By Carlotta Gurl
VANCOUVER — People always ask me what I have learned over my 20-plus years performing in Vancouver and all over North America, and how these memorable experiences have shaped who I am today. Well I’d like to share some of the truth and wisdom I’ve gleaned from the past two decades with you.
Performing and working with the myriad array of artists and entertainers I’ve had the extreme pleasure to know, I’ve learned that nothing is what it seems and to never judge a book by its cover. It’s not good to have a preconceived notion of a person simply because of the way they look or how they come across in their first impression. For example, when first meeting me, I’m sure people only see the vapid, vacuous blonde piece of fluff with limited lip sync ability and an ass that would make Christ come off the cross, and for the most part that’s true. However, there’s much more than meets the eye. Always take the time to delve a little deeper. You may be genuinely surprised what you find.
As a person who has literally swam through the many oceans of change in the party scene, I can honestly say you don’t have to frequent every single party every single night. Trust me, I’ve tried and the only thing it accomplishes is burnout and exhaustion, coupled with horrible hangovers and in some cases explosive diarrhea, not a fun experience let me tell you. Yes, networking at a high profile party where you can exchange ideas with like minded individuals and get to know people on a different level is important and necessary for personal development, and I would say I’ve probably garnered some great opportunities and exposure at these parties. But to make that happen, I didn’t have to go to every single fakkin’ one of them. Choose the parties you wanna go to based on who you know is gonna be there, the music, the venue, and whether or not you have a big day the next day. THERE IS ALWAYS ANOTHER PARTY.
I’ve had the good fortune of working with many different corporations around town which has led to many exciting experiences and situations both in and out of town. Probably one of the most humbling of these experiences was being in New York last year when the Supreme Court ruling came in favour of legalizing same sex marriage in all 50 states. I was there doing a media event with Tourism Vancouver and after the morning event we went to the Stonewall to witness the celebrations over this ruling. It was truly an amazing and poignant moment in time to be at the birthplace of the gay rights movement and experience this milestone firsthand. It was also a very moving experience for me personally as a drag queen seeing and hearing what a key role the drag performers have played in the furthering of gay rights in society. This truly made me feel like I was a part of something much bigger and made me feel that my purpose as a drag queen was much more important than I had ever known. There have been many more but those are stories for another time. Right now my little Lottas out there, I invite you all to throw me some questions for future columns and if there’s any way I can help you I will. Be nice to each other and remember the most important thing: we are all pretty…especially me. Love you dahlings.
You can see Carlotta on Wednesdays at 11p.m. at the Junction for the Barron Gurl Show, on Fridays at 11:30 p.m. at the Odyssey for Feature Length Fridays, and on Saturdays at 11:30 p.m. at the Junction for Absolutely Dragulous. Or just spot her around the West End, because after all she is the Queen.BC, British Columbia, Carlotta Gurl, drag, LGBT