MONEY spoke to Brita Filter, a New York Metropolis drag queen and star of Shade: Queens of NYC on Fusion TV, on how she manages her cash.
Let’s begin easy: How did you get into drag?
I used to be doing a manufacturing of Cinderella, and I acquired solid as a stepsister. I assumed it was essentially the most superb factor. I had at all times needed to be a drag queen, so I realized, after which I got here to New York Metropolis.
I like performing. I get to carry folks collectively. That is my job. Individuals come [to my shows] to flee, and I take them on an journey for 2 hours and assist them overlook about their issues. I imply, it isn’t that critical—I am a person in a gown. However I am entertaining as hell!
Is it powerful to earn a residing as a drag queen?
I’d say [I make] round $250 an evening between my reserving charge and ideas. Essentially the most cash I’ve made in a single evening was $600. There have been some huge ballers up within the membership that evening, which is nice as a result of I simply go and purchase extra drag!
How a lot does a glance price, from head to toe?
A selected look prices between $700 and $1,000. Right now I’d say my outfit prices $800 or $900.
There’s two wigs, as a result of I want top in order that [my hair] is in proportion to my physique. These two wigs had been $50 every, after which it was $50 to get it styled, in order that’s $150. The earrings are $four.50. Every pair of lashes price $25, in order that’s $50. I am carrying two of them as a result of it is all about being extravagant.
The gown was $400, and that is not together with the stones which are on it, as a result of these had been all further. My footwear had been $75. The boot covers got here with the gown. I am carrying six pairs of tights; these every price $16. I am carrying a cushion on my hips in order that it provides me extra of a female determine—I purchased a mattress on-line for $100 and minimize it up. My bra was $50.
After which the make-up: It prices me $35 each single time I do my face. That features moisturizers and skincare merchandise and make-up and eye shadow. I am unable to use low cost make-up, as a result of CoverGirl would not cowl boy.
What has been the largest battle in your profession to date?
Not sleeping sufficient! It takes a lot time and power and cash to make all of this occur. Typically my largest battle will not be having sufficient cash. There are all these superb concepts in my head that I am unable to actually do, as a result of it prices a lot.
On a latest episode of your TV present Shade: Queens of NYC, you met with drag queen Paige Turner to speak funds. Are you dealing with your cash in a different way now?
Oh, completely! I’d get all my cash and stick it in a pile over there, and once I wanted it, I’d spend it. However after I had that assembly with Paige I’ve gotten so significantly better at it. I’m really retaining monitor and making an attempt to verify to not spend greater than what is available in.