Master Cameron Eric Leon – Canada

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Master Cameron Eric Leon, Drag King from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. 
Photographer credit: Handsome Zac Photography 2018
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Costume design/creation: Tailoring by Edith Chartier, styling by Master Cameron Eric Leon

Performer name(s): Master Cameron Eric Leon is my drag persona and Miss Terri Meat is my burlesque persona!

Where do you live (and perform): Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

Gender: Genderqueer

Age: 28

Length of time performing: I’m in my fifth year of performing drag and have performed in hundreds of shows across 7 or 8 cities.

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King is my most used term but my tagline is “Gender Bender Extraordinaire.”

Why do you perform? I grew up in a family with theatrical passion- both of my parents have performed at the Stratford Festival and my dad is an opera singer to this day. I always loved performing but drag gives me added elements of gender expression and creativity, as I am my own choreographer, director, performer, designer, etc.

How would you describe your performance style: My style very much varies. I will do anything from classic old school masculinity to all out unapologetic genderfuck. I am most well known for my comedic, live singing, and draglesque routines though.

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                    Master Cameron Eric Leon, Drag King from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.                             Photographer: Handsome Zac Photography 2017
Makeup: Master Cameron Eric Leon
Costume design/creation: Styling by Master Cameron Eric Leon

What /who inspires you: I feel so lucky to have met and worked with a plethora of drag kings of all ages, genders, shapes and races and I think I have learned something from every single one of them. This may sound like a cop-out, but I swear it’s not. I am such a fanboy when it comes to other drag kings and every single one has inspired me or helped me in some way.

Some information about your costumes: I learned some basic skills from some wonderful folks in our drag and burlesque scenes when I started out, but for the most part have been creating my own props and costumes from the beginning. I have only recently started to admit my own failings when it comes to costume construction, haha. I realized that my costume ideas went beyond my skill levels and have started commissioning costumes where I can’t create it. I do intend on getting there, though!

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: My favourite act of my own changes a lot, haha. However right now it is my draglesque routine “LegenDairy,” where I strip dressed as an ice cream man. I designed the costume myself, so it has custom reveals and hired a wonderfully talented friend of mine to bring it to fruition, so it’s my first full custom costume! Of others it gets a bit tougher because I’ve been lucky to see some incredible acts across disciplines. A few of my favourites include James and the Giant Pasty’s “Liberty” act- it moved me to tears when I saw it on video and again in person. The Canada’s Capital Kings have a super sexy “Magic Mike” group act to “It’s Raining Men” that always makes me lose my voice, Kitten N’Lou’s disco act, Red Bone’s “Boom!” is wildly entertaining and upbeat, and one of my all-time favourites is Mahogany Storm’s maid act, which I saw at World Pride in 2014. I love the burlesque discipline and find it corresponds a lot with my aesthetic and goals so I draw a lot of inspiration from that scene!

Biggest challenge as a performer: Battling procrastination. Even with things I enjoy I struggle with starting and completing tasks so I have lots of amazing ideas that have never gotten the dedication they deserved. I’m working on it though, it’s one of my goals and I’ve made big progress in the last year.

Some of your achievements: I won Mr. Capital Pride 2014, the first ever Mx. Capital Pride 2016, and runner up in Burlesque Idol 2014. I have also performed at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern in London England, the Capital Burlesque Expo, World Pride 2014, the Bagel Burlesque Expo, the Ottawa Burlesque Festival, and many more cities across three provinces. I also won Ottawa Leatherfest’s Drag Performer of the year 2015 and Drag Performance of the Year 2016. I will be performing at Fierce! International Queer Burlesque Festival in Toronto in May 2018.

Social media handles, any links you want to share: facebook.com/MasterCamDrag . Twitter and Instagram: @MasterCamDrag

Something you would like to tell readers: Don’t be afraid to fully commit to an idea and see it through! Putting together a well-loved act and polishing it over time has many rewards!

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                         Master Cameron Eric Leon, Drag King from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.                             Photographer credit: Photography by Angela McConnell 2014
Makeup: Master Cameron Eric Leon
Costume design/creation: Styling by Master Cameron Eric Leon.

 

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                 Master Cameron Eric Leon, Drag King from Ottawa, Ontario, Canada.                  Photographer: Kidd Gloves Photography 2015
Makeup: Master Cameron Eric Leon
Costume design/creation: Styling by Master Cameron Eric Leon

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flare – Canada

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Flare, Drag King from Toronto Canada. One of the first kings to tassel twirl.  Photo by Sammy Snapshots (2008)

 

Performer name(s): main one is Flare, Drag King Flare, Flarington King, Buck Off

Where do you live (and perform): Live – Toronto, Ontario, Canada – perform all over the world

Gender: Out of drag She – In drag He

Age: 44

Muggle day: Entertainment Contract Manager

Length of time performing: 22 years performing – I have done monthly performances almost the whole time, give or take a few years when I was coupled and didn’t perform as much – but so many I couldn’t even guess a number.

What you refer to yourself performance wise: Drag King and Draglesque

 

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Flare, Drag king from Toronto Canada. photo: selfie, beard made by Spikey Van Dykey

 

Why do you perform?  To share with others that gender is fluid, to share stories, to be a character, and to show that a human can be sexy/attractive outside of the square box models that I used to only see on TV and in print.  Over 22 years this has changed.  I am seeing now more gender fluidity in mainstream media.

How would you describe your performance style: I’m a character performer.  I find a song I like, a story develops with a character in mind, and then I breakdown the song as the character would.

What /who inspires you:  Other performers who push the boundaries and are also characters.  Two kings I’m inspired by right now are the Qzars from Austin, Texas.  Their concept, makeup, outfits, and delivery is so energetic, different, and visually appealing.  I want to join their band.

Some information about your costumes: I currently live in a loft studio and 80% of its use is for my drag costumes.  I live in a big ol’ tickle trunk!

Your favourite act (of your own or someone else’s) and why: My favourite act of mine is my newest one “I want to know what love is” by Foreigner.  It’s my favourite because I dress up as this big bearded 70’s guy who is still trying to find love the ‘bad old fashioned way’…he doesn’t get ahead.  I love it cause it’s so camp, the song is one of my favorites, and deep down I’m kind of that guy.

Biggest challenge as a performer: EGO – I’m a performer and I’m a producer.  I’ve seen what EGO does to a well mannered person.  The trend I’ve seen over the years is this: a new performer takes to the stage and they are nervous, they do it, they get their jitter relief, they get their applause and they are filled with acceptance and adrenaline.  This first wave they are humble and grateful.  Then, as they build, and get more attention something shifts from humble to cocky to arrogant.  I think what happens is someone who may not be considered ‘mainstream attractive’ or doesn’t feel validated in themselves somehow gets a new form of attention.  And most of us, except for the theatre kids, aren’t used to it and aren’t prepared for how it can change you.  When EGO comes in people get competitive and actually unsupportive of one another.  Been in many a dressing room where someone is rude to another performer or even the Producer because they think they are Elvis not just playing him.

Some of your achievements: Headliner of the following: Great Big International Drag King Show – Washington DC; Saturday night Headliner 2015 – Fierce! International Queerlesque Festival; Headliner 2016 – Austin International Drag Festival.  Sat on the IDKE (International Drag King Community Extravaganza) for ten years helping the IDKE festival continue to move from different cities.  I’m one of the first drag kings in the world to twirl tassels.  Started in 2003.  I have found out that there was a Boylesque troupe in San Francisco at the same time (I’m in Canada) where the drag kings twirled tassels.  When I started I had never seen another king do it and I was already at an International level.  I was on Maury Povich and Queer as Folk.  I made a documentary called “A Drag King Extravaganza” about the first 10 years of IDKE which is distributed by Frameline.

Social media handles, any links you want to share:  Currently working on the website dragkinghistory.com with Ken Vegas and Mo.B.Dick – site should be up by 2019.

Something you would like to tell readers: If you want to try drag DO IT.  And know Drag can encompass any idea, character, style that you want (as long as you don’t culturally appropriate or act in a violent non-consensual way towards others).  Be creative and use the stage to express your creativity.  Also be mindful of your audience.  I change my acts according to whom my audience is.  They are the ones coming to be entertained.  Your job is to entertain them, so keep them in your mind as you create. xo

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Flare, Drag King from Toronto, Canada.  Photo taken by Tania Anderson from ‘Game of Kings’

 

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Flare, Drag King from Toronto, Canada. Photo by Kevin Kelly