Windy City Media Group does not approve or necessarily agree with the views posted below. He was one of the first to take Drag to the straight main stream community. I was next, and I was nervous, but I was ready. Frank was giving me thumbs up. Each day was a fantasy adventure for survival.
Le Gateau Chocolat: ‘Before I’m gay, black and fat, I’m human. My work is about that’
The word was that Ray gave Ernestine a blank check for costumes and evening gowns. I was also a bit disappointed with the responses to my acts. She asked me if I would like to work in the show, and of course I said yes. We were softies at heart, weeping uncontrollably while watching Imitation of Life, but then calling the main character a bitch when our tears stopped flowing. I was a bit dumbfounded by the response. I kind of envied him for being taken care of; but then again, I did like my freedom. You see, we had a community property agreement among us:
Interview with cabaret artist and performer Le Gateau Chocolat
Many a time before I met Clay, I had been ambushed from behind by a different bouncer or the manager to be led out to the lobby as they clutched my ear with a thumb and forefinger. We met one night when he asked me for identification. The more I watched over the next two months, the more intrigued, but cautious, I became. Gay life is tough on the elderly, we thought. He knew I could whip his ass if I wanted to, even if I was wearing a dress. Robert drove like a bat out of hell hitting speeds of up to eighty and ninety miles an hour, and with it being dark and not having visibility or control, I was extremely nervous, especially at such a high speed. I pulled up a chair next to the door, and I continued to just knock, hoping that one of them just might wake up from their sleep.
We just happened to walk by a pet store when I saw the cutest puppy in the window. I was walking into this classy club that had only been opened a few months. Dee Dee would emcee from the dressing room so that no one could see her in her costume. Suddenly, others were screaming, then we were all screaming. I put two and two together and talked to Herman and Michael about us all being the whole show, and between the three of us, we could move into an apartment together and pay rent on a weekly basis. Apparently, I had his approval to go play. What was your first non-theatre job?