By KJ Philp, Oct. 23, 2014. Back to Hall of Fame Home Page.
The first time Felicia Minor saw a drag queen perform was on her very first date with her now husband, Scott, at the Wild Card in Chandler. That was more than seven years ago.
“I was so mesmerized … I knew that I wanted to be a part of this world,” she said. “I started out as a hallo-queen in October 2007 … since then it’s been a great ride.
As Miss Gay Supernova USofA Newcomer, Minor has set out to used her glam for good.
Marriage equality, human rights and education are among the causes Minor feels passionate about advocating for and supporting. And she’s contributed to fundraising efforts for Barbra Seville’s Wonderful 100, HERO, March of Dimes, Joshua Tree Feeding Program, one n ten as well as various pageants.
Most recently, Minor became the poster girl (quite literally) for LGBTQ Consortium’s SAFE OUT, a program that encourages community members to reduce excessive alcohol consumption and the related consequences.
Minor said ending up on the SAFE OUT billboard on Seventh Avenue (between Zoan and Stacy’s @ Melrose) has provided her with and opportunity to raise awareness within our community and advocate for more responsible drinking.
“The response to the advertisement was so positive and well received,” she said. “Thanks to SAFE OUT for giving me the opportunity.”
Despite all these efforts, Minor said she has a hard time thinking someone might consider her a role model.
“I still can’t believe that I share a stage with some of the entertainers I consider role models,” she said. “I still feel like a ‘new girl’ on the block.”
Minor has participated in various pageants, including Barbra Seville’s Newcomer of the Year Competition, Miss Gay Copper America (2011) and Southwest Entertainer of the Year (2014).
Additionally, she stars as a regular cast member for the BeDazzled and Spotlight shows hosted at Zoan in Phoenix.
“I’ve had so much fun performing through this alter ego and playing such characters on stage,” she said. “I love feeding off the energy of the audience and interacting with them, making them part of the performance.”
It’s not always in front of a live audience that Minor gives her best performances.
“Let’s Have A Fefe,” a collaborative YouTube effort starring Minor and Freddy Prinze Charming, was launched Dec. 19, 2012, as another way to reach fans.
“I thought it would be fun to take a different avenue than entertaining on stage,” she said. “The goal of the show is to reach out and interact with our audience in a different way and discuss various topics.”
“Let’s Have A Fefe,” features regular segments, including Freddy’s Just the Tip (sex and health advice) and Fefe’s Offbeat News (weird and interesting headlines), as well as special guests appearances.
When she’s not on stage or in front of the camera, Minor is a spouse and a parental figure.
“We have two kids from [Scott’s] previous marriage, two Chihuahuas and a cat,” she said. “We are most definitely advocates for marriage equality and can’t wait for the day that same-sex marriage is legal and is a ‘norm.’”
“2014 has been an amazing year so far,” she said. “I always have dreams and aspirations to do better than I did yesterday. “I’m not sure how 2015 is going to top this, but I am up for the challenge.”
Web-Exclusive Q&A with Felicia Minor
Echo: What’s Felicia’s goal when performing? What defines her?
Minor: Felicia’s goal when performing is to have a great time and for people to … want to join me and have a great time with me. I’m always growing and learning new things. I’m not sure on what else to say to that because that could change in the next week or the next month. But the goal is always to have fun and enjoy every moment.
Echo: Who are some of your role models/inspirations and why?
Minor: I’m inspired every day. I would say that I am a product of advice from different entertainers in the community. I am a result of their advice and still learning from them. I would say that I gotten great mix of advice from role models like Mia Inez Adams, Barbra Seville, Eryka Douglas Knowles, the late Chantelle Douglas, Pandora DeStrange and so many others. My biggest inspiration from a young age has been Mariah Carey. I am a totally huge Mariah Carey fan.
Echo: What’s the best advice you’ve ever received?
Minor: I’ve gotten a lot of good advice over the years. Here’s a good one – when drawing your eyebrows, remember they are sisters not twins. And, make this day the best day ever, you don’t know if it’s going to be your last one.
Echo: What’s the best advice you could pass on to others?
Minor: The best advice that I’d like to pass on to others is to find the positive in everything that you do. If you have a dream and believe in it, that’s all you need. Make that dream come true. Be amazing! You’re amazing and rock your fabulousity!
Echo: You have a significant social media presence and following, what’s your personal policy with social media?
Minor: As an entertainer, you are your brand. It’s your “job” to keep people informed on what’s going on with you. With social media, there’s this extension to entertain your audience passed the stage and let them into a little bit of your life (as much as you want to share). It’s a great tool for informing your audience of things that you are involved in, as well as connecting with other entertainers.
But this is something that I do outside of my entertaining career. I am a social media and brand manager, during the day. I discuss this all day and night. I have fun with it. I am such a nerd; I look at stats, analytics … I have learned to listen to my audience and see what they want to discuss and to know about me. I am also on multiple platforms, be sure to follow me on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.
Echo: Tell us more about your husband, Scott.
Minor: I met Scott in 2006 on MySpace and have been together ever since. He has always been honest – like REAL honest – about choices I make in my career as an entertainer. He has also supported me and kept me grounded. When I first started entertaining, he wasn’t afraid to tell me when I was doing some things wrong. But I was stubborn, not to say that he was right, and I definitely learned the hard way.
Echo: Where do you see yourself five years from now?
Minor: I always have dreams and aspirations to do better than I did yesterday. I see myself [legally] married to the man of my life, Scott, and achieving whatever goals I set for myself. I’m always learning and growing.
(Editor’s Note: Felicia and Scott were officially married in Arizona during Rainbows Festival.)
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