(originally published on October 15, 2017)
I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to be able to interview the very beautiful and talented drag performer VIZIN. Her story is very inspiring and I know she’ll go far in life and continue to inspire people. So, without further delay, here is my interview with VIZIN:
1. Losing 500 pounds is very inspiring and takes a real commitment and a lot of discipline. What made you decide that it was time to lose weight, and what lifestyle changes did you make?
I had been a big kid my entire life and was used to being supersized. Eventually, I realized I wasn’t going anywhere and something had to change. If it wasn’t for my mother, that change never would’ve come. She put me on the path to having gastric-bypass surgery and inspired me with her support to lose the weight. I fell in love with cooking after learning to maintain a healthier lifestyle.
2. Was it always your passion to sing professionally? I also read that you did musical theatre in school. What shows did you do that were your favorites?
I was always a little quiet, but only because I knew (as did everyone else) that I was a little different. My escape was always music and listening to the divas of the 90s. I never realized I could really sing until I was about 12 and I shocked the entire school when I sang “Somewhere Over the Rainbow” for a seventh-grade recital. I remember some of my teachers telling me I had made them cry. After that, I just kept singing and knew I could always stand out that way. It was nice being known as a singer.
3. What inspired you to become a drag performer and how did your family react?
I like to say, “I didn’t choose Drag, Drag chose me.” I was probably the gayest little boy you could imagine. I always wore Jellies and quite often turned my shirts into skirts. I drove my mom nuts with all the collars I ruined. Everybody knew, so it wasn’t a shocker when I came out.
4. What has been your proudest accomplishment as a performer so far?
When I was on the set of my music video for “You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real)”, I had the pleasure of inviting a lot of special guests to make cameos in the video, one of which was Manila Luzon from “RuPaul’s Drag Race”. As I was standing on the set, she came in to fix my makeup after seeing the previews. It was an amazing moment because it was the beginning of her becoming a drag sister. On top of that, Cassandra Cass, a transgender model from “Strut” (Oxygen channel) was fixing my boobs. It was a win-win for me.
5. What made you decide not to try out for “RuPaul’s Drag Race”?
I’ve considered it, but never thought I was ready. However, moving to Los Angeles and meeting the people I have, like my creative director Leo Madrid, has made me realize I can be successful outside of the show.
6. When it comes to your singing, would you ever consider doing a duet with another drag performer? Do you have anyone in mind?
Of course. I would love to do something with my fellow Libra Adore Delano. RuPaul would also be amazing to share a track with.
7. Tell me about your “wardrobe malfunction” you had on your first night as a drag performer? What was going through your mind at that moment and how did you recover?
Well, a little backstory first… my “first time in drags” experience was going to be my actual first drag performance. I had no idea what I was going to do for boobs so, during a final trip to Walmart for some glue stick to cover my brows, I walked passed a dollar crane machine with these rubber balls in it that were basically everything I needed: big and squishy. I spent the last ten bucks I had to win two similar sized boobies, the only problem was one of them lit up every time you shook it. “Oh, the hell with it,” I thought to myself. So when I was on stage I learned my very first lesson in drag; there’s never a wardrobe malfunction, you either go with it or let them read you for it. So I shook my tits more and got my Jennifer Holiday LIFE to “And I Am Telling You!”
8. What does the future hold for you professionally and do you have anything else you’d like to achieve that you haven’t yet? (Example: Do a professional theatre show, write a book, anything like that.)
The future has no limits, so I would love to do it all.
I once again would like to thank VIZIN for taking the time to do this interview. I encourage you all to follow her on Twitter here. Below are some pictures of her that are quite stunning! Enjoy the photos and don’t forget to follow her on Twitter!