Creator Of The Month - Emmonia
Welcome to Creator of the Month, where we feature an incredible creator from our community of fans and learn about who they are beneath the surface. This month, we have Emmonia!
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Creator of the Month Questions
What city are you based in?
I am based in Edmonton, Alberta.
Tell us a bit about yourself!
Emmonia is a punk-rock drag ghoul mixing the theatrics of the early 2000’s pop-punk & metal scene with iconic horror movies. I am a huge fan of sci-fi/horror movies and video games and take a lot of my inspiration from characters in those into my drag. My number one goal in drag is to have a good time, so I make sure that every performance I do in drag is a representation of me and something that excites me to get on stage (whether it be in person or virtual). Growing up (as I’m sure many Queer people can relate) I found I needed an escape from the reality of my day-to-day life and feelings of shame for being gay, and punk/metal music and horror movies were that for me. Last month, I graduated from MacEwan University with an Arts and Cultural Management Diploma in the hopes of becoming an artist manager for drag artists, and I recently was awarded “Drag Performer of the Year” here in Edmonton!
What fandoms are you into?
I’m really into video games, horror movies, Ru Paul's Drag Race, and Dragula! I find Dragula takes elements and represents all my favourite things (horror, comedy, fashion, etc.).
Who is your fictional style icon?
I am very inspired by monsters and villains in video games and movies; however, my biggest fictional style inspiration is “The Luna Ghost” from The Scooby-Doo movie.
What are your thoughts on the representation of LGBTQ+ characters in media like comics, and superhero related films and TV?
Representation of LQBTQ2S+ in media is definitely getting better but is by no means where it should be. It is wonderful to be seeing more Queer characters in TV and film, with storylines that are not only focused on the struggles of being Queer. Yes, it is so important for these stories to be told, but people also need to hear positive stories of Queer people just living their lives. In comics and superhero-related TV and film I also feel like representation is getting better! It is becoming more normalized for Queer storylines to be relevant in this type of media and it is wonderful to see.
For our readers who aren’t familiar with drag culture. Tell us your opinion on the similarities between drag and cosplay. How do they differ?
Personally, I find drag and cosplay to be very similar. In most situations, drag is a character you are putting on and creating a persona, outfits, hair, makeup, etc. that fits their style. I also incorporate a lot of cosplay into my looks by taking inspiration from video game characters, TV and film villains, and so much more. I often use a lot of tips from cosplay subreddits when making my outfits, as cosplayers really are the most crafty people out there with unconventional outfit materials!
What do you hope to achieve through your drag career?
A big goal of mine in drag is to be able to make it my career one day. I would love to be an artist manager for other performers while simultaneously working on my own drag career! However, some of my other goals in drag are to continuously do things I have never done, help continue to create a fun and safe environment for performers of all gender identities to thrive, and to HAVE FUN!
What advice would you give to anyone starting their drag career?
My advice for new drag artists is:
Find out what your message in drag is! What are you trying to tell? What makes you unique? Why should people come to your show? If you are confident and have a strong self-identity of who you are and what you want to say, people will love you.
Don’t worry if you're not great at everything! There are so many elements to drag (makeup, hair, costumes, heels, dancing, personality, performance, etc.) it is IMPOSSIBLE to be amazing at them all! Practice all elements of drag but find out what elements you are great at and really focus and refine those!
Anyone of any gender can do drag! While in the media we often don’t see much representation from drag performers that aren’t cis-gendered men, drag is for everyone so give it a go! The Edmonton scene is incredibly diverse and is a joy to be a part of!
HAVE FUN! Perform songs that you enjoy! Drag is often exhausting and painful, so make sure you are really loving what you are doing, and it will be so worth it!