Well anyone who really knows me knows that I have a strong dislike of "drag shows", I just don't enjoy them; however, I was asked to attend the Illusions show at The Bourbon Pub & Parade, so I thought ok I'll go and see this performance, what did I have to loose? Appearing this past Friday was special guest Vancie Vega who has made a name for herself performing as Dolly Pardon, Cher, Madonna, Courtney Love, Mommie Dearest (Joan Crawford), and several more. She has been performing for 31 years throughout the United States and continues to perfect her craft. Vancie comes from the "old school" of the business, where one had to know how to dance, sing, and perform, and she freely admits that the younger generation seems to have lost that portion of the art. She believes that some have no substance, and all it really takes is a cheap dress and a lot of make-up, and their doing drag, but admits she does get a lot of respect from the younger generation. I want to state that Ms. Vega does not do "drag" but performance art, an illusion.
What I found most intriguing was her complete honesty and openness about her life, from being homeless, addicted to drugs and even being a prostitute. She has no hesitation about taking about her past, Vancie stated "if my past helps someone then it's worth talking and opening up about". She also has this positive look about life and those around her.
Vancie's ability to transform herself form one character to another was really quite amazing and something to see. I was lucky to see her perform before she moves to West Hollywood to being a new chapter of her life. I have to say that it was a pleasure seeing her perform and meeting her.
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