Tell us a bit about yourself!
My name is Briceson Douglas Ducharme, I am 31-years-old and live in Denver, CO. I grew up in a small farm town northeast of Denver called Eaton, CO. I currently work for MAC cosmetics, paint, read, write and sleep in my spare time. I also love to go to movies, I have been to 90% of movies made in the past year and a half.
A Drag queen is a gender-bending illusionist. This can either happen when a man has too much fierceness and dresses like a woman, or when a woman has too much swag and dresses like a man. In both cases the drag persona lipsyncs and performs to major artists, sometimes even mimicking the artist they are performing.
The biggest misconceptions of drag:
I ran for a pageant called Miss Gay Pride Youth when I was 17, I won that crown and am the first and only to go from being Miss Gay Pride Youth to Miss Gay Pride and win both as youth and adult. I have been doing drag ever since.
How long does it take you to prepare to perform? What goes into your preparation?
Honestly, the time is a variance of what character, runway or avant-guard look I am going with. It can either be 45 minutes or a couple of hours depending on how detailed I need/ want to be.
Are we talking drag or both? Hmm, usually I start work at the counter at 9 on a show day. I work until 6, doing everyone’s makeup and making them feel fabulous. Then I leave work, rush home shave like I’m cutting down the rainforest, pack my bag, (sometimes eat something), rush to the club, and paint (put my makeup on) like Michelangelo on crack. Then when it’s my turn, whether I am tired or not, I get on stage and TURN IT OUT!
I have auditioned for RPDR (RuPaul’s Drag Race) Every year from the initial season, and yet am still not on it. It’s been a very good journey for me honestly, I have evolved in my persona, I gained more confidence, and I have performed with the best of the best in my home terf.
My mom and sister, and my in law’s (I just got married last June to the love of my life Aaron) are all hella supportive. I have an annual ball every year that I created to raise money for those with HIV/AIDS and my family has been there EVERY year for those shows as well as coming to major events that I have been apart of in the past. I am very lucky and blessed to be in the family I have.
The most rewarding part of being a queen for me is being a voice in a community that isn’t always heard. I get to speak up for those who are less fortunate, raise money and awareness for those who might be too weak and am able to give a fierce fresh face whenever I go out.
MY advice is this, just because you can put on a wig, some heels and beat a mug (another way of saying putting on makeup) doesn’t make you a drag queen. A Queen is someone with heart, sophistication, humility, inner and outer beauty, and someone who can slay a song so full of emotion that time gets lost in the room for those few minutes that you are performing your soul out.