How many times did you audition before getting casted? Did you watch the season back on television when it aired? If so, was there anything you would have done different?
I sent a last minute audition for I believe season 7. I literally sent it in minutes before the deadline so I’m not even sure they saw it. One time, two if you count that one.
What would you tell somebody who is interested in auditioning for RuPaul’s Drag Race?
THINK TWICE! It’s not for everyone and a lot of girls realize that once they get there. It’s hard. So hard. Mentally, physically. It’s one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life. It’s an amazing experience, just make sure you’re really ready to go all in.
After it’s all said and done, what do you hope that you are remembered by? What do you want your legacy to be?
I want my legacy to be my relatability. I struggle with life and hardships just like everyone else and I’m very honest about that. Nothing is cooler to me than meeting one of your idols and having something in common with them, especially a hardship you have both overcome. AND TO BE KIND. I’m drama free and I would love to see more of that in our world. PUPPIES AND KITTIES AND RAINBOWS DAMMIT!
Dane Young began performing in drag at the age of 18, after encountering the art form while working as a go-go dancer at a club. Before dabbling in makeup and wigs he worked full time as a hair stylist and was only doing drag on the weekends. He auditioned for the tenth season of RuPaul’s Drag Race to overcome a difficult breakup and ended up as the runner-up.
During his time on the show, he was dubbed the season’s lip sync assassin and lip-synched for his life four times in a row without being sent home. His last name has no association to RuPaul’s Drag Race All Star Season 1 winner Chad Michaels, but instead choose it because it sounded strong and no other queen in Nashville had taken the name.
Echo Magazine caught up with the bodybuilder barbie as he prepares for the “Werq the World” Tour to talk about his time on Drag Race, his drag idols and his memorable verse during the finale episode of RuPaul’s Drag Race Season X
In the final episode of Season 10 the Top 4 has to write a verse to the Popular RuPaul song “American” In the Top 4 video “American”. Your verse seemed very personal and from the heart. What was your inspiration for writing those words? What message did you want to send across in that 30 seconds?
My verse has spoken to SO MANY people as it’s a common story for gay youth. Many of us were bullied and ostracized by our peers. I wanted to be very real and very honest about where I came from because it’s important for people to know that I dealt with the same things they were or are dealing with now. And that it DOES GET BETTER!
You’ve been non-stop touring since the show ended, what’s your favorite part about visiting the various cities, countries and the fans?
The fans are always my favorite part. Despite my demeanor on the show, I’m quite blessed to have the fan base that I have. I wish I had more time to see the sites in the cities I visit, but my schedule does not normally allow that.
Who are some of your drag inspirations?
Erica Andrews, Sasha Colby, Roxxxy Andrews, Raja, Aurora Sexton, Brooklyn Hytes, Bianca Del Rio. All for different reasons
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You’re currently on the Werq the World tour with the Top 4 from your season and queen’s from other seasons. What are you looking forward too and what can the audience expect from the Werq the World show?
Voss events is a long running event business so you can always expect top quality production and entertainment. I’m most excited to spend time with my sisters as a lot of us don’t get to see each other because we are always in different cities. I’m also very stoked to meet some of the alumni and work with them as well!
Where did the name Kameron Michaels come from?
My name is pretty random. Kameron because I wanted something androgynous and Michaels because there were none at the time in my city when I picked my name over a decade ago...before the show.
How was your experience on the show? If asked to do All Stars would you return for another season?
My experience was pretty rough. I was very intimidated by the whole experience. I was in survival mode and forgot to have fun. Yes I would love another opportunity to showcase my personality.
How has your life changed since being on RuPaul’s Drag Race?
Drastically. I’m usually a homebody, going out only occasionally. Now, it’s quite the opposite! I’m adjusting to life on the road fairly well, I just miss my couch sometimes haha.