Drag Race Star Kameron Michaels On Lessons From The TV Series, Owning Your Shyness And Touring The World

Last year Kameron Michaels went from entering season ten of RuPaul’s Drag Race as the underdog and self-titled ‘Bodybuilder Barbie’ to knocking out competitor after competitor in the show’s iconic lipsync-battles – which eventually landed her in the final. This year, the Nashville-based dancer and drag artist is performing in the Werq The World Tour alongside fellow Drag Race alumni including past winners Aquaria and Violet Chachki. Ahead of the show in London next month, we spoke to Kameron to find out more about her time on Drag Race, how she learned to embrace her shyness and what it feels like to tour the world…

Why are you most excited to be a part of the Werq The World tour?

This tour isn’t just a tour, it’s a massive stage production. Truly, I feel like a rockstar. As a queen, this is something I thought I could only fantasize about.

What city are you most excited about visiting on the tour?

Dublin. They are always the rowdiest audience and I love it! The last time performed there, I couldn’t even hear my song, they were cheering so loud. Love, love, LOVE the energy there.

How did you come up with your performance for the show?

It was based on a theme from our tour director but it involved lots of collaborative effort. They really allowed me to put my own stamp on the act.

Do you have a routine of what you do before you go out on stage?

Yes, I take a few seconds to breathe and center myself before hitting the stage. It’s important that I’m able to put my full focus on the performance.

Do you still get nervous before a show and if yes, how do you deal with nerves?

I do, because every performance is different and you never really know what’s going to happen. Deep breaths before the show help calm the nerves, but it’s only when I finally hit the stage that they all disappear.

How did you learn to dance?

I trained when I was younger and it all kind of developed into its own thing.

What inspires your drag aesthetic?

The superhero goddesses in comic books and video games inspire me.

On Drag Race you started out as pretty shy but came out of your shell more and more and eventually made it to the final. What advice do you have for anyone who is shy too to gain more confidence?

Always stay true to you. I may have been shy, but I never shied away from who I was, and what I could do.

What was the most important thing you learnt from being on Drag Race?

There is more to drag than what fans see on the surface. To be a true queen, you gotta dig real deep.

You’ve proved your singing chops on Drag Race, can we expect any music releases from you soon?

Hmmmmm….. Stay tuned!

Is there a challenge on Drag Race from other seasons you would have loved to have done?

The designing of the Club on All Stars 4 would have been a fun challenge for me…

What do you do on a day off?

Day off? What’s that? Oh, to have one solid day, alone in a room playing video games and watching horror movies. That would be a dream.

What can we expect from you next?

Asia O’Hara and I filmed more episodes of “Can Do Queens”. They should be out soon!

 

The Werq The World Tour 2019 is currently touring Europe – get your tickets now. All photos by Marco Ovando.