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Check Out Colleen DeForrest’s Story

Today we’d like to introduce you to Colleen DeForrest.

Hi Colleen, so excited to have you on the platform. So before we get into questions about your work-life, maybe you can bring our readers up to speed on your story and how you got to where you are today?
Growing up, I did a lot of theater, my dream was to become an actor and entertain the masses. It’s my passion, becoming a character, getting up there and making people laugh or simply just forgetting about them for just a second and living in the moment. I perused for a little bit after high school, but of course, you get distracted by everything you have to deal with in life. That dream took a backseat for a little while. Around Halloween of 2014, I decided to dress up as Kris Jenner and Hilary Clinton for two separate Halloween parties, and there was something about being in the heels, and the makeup that just made me feel empowered. I decided to give drag and performing a chance. I participated in a 10-week drag competition at Rain on the 4th hosted by Sabel Scities. The competition was for up and coming drag performers. To make a long story short, I won that competition and with that, opportunities began to open up for me and decided to stick with it. I found a way to act on a stage every week and have fun while entertaining people week after week. Senator Colleen DeForrest was born.

Alright, so let’s dig a little deeper into the story – has it been an easy path overall and if not, what were the challenges you’ve had to overcome?
Just like any job, there were many obstacles. Still are. The drag community in Austin is very small, so when you try and join a scene, there are the people that came before you, the people who have already established themselves and made a name for themselves. You want to do that for yourself as well, and of course, you won’t be the only one trying. Sometimes you can’t help but ask yourself, “Am I good enough?” But the reality of it is, you have to take a step back remember, that you can’t it too seriously. It’s fun, and if I’m having fun then that’s what’s going to come across, and in turn, so will the audience.

Alright, so let’s switch gears a bit and talk business. What should we know about your work?
I am mainly known for my portrayal of my drag persona, Senator Colleen DeForrest here in Austin, Texas. I have been doing the character since 2015. In terms of what I’m proud of, I have to say I am just proud of myself. It’s not easy stepping out as a woman when you’re in actuality a 32-year-old man. Lol. Not everyone outside the community understands it, but I’ve learned that it doesn’t matter what others think about it. I’m confident in myself and what I do. And took some time to get there, but I finally am. So for that, I am grateful. I feel like what sets myself apart from other queens, is the fact I am portraying an older, political figure. Her story is that she is three times divorced, a Republican, she never knows where the kids are, and she LOVES the drink and the company of gentlemen. And most likely, will have many scandals to come.

What do you like and dislike about the city?
I just love that this city embraces everyone in it! It’s just so much fun. There is always something to do, you can never be bored being here. The only bad thing… THE TRAFFIC. And if you’re from Austin, you know the struggle is real.

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Sarah Bork

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