Versionhood interviewed drag performers Anita Rich Goodman and Rikki Redd this Fall in New Orleans. Here's a sneak preview:
ARG: Anita Rich Goodman
KSL2: Kristin Sue Lucas, version 2
RR: Rikki Redd
KSL2: How long have you been performing in drag?
ARG: I started doing drag up in Michigan. First of all I have nine sisters so wearing a dress was like hand me downs. Up in Michigan I was part of a show, uh, theater casting. An AIDS foundation was looking for people who wanted to do drag for a benefit, and that’s when I started doing drag, that was in 1998. I did, occasionally, for Halloween and stuff, dress up as a woman, but I became a drag performer, I had a different name, up in Michigan. I did glamour drag where I did more comedy with heavy metal rock gear, and my name was Devita Hammond. Every time I go up to Michigan and they ask me to do a drag show they don’t go with Anita Rich Goodman. I told them I don’t know how many times “I’m Anita Rich Goodman,” and they still introduce me as Devita Hammond.
RR: I know exactly when I started. The first show I ever did was in 1993, and I wasn’t scheduled to do it, I was helping out a friend. I was supposed to be in her skit, and she backed out, so I said you know what, I’m gonna do it and I went ahead and did the contest and I’ve been doing it ever since. So I started in 1993, but as far as my lifestyle, that started right after high school. Right when I moved out of mommy’s house. I went back there, I took her for dinner. I said you know what, this is who I am, this is what I do, live with it. And they just were outdone.
ARG: I was here in New Orleans for two years before I was asked to do a pageant by my employer at that time. He found out I did drag and he didn’t have enough contestants to do the pageant, and that’s when Anita Rich Goodman was born. It was a trailer park pageant, and I came up with a moniker, Anita Rich Goodman, I Need A Rich Good Man. It stuck and I won the pageant. Miss Trailer Park 2004.
RR: It’s always a good thing. It’s always a good thing when you win.
— ksl2 2010/02/20 19:24