This article was published on August 19th, 2012
Witty, potty-mouth humour. That pretty much sums up Sherry Vine, who’s been busy hitting up the stages across North America this summer.
“I did drag for the first time as part of my thesis project while getting my MFA from USC,” Sherry said as she described how she first got into drag performing. “I started going out in LA in drag just for fun and that led to performing. I always thought Blanche was the part to play in Streetcar Named Desire!”
It’s not easy for a gay man to come out to friends or family. It can be just as hard to explain being a drag queen.
“My parents are amazing and 100% unconditional,” Sherry exclaimed. “I am so lucky! I told them about starting drag and they literally said, ‘sounds fun!’. My dad sends me emails with song ideas for Sherry.”
While Sherry is proud of being able to make a living at doing what she loves, she has some great moments she looks back on as a drag queen.
“My theatre company’s first Broadway play, my own TV show She’s Living For This Now, and Lady Gaga tweeting my video parodies of her,” are highlights Sherry shared.
But it’s not all roses and sunshine in the life of a drag queen. There are plenty of challenges.
“There is a lot of animosity towards drag queens, even in the gay community,” Sherry said. “Guys don’t want to date a drag queen, which I have never understood. I have been chased down the street, had bottles thrown at me, I get verbally abused almost nightly and taxi’s won’t stop for you. But you know what – fuck them!”
Sherry isn’t going to let the bad moment slow her down. She’s excited for the future and had a vision.
“She’s Living For This becomes a huge success and we run for 10 years!” is how Sherry describes the promising future ahead. “More video parodies of course, new original songs, movies, fame, sex, booze, etc.”
Speaking of parodies, Sherry promises she did not rip-off a recent Josh Rimer Gay’s Gone Wild video parody of Madonna’s hit, Girls Gone Wild.
“No! I would never rip someone else off,” Sherry quickly admitted. “So many people do parodies now and having the same idea happens actually all the time. The similarity ends wit the title. Gay Gone Wild from Girl Gone Wild is not stretch and pretty obvious. I watched it and it’s funny.”