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  • - If it's a studio day,

  • and I'm shooting content for YouTube,

  • I like to be finished by 6:00 p.m.

  • That way I can go home and do some editing

  • and pat myself on the back for having done drag today.

  • Hi Vanity Fair, It's me Miss cracker.

  • And this is everything I do in a day.

  • [upbeat music]

  • I wake up and get out of bed

  • at seven-- at 10:00 a.m.

  • I use my phone to wake me up

  • and I put it on the most obnoxious setting

  • because anything soothing, I will ignore.

  • I only set one alarm because I am determined

  • and I will get up after the fourth snooze.

  • I check my phone, don't tell anyone,

  • before I even roll over.

  • The first thing I look at on my phone

  • is pictures of me.

  • It's to give myself confidence.

  • I'm drinking coffee all the time,

  • like as we're speaking.

  • I'm from Seattle, so the most important Part

  • of my diet is coffee.

  • I have my first cup of coffee

  • as soon as I can possibly get to a pot

  • we're talking about within an hour

  • of when I wake up no matter what,

  • no matter where I am in the world.

  • I take my coffee however it comes to me

  • if someone brings me a coffee

  • and they're like I hope it's the kind you like,

  • I'm like it's the kind I like the kind of coffee in it

  • I don't care, can be cold, can be hot,

  • could be ice, could have cream,

  • could be black, don't care.

  • I am a morning shower person

  • because I want to get my day started right away

  • and you can't do drugs.

  • Smelling like I smell in the morning basically.

  • [laughing]

  • My typical shower is 10 minutes.

  • You know why?

  • The environment, I use a hydrating soap

  • to moisten my skin and prepare it for shaving.

  • Sorry to break the illusion.

  • I use the cheapest shampoo I can possibly find

  • because that's the way I am

  • and I use a dove body soap to make sure

  • that my skin is smooth and supple,

  • soft and supple

  • [laughing].

  • I'm a religious toothbrusher.

  • So I use a old fashioned toothbrush

  • and I brush for three minutes that I carefully time

  • on my phone to the second, 15 seconds

  • for each surface of my teeth.

  • I'm really serious about this.

  • And every time the dentist gives me a compliment,

  • I'm like, yeah.

  • And I did it without an electric toothbrush.

  • I floss religiously, like one of those people

  • that gets a four foot long strand

  • and does like a whole, like I'm toweling off

  • between my legs like this much

  • [laughing].

  • Like this much floss.

  • My glam routine if I am a boy

  • for the day is putting on hands.

  • My glam routine if I'm becoming a woman involves taking

  • my shower, doing my morning rituals,

  • sitting down in front of a lighted mirror,

  • moisturizing and priming my skin,

  • going through an hour and a half of makeup,

  • putting on a huge wig that I made

  • and stepping out into the world.

  • The most important part of any glamor routine

  • is leaving the house

  • and I try to make sure

  • to do that every time I glam up.

  • Breakfast is as long as I can possibly delay it,

  • it's called dieting.

  • And then it's like all the carbs I could possibly find.

  • [laughing]

  • My favorite to go breakfast is eggs,

  • and sausage on a croissant.

  • And you can tear it up with nails on into smaller pieces.

  • And that's the most important part

  • because you can get it past your lipstick

  • without messing anything up.

  • By the time I'm having breakfast,

  • I'm usually dressed because if I like gave my to self time

  • to have breakfast,

  • I would lose steam and never get in makeup.

  • I would just spend the rest of the day matching.

  • I based my outfits on where I'm going

  • and what town I'm going to be in.

  • So if I know that the author of Frankenstein

  • was born in the town that I'm going to

  • or die in the town

  • that I'm going to I'm gonna dress like Frankenstein.

  • That's what the day calls for.

  • A day to evening look.

  • [laughing]

  • If I am going to be on stage,

  • I dress very differently than if I'm going

  • to be on camera,

  • if I wanna be on stage,

  • I know that I can paint bold,

  • and I can take risks and try new things

  • because it's going to be far away,

  • like blasted out by the stage light anyway.

  • But if I want to be on camera,

  • I do the face that I know is going to work

  • and that is not going to fail me.

  • And I spend that extra time making sure all my eyes

  • are crossed, and my T's are dotted.

  • I'd say that it's noon by the time I catch an Uber

  • to go to do some work.

  • For me work means wandering around whatever town

  • I'm in and meeting people that love drag

  • and taking photos in front of landmarks,

  • and the rest of the evening is of course hopefully a show

  • if I'm not lucky, but the real work for me

  • is in meeting people.

  • I don't take a lot of phone calls during the day

  • but I do take a lot of text messages

  • from people saying, is this ready yet?

  • Are you gonna have this submitted?

  • What time is it where you are?

  • And those are the things that take up the bulk

  • of my life and they have gotten me so addicted to my phone,

  • I should be ashamed, my old self that refused

  • to have anything but a sidekick

  • would be so ashamed of me right now.

  • I tried to stay off social media,

  • so I don't have the Twitter app or Instagram.

  • I spend all my time on safari,

  • looking at Twitter and Instagram.

  • [laughing]

  • Like To be honest,

  • I tried to keep myself out of social media,

  • but where there's a will there's a way

  • and I found my way back in.

  • By the time I have to do a show at the end of the day,

  • I have already fully been in drag.

  • [chuckles]

  • For like, five or six hours.

  • So all it takes for me is just putting

  • on some dancing heels and putting on a leotard

  • and saying okay, we have made our transition

  • from gay to evening.

  • Before I do a show, I always do like 30 minutes

  • of rehearsal to make sure I know my numbers.

  • But if I'm gonna put together a brand new show,

  • we're talking like a week of rehearsal time,

  • with two to three hours every day

  • where I'm working through everything I wanna say,

  • and making sure that my numbers are tight.

  • From then on, it's only

  • like little touch-ups every day just to say,

  • okay, what have we discovered?

  • And what can I do that's new?

  • Usually for me, a show starts at like 6:00 p.m

  • with a meet and greet.

  • And then I say hello to everyone

  • that I know and love, because I see a lot

  • of faces returning, and then I go

  • and I do a little Switcheroo with my outfit,

  • and the show itself starts at like eight o'clock.

  • To get ready for a show,

  • I always try to hype myself up.

  • So I put on my headphones and I listen to my tracks

  • and I breathe deeply,

  • and I'm just walking around like a monster

  • because the most important thing for

  • me to do is sort of embarrass myself

  • in front of the stage hands.

  • Because if I can do that,

  • then I can get in the mood for a show.

  • But if I stay shy

  • and little backstage,

  • that's how I'm gonna perform on stage two.

  • So I try to bring that stage five up

  • while I'm while I'm getting ready for the show.

  • Oh, I always have outfit changes during the show

  • because think kids expect production these days.

  • We're talking reveals, we're talking backstage switcheroos.

  • If I don't catch my nail on something,

  • and almost yank it off by the end of the show,

  • I know I'm not doing enough with my outfits.

  • On a typical work day where I'm not gonna do a show,

  • but instead shoot something for YouTube.

  • I come to my studio in the Bronx,

  • and it's this big open space that has everything

  • I love all of my fan art

  • and all of the clothes that I've worn over the years.

  • It takes about eight hours to shoot a 10 minute episode,

  • you have to prepare the outfit,

  • then you have two to three hours

  • of getting dressed that's four right there.

  • It takes an hour to shoot

  • the thing, takes an hour to take it down,

  • then it takes three hours

  • to get everything transferred and edited.

  • So yeah for those 10 minutes, you have a lot of work.

  • And if you have a really complicated show,

  • it can take like 20 hours,

  • I finished work at like 10 o'clock after a show is done.

  • Let me tell you about when I get out of drag

  • as soon as the curtains like, boom,

  • I'm like slam and we are out of drag.

  • [laughing]

  • Unless there is an opportunity to be seen one more time.

  • Like if I think that people might see me walking

  • from the gig to my home,

  • I will definitely stay in drag

  • because these heels were made for walking

  • and they deserve to be seen.

  • After I leave the studio,

  • after I leave the stage, the first thing I do

  • is feed myself because it's the biggest means

  • of self care and it's also the best way

  • to celebrate with people.

  • So whoever has been helping me all day long,

  • we're gonna sit down together

  • and break bread and enjoy that feeling

  • of having done something beautiful

  • for the world today hopefully.

  • And I always tell people if it is cheese on carbs

  • then it is a go, it can be lasagna.

  • It could be Fettuccine Alfredo, it can be pizza,

  • as long as is a cheese on carbs.

  • That's all I require, no matter what I'm doing,

  • it takes me like 10 minutes to get home.

  • Because if I'm at home in New York,

  • my studio is 10 minutes from my apartment

  • so it's like nothing.

  • And if I'm on the road, it is definitely 10 minutes

  • or less between the theater and the tour bus,

  • so that is a blessing.

  • As soon as I am out of my drag, I am into my PJs.

  • I have a lot of silly socks.

  • I have kangaroos in space

  • and two cans and grapefruit

  • and all that kind of stuff on my socks.

  • You know, when I'm in the socks

  • that the day is done,

  • I like to unwind with a nice binge-worthy show .

  • I tried to only watch a binge show

  • until I pass out.

  • And then no more because I don't want to wrap