Ep #03: Branding your drag, making music, and not fitting in with May May Graves

 

“I’m basically the drag version of that girl in high school who’s trying new things but she’s sticking with it because it’s not a phase.” – May May Graves

“Don’t be afraid to be ugly. Its okay if your eyebrows suck — as long you think they’re fierce.” – May May Graves

“Your brand is like a pageant package.” – May May Graves

 

In the third episode of The Drag Show Podcast, Brandi Amara Skyy talks to May May Graves about EVVVERYTHING. From making her music and drag dreams come true to fucking up the drag norm to the semantical arguments of drag to never ever being afraid to be different or weird, this conversation — and May May herself — is off the mother fucking chain!

 

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TOPICS DISCUSSED

  • Burlesque and drag crossover
  • Dragula (and the + & – ‘s of competition based drag)
  • Getting bookings when you’re drag is different
  • “Starting over” when you move cities or join a new drag community
  • Finding & developing your drag brand
  • 3 key things to May May’s brand (and how to find yours)
  • Making your drag dreams come true by taking that first step
  • May May’s advice to anyone who feels pulled to drag outside the box
  • Labels, identifiers, and the semantics of drag
  • Female drag queens and other non-traditional drag artists
  • Evolving drag beyond gender-bound definitions
  • How we can move forward as a community
  • And she even manages to get Kayne in the convo too 😉

 

ACTIONABLE ITEM

If you’re working on discovering and honing in on your brand ask yourself the same question May May did when she coming into being:

“If I was the viewer, what are the #1 things I would want to see in my favorite drag queen?”

Use your answer as the stepping stones to build your own brand.

 

Download a PDF of the Show Notes here.

The 4th show is landing in your ears Wednesday, May 16th at 7pm!

 

RESOURCES, PEEPS, AND THINGS MENTIONED

Dallas School of Burlesque

Dirty Blonde

Tuesday Tease

Nikki Trash

Sue Ellens

Dragula

Cassie Nova

Evil Queen of Burlesque

One-Eyed Doll

Kiss

Angel Spit

Austin International Drag Festival

Dallas Burlesque Festival

May May Graves Kickstarter

May May Graves new EP “Monsters” – 5 Tracks + Remixes
Bursting out of an 80s Slasher Flick with her delicious blend of Glamour Horror Electro Dance Music. Pre-order on Kickstarter here

 

MORE FROM MAY MAY GRAVES

Instagram: @MayMayGraves
Facebook: Facebook.com/MayMayGraves
Website: MayMayGraves.com

 

MORE FROM BRANDI AMARA SKYY

Brandiamaraskyy.com

Brandi’s Instagram

The Craft of Drag: A werkbook for female drag queens, kings and queens, and anyone looking to get started in drag – Book

Drag University – Launching July 16, 2018!

 

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