We had the good fortune of connecting with Gavin Calais and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Gavin, other than deciding to work for yourself, what was the single most important decision you made that contributed to your success?
I never want to be doing things that I don’t love. I have turned pretty much all of my hobbies into careers. Starting with theatre, then photography, and now I’m pursuing a career in drag. All of these things I love and am so passionate about, I wouldn’t want to be doing anything else. Do what you love and what makes you so happy!

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I started performing when I was seven years old. Loved it so much I went to college for it, and I now have my BFA in Musical Theatre with an emphasis in Dance. While in school I picked up photography and graphic design. I personally spear headed the social media platforms for the department, took promotional images and designed posters and graphics for the shows. Right before I graduated I signed with one of New York City’s best talent agencies, The Mine, and joined Actors Equity Association. I moved to NYC in September 2019, by January I was totally self-employed doing photography, photographing Broadway and television stars. In March 2020, I came back home to Houston for quarantine and unfortunately never made it back to NYC. I moved into a beautiful home with my sister and picked up the amazing art of drag. I have been doing it for seven months and am 100% committed to a flourishing career in it. It truly is a combination of every single skill I have harbored up to this point in my life, singing, dancing, acting, photography, videography, makeup, costuming, wig styling, etc. my main goal here is to create a platform where I can educate the uneducated on LGBTQIA+ issues, teach adults what it means to be gay, trans, bi, queer and be absolutely stunning while doing it.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
I would take them to velvet taco, that’s probably the only place we would eat, we would go to JRs bar and grill multiple times, definitely spend some time at Buffalo bayou enjoying nature!

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I want to shout out my sister Sydni Calais, owner of Sweets by Syd. She has always supported me and shown me what it means to love someone unconditionally. No matter what I’m venturing into she’s always there supporting me and making sure I’m equipped for success. She’s always following me around in drag helping me quick change or being my personal photographer.

Instagram: @rachelbichface
Twitter: @rachelbichface
Facebook: Gavin Calais
Youtube: Thisisforrachel

Image Credits
I take all my own photos and the photos you see of others! There are a few of me out of drag, some in drag, then photos I’ve taken of other folks.

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