon on television?

“It. Was. Everything.”

And tell me why you haven’t played Palm Springs yet? We’re waiting…

“We both wear pants so let me be quite frank with you. Here is how I operate: I get an email requesting me to come perform then I show up and put out. Palm Springs was one of the very few places which I reached out to request to play and never got a response. I am up for getting down whenever Palm Springs is ready for me. DevenGreen@gmail.com.”


Well that sucks. You be one funny lady. I’ll have to make it to L.A. on Sunday eve. Have you ever felt that you had crossed a line with your act that you wish you could have done differently?

“I am only here to illuminate the audience and empower others. Think of me as a modern day Mother Teresa.”

Oh, I do. I really do. Give us the true Tea on your hidden gem of Los Angeles. Tell us that special place that you couldn’t live without. Mine is Joan’s on Third for cupcakes and a scenic drive across Mulholland Drive.

“My pantry in my palatial center-hall plan manse. It is filled with wheat for the winter. I invite you to my cupboard.”

What’s a day to yourself like? When the lashes come off and the spotlight dims for the moment, where are you and what (and who) are you doing?

“I am self employed so every day is Deven day. My to-do list is always the same: 1) Laugh 2) Create 3) Kill the Devil.”

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Describe your dream project…

“To be honest I live my dream… every single day. Apart from that I would truly love to do cameo roles in every comedy film ever produced in Holllyyywwwooooddd.”

What is the best way for fans to reach out to you and what’s next for both Deven and Betty Bowers?

“With their arms. Other than than kindly head on over to DevenGreen.com. Don’t be late. I will be waiting for you… hookers.”

Deven Green is a woman of few words but ones that make quite an impact. Her humor kills me. The creativity behind her madness is brilliance. When we chat on Facebook we speak as we already know each other and have never met. I wanted to share her wickedness with you my readers and here it be. I thank her for taking a few minutes out of a busy night on the streets to answer a few tell-us-nows and share a bit more of herself. Madame Deven Green is one twisted sister! I heart her. ♥

Deven Green_photo credits:

Running image credit: Photo: Reed Davis – Hair/Makeup: David Marvel

Vanity Fair credit: Photo: Austin Young – Hair/Makeup: David Marvel

Ukulele credit: Hair/Makeup: David Marvel

Drag Race’s Penny Tration – The Interview

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I first chatted with drag diva Penny Tration about doing an interview on Twitter when she was heavy into her campaign to be voted onto RuPaul’s Drag Race last season. Of all the girls she definitely fired her publicity guns at anyone in range more than most from what I could tell. It paid off! Penny made it to L.A. being cast in the highly competitive season 5. I wanted to chat with her then but being a good Doll, she declined. Contracts and confidentiality clauses, you know! Yes, I understood.

When I got back together with Madame Tration about doing the interview she was right on it. I still wanted to know what it was like from her angle, from her eyes. She tells it like it is from the true reality of filming reality TV to who she’d play in the Snatch Game. Enjoy the fierce read and thanks to Penny Tration for her candor, wit and candidness.

Steven Michael –  Tell us a bit about Penny Tration and where you’re from, where you started drag and who is/was your inspiration?

Penny Tration – “It all started a long time ago in a land far far away… (laughs) I was a little gay at the local dance club about 20 years ago and saw Hurricane Summers perform. I barged into the dressing room after the show (not knowing any better) and the rest is kinda history. I was HOOKED for sure. I would say my biggest inspirations are Divine and Mr. Charlie Brown.”

Ah, I just saw Charlie Brown in Atlanta at Ashley Kruiz’s life celebration. It was great seeing Charlie. She looked great. And of course Hurricane is crazy. I’ll see her next month at Mr. EOY (I’m competing.) Where are you today in your current state of drag?

“Hmmm… Some days it seems like I’ve peaked and other days like I’ve just started. I feel that I’m at the top of my game in the emcee area and the drag itself is just a constant evolution.”

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What’s happening with your career since RuPaul’s Drag Race?

“RuPaul’s Drag Race has certainly introduced us all to a wider audience and it’s been great for our shop.”

Can you share in your own words how it felt to be brought into the cast by the popular vote only to be eliminated first?

“Gosh. The real challenge is getting on the show. Once you’re there the place that you get eliminated is irrelevant. Only one person wins – everyone else gets to go home.”

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The experience is so amazing for you entertainers. It a priceless experience wherever you place. What challenge would you have rocked in?

“The Reading Challenge and The Snatch Game, though I’m not sure I could have topped what Jinkx did on The Snatch Game (because it was GENIUS!) I’m sure I would have done well. And the Reading Challenge is just my biggest strength – not so much reading, but as an emcee, you have to be great on the fly with funny/witty commentary on just about any topic.”

Jinkx WAS completely brilliant, that is the truth. On the subject, who would have you been for Snatch Game?

“Paula Dean.” (smiles)

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We’re you in agreement with the winner? If no, who did you see winning?

“I think they should have had a top 4. Detox should have been in that list of gurls eligible to win. But they are all stars in my eyes… even Serena.” (wink)

Detox turned it repeatedly. Especially at the reunion with the grayscale. Would you do RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars if they asked, or have they already?

(laughs) “I can neither confirm nor deny my appearance on RuPaul’s Drag Race: All Stars - Season 2.”

Penny Tration

I know you are in some sort of confidentiality agreement with World of Wonder but what can you share about the whole process of getting on set, meeting the other girls, working with RuPaul?

“Drag is, overall, a small community. All of the ‘seasoned’ gurls and I have previously had some sort of contact or ‘talked’ on Facebook and Twitter – so it was pretty surreal to meet everyone. It was all very exciting and probably the best part of the show for me.”

Did you know any of the other Dolls before the show? And have you made friends with anyone you still keep in touch with?

“Detox and I were fast friends and I feel like I made a dear friend for life. Feels like a sister that I’ve always known and hope to never be parted from. Roxxxy and I are perfect team-members/co-workers. We both know how to get our job done and seem to work well together. I guess I could say that about a lot of the gurls, to be honest. Most of them were obvious professionals and know how to do their job. Honey Mahogany is a doll!”

Biggest Misconceptions about Penny Tration? About filming Reality TV? About Drag?

“Gosh -Biggest misconception about Penny Tration… That I’m quiet. Everyone asked me why I didnt talk on the show. I was like, bitch I barely shut up (except when I was trying to put that ugly purple dress together!) (laughs) Again, editing is AMAZING! About Filming… I dont think anyone has a concept of how long it takes to make an hour of television. On Drag… The age old ‘most drag queens want to be women’ and though there are plenty of folks who do transition, most dudes who identify as drag queens are just that – dudes. And good for us for doing our jobs so well that the audience leaves having totally bought into the d-illusion.” (wink)

If you could be paired up with anyone from precious seasons or even your season, who would you do well with as a team?

“Detox or Nina Flowers – Those would be my top picks!”

What’s your downtime like and what/where are you?

“Working on my house with my husband. Even as show-people (he’s an opera singer) we still keep a pretty normal life in the garden and renovating our little home. Two Beagles, Fred and Ginger, keep us company.”

That sounds very similar to our sanctuary of home life. And finally… (completely joking of course, no Tea!) Who would you rather? Sleep With… Marry… Kill…? Alaska, Jinkx, Roxxxy? (laughing)

“Not sleeping or killing anyone – too much love. I would marry them all if I weren’t already otherwise obligated!” (wink)

Big hugs and great thanks to Penny Tration. Find her terrorizing unsuspecting crowds at The Cabaret in Cincinnati, Ohio and follow her antics on the website Miss Penny Tration. For bookings, please contact Outloud Talent Management Agency. SHWERQ! ♥

The Way I Am – Interviewing Colton Ford

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When it comes to approachable and relatable celebrities, my friend and pop star Colton Ford ranks among the greatest. I had the chance to speak to Mr. Ford about his new music (which I’m living for!) and where he’s at in his life today. We’ve known each other very well for over 10 years. He is one of the only people I still know from my days in L.A. Life changes and people move on but good true friendships are hard but wonderful to come by. I believe we have that relationship. Time and distance often separates us but it’s as if nothing has changed when we do connect via phone or face to gorgeous face. Man, he hurts my eyes.

Colton has been over to the house a few times for dinner and we always have a true KiKi when we hook up. To know him is to also know his heart is of gold and the spotlight that follows him doesn’t blind him into an oversized ego that comes with fame. He is genuine, real and deserves all the great things coming way and more! This interview with Colton Ford has been a while in the making. I’m so excited to finally share our time together with you, his loyal fans. Thanks to Aaron Cobbett for the fierce photography and Marco Ovando for the amazing video images, and of course Mr. Ford’s team for making this happen!

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Steven Michael – Hello, my Love! FINALLY, right?! Let’s get right into the all the Tea that’s fit to print. The rest we can laugh about afterwards privately. Can you give us a background check on where you came from and what your childhood was like?

Colton Ford – “I was born in Pasadena, California, and grew up in a suburb of Orange County, California, called Mission Viejo. My parents divorced when I was around 2-years-old, and my mother remarried when I was around 4. My stepfather and I didn’t really mesh, but all in all I had a happy and enjoyable childhood.”

Did you know early on that you wanted to be a singer and how did that all start for you? Who were your early inspirations?

“Well to hear my mother tell it, I was a very happy kid, always singing, performing and entertaining everybody. I’ve just continued to do what I’ve always done. I listened to everything from Boston, The Doobie Brothers and Fleetwood Mac, to The Commodores and Shalimar, to Stevie Wonder, Luther Vandross and Chaka Khan. I also really loved Olivia Newton-John, and got into Manhattan Transfer, Sarah Vaughan and Ella Fitzgerald. I always seemed to gravitate towards R&B though.”

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We need to play DJ next time you’re in because our tastes run along the same Classic Rock and Vintage R&B trail. I worship Olivia Newton-John! You’ve got new music coming out and a brand new album. Share the inspiration for the music and where does it all come from? Do you write your own music?

“Well it’s a very organic process for me. I don’t really go into a writing session thinking I’ve got to write this or that, or write a hit song, etc. Generally speaking, I get a track (or tracks) and let the track guide and inspire me. I start humming different melodies, which then start to evolve and lyrics starting coming through. Now I have gone into a writing session with an idea of what I want to say, but overall I let the process unfold in the moment. I write the topline (the melodies and lyrics).”

What part of the process do you enjoy most about recording music?

“I truly love the whole process really. From getting a new track, to writing the topline, to recording it and releasing it, not to mention creating a visual in the way of a video for the song. It’s all really an amazing evolution!”

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I want to choreograph something for you sometime. It would be hot, trust. What part of the process do you like the least about recording music?

“Waiting to release it once you’ve recorded it!”

I bet! I don’t wait well when I am excited about something. What’s the biggest misconception about you?

“That I’m gay. (laughs) Couldn’t resist!”

Oh, I could say so much right now. (both laugh) Getting to the heart of the matter… Boxers, Briefs or Bare?

“Generally I wear g-strings. I don’t like panty lines, and I like the room you get for your junk.”

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You make me smile. Now be a dear and send me one of those g-strings after a good workout. STOP IT! You’re being silly. What type of man turns you on and where/what would be the perfect date?

“My partner, Angelo, totally turns me on. I like a man that has a sense of himself and his masculinity without walking around as though he can’t put his arms down by his side. You know what I mean? That uber tough machismo bullshit! I’m also a huge sucker for a pretty face (cut to pic of Angelo). I also like brains and a good sense of humor. Now for the perfect date.”

“That’s a tough one. I’d have to say April 25th. Because it’s not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket. (laughing) Couldn’t resist quoting that great line from Miss Congeniality. Seriously, I know it sounds cheesy, but the perfect date for me is to stay home with my partner, smoke a little pot (yes, I said it) and have a bedroom picnic watching a great movie.”

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Hunty! Sing it to the choir, advocate. Fierce. Have you always been beefy with brawn? Because my dear love, your body rocks the house. Have always had a secret crush on you. But please don’t tell yourself that. I’d die if you knew. I DIE.

(laughing) “You’re so sweet, but I’ll pretend like I don’t know. Rest assured, your secret’s safe with me. Better that way cuz I’d probably get a big head if I knew! I was leaner in my 20’s, doing more cardio and less weight-lifting, which I didn’t really need to do as much of as I had a fast metabolism. At that point in my life, though, I thought my ass was too big and wanted to get it smaller. Didn’t work, and my big butt actually turned out to be an asset in the long run. Good night. Here all week!!” (both laugh)

“I got bigger in my mid-30′s, with my most brawny period being in my early to mid 40′s. I’m 6’ and got up to around 218 pounds. I’ve sized down as I entered the latter part of my 40’s because it was time, plus the joints start telling you when you get a little older to not beat ‘em up as much. I’ve listened!!”

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Do you find that people want to discard you from being a serious musician because of your film past or have you had open arms?

“I’ve experienced both. Some people just don’t want to recognize me as a musician, or anything else for that matter, because they think that since I did porn I don’t have anything else to offer, or that I’m not entitled to pursue anything else. I’ve had more people, though, that get me as an artist and support what it is that I’m doing. I also think that my body of work speaks for itself. I’ve been in the music business for 30 years, and have had some great success, and have worked with some pretty amazing artists that are significant players in the business. My music is not an afterthought of porn. Word!”

TESTIFY! How do you deal with the haters and are they out there waiting for you to fail? We all come across them but should realize their hate comes from a place of unhappiness with one’s self projected onto someone else. 

“Anyone who puts themself out there has to accept the fact that haters come along with it. I don’t care who you are, or what you do, you will have people who will lash out at you for a whole host of reasons, most of which have nothing to do with you. I’m very “Four Agreements” about it. I think the haters say more about themselves in their rants, then about the people they’re yapping about.”

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When do you find time to relax and chill? What does that time consist of and what are you into?

“I find it, and if it’s not readily available, I work to make the time. I realize more and more how essential it is to create a balance between work and a personal life, and how difficult it can be in today’s world to strike that balance. That down time can consist of a number of things, from cuddling in bed watching TV with my partner, to going out to dinner, to going to the movies. Whatever works in the moment.”

You’ve just relocated to Southern California. What’s the plan for 2013 here on the West Coast?

“Just to continue to do the work that I’m doing. It doesn’t really matter where home base is in this global society we live in. I can do what I do wherever I’m at. I have my studio, and most of my collaborations are facilitated remotely. I’ve been going back and forth from Cali to NYC since I moved, so I consider myself more bi-coastal now.”

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I’m just glad we have you over here more on the west coast now! What’s your advice for up and coming artists who are trying to get noticed in the industry?

“There’s no template. Just be ready to work your ass off, and prepare yourself for the ups and downs that are a huge part of the creative experience. Also, you’ve got to want it for the right reasons, and recognize that you will always have to be the one who wants it the most, even when you’re surrounded by people who believe in you.”

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Your comment about being the one that wants it the most rings true. It’s like me getting back into the pageant/contest circuit a bit. I’m the one making it happen, nobody else, even though I have amazing support. We have to want something strong enough for ourselves to make a change or first (second and third) step! Any stories of hardship/adversity throughout the years in the business that you can share to prevent other’s from barking up the wrong trees and making wrong choices?

“My story of multiple record deals and finding myself at the short end of the stick is not a unique story to those who have had the good fortune of getting a deal. Won’t bore you with the details. All I can say is that it’s a process that you have to feel your way through, and a process that takes time. The overnight sensations don’t happen very often at all. Just try and align yourself with people who understand you and your vision, and want and have the means with which to help you in your efforts to realize your dream.”

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After your move off the Island of Manhattan, what can you reflect on as the best and worst parts of the city? I know you had turmoil during Hurricane Sandy trying to get out of your place and out of New York last year.

“New York is an amazing place that covers the full spectrum of opportunity, from good to bad and everything in-between. It has so served me and my career, and the creative spirit is beyond! The day-to-day of it as a resident can wear you out. It’s relentless, not to mention the expense of living there, which continues to get more and more costly. I will always have a relationship with NYC, and it will change through the years as relationships do.”

I HEART NEW YORK CITY! Many, many fabulous memories and some tales of woe, as well, come out of there for me. You and I have known each other for a good many years which I really worship. I’ve been down many roads and have kept a certain group of confidants in my circle. Glad you’re one of them, my Love. What do you miss about your carefree days of yesteryear? Do you miss the circuit party scene that consumed us all at one time? We’re not 25 anymore, sweetheart.

“What? When did that happen? (laughing) I definitely appreciate my past, and there are certain things that I remember with great fondness, some I even miss. I do really love the place I’m at in my life, even with all the struggles, and I’m grateful that I haven’t gotten stuck in anything from my past that could have kept me from getting to where I am now. I totally enjoyed the circuit scene for what it was when I was in it, but it doesn’t carry the same attraction to me now that it did then, thankfully. I’d rather have dinner with my partner, sometimes with friends, and have a nice conversation. Everything has its time.”

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It sure does. Glad I did it when I did! What tour dates do you have planned? Where can your fans and followers find you and your music other than our house for dinner next time you’re in Palm Springs?

“Tour is currently being structured and people can find my music online (i.e., iTunes, Amazon, Juno, etc.), and at specialty shops for those releases where we have physical cd’s pressed up. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter at coltonfordmusic. Updates with the latest and greatest will be there to find!!”

I know you’re a personal trainer and a very successful one. Any advice for people out there to lose a few pounds before swimsuit season begins?

“Just try and stay consistent with your workout regimen, and if 90% of what you eat can be as close to the way it came into existence as possible when you consume it, you’ll be doing yourself a lot of good!”

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Any final thoughts, Master Ford? Are you about to dominate the gay dance music charts for weeks to come, or what?! I need one of your calendars, STAT.

“Just check out my new album, The Way I Am, including collaborations with Wawa, Ray Isaac, Jens Bergmark/RedTop, Chris Willis, Nervo, Ultra Nate, Chris Castagno, Count De Money, Razor N Guido, Julien Aletti, Raphael Aletti, Fagault & Marina, and Ron Schrader. The big album will be released by Peace Biscuit/ Woop Woop!”

I WORSHIP! My appreciation to my dear friend Colton Ford for sharing his honest thoughts and precious time with our readers and his fans. I’m so excited his smash Let Me Live Again (The Remixes) hit #2 on Billboard’s Breakout Club Play chart doing quite well! His 2013 calendar is also ready for your office or bedroom wall. That was entirely funded by Kickstarter as was his Marco Ovando-directed video for “Let Me Live Again” that pays homage to our hero Tom of Finland and the iconic imagery that came with his favorite videos of the 90′s. Read up on Colton’s blog at Guy Spy and dance down to his new music!

Colton Ford’s new album The Way I Am will be available on iTunes for pre-order on June 4, 2013 with the digital release dropping on June 18, 2013. SHWERQ!

JADE JOLIE – SUPERSTAR IN THE MAKING

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Jade Jolie. Just seeing or saying the words conjures images of ultimate glamour and sheer grandness. I’ve had this wonderful interview with Jade sitting patiently in my MacBook but wanted to hold off until the season premiere of Drag Race to publish it at the request of her team. I just got the OK and here we are with my first interview from the season five Dolls of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Since she was in L.A. for the premiere party at The Abbey, I finally met Ms. Jolie at Micky’s in West Hollywood the evening before while she and cast mates from Logo TV smash series RDR entertained the mass crowds that packed the house.

I was in town working at Joe Blasco’s in Hollywood on my Creative Costume for Mr. All American Gent 2013 and decided to stay the evening at the Ramada WeHo since my bestie Bob Taylor was also in town with Latrice Royale and faithful crew representing All Star Management. Plus with a swing through the Fabric/Garment Districts my schedule was complete. The Ramada has redone their rooms and I was quite thankful because they needed some serious attention. So glad I stayed there since that’s where the group of queens were and it’s so convenient to everything. I even had a moment to get a great workout at the newly remodeled 24 Hour Fitness across the street which was fierce and ran into the dear Chi Chi LaRue at Starbucks early the next morning before I checked out. It had been a hot minute since I’d seen him and he looked great.

Jade Jolie

Jade Jolie is one of the fabulous new squirrels on the drag block and was just so charming in person. Quite a sweetheart. Like I mentioned, Micky’s was so packed we couldn’t even get to the stage to tip the girls so we hung towards the back with the likes of former RDR Dolls: Manila, Raja, Carmen and Mimi Imfurst. The energy was busting and bustling throughout the club. We had a great time! Anytime I spend precious moments with Bob is great for me regardless if we’re curled up in sweats on the couch or tittying to the hottest clubs dressed to the nines. I enjoyed seeing him in enjoying himself in his element. Everyone was having a great time.

The show moved along swiftly by the help of hostess emcee Raven and her harem of misfits including Morgan McMichaels, Alaska Thunderfuck, Latrice Royale, Coco Montrese, Alyssa Edwards, Jade and Honey Mahogany to mention a few. The crowd also found season five finalist Roxxxy Andrews and superstar Shangela mingling amongst their fans. Bob said that the next evening at the premiere party at The Abbey fans were coming up to Latrice and breaking into tears from joy. He mingled with Mike Ruiz, Michelle Visage, Camille Grammar and RuPaul himself while I drove Stella Stang back safely into the desert after a pass through Krispy Kreme at Ontario Mills. Honestly, one of the best times I’ve ever had in Los Angeles!

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We are so looking forward to seeing the new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race while rooting Jade on week after week. I’m expecting great things from this up and coming goddess, so learn who she is and what her Tea is all about. Here she is in her own words letting us take a glimpse at who Jade Jolie really is. This interview was a fun one! Luckily because I’m connected in the right places I’m paddling the media canoe delivering the hottest celebrity dish and detail before many others. Meet the bubbly effervescence of Jade Jolie…

Steven Michael – Hey Mamma! I know things are about to blow up for you so let me introduce you to your fans and followers in a few ways they maybe don’t know you already. It was fierce meeting you at Micky’s. I wish we had grabbed a snapshot. Where did you begin this crazy career in drag?

Jade Jolie – “I started at the Metro in Jacksonville, FL. I would religiously come back to perform or compete regardless if I won or loss every week when I lived just 1 1/2 hours away. I have to say I’ve never been as determined with anything as I have been with drag in my life!”

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It shows! It really does. You’ve come along way, baby girl. What or who are your inspirations?

“My biggest inspiration growing up was the Spice Girls. They appealed to every side of my colorful personality! I lived for everything about them Their lives seemed so colorfully happy and drag fabulous!”

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I do love them, too! I worship Spice World when Posh Beckham is asking about the “little black Gucci dress or the other little black Gucci dress.” So vapid and perfect. Do you consider yourself a drag queen or female impersonator and what’s the difference?

“To me they’ve seemed the same. I am a drag queen, female impersonator, part-time woman, beautiful clown, ladyboy, femme Manwich sandwich. (giggles) You choose.”

You made me laugh out loud. What’s the biggest misconception about shooting reality TV? And biggest misconception about Jade Jolie?

“I know you hear this all the time but until you actually go through the experience I don’t think spectators realize the work and hours that go into a day. It was exhausting but I wouldn’t have given up the experience for anything in the world. As far as myself I always seem to be underestimated. Maybe it’s this fishy face? But you never know what I can produce and will never stop trying to up my own game and continuing to grow as a entertainer and person.”

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Are you nervous watching yourself on TV? Did you find yourself acting differently when the camera was filming you?

“It’s a mix of nerves and excitement! There were so many things to focus on as far as challenges and getting things done eventually the cameras faded away.”

I know you have very strict contract confidentiality clauses but anything you can share about the upcoming season?

Drag Race is our Gay Olympics. I would never want to spoil the surprises to come! You just have to tune in and watch.” (giggles)

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Bah-humbug! What do you think it was about your audition tape that attracted the casting agents to you? There must have been something you did that made it all pop for them because I bet they get a lot of tapes to sleuth through.

“I’m sure being a fishy and pretty queen didn’t hurt. (laughs) But honestly I tried to really let loose and just be myself in my tape as if I was kiki’ing in my house. I’m a lil’ off and I’ll be the first to admit it but I think it’s our differences which makes us shine. Luckily me being my vibrant self caught there eye!”

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I worship. Who has been your favorite Doll from previous seasons?

“Jujubee – Hands down. I love her sense of humor and style. She also is one of the few RuPaul girls I had the privilege to actually meet before the show and she’s even more sweet, humble and genuine in person.”

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When Jujubee was on during All Stars I really thought that she really came out guns blazing and did a great job! She shined more that round than during her first season, for me. It was a hard top group of Dolls to compete against during All Stars. Being on the show and given the fact you’re working more because of that has to really polish off the girls as seasoned performers. Being on RuPaul’s Drag Race is one hell of an opportunity for queens. As Latrice said, “It’s is life changing.” Are you ready for fame? To be recognized from TV? How will you stay grounded?

“It’s so surreal. I count my blessings everyday and although I’ve worked so hard to get here, it’s still a dream. I’m so thankful for RuPaul seeing something special in me. Fame is just a word. I will always be the same person and never forget what I’ve been through and who’s been with me on the way.” (smiles)

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How important is a drag family? Describe yours…

“I never knew how special a drag family was honestly until the recent years past. The best way I can describe mine is loyal and honest, which is key to me to even be my friend let alone be family and mine truly has. Once people have a perception of you they tend to feed you what you want to hear and family will set you straight – Tough Love Style.” (laughs)

What did you find yourself doing on days off from filming and were you locked
away deep in Hollywood?

“Pure Hibernation. Sleep never seemed so special!” (giggles)

I can imagine! Jade Jolie. Where did your name come from?

“Jade originated from my still very active gamer side playing Mortal Kombat. Jade was a character that was particularly fabulous with the best bod and tits so I was like I have to be her. Jolie is from Angelina Jolie who to me is the Queens of all Queens.”

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Yes she is. Love her Lara Croft movies. Mamma is badass! And finally, describe your “Dream Cast.” Who’s there and what’s the opening production?

“Hmm… Probably Jujubee, Coco Montrese, Jinkx Monsoon and Vivienne Pinay so we can all do the ‘Spice Up Your Life’ production at the end of the SpiceWorld.” (giggles continually)

Wasn’t she just delightful?! I want to spend more time with her and guess I will be every Monday night during RuPaul’s Drag Race 9/8c on Logo TV. And don’t forget Untucked afterwards which is ALWAYS where the real story and Tea is spilled. Trust, Hunty! Setting the DVR, faster.

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Scott Cullens Speaks Man to Man – The Interview!

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Drumroll, please… Here’s the interview you’ve been waiting for! I’ve truly heard your desperate cries to find out everything there is to know about reality star and Palm Springs personality, hunkalicious Scott Cullens. I just happen to have direct access to the man himself and in-between shooting his new reality program Grand Designs for A&E, I was able to get him to sit down and reflect on a wonderful life well lived. We know each other well enough to be aware of one another’s sick and twisted mindset and humor which I believe draws us together. I knew Master Cullens’ answers would be fierce. But of all the celebrity interviews I’ve done and there’s blessedly been a few from RuPaul Dolls and soap opera stars, Scott gave me more heart and soul  than I had even imagined him offering.

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I see Scott on a daily basis at World Gym Palm Springs pumping iron, cutting abs with his trainer Eddie and sweating the house down on our cardio playground. Cullens is religious about his workouts and worships the time he spends at the gym. His body is unbelievable. He is always in his look and I’ve never seen him look bad. From carrying a pink backpack over his bowling ball sized shoulders to overseeing his own company, Palm Pacific Construction, creating masterpieces in beautiful homes across the Valley, Scott Cullens is one of a kind. Unique, complex and a brilliant example of the way gay culture is often revered today, here’s Scott on striving for perfection as a Gym Barbarian, his time with Barbara Walters on The View and what type of man really turns him on.

Steven Michael – Let me start off by saying in my most reassuring Samantha Jones voice to Carrie Bradshaw before she became “runway roadkill” during Margaret Cho’s fashion show in Sex and the City, “You’re a model.” An inside joke, indeed. Can you give us a brief history of where you grew up and what your childhood was like?

Scott Cullens – “The best way for you to visualize my childhood in Kansas and Missouri is to think of Honey Boo Boo but with less class. My parents were in high school when they had me so we grew up together. I remember our airbrushed van – naked ladies with gigantic tits, shag carpeting on the floor, ceiling and walls with a wet bar and moon roof. We entered the van in car shows and I took the trophies to show and tell. I worked very hard pumping gas, mowing lawns, picking up aluminum cans so I could keep up with the kids at school with new Nikes and terry cloth shirts. It wasn’t a dream childhood, but I had parents that loved me.”

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Wow, Scott. I had no idea you came with such vivid history. I grew up in the Bible Belt and definitely have those stories that would amaze. Were you big and strong as a teenager and when did your aspirations for the ultimate physical brawn come into play with your psyche?

 

“I did have the brawn as a teenager. I went to high school with Brad Pitt. Yes, he may have become an international mega super celebrity, however, I won ‘Best Body’ in high school. He might have the fame but I have the ‘Best Body’ award. Remind me to dig it out for you from Mom’s basement. I was a swimmer in high school and was well liked by the girls. However, you weren’t allowed to be popular unless you played football or were a cheerleader. Thank God for those girls liking me or I would have been an outcast.”

Ooh, child. I do not miss high school. I was very involved in clubs, band and even a cheerleader but knew there was a life outside of it waiting for me. What do you personally feel is the biggest misconception about you?

“The biggest misconception about me is that it’s easy for me to stay in this shape. There is a fat guy screaming to get out of me. I workout like a fiend every day, hour of cardio, hour and half of weights. I try to watch my diet but I’m drawn to junk food.”

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Yes, I love to eat. And can bust up a Little Debbie something-something. What’s your new A&E show Grand Designs going to feature? That’s the title, right? Are you the main focus or are you part of an ensemble? When does it air?

 

“I would love to give you lots of information about my new television show on A&E but we are only in the 2nd week of filming and I’m contractually unable to discuss the details until we get closer to airing. I can tell you it is a home building and design show that is already popular in other countries. They are following me building a new luxury home in Palm Springs over the next several months from start to finish. I’m very excited and fortunate to be a part of this project. I will of course find it appropriate to take off my shirt at many inappropriate times during filming.”

Well naturally, Gypsy Rose Lee. Your fans would have it no other way. What do you find the most fascinating part of shooting reality TV? And the biggest misconception about filming?

“Reality TV is like porn, a lot of starting and stopping. It is not really flowing like you see it in the finished product. It’s always difficult to remember to repeat the question you are asked by the director in your responses or the viewer has no idea what you are talking about.”

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I have always believed that reality stars are pawns for the editors. Bruce Villanch once said to do and re-do what the directors want in reality television or they’ll fuck you in editing. Which best describes your workout regime? Joan Crawford’s Mommie Dearest intensity or a Navy Seals hardcore beat down? Describe your workouts and do you eat exactly what you should for the perfect physique?

“My workouts are definitely Navy Seal hardcore beat down. To get ready for the camera, I prepare several weeks in advance with a daily routine of 1-2 hours of weight training, 1 hour of medium intensity cardio, and a couple of 1 hour abs-only trainer-guided sessions each week. My diet during prep consists of white fish, lemon, 1/2 cup of vegetables and 1/2 cup rice, water 5 x per day.”

 

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That actually sounds good to me right now. The food not the regime. Well, whatever you do works really well. We’re friends naturally on Facebook and I see the comments people leave for you and your breathtaking images, basically paying homage for a job well done. Of course, I must bring you down to earth by witty quips of my humor and I see some of your other confidants do as well. It comes from a place of love. How does it make you feel when you read the comments of admiration? Because I’ll be first to say it, “Bitch you look good.”

“Everyone enjoys the good feeling of a compliment. The best compliment for myself is maintaining my body and health at my age. Yep, I’m 48 in March 2013.”

 

Just hit the 45-year-young mark myself. How do you deal with haters and do you find they are out there watching you waiting for you to have a bad hair day, so to speak?

“When I did my first television show, I was unprepared for the haters. The blogs and fan mail was 90% nice but the other 10% were not just mean, they were blood-thirsty, venomous, hateful messages. It really got to me for a bit. But then I realized that not a single one of those people know me or have even met me. That much energy put into hate must surely be about something wounded within them and I stopped taking it personally.”

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Shady people love to hide behind their anonymous keyboards and spew their hatred. Plus, the way one person can read what someone else types can also get things very twisted regardless of the intent. It is really nice when someone surprises you with a compliment. Especially on a day when we’re possibly not loving ourselves. Can you recount your story of being on The View after your episode on Obsessed was first aired? You told me personally about Barbara Walters’ assertive ways backstage and how it all went down. Care to share?

 

“My interview on The View was a fantastic experience. I was afraid of Elizabeth Hasselbeck because of her conservative stance on everything. However, she called out my name when she saw me before the show and introduced herself. After a while, I realized I may not agree with a single word out of her mouth but she is a nice woman and I respect her. Whoopi was the nicest and gave me a bear hug and whispered in my ear that my bravery on coming out with severe OCD helped a lot of people and she was proud of me. Barbra Walters was asked specifically not to bring up a scene in the show involving a tampon. The producer said it was too much for morning audiences. I was sitting one foot from her as she agreed not to speak about it. Then WHAM! She side swipes me with a question about the tampon scene. I came back with the solid quip, “I understand how scaring the gay guy with a tampon is hilarious, I get it,” and that ended the entire segment.”

“She later tracked me down after the show and asked me a half dozen questions about my relationship and OCD. I called her Barbara and I think she wanted a Ms. Walters. Oooops. Two weeks later I was contacted by the Oprah show and booked for September 11th that year with Whitney Houston. You don’t think I was nervous? Well, a few days later, after I’m sure a thorough Google search involving naked pictures and my Big Muscle profile, I was uninvited. I told ABC and The View about the pictures online and they didn’t care. My story is still interesting and helpful whether you’ve seen my dick online or not. Whatevs.”

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Whatevs, indeed. I remember you telling me the story after you had returned from New York and I was wanting to hear it again. Thanks for sharing. I had been in Nashville when it aired and I was packing to return home in the hotel room watching you thinking, Whoa! Speaking of Obsessed, were you happy with how you were portrayed overall? How does it feel seeing yourself on the television?

“When I was first contacted for the show Obsessed, I said, ‘Hell no!’ I carried around these crazy thoughts and behaviors in my head my entire life and I was not going to be ridiculed on national television by discussing them openly. But my therapist said that if I could help one kid that was afflicted like I was, would it be worth it? So I agreed. Overall, I was happy that the show reached millions of people and I received hundreds of emails and messages from people that went to seek help from a professional or the best letters were from teenagers who told their parents they suffered from the same thing that guy on television does. I was trapped in my room at age eight because I had so many rituals I had to perform to get out. It’s torture.”

“The show really focused in on my obsession with germs but that really was a masterful edit because my real affliction is counting and where I walk or don’t walk. What I touch or don’t touch. It’s really an inexplicable affliction but the best way to explain it is there are these strange thoughts that enter an OCD-afflicted person’s head which then causes anxiety. The anxiety seems to be temporarily abated by performing a senseless ritual. I have had many many years of therapy and lead a life that most would not even notice any of my rituals. I work hard to keep the anxiety low and not perform the rituals. Stress makes it worse. Being happy seems to be the best medicine for the affliction.”

Scott, your honestly astounds me. I could really go on more about what you’ve just said but you summed it up brilliantly. Sometimes I find myself getting slightly OCD on a situation but nothing like you described. Thanks for sharing that. I haven’t seen The Adonis Factor but did catch a few clips. Was there any backlash from how open you and many of the subjects were about looking good being a key to happiness, popularity and success?

 

“I know several of the guys in The Adonis Factor received a lot of backlash after the movie aired. I was as honest as I could be about circuit parties, drug use, steroid use, Botox, and all of the things that are a part of being in the ‘gay scene.’ I think my total honest approach garnered me a lot of fans and support for my role in the movie. I really did not get a single mean or hateful message. They were all very positive.”

What do you do on your time off? How does Scott let his hair down?

“I love to travel when I have the time. I usually book my trips for the entire year ahead of time that way I can force myself to take a work break. I went to Buenos Aires, Puerto Vallarta and Belize last year.”

 

I love traveling, too. It’s difficult to find time to get away. Would you like to share you story of sobriety and when that began? Is it difficult going to the big circuit events and not partaking in the party favors like many are?

 

“I have been sober from drugs and alcohol for almost nine years now. I went to the Betty Ford Center after a single moment of clarity one summer day in 2004. I had just lost the last of the money I had at the casino. I was out of drugs and I started brushing my teeth and they just started falling out of my mouth in little pieces. I was unrecognizable in the mirror. I am one of the few people who have been fortunate enough to go to the darkest place broken in a million pieces and find a way to take the best pieces and create the man I had always hoped to be. Each morning and each night I recite, out loud, all the things I am grateful for. The list keeps growing even though I am am content with what God has given me so far. I am truly blessed to be able to say that I am impeccable with my word, respect others, and try to be the best guy I can be every day.”

 

“I still love to dance and go to the circuit parties. The obsession with drugs and alcohol was lifted and I am not affected by the presence of them at the parties. Many of my friends are partaking at these parties but they are not addicts like me and I am in no seat of judgment. I am just one of the few that are blessed enough that those environments do not entice me to use and I can still go and have more fun than I ever did high.”

 

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What do you feel is the biggest challenge for today’s gay community and thoughts on how to combat it and survive through it?

“One of the biggest challenges for today’s gay community is drug abuse. The drugs have been there for those of us who could not handle the feelings of ‘less than’ or fear. Crystal Meth seems to be the worst culprit and I would encourage anyone who hasn’t tried it to just know that it is not worth the experience. I have no judgments about drug use, but I do have judgments about drug abuse when it has a negative impact on the individual and our community. I’m grateful I have the frame of reference I do. Sex and parties are so much more fun sober, for me.”

Are you doing now what you had set out to do when you were younger? If not, how have things changed from what you once wanted for yourself?

 

“I had intentions of being a doctor. I finished pre-medical training and did some externships after college. My life today may not have been exactly what the plan was when I was younger but I can honestly say its better than I had ever hoped.”

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If you weren’t living here in Palm Springs, where would you be? If you didn’t have the successful construction business, what would you be doing?

“I cannot understand why everyone in the world doesn’t want to live in California. I’ve lived in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palm Springs. I could live anywhere as long as it is within the State of California. I used to own several private training gyms in Los Angeles. We had mostly a celebrity clientele like Herb Ritts, Brad Pitt, Rachel Hunter, K.D. Lang and Monica Lewinsky. I’ve changed my career several times in my life and always found success. If you love digging ditches and are passionate about digging ditches, then you will find a lot of success digging ditches. Find a passion and it always turns into success.”

What is you biggest passion?

“My biggest passion currently is building and design. You can go to www.PalmPacificConstruction.com and see my work. I’m very proud of what I do.”

 

What can people expect from you as a good friend and what do you expect from the people in your close circle?

“I expect loyalty, honesty and money from my friends. They can expect loyalty, honesty and that I’ll spend the money.”

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As far as romance goes, what kind of man do you look for? And are you seeing anyone serious right now?

“I am a serial monogamous dater. I like pretty boys and I do not have the best track record as far as tenure but I do not regret any of my relationships. My first boyfriend 20 years ago is still my best friend today. I am currently seeing someone. We have only been dating for a couple months but maybe #14 is my lucky number!”

What do you want your legacy to be?

“I want my legacy to be that I was the most generous person everyone knew, with my time, my ear, my heart or my money.”

 

What/Who truly inspires you to be greater than you are?

“Anyone who speaks with passion and conviction in spite of public opinion will always get my attention whether I agree or not.”

Any advice for today’s LGBTQ youth?

“For today’s LGBTQ youth I would say to be authentic, dream big and take pride in the fact that you are perfect, whole and complete just the way God made you.”

 

I personally thanked Scott for joining in the conversation here on my website and he replied saying, “I loved your questions. It took me to a very insightful place last night.” I loved hearing that because I am honest in saying this has been not only one of the best interviews I’ve done here but also one of my all-time favorites! Once I find out more details about Scott’s new reality show, you’ll hear about it here! Thanks to the photographers for their amazing art.